Jeff D'Alessio

Jeff D'Alessio

Election 2018 | And the survey says ...

Here's one thing Republicans, Democrats and independents alike can agree on: The Champaign County Board is far too partisan.

Election 2018 | Who's in, who's out for 2019

We learned last week that for the first time this century, SCOTT EISENHAUER's name won't appear on the ballot in Danville come spring. The city's four-term mayor is leaving Vermilion County for Rantoul, where he starts work as village administrator on Nov. 5.

We checked in on the candidacies of nine other sitting area mayors and village presidents whose terms end in the spring.

The Big 10 with Jeff D'Alessio, Oct. 14, 2018

This being homecoming weekend, we asked 10 alums of note to tell us about the UI professor who had the most profound impact on them. For more memories like these, visit, our award-winning special site — now home to 1,422 alumni stories and growing by the day.

Go figure, Oct. 12, 2018

A numerical look at local headlines:

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Area towns in the running for the bet-you-didn't-know-this-was-a-thing national Water Tower of the Year award.

The Big 10 with Jeff D'Alessio, Oct. 7, 2018

Saturday's Senate vote showed that #MeToo's work is far from finished, advocates say. But, they're quick to add, things are a lot better now than they were even just a few years ago. We asked influential women in a variety of fields for their take on how much progress has been made and how #MeToo will be remembered when we look back 20 years from now.


The Big 10 with Jeff D'Alessio, Sept. 30, 2018

With tuition talk making local headlines lately, we asked this week's panel of experts: On a 1-10 scale, with 10 being mission critical, how concerned are you about college affordability?

Rauner discusses pot, sports betting, wage laws in visit to N-G

Gov. BRUCE RAUNER spent the first day of early voting in C-U checking out the new Integrated Bioprocessing Research Laboratory after fielding questions at 15 Main St. from The News-Gazette's editorial board.

Among the things he had to say Thursday, 39 days before he faces Democrat J.B. Pritzker in the general election:

The Big 10 with Jeff D'Alessio, Sept. 23, 2018

Who says it's all fake news on TV these days? With the longest continuously running primetime program — '60 Minutes' — kicking off season No. 51 a week from tonight, we asked acclaimed journalists and ace interviewers to tell us about their most unforgettable Q&A session. Here are 10 such stories.

SJ-O's 2018 Hall of Fame class includes four multi-sport athletes

ST. JOSEPH — In his day, no one around here could catch ROBBY RING in the sprints.

In hers, few could go the distance like ASHLEY (WRIGHT) PADDOCK — a four-time all-stater in cross-country and track.

My Favorite Things: Heritage Superintendent Tom Davis

Among TOM DAVIS' titles these days: Heritage schools superintendent, district technology coordinator, high school principal ... and resident Cubs fanatic.