Good Reads: 10/31/19


Did you know that Illinois almost played USC in Moscow, Russia in 1989?

Shannon Ryan from the Chicago Tribune wrote this fascinating story about the Glasnost Bowl, which never happened – but many relics remain, including custom jerseys made for George H.W. Bush, Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev.

Well worth your time if you like Illini history.

(Shannon Ryan / Chicago Tribune)


WILL looked at how Normal sustains their art house theater following The Art Theater’s closure

Great listen and info here.

(Jim Meadows / Illinois Public Media)


It’d be nice to go, I don’t know, an entire week without another story about how the U of I is (allegedly) mishandling a misconduct case

Not to mention that the Trump Administration Title IX rollbacks are actively making reporting and investigating these incidents more difficult, not less.

Here is the conclusion of a thread referenced in the article above, please be warned, the thread is fairly graphic.

(Scott Richey + Julie Wurth / News-Gazette)


The Ransomware Superhero of Normal, Illinois

This is a phenomenal feature on a tech repairman in Normal who has been responsible for recovering files for hundreds of thousands of ransomware victims.

(Renee Dudley / ProPublica)


Illini football was featured in The Washington Post

National relevance, here we come.

(John Feinstein / Washington Post)


A group from U of I developed a “restaurant accessibility” website

(Julie McClure / Smile Politely)


Former Illinois Baseball assistant coach (and Nationals GM) Mike Rizzo wins World Series

(Stephen Cohn / The Champaign Room)


Take a look at this photo

Colorful 😊 from r/UIUC

Isn’t that nice?

(Featured photo from Reddit user u/9bombs)


It’s winter now