Jeff D'Alessio

Jeff D'Alessio

'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.

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.

Go figure, Sept. 12, 2018

A numerical look at local headlines:

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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.

The Big 10 with Jeff D'Alessio, Aug. 26, 2018

Welcome to town, UI Class of 2022. Picking up where we left off last week, we asked all-star alumni for words of wisdom they'd offer the freshman class on the eve of classes starting.

Go Figure, Aug. 21, 2018

Take a bow, Danville. You produced two of the three greatest Illinois-born actors of all-time, according to online voting in the Illinois Top 200 project, a yearlong series being held in conjunction with the state's bicentennial birthday.

All-star alums offer a few words of advice for the UI Class of '22

With the Class of 2022 about to descend upon Champaign-Urbana, we asked 10 UI alums who've gone on to big things for words of wisdom they'd offer the incoming freshman class.