New Sustainers to The Public i!

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The Public i is happy to announce two new sustaining members, The Art Theater Co-op and Smile Politely.

Photo credit: Natasha Nuss

Photo credit: Natasha Nuss

The Art Theater Co-op is a century-old treasure in downtown Champaign (126 W. Church St.) that screens independent and international films in a classic cinema setting. It is also home to several local film festivals, including the recent Latin American Film Festival in September. A part of the national cooperative movement, the Theater is community owned. For more go to

SmilePolitelySmile Politely is an online magazine that covers local music, art, culture, sports, food, drink, and politics. It has published exposes on Jimmy John’s hunting photos, former Champaign Mayor’s birther comments, and Urbana Free Library’s book purging. The Public i and Smile Politely have worked together since 2009 when we produced a timeline for Kiwane Carrington. For more see or contact

Sustainers like these allow The Public i to stay free of advertisements. Contributions to The Public i are tax deductible. To make a donation contact:

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