Jim Rossow

Jim Rossow

Best of 2014 in pictures

From snowstorms to floods, from campus unrest to high school celebrations ... The News-Gazette photo staff was on the scene in 2014.

We asked photo editor John Dixon and staff photographers Heather Coit, Rick Danzl, Holly Hart and Robin Scholz for their best photographs — and, boy, did they deliver.


Merry Christmas!

Do you have a Christmas story to tell? Let columnist Tom Kacich know about it here

For the 12 days leading up to Christmas, we spotlighted a dozen area do-gooders, from a retirement home piano player to a toy driver coordinator. 

The stories are definitely worth a second look:

Top of the morning, Dec. 24, 2014

Top of the morning, Dec. 23, 2014

Last week, following up on John Katsinas’ Hall of Fame of closed C-U restaurants that ran in this space, we asked our N-G Facebook crowd for their favorite former food joint.


When Nick Anderson beat Indiana with a buzzer-beating heave in 1989, WDWS announcers Jim Turpin and Loren Tate went, well, crazy. 

Voice of the Illini Jim Turpin: "Anderson hits it! Anderson hits it! Anderson hits it! Illinois wins! Illinois wins! Illinois wins! Illinois wins!"

Top of the Morning, Dec. 21, 2014

Today's chat: How bad is Mizzou?

Marcus Jackson's chat starts at 12:30 p.m. Thursday. Submit questions of any kind —recruiting, Braggin' Rights, NCAA tourney projections — by clicking here.

Here's a quick look at why Missouri is an underdog Saturday:


Top of the Morning, Dec. 17, 2014

What restaurant does C-U need? Tell Tom Kacich here and he'll hunt down an answer

Are Illini in the running for Tori McCoy?

Women's basketball beat writer SCOTT RICHEY is answering your questions at 2 p.m. today. Submit them now by clicking here

Trending topics include ...

— Tori McCoy's season-ending injury and how it impacts the 5-star's recruitment

Top of the Morning, Dec. 16, 2014

We're off to a warmer-than-usual start in December. But, according to in-house meteoroligist Greg Soulje (@gregagwx), there's still a chance for a white Christmas.

"In the ever-so-slightest sense," he said Monday. "There may be 3/4 to 1 1/2 inches of snow on the ground across East Central Illinois and the C-U area. This snow system arrives around Dec. 23-24.