Jeff D'Alessio

Jeff D'Alessio

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.


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.

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?

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:

The Big 10 with Jeff D'Alessio, Nov. 18, 2018

Before putting Nov. 6 in the rear-view, we caught up with another cast of local candidates — winners and runners-up, Rs, Ds and one I) — and asked: What was the most emotional moment of election week for you?

UI at 150: 'A safe and communal place'

Among the 1,494 (and growing by the day) alumni stories you'll find on our special UI-at-150-and-beyond website is one from Facebook rising star ARIELLE GROSS ('11), who continues to do her UI professors and teachers at five Champaign schools proud.

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

Weigh in: Submit a letter to the editor

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?