Good Reads: 5/30/19


Senate Votes For Legal Cannabis — House Vote Remains

Recreational home-grow gets the axe and criminal expungements become a bit more complicated in this version of the bill – but three Republicans broke ranks to vote in support of legalization.

Now, the house must vote, and if they pass, Governor Jeebs will sign it, and cannabis will be legal by January 1st.

That escalated quickly.

The House convenes at 9:30 this morning with a massive agenda:

Here’s a terrible marijuana take from Sen. Chapin Rose from Mahomet (shocking, I know), via Peter Hancock.

(Jaclyn Driscoll / Illinois Public Media)


CJ Run featured in Chicago Tribune

This is a great read.

Except for the part where the author refers to C-U as “Southern Illinois.”

But genuinely, it’s a good read. And you should read it.

(Jessi Roti / Chicago Tribune)


Illini baseball has even odds tomorrow vs. Clemson

Not that I would ever bet or advocate for betting on sports, because that’s illegal in the great State of Illinois (for now), but if you hypothetically wanted to bet on the Illini baseball game tomorrow, you could. Some sportsbooks are offering lines on college baseball games. What a time to be alive.

This is gonna be a close one, folks – and if you’re trying to keep the sports-drought at bay for one more day, it should be fun to pay attention to.

TV: ESPNU

First pitch: 3:00 PM

The first 15 minutes of this podcast are focused on the game if you need a primer:


Insert “Old Town Road” joke here


The World Punkin Chunkin Championship is moving to Rantoul

HELL yeah.

(Patrick Singer / Smile Politely)


Jim Dey is a fear monger and this column is bad

(Jim Dey / News-Gazette)


Someone on Reddit made a data visualization map of C-U restaurants

It’s fun to play with.

UIUC Food: A website/data visualization of the places to eat in and around the UIUC campus. from r/UIUC

Illini Football announces start times for five games

It wouldn’t be Illini Football without a majority of the games starting at 11 am, would it?


Katz ranks Illini at No. 21 in preseason poll

You may want to invest in a brick of salt to take this with.

(Derek Piper / 247 Sports)


MTD’s proposed budget includes 2.5 percent cost-of-living increase for staff

(Debra Pressey / News-Gazette)


Prosecution, defense submit lists of exhibits for accused kidnapper’s trial

(Ben Zigterman / News-Gazette)