Jeff D'Alessio

Jeff D'Alessio

The Spirit of 76: A look at the area's veteran population

According to the latest estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau, there are 15,008 veterans living among us across the area. They represent all branches of the military, served in five major conflicts and now call home all 76 incorporated area towns — from Foosland to Fithian. Other notable numbers we found while sifting through census data:

The Big 10 with Jeff D'Alessio, Dec. 16, 2018

Picking up where we left off last week, we assembled a second panel of UI professors and asked them to share a story about their own finals adventures as undergrads.

The Big 10 with Jeff D'Alessio, Dec. 9, 2018

Rest easy, students. No matter what you're about to experience during this frazzle fest known as finals week, odds are, a UI faculty member nearby went through the same thing once upon a time. Today, in the first of two parts, we asked 10 UI educators to share a story from their own finals adventures as undergrads.

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

Fear not, Illinoisans. Legalizing recreational marijuana, which J.B. Pritzker has vowed to do, does not mean we're about to become a state overrun by Cheeches and Chongs, say those in the know. We asked 10 residents of places where it's already legal to toke: What are we in for here?

Like Whitman, many former Illini are standing by their man

It's times like these that make 1960s Illini football star Bo Batchelder want to belt out a few bars of his favorite song.

"We're loyal to you, Illinois. We're orange and blue, Illinois. We'll back you to stand 'gainst the best in the land ..." the proud member of the UI's Class of '67 recited from his home in North Carolina.

The Big 10 with Jeff D'Alessio, Nov. 25, 2018

We're up to 1,507 alumni stories (with many more to come) at our special UI-at-150-and-beyond website. Among the new entries: 10 grads who reflect the diversity of campus and still have much to be thankful for, years after graduation day.


The Big 10 with Jeff D'Alessio, Thanksgiving Edition, Nov. 22, 2018

Here's a little slice of nice to go with your stuffing and cranberry sauce. In a bonus edition of the Big 10, picking up where we left off a few Sundays ago, we asked folks: What's the one random act of kindness that moved you the most?

Experts: This Thanksgiving, talk turkey, not politics

If your holiday gathering involves extended family, it's bound to happen today: Sometime between the Macy's parade and the turkey-induced naps, Uncle Ralph will try to steer the conversation you-know-where.

Smart money: CUSF hands out $60,000 in grants for 84 local school projects

For 70 lucky fifth-graders at Champaign's Kenwood Elementary: a trip to Chicago to take in a Percy Jackson-themed musical.

For the library bookshelves at Urbana's MLK Elementary: a slew of new titles written in Chinese, serving those students who speak little to no English.

Football coaching change would cost UI $12 million

The theme of WDWS' latest "Monday Morning Quarterbacks" show: How much would it cost to change Illini football coaches for the fifth time in 14 years? On the heels of Saturday's 63-0 Senior Day shellacking by Iowa and a week that saw Colorado, Kansas and Louisville all make coaching moves, here are a few nuggets you ought to know about LOVIE SMITH's status: