By Michael Pridemore and Kim Pridemore
This is an exciting time for college freshmen and their families. Many of these students are enrolling in colleges and universities throughout Illinois. There is great anticipation about the opportunities awaiting these young people as they embark on their college careers.
By Frank Cicero Jr.
The Independent Map constitutional amendment being contested in the Illinois Supreme Court presents the first opportunity ever for Illinois citizens to have their state legislative districts fairly apportioned without the partisan self-interests of legislators controlling the process.
By Ray Elliott
Throughout the 18 years of the Roger Ebert Film Festival, Roger and his staff have brought a number of important and significant movies and documentaries to the restored Virginia Theatre with themes exploring love, terminal illness, aging, organ donation, war and any number of other subjects of consequence.
By Ellen Nuss
A few months ago, a 90-year-old man from Tolono committed suicide by stepping in front of a train.
By Pat Quinn
When brave young Americans give their lives in the line of duty, we should honor their sacrifice by showing their families our wholehearted respect and admiration.
By John Shimkus
Many Americans served in Europe during the Cold War. I was one of them, serving on the border of the former Czechoslovakia from 1981 through 1984. I served in the 1st Battalion, 54th Infantry, a part of the 3rd Brigade of the 1st Armored Division. Our battle plan called us to defend the German town of Marktredwitz.
By Elizabeth Austin
On a fall day last year, my husband and I — both proud University of Illinois alums — went to Champaign to see our first football game in many years. It was a great day, and we were having a wonderful time.
By Mike Pemberton
"I bet that an 18-year-old Marine with his face down in the sand, under fire at Iwo Jima was thinking to himself, 'Gee, I'm glad I'm not a freshman at Notre Dame.'"
— Abe Lemons, basketball coach, circa 1972, responding to Notre Dame coach Digger Phelps about pressure associated with freshman eligibility in varsity sports.
By Gene Budig and Alan Heaps
In a matter of weeks, yes weeks, our colleges and universities will be in full swing for the 2016-17 school year.
And what can we expect? A survey of 12 college presidents and a review of the literature give us pretty clear insights. If pushed to define the upcoming academic year in a single word, the word would be "uncertainty."