Marcus Jackson

Marcus Jackson

The MJS: I'm great award

I'M GREAT AWARD: Kyrie Irving

Getting Personal: Stanley Ikenberry

Staff writer Marcus Jackson spoke with the man who led the UI from 1979 to 1995 and again in 2010 ahead of his return to campus this week for UI Foundation weekend.

Are you doing anything professionally these days?

Clergy Corner, Oct. 13, 2017

CHAMPAIGN — After 43 years in the ministry with stops in California and Washington before coming to First Presbyterian Church in 2006, Pastor CHUCK CARLSON is calling it a career after Sunday's service.

And what a service it will be.

#TheMJs, Oct. 13, 2017

On Fridays, staff writer Marcus Jackson (@MarcusJ_NG) provided a glance at the best Twitter has to offer. Here's one last look as his tenure at The News-Gazette comes to an end:

UI sorority: Fixes needed on stretch of road where pledge hit by car

URBANA — After a University of Illinois student pledging the Alpha Gamma Delta sorority was struck by a vehicle on Lincoln Avenue near the chapter's house last month, members expressed concern about the dangers that stretch of the road presents to those crossing the street.

Marcus Jackson/About Town: Good news, bad news ... and the last word

A year or so into my time at The News-Gazette, sports writer Jeff Mezydlo left the paper to take a job in the Chicago area.

Man's history plays role in 38-year sentence

URBANA — Saying he needed to fashion a sentence that will deter individuals in similar situations from committing similarly heinous offenses, a Champaign County judge sentenced an Urbana man who participated in an armed robbery of a gas station to 38 years in prison.

The MJs: WRONG ROUTE AWARD: Cam Newton

WRONG ROUTE AWARD: Cam Newton

Where's the buzz?

CHAMPAIGN — At Pia's Sports Bar on Friday night, seats were hard to come by as the Cubs' playoff opener against the Nationals played out on nine TVs.

"We expect most games to be standing-room-only," co-owner Chad Pitcher said.

Jimmy John's founder ready to head to Great White North

CHAMPAIGN — Since he started his sandwich-making enterprise in 1983 with a modest shop near the Eastern Illinois campus in Charleston, Jimmy John Liautaud has opened more than 2,800 restaurants in the United States. And within the next year or so, Jimmy John's is expected to open its first international franchise, setting up shop north of the border.