Good Reads: 6/10/19

Joe Crain is the central Illinois icon we need right now

Back in January, I posted this little sarcastic clip about a local news station calling a bit of wind a “CODE RED DAY.” This, apparently, had been irking some viewers for quite some time. WICS, which is owned by Sinclair Broadcasting, pushes these corporate alerts (like their “Terrorism Alert Desk”) to sensationalize local news and strike fear into viewers.

Late last week, Joe Crain, the weather anchor for WICS, took to the airwaves to make his own displeasure with the sensationalism known:

Crain has not appeared on the station since those on-air comments late last week, prompting both national press coverage from The Washington Post and Newsweek and a very public social media backlash, including some great memes:

Either way, Sinclair/WICS is evil and Joe is awesome.

Luke Ford denied hardship waiver (twice)

Per NCAA rules, players who transfer must qualify for a “hardwhip waiver” in order to play the season after they transfer. If this waiver is denied, the transferring player has to sit out the year after he transfers. Luke Ford, the transfer tight end from the University of Georgia, fell into the latter group this week, when his waiver application was denied for a second time by the NCAA.

Ford, who is from Carterville, a town in southern Illinois that’s 187 miles from C-U (this will be important later) transferred to Illinois earlier this year to be closer to his ailing grandparents.

Per the NCAA’s rules, grandparents don’t count as a nuclear family, and the U of I falls outside of their 100-miles-from-home transfer radius, despite it being the closest FBS program to Carterville.

The Illini just can’t catch a break. To make matters worse, this was pretty quickly picked up by the national press.

Read more here via The Washington Post.

Pygmalion announcements are coming

The Virginia Theater has announced their 2019-2020 season

Featuring the likes of Art Garfunkel, David Sedaris, Kansas (yes, that Kansas) and more.

(Julie McClure / Smile Politely)

Medical marijuana dispensary plans rec sales, too

C-U residents will have a place to buy cannabis on January 1st.

(Deb Pressey / News-Gazette)

Chancellor Releases Panel Report With Ideas On Moving Past Chief Illiniwek

(Jim Meadows / Illinois Public Media)

Li’l Porgy’s Urbana location is closing

Pour out some sauce for a real one.

(Patrick Singer / Smile Politely)

Nine digital billboards in Champaign to display tornado warnings


(Deb Pressey / News-Gazette)