Tom Kacich

Tom Kacich

Tom Kacich | Stadium not originally part of UI's Memorial idea

It wasn't long after the Great War had ended and soldiers began returning home from Europe in 1919 that administrators at the University of Illinois began debating how best to honor those who had enlisted and who had died in the war.

Tom Kacich | 2018's takeaway: Don't believe everything you hear

Adios, 2018. Most of us won't miss this year. Here are some quotes to help hasten its departure.

Illinois football coach Lovie Smith in January: "Where we were, it's just tough duty in the Big Ten. Are we going to be better this year? Yes, we are.

Tom Kacich | Lawmakers may gamble on a casino bill again

With a renewed push for casino expansion in Illinois — particularly a facility on the south side of Chicago that has been suggested by outgoing Mayor Rahm Emanuel — state Sen. Scott Bennett has restarted talk of a casino in Danville.

Tom's #Mailbag, Dec. 21, 2018

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Happy 5th birthday to the Mailbag, which debuted Dec. 21, 2013, with this question: "With the Peoria schools once again in the Big 12, how about some history on the Big 12 Conference?"

Tom Kacich | Christmas 1918: 'Quietude and somber reflection'

Even though a brutal and economically taxing world war had ended about six weeks earlier, Christmas in Champaign-Urbana in 1918 was hardly a celebration.

Tom Kacich | In 13th District race, almost no dollar was left unspent

Rep. Rodney Davis and his Democratic challenger, Betsy Dirksen Londrigan, nearly drained their campaign funds in the 13th Congressional District race narrowly won last month by Davis, reports show.

Davis reported about $93,000 left in his campaign fund on Nov. 26, and Londrigan had but $10,111 remaining.

Bicentennial celebration: Take the quiz

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For the 200th birthday of the state of Illinois, we celebrate some of its history with this quiz, courtesy longtime News-Gazette reporter Tom Kacich: