On today's panel: Students from Champaign's Dr. Howard, Edison and Westview; Urbana Middle School and Yankee Ridge; Rantoul's Northview and J.W. Eater; and Danville's Garfield Elementary.
Joe Stovall on Terry Cole and Walt Jackson ... Tameka Phillips on the Rev. Cyprus Hughes ... Stacy Walton Long on Henry Meares ... Anthony Figueroa on Blanton Bondurant and Coleman Carrodine.
“The University of Illinois Police Department was my home for 28 years, and with it came a certain comfort level. However, applying for chief of police in Rantoul was the best decision of my life.”
Did you know that Abraham Lincoln spent several weeks in our county every year for nearly 20 years?
This month’s article is a feature from my intern, Kenny Kolke, an interdisciplinary health sciences student at the University of Illinois. Kenny has expressed an interest in health education, and this month, I hope you learn from his article. Enjoy.
A graduate of Champaign Central High School, Mr. Wills was an undersized center on the football team that won a Big 12 Conference championship. Later, he was a part of two Hall of Fame softball teams.
1999 Centennial graduate is a professor of African American Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University, with a significant portion of her research focused on Black female representation in comic books.
Gia Lewis-Smallwood on Hester Suggs ... Clarissa Nickerson Fourman on Carol Bradford ... Tracy Parsons on Henry Meares and Ernie Westfield ... Rickey Williams Jr. on Jackie Brown ... Shawna Cooper-Gibson on Jackie Matthews ... Kareem Richardson on Chaun Carter.
Guest narrating today's trip down memory lane: Paul Lewis, former Secret Service agent Tim McCarthy, Judy Woodruff, Mike Schmidt, Randy Wittman, a pair of Illini astronauts, the Hon. Rita Garman, a dozen as-seen-on-MTV '80s acts and more special guests.
Donations made to Silver Hearts are accounted for by Quest church, but the group needs more money to keep their grocery deliveries going.
In Black History Month tribute to a recently honored coach, Jason Carrodine and Charlotte Carrodine-Killebrew write about life lessons learned while growing up the son and daughter of Coleman Carrodine.
Tracy Parsons will address gun violence before the Champaign City Council and the efforts that are being made to reduce the number of shootings this year.
Champaign-Urbana Special Recreation helped Greg Garland’s son blossom, then countless kids did the same under his coaching.
Phyllis Blanden “was a beautiful woman with a big heart. She spread love to everyone and anyone who would come into her life, even those she didn’t know.”
Our salute to Black History Month kicks off with area educators weighing in on long-overdue changes coming to social studies class in Illinois, directors of films on African American icons telling us what they learned about their subjects, a look at the local lineup of events this week and more.
DANVILLE — When Douglas Toole started working at the Vermilion County Health Department office as a part-time summer worker, he didn’t even have a place to fill out paperwork.
After former Illinois assistant coach Jimmy Collins died in December, Stephen Bardo put together a Zoom call with fellow former Illini to talk about their coach.
“He was so serious but such a gentleman,” said local golfing legend Joe Thompson of his decades-long friend, Everett Krueger.
In chapter 2 of a multi-part series, we asked area elementary and middle school students: What’s the one thing you most look forward to doing again once COVID-19 is in the rear-view mirror?
"Martin Luther King talked about a beloved community in which you have a vision where policies, procedures and practices are in place to look out for our neighbors, where those who are disadvantaged have what they need."
CHAMPAIGN — Ricardo Diaz is no stranger to advocating for social change. When he first became involved in pushing for immigration policy change with peaceful marches in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware in the mid-2000s, he was awarded the Martin Luther King Jr. Award.
"I do think Dr. King and the dream are still relevant. It’s going to take all of us — every color, every ethnicity, every economic status — to sit at the table and come up with what the dream looks like."
“It’s scary. It’s painful. You can’t breathe,” Champaign attorney Gail Rogers says. “It’s a scary feeling when you can’t breathe. I’ve never felt anything like that.”