Good Reads: 9/16/19

The road to the College Football Playoff ended on Saturday

The offense looked competent. The defense looked like a cardboard-reinforced wall. I’m not sure why we didn’t go for two knowing that our defense probably couldn’t stop the juggernaut Eastern Michigan offense.

We paid Eastern Michigan $1,000,000 to beat us!

Four wins for Lovie looks impossible, now. It’s hard to see a future where he keeps his job after dropping this game.

Anyway here are some good tweets:

Meme by r/UIUC user Da_Cubbies

Meanwhile the ticket office has entered desperation mode and it’s only game #4:


That’s rich: Housing scheme cuts out poor

If you’re familiar with the blog, you’ll know that I generally don’t understand the outrage at the rapid expansion of student housing in C-U. The population is growing and future demand necessitates expansion.

What I do understand being outraged about, however, is when that development exploits loopholes in order to maximize profits, all while providing no real ‘opportunity’ for the community. This gets a big yikes from me.

U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville, praised the opportunity zones idea last year, boasting at the time the Treasury Department designated 23 opportunity zones in his congressional district that the zones would “continue to spur economic investment in areas that need it most.”

But that’s not what is happening in low-income areas of Champaign County.

Instead, the area of investment is near the University of Illinois, where the Campustown Opportunity Zone Fund I is building three more apartment buildings at 32 E. Green St. (164 beds), 105 E. Healey St. (76 apartments) and 54 E. John St. (68 beds).

(Tom Kacich / News-Gazette)


How The Amish Live Uninsured But Stay Healthy

(Paige Pfleger / Illinois Public Media)

Here are your City of Champaign yard waste pickup dates for fall 2019

Yard waste szn.

(Julie McClure / Smile Politely)


Racial & Geographic Inequities Persist For Illinois Children, New Report Finds

(Christine Herman / Illinois Public Media)


Shaun Livingston Redefined Success

Peoria product and NBA Champion Shaun Livingston just announced his retirement from the league. Here is a great feature on him.

(Rodger Sherman / The Ringer)


UI Professor Gandhi: India’s takeover of Kashmir region is ‘cruel, ugly’

(Julie Wurth / News-Gazette)