Jeff D'Alessio

Jeff D'Alessio

The Big 10 with Jeff D'Alessio, July 15, 2018

This being fair season, we tracked down 10 local animal lovers photographed as kids through the years by The News-Gazette and asked them to tell us about the most memorable animal they ever showed.

Go figure: Order of Lincoln Edition, July 13, 2018

Three former Illini and one of Champaign's finest will join Ronald Reagan, Jean Driscoll, Walter Payton and other acclaimed Illinoisans as winners of the state's top honor for professional achievement and public service.

Supreme Court vacancy: Prepare for a game-changer, experts say

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In this partisan-as-ever country we call home, there's one thing even the far, far left and far, far right agree on.

The Big 10 with Jeff D'Alessio, July 8, 2018

Picking up where we left off two weeks ago, we asked 10 'townies' from Champaign County high schools to tell us about their favorite places and spaces on the UI campus. (They're among 1,290 former UI students and staff whose first-person stories you'll find on our continuously updated website,

Go figure, July 4, 2018

A numerical look at local headlines, by Editor JEFF D'ALESSIO:

The Big 10 with Jeff D'Alessio, July 1, 2018

Bruce Rauner isn't the first governor to wish life came with rewind and delete buttons. Given his slight of Champaign-Urbana, we asked politicians near and far: What's the line you wanted to take back soon after saying it?

The Big 10 with Jeff D'Alessio, June 24, 2018

Attending college in your hometown comes with its pluses (saving moolah) and minuses (mom and dad for housemates). Take it from these 10 C-U natives turned Illini townie success stories, who shared with us their UI memories, among the 1,285 you'll now find at

UI at 150: 'What a life-changing moment'

Memory No. 1,281 on our special UI-at-150 website comes from EMILY JAENSON, who last month became the highest-ranking female in all of minor league baseball:

Census: County's Asian population on the rise

Come 2035, the number crunchers at the Census Bureau report, history will be made: For the first time, there will be more people over age 65 (78 million) than under 18 (76.4 million) living in the U.S.

The fine print: C-U budgets

With budget talks commanding city councils' attention Monday night (Urbana) and tonight (Champaign), The News-Gazette sifted through pages and pages of financial estimates for a little compare-and-contrast.