Good Reads: 7/25/19


Rodney Davis loves “civility,” plays dirty politics

Rodney Davis’ team sent a volunteer to pose as a reporter during a private press call held by Betsy Dirksen-Londrigan. What follows is a roller coaster where the troll admits to being a troll, and working on behalf of our beloved Representative Davis.

Now, the Davis campaign is freezing out WCIA, because I guess that’s what happens when media hold their elected officials responsible.

Excited to see what other kind of horseshit Rod has up his sleeve.

And for what it’s worth, Betsy took the high road, even during the call, because she possesses human decency.

UPDATE: Rod called into WDWS’ morning show this morning. They didn’t ask him about this. Shocking.


News-Gazette pokes fun at kids in cages

Leave it to the local daily to mock the inhumane conditions faced by migrants at the border. Nice.

Also I was reading the physical paper yesterday and found this gem from Jim Dey:


College Board chief urges UI to develop ‘superb three-year degree’

This is strange.

(Julie Wurth / News-Gazette)


A Building, A Feeling, and A Latrine: 80s throwback

This is probably the best recurring local column. For real.

(Tom Ackerman / Smile Politely)


Here’s an Illini podcast to get you through the end of summer

If you’re a masochist like the rest of us.


New owners of Rose Bowl Tavern hope to build on its rich history

(Steven Pratten / Smile Politely)