Jeff D'Alessio

Jeff D'Alessio

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.

The Big 10 with Jeff D'Alessio, June 17, 2018

With so much recent buzz about historic buildings — Burnham Mansion, Bresee Tower, PNC's downtown home — we asked area architects: What's the one local structure you didn't have a hand in creating but can't get enough of?

On second try, Dems nominate Douglas for county board seat

In the latest twist in a monthlong drama, Democratic precinct committee members have chosen attorneyTracy Douglas to fill the 22nd seat on the Champaign County Board.

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

We asked 10 women who've appeared on a variety of stages: What do you make of Miss America saying bye bye to bikinis and evening gowns and hello to a competition that's open to women of all shapes and sizes?

Past Miss America participants welcome new CEO's changes

It's one thing to parade across the stage in heels and an evening gown, with millions watching on national TV.

But it's quite another to do the same wearing nothing but a swimsuit and a sash — even in the days before high-definition television.