Champaign marking National Night Out on Tuesday

Champaign marking National Night Out on Tuesday

CHAMPAIGN — Champaign residents are invited to take part in National Night Out on Tuesday from 4 to 8 p.m.

Communities across the country take a stand against crime by locking doors, turning on porch lights and spending the evening outdoors with neighbors.

The city and the Champaign Park District have teamed up with neighborhood groups to host events throughout the community, including block parties, entertainment and Champaign Police Department demonstrations.

Seven neighborhood groups in Champaign received grant money from the city of up to $500 each to host their own events, according to police department spokeswoman Rene Dunn.

The idea behind National Night Out is to generate support and participation in local anti-crime efforts, strengthen neighborhood spirit and improve relationships between police and local residents.

The park district will host a Sounds at Sunset event in Douglass Park from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday.

On Sunday, from 2 to 4 p.m., several community pastors and activists will gather again in Douglass Park to take a stand against crime.

A flier for the event said former gang leaders and gang members are expected to talk.

For more information on the event, contact Pastor Willie Williams of New Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church at 217-344-0440.

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Sid Saltfork wrote on August 04, 2014 at 12:08 pm

It needs to be 365 nights a year with a curfew to clear the streets by 10 p.m.  So far the "walks", and "nights" draw a crowd; but nothing changes in terms of the crime.  Save the money from the shows; and use it to pay informants.

Orbiter wrote on August 04, 2014 at 2:08 pm

Oh, you sound like a bundle of fun, Sid.


10 pm curfew.  Blah!  It must irk you to be living so close to the #5 party school in the nation!

Sid Saltfork wrote on August 05, 2014 at 4:08 pm

At least Illinois is in the top five for something other than debt.  The elite students need police protection when they are stumbling home in the wee hours.  C-U depends on their mommy, and daddy's money.  The visiting professors need the protection also.  Putting the poor under a 10 pm curfew would protect the elite who spend money while absorbing an education.

Sid Saltfork wrote on August 07, 2014 at 8:08 am

Must be a slow day in the "comments" for this to make it as "most commented".

SaintClarence27 wrote on August 08, 2014 at 8:08 am

It's been slow(er) since they changed the format to demand payment for more than 8 articles per month.

Sid Saltfork wrote on August 08, 2014 at 12:08 pm

First, they should publish more interesting articles.  Maybe, some in-depth reporting.  Second, the opinions should be more balanced.  The same old, neo-conservative opinions become trite over time.  However since it is the one, and only paper in the area; they can do whatever they want.

SaintClarence27 wrote on August 08, 2014 at 2:08 pm

I agree that they should balance the opinion page; however, I'm not sure what type of in-depth reporting you want.  More local?  The AP stuff is fine for state and world news, I suppose.

I *would* like to see more stories about the homeless issues here, more stories about court proceedings, and more stories about how federal and state-wide political issues actually affect locals (Not just what the locals THINK of the issues). I think these would all serve the public interest well.

As for your assertion that they can do whatever they want, I don't know. It doesn't seem like they are raking it in hand over fist or anything.