Good Reads: 6/26/19

Champaign To Continue To Let Landlords Deny Housing To People With Certain Criminal Records


(Christine Herman / Illinois Public Media)

Betsy Dirksen-Londrigan pledges not to take any corporate PAC money

Hell yeah.

(Betsy Dirksen-Londrigan / State Journal-Register)

Illini football’s 2020 recruiting class is starting to look pretty dismal

Only three commitments so far.

But if you’re feeling optimistic still, I hope you grabbed the win total line I mentioned yesterday. Everyone else did:

NCAA goes in irrational direction regarding transfer waivers

Did the outcry over Luke Ford have anything to do with this? Hard to say. But between this and blocking players’ ability to profit off of their own likenesses, the NCAA is making a great case for any basketball players who could play overseas/in the NBA G League instead. Yikes.

(Featured photo by Matt Slocum / AP)

UI food-, building-service workers set to vote on authorizing strike

Major issues include understaffing for building-service workers and seasonal layoffs for food-service workers, Baldwin said.

Food-service workers are laid off four times a year — for a week at Thanksgiving, a week during spring break, a month over winter break and three months in the summer.

While they’re laid off, food-service employees aren’t entitled to unemployment benefits and must still pay their share of their health-insurance premiums. But many don’t earn enough to cover their bills and are on public assistance, Baldwin said.

“I am fed up with the disrespect of the university,” said Chapter 119 President Dena Gary, head cook at the UI’s local campus. “We the workers are planning to do whatever it takes, including authorize our bargaining committee to call a strike if necessary.”

(Debra Pressey / News-Gazette)

More Money, More MAP Grants

After being decimated by the Rauner agenda, which seemed hellbent on destroying downstate universities (read: economic stimulus and employment hubs), MAP grants for students in Illinois were scarce.

Now, with Illinois’ liberal awakening (read: new Governor), MAP grants are back!

(Dusty Rhodes / Illinois Public Media)

Someone spat on Eric Trump last night in Chicago

No comment.

(Tim Elfrink and Mark Guarino / Washington Post)

The mythic Mississippi: Anthropologist leads effort to promote the heritage of downstate Illinois

This is some really neat research being done by Helaine Silverman, a professor of anthropology at the U of I.