Jeff D'Alessio

Jeff D'Alessio

SJ-O's 2018 Hall of Fame class includes four multi-sport athletes

ST. JOSEPH — In his day, no one around here could catch ROBBY RING in the sprints.

In hers, few could go the distance like ASHLEY (WRIGHT) PADDOCK — a four-time all-stater in cross-country and track.

My Favorite Things: Heritage Superintendent Tom Davis

Among TOM DAVIS' titles these days: Heritage schools superintendent, district technology coordinator, high school principal ... and resident Cubs fanatic.

The Big 10: Triumph in Calgary, tragedy in Lockerbie

Where were you 30 years ago, when we said hello to 'The Wonder Years,' wait-till-next-year to fans of other Big Ten basketball teams, and welcome back to NASA's space shuttle program after a 2½-year break? That's the topic for this week's panelists, who shared with us a memory from 1988.

UI at 150: A janitor's son — and proud of it

Memory No. 1,399 on our special UI-at-150-and-beyond website comes from Kansas financial-services executive, film producer and Illini athletics donor PHILIP SARNECKI, who grew up in Homer and St. Joseph.

'Use your voice': A few words with 2018 Woman of Distinction Jennifer Roscoe

Tonight at the Illinois Terminal, the Girl Scouts of Central Illinois will honor WCIA newscaster, UI Class of '93 alumna and active volunteer JENNIFER ROSCOE as their 2018 Woman of Distinction. On the eve of the annual Diamonds, Desserts & Distinction gala, Roscoe took time out to answer a few questions.

Go figure, Sept. 12, 2018

A numerical look at local headlines:

2 of the last 6

Recipients of Time magazine's Person of the Year honor booked for speaking gigs this month at Foellinger Auditorium.

Fresh off last week's appearance by BARACK OBAMA, UI officials announced Tuesday that TARANA BURKE will speak to students at 7 p.m. on Sept. 18.

The Big 10: A look back at 1968, a year of tragedy and triumph

If you think the times we live in now are tumultuous, you must not be old enough to remember what life was like a half-century ago.

1968 brought a newsy mix of tragedy and triumph, with headlines about iconic leaders we lost too early and groundbreaking debuts that had lasting impacts.

Go figure, Sept. 6, 2018

A numerical look at local headlines:


Estimated cost of replacing a metal panel in an elevator at the Illini Union.

The reason: Someone scratched a swastika — about 2 inches in size, says UIPD's PATRICK WADE — into a mirror-like panel.

The Big 10 with Jeff D'Alessio, Sept. 2, 2018

With Krannert set to turn the big 5-0 later this school year, we'll catch up with those who've both starred on-stage and worked off it from time to time between now and April. This week, we ask our panel of 10: We say Krannert, you say ... what?

Keeping students cool no easy task for some area districts

Four places you didn't want to be around lunchtime early last week, when the thermometer flirted with triple digits and the best heat-beating techniques involved dimming lights, cracking windows and keeping water bottles close by:

— Anywhere at Monticello High School other than the air conditioned cafeteria or media center. In a word: "miserable," senior Nicki Sheafe says.