Category Archives: Getting to know Champaign-Urbana

PW Daily reports this morning that Sports Publishing LLC, based in our hometown, has had financial difficulties lately and is being sold to a Chicago company.

I won’t be checking e-mail or watching TV or playing backyard soccer on Saturday evening.  I’m making the trip to St. Louis for one of’s five games to watch in week one of the college football season.  Will Davis, meet … Continue reading

What ’70s rockers and Guitar Hero 3 contributors will be rockin’ the Urbana Sweet Corn Festival this weekend?  If you come out, look for the tallest guy in the crowd with the shortest guy in the crowd.

Incoming sophomores at my oldest son’s high school are given Kite Runner as a summer reading assignment (he is currently reading There Are No Children Here for his freshman assignment). Word circulating on the PTA e-mail list suggests that the district has received a written challenge … Continue reading

Champaign’s Assembly Hall is a most endangered historic place, reports the Chicago Tribune. I drive past this building every day on my way home from work and have enjoyed many an Illini basketball game and mainstream “rock” concert inside; Peter … Continue reading

Oronte Churm writes about the elementary education system in Champaign-Urbana at Inside Higher Ed. “Everyone (but me) seems to know the names of the best primary school in town (private tuition is $1,000 more per year than at the university), the worst, and … Continue reading

  The schedule for Roger Ebert’s 10th (!!) annual film festival has just been announced. Founded by former Urbana resident Roger Ebert, this overlooked fest is a gem for the Champaign-Urbana-University of Illinois community. This year’s planned participants include Illinois alumnus Ang Lee, and two … Continue reading

The building that we call home here at the Press is on the far west end of the University of Illinois campus. Inside Higher Ed illuminates why I’ll be avoiding the middle of “Campus Town” the next two days.

Here is the local blog that I visit when I want to know what’s up with the gas station on the corner or what will spin my head.