Jeff D'Alessio

Jeff D'Alessio

In focus in 2019: The Mueller Investigation

Throughout this week, we'll turn to the experts — UI professors — to educate us on the issues they believe will make front-page headlines in 2019.

Today: BRIAN GAINES, on the 2020 election storyline he'll be paying closest attention to in the year ahead.

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

Debuting today and continuing from time to time throughout 2019: the Big 10, how-to edition, where we seek out expert advice on a variety of topics. (Got one you'd like us to pursue? Shoot an email to

How to speak in public like the most popular TED Talk presenters of all-time.

Looking back on 2018: Who's your Person of the Year?

Before we say toodle-oo to 2018, we asked a panel of people from around C-U: Who's your pick for Person of the Year?

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

We asked 10 leading women who've gone on to do Alma proud to tell us about a UI faculty member who made a mark on them. For 1,533 more stories like these, check out our special UI-at-150-and-beyond website at, which we're adding to daily.

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.