Updated: annual "night out" celebration set for Tuesday in Champaign

Updated: annual "night out" celebration set for Tuesday in Champaign

Champaign city leaders are inviting the community to come together on Tuesday for an annual event that takes a stand against crime and promotes a strong relationship between community members.

National Night Out is in its 30th year, and Champaign Neighborhood Coordinator John Ruffin said the city has been involved for about 20 to 25 years.

Ruffin said an event like this provides so many different advantages.

Ruffin said each of the neighborhoods involved will be doing something that is unique to their area.  So he said there will be a wide variety of events going on, including food, music and other entertainment.

National Night Out festivities will run from 4 to 8 p.m. at various locations in Champaign.  For more details on an event in your area, contact your neighborhood watch group leaders.  If you don't have a neighborhood watch group, you're invited to a live entertainment event at Douglass Park from 6 to 8 p.m.

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7lw7 wrote on August 06, 2013 at 9:08 am

Does anyone else think it's a bit odd that what is supposed to be an informative article about an event happening tonight fails to mention exactly where it's being held? Please join us from 4 to 8 somewhere in Champaign! I'm sure you can Google it or something.

Interestingly, the City of Champaign website offers little more information about the locations, but rather opts to encourage readers to “check with your local neighborhood watch group or visit the Champaign Park District’s Sounds at Sunset/NNO event at Douglass Park from 6-8 PM.” Seriously?!

Tim Ditman wrote on August 06, 2013 at 11:08 am
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Thanks for your comment and for reading.  We've revised the story to reflect the information that the City of Champaign wants released on the event.

Political Observer wrote on August 12, 2013 at 6:08 pm

Does anyone else think it's a bit odd that an article that

(1) Has been online for nearly a week now, and

(2) Has only garnered a measley 2 comments (with one of them being a response from a person on the News-Gazette staff)

is now on the "Most Commented" list of the News-Gazette homepage??!

Oh...nevermind!  I just remembered that when that kind of thing happens, it's often as though some sparsely-commented-upon articles are being used to bump other articles off the "Most Commented" list!

Here are links to a couple of the articles that have recently been bumped-off the "Most Commented" list, that the News-Gazette apparently doesn't want you to see any more or comment upon anymore:



This is an interesting article with interesting reader comments about the rather questionable activities of area Congressmen John Shimkus and Rodney Davis.



In this article, the News-Gazette informs us for the first time that the person behind the top-secret company that may build a new fertilizer plant in Tuscola is an individual named Erzin Atac, who has Turkish and Swiss ties and has been the president of Transammonia.  In the reader comments section of the article, the question is raised as to whether the Turkish-Swiss investors he's lined up to finance the new plant are the same Turkish and Swiss individuals in the Swiss subsidiary of Transammonia that a few years ago were caught doing business in Iran.

Political Observer wrote on August 12, 2013 at 6:08 pm

Oh, yeah...I should have mentioned that in the first of the 2 links above, to the article and the reader comments about John Shimkus and Rodney Davis, there are some links in the reader comments to some very interesting videos that feature John Shimkus explaining his creationist views during a Congressional science subcommittee meeting.  (This is something that is well-worth taking a look at, whether you agree with his views or not.)

Political Observer wrote on August 12, 2013 at 7:08 pm

Likewise, I should have mentioned with regard to the second link above that there are a number of very interesting issues of public concern that should be associated with the possible siting of the Brown-Rose Fertilizer Plant in Tuscola.  For instance, is it really appropriate when you're talking about offering millions of dollars of government incentives to a company to build their plant in Tuscola that the public should know virtually nothing about the people who are the owners of the plant?

Local Yocal wrote on August 13, 2013 at 2:08 am
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Speaking of odd and funny government/media spinning, have you ever noticed: 1) all MTD public meetings are held at 3:00 p.m. on business days on the edge of town? 2) that never, ever are these mysterious "neighborhood watch meetings" with police  published anywhere ahead of time whereby the public could actually attend? 3) that all elections are never held on weekends nor can voters register on the day of the election at their precincts? 4) that independent and third-party candidates are required to retrieve a far larger number of signatures for a petition to run for office than the two tweedle-dee and dum parties; and that no candidate is allowed to switch parties? 5) That park district meetings are held somewhere during business hours? 6) That all major financial decisions at the U of I, like say, tuition hikes or major capital projects, are made by the Board of Trustees in Chicago during the summer? 7) That when Penteller began writing about the Police State on the Discussion section with numerous citations to his arguments, the Discussion section on this website was closed? 8) That despite Tom Kacich's constant accounting for every penny every candidate and politician ever received for their campaigns, Kacich never reviews the legislation that was passed to favor these campaign donors? 9) That Kacich never accounts for how much The News-Gazette and NewsTalk1400AM WDWS radio receive from each candidate during their political campaigns? 10) That Housing and Urban Development meetings are held during business hours on weekdays? 11) That never is there a record of how many convictions, and what kind of sentences any of the Circuit Judges level on our behalf so we may evaluate their performance before elections?  12) That The News-Gazette's pursuit of the names of police officers who have had complaints registered against them by citizens seems to have vanished; while their pursuit of the politicians' electronic communications during official meetings was unrelenting? 13) That despite repeating the mantra that Bristol Place is a "crime-ridden neighborhood," never are the crime stats published to prove such a condition? 14) That rarely in the history of The News-Gazette, has one of their photographers published a picture of a white man handcuffed upon arrest ("the perp walk")? 15) That 50-70% of the crime stories in The News-Gazette are actually authored by the police departments and State's Attorney's office?

These and other oddities to be continued in our next episode of...."As The Conservative World Spins"...

Political Observer wrote on August 13, 2013 at 3:08 pm

And then, of course, there's:

#16)  That if anybody starts to make too much sense, ask too many inconvenient questions, and/or provide too many good references that explain what's really going on, then the light in the discussion room is turned off, and that discussion room's entry on the News-Gazette's "Most Commented" list is replaced by a week-old article that's only garnered 2 reader comments, like "Charges Dismissed Against Champaign Man!"