Are We There Yet?

Are We There Yet?

Not throwing away his big shot

Bagging $10,000 for a halfcourt shot gave Austin Triplett a chance to invest in the future — not just for himself but for young children in Mexico.

Wave of hope on a cold Iowa day

Like almost everyone else I know, I’ve been feeling beaten down by the onslaught of bad news.

Hurricanes and wildfires. Mass shootings and mail bombs. Hateful political rhetoric, including from the highest office in the land. Anger everywhere.

'It doesn't stop with an opinion'

A pair of educators are teaming up to give college students and fourth-graders new tools to fight prejudice and racial separatism — a project that took on new significance with the appearance of white nationalist stickers on campus last week.

Home or campus? First-time voters weigh options

For most college freshmen, the November midterm election will be their first chance to vote in a federal general election.

With Election Day approaching — and given heightened political awareness this year — efforts to get out the student vote are in high gear. Those involved in myriad campus voter registration drives at the University of Illinois say they’re seeing more interest.

A date with history in soggy shoes

There I was, walking my dog in the rain on the morning I might be meeting the president.

I wasn’t certain at that point, knowing only that I would be covering Barack Obama’s speech at Foellinger Auditorium, along with more than two dozen reporters.

Must-have for college move-in day: shopping

My sister was in Target the other day and overheard the following conversation:

Mom 1: “My daughter and her roommate are getting matching comforters for their dorm room.”

Mom 2: “I asked my son about that. He said, ‘What’s a comforter?’”

That kind of sums up life with teenage boys, amplified on college move-in day.

Summer fun with 'Hopscotchium'

The neighbors on Champaign’s Elm Boulevard are a close-knit bunch, with traditions dating back decades.

Stressed? Unplug before you go outside

You’re sick of sitting at your computer and decide to go outside for a break.

It’s a natural impulse, especially in these mild summer months, and it makes sense. Research shows being in nature helps restore your brain’s ability to focus.

A colorful gathering place

The Turquoise Table movement may be catching on in Champaign-Urbana.

A few months ago, after writing about a trend that started in Austin, Texas, to encourage neighborly connections, I got an email from local real estate broker Debbie Hensleigh.

Turns out she was way ahead of me.