Jeff D'Alessio

Jeff D'Alessio

There's a fine line on pot possession in C-U — and it runs down Wright Street

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Get caught in Urbana with a small amount of marijuana (and no state-issued medical-cannabis card) and it will run you $50. But violate the same ordinance on the Champaign side of Wright Street, and it will set you back $350 — minimum.


The Big 10 with Jeff D'Alessio, Nov. 11, 2018

We asked some the big winners from Election Day: What was the single-most emotional moment you experienced during this unforgettable past week?

The Big 10 with Jeff D'Alessio, Nov. 4, 2018

Picking up where we left off last Sunday, we asked this week's panel: What's the one act of kindness you witnessed that you won't forget anytime soon? (Have an anecdote you'd like to share? Email it to

Election 2018: An expert's takes on Harold, the House and old habits

With just three days to go until the polls open, we asked UI political science professor and occasional N-G contributor BRIAN GAINES for three predictions about Tuesday.

The Big 10: Random acts of kindness

We interrupt this nasty election season with a reminder that the world isn't as horrible a place as it may appear on cable TV. Today, in the first installment of a mini-series, we asked our panel: What's the random act of kindness you witnessed that you won't forget anytime soon? (Got a story you'd like to share?

The Big 10 with Jeff D'Alessio, Oct. 21, 2018

Look who's back for a ninth act — the mask-wearing, kitchen knife-carrying freak show that is Michael Myers. With the 'Halloween' reboot debuting on big screens this weekend in Champaign (15 showings today), Savoy (10) and Danville (three), we asked this week's panel: What gave you the willies as a kid?

Go figure, Oct. 16, 2018

A numerical look at local headlines:


Unit 4 students from Edison, Franklin and Jefferson middle schools who'll get a one-of-a-kind reward for finishing their homework.

The assignment: to read the award-winning fantasy novel 'Akata Witch' and issues of Marvel's 'Black Panther' comic book series.

The Big 10 with Jeff D'Alessio, Oct. 14, 2018

This being homecoming weekend, we asked 10 alums of note to tell us about the UI professor who had the most profound impact on them. For more memories like these, visit, our award-winning special site — now home to 1,422 alumni stories and growing by the day.

Election 2018 | And the survey says ...

Here's one thing Republicans, Democrats and independents alike can agree on: The Champaign County Board is far too partisan.

Election 2018 | Who's in, who's out for 2019

We learned last week that for the first time this century, SCOTT EISENHAUER's name won't appear on the ballot in Danville come spring. The city's four-term mayor is leaving Vermilion County for Rantoul, where he starts work as village administrator on Nov. 5.

We checked in on the candidacies of nine other sitting area mayors and village presidents whose terms end in the spring.