Jim Rossow

Jim Rossow

Top of the Morning, Sept. 21, 2017

RICK RIDINGS doesn't care who wins the car that his Ford dealership is donating to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey.

"It could be the staunchest of Chevy guys, and I'd still be happy," the longtime Monticello car dealer said. "A perfect stranger could win. This isn't about business. This is about good will."

Top of the Morning, Sept. 20, 2017

Following up on a lead from Hoopeston Area's ARIEL REEVES, one of our High School Confidential correspondents:

From Houston to Hoopeston

Hoopeston Area High School has more than its lovable Cornerjerker mascot to rally around.

Tate: I'll take Jeff George

There was a time when Illinois was known for its talent at quarterback.From the day Dave Wilson torched Ohio State in 1980 to Juice Williams' Rose Bowl season of 2007, the man under center often put up prolific numbers.

In this week's podcast, "Tatelines: Unedited," 51-year columnist Loren Tate weighs in on his favorite Illini quarterbacks.

2017-18 High School Confidential: Week 1

Welcome to Year 2 of High School Confidential, a project involving 34 area high school students who will write weekly for The News-Gazette and news-gazette.com. We’ll introduce each of the budding journalists throughout the school year. The panel:

Top of the Morning, Sept. 19, 2017

I'm happy to announce that our second class of High School Confidential correspondents is coming together.

To recap: Last year, we invited one budding journalist from every area high school to contribute weekly in these pages and at news-gazette.com. The students went above and beyond in a project that won both state and national awards.

Top of the Morning, Sept. 17, 2017

Enddy Almonord typically spends Thanksgiving Day with family: at the dinner table, movie theater and shopping mall.

Not this year.

Top of the Morning, Sept. 16, 2017

JUSTIN RANDALL wasn't surprised that I tracked him down after his photo next to ROD BLAGOJEVICH resurfaced with Jim Dey's column in Wednesday's News-Gazette.

"Every time he does something — and something seems to pop up every 6-12 months — I hear about that picture," Randall said. "It never goes away."

Top of the Morning, Sept. 14, 2017

The sellout crowd at Tuesday's concert at the Virginia Theatre enjoyed the performance of both ZZ Top and the band's promoter.

PETER KERNAN took the stage to announce that hometown favorites REO Speedwagon would be returning to the Virginia on Feb. 8.

Top of the Morning, Sept. 13, 2017

Tuscola third-grader TAYLOR WILSON has mixed emotions as she readies for her first appearance in a parade.

"Excited and scared," she said. Scared because "people will be looking" at her. And excited because of the candy she "will get to eat."

Top of the Morning, Sept. 12, 2017

SHAWN HOEFER was not among the thousands of people who took in last weekend's Arcola Broom Corn Festival. The Arkansas man beat the crowd by hand-delivering his contest brooms earlier in the week.