Good Reads: 4/8/20

Today’s COVID-19 Updates

Check back around 3 pm for updates from IDPH and C-U Public Health

Leading COVID-19 model lowers projections

You can use it here.

Kofi Cockburn announces intent to enter NBA Draft

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He could definitely just be testing the waters, which any good player should probably do this before deciding to leave school. He’s not locked into any decision until he formally enters the draft process – he can even hire an agent and still come back next year. So we’ll see what happens.

If Cockburn does leave, though, and Ayo announces his departure in the near future, next year’s outlook may be grim.

Here’s a good read on the situation from the Gazette‘s Bob Asmussen.


(Patrick Singer / Smile Politely)

Champaign cancels July 4th fireworks, parade, etc.

As is now custom.

(Jim Meadows / Illinois Newsroom)

Boneyard Creek ecosphere update

In case you were following yesterday’s action:

Boneyard Creek Ecosphere update. Dancing wigglers still here. Found some other stuff and 2 slugs. Also saw a snail earlier. And some longer, scarier worms. I am very fascinated but also incredibly scared. from r/UIUC

Coronavirus Was Slow to Spread to Rural America. Not Anymore.

(Jack Healy, Sabrina Tavernise, Robert Gebeloff and Weiyi Cai / New York Times)

How Roger Ebert Discovered John Prine

We lost John Prine to COVID last night. Here’s a great article about how Roger Ebert “discovered” Prine in Chicago in 1970.

(Whet Moser / Chicago Magazine)

The University Library is hosting an online COVID-19 panel discussion Thursday

(Julie McClure / Smile Politely)

CU Faith Communities Explore How To Support One Another Through COVID-19

(Christine Herman / Illinois Newsroom)

Illinois public universities estimate $224 million in losses so far

(Capitol Fax)

Hogchute released this awesome compilation of local music

Helps pass the quarantine nicely 🙂