UI's game studies symposium kicks off with speaker who's got plenty

Dan Cermak is a gamer — and not just the video-game variety.

In fact, the man who spent 15 years at Volition supervising the design and production of hit video games like "Saints Row" hardly plays them at all now that he's semi-retired.

Illinois Ancestors | New issue of 'Irish Lives Remembered' available

Anyone with an interest in genealogical research in Ireland will be pleased to know that another issue of the online genealogy magazine "Irish Lives Remembered" (Issue 39, Winter 2017), can now be read/downloaded at; click "view latest edition." This free, 84-page issue includes five special articles related

Top of the Morning, April 2, 2018

You haven't been fooled; commenting really is no longer allowed at But there's plenty of other ways to reach us.

News-Gazette ending online comments


The time has come.

After lengthy debate — perhaps too lengthy for some — we're eliminating the commenting feature on our website. The change goes into effect today.

Wired In: Madelyn Walters

Each week, staff writer Paul Wood talks with a high-tech difference-maker. This week, meet MADELYN WALTERS, who was one of Granular's first employees at the University of Illinois Research Park in Champaign and is now a product manager. She also knows her steers.

Rich Warren | Surround yourself with sound

Nothing written here would qualify as an April fool. So much of consumer electronics and home entertainment verges on outlandish that any joke or hoax about a new product or future development would qualify as unbelievable. Thus, we won't go into the new nuclear-powered smart phone with five-year battery life or the 128K TV being introduced at the next CES.

Entertainment listings, March 29-April 5, 2018


Park district egg hunts


What: Bring your basket and flashlight and join Lite Rock 97.5 WHMS to hunt for eggs filled with prizes. For ages 18 and older. Be on the lookout for the bronze, silver and gold eggs for a chance to win prize packages.

When: Registration on-site, 7 p.m.; egg pursuit, 8:10 to 9 p.m. March 30.

Top of the Morning, March 29, 2018

A couple of notes on upcoming special projects:

— Dean Rich (the pairing of Mascoutah's RON ALSUP and Champaign's RICK ALSUP) played in News-Gazette Media's lobby on Wednesday, giving our video series "Music on Main" its first dose of country and western.

Illinois Ancestors | Civil War veterans tabulated in special 1890 census

Professional genealogist Amy Johnson Crow has written an informative article about the Special Census for Union Veterans of the Civil War that was conducted in 1890. Her article can be read at

Campus Conversation: Martin Burke

That aspirin you take for your headache? It shuts down a hyperactive enzyme that is causing the pain.

What concerns University of Illinois chemistry Professor MARTIN BURKE are diseases that are missing those proteins, so traditional medicines like aspirin don't work.