I like flying. But I especially enjoy train travel. I’ve lived my entire adult life in Champaign-Urbana, always within earshot of the railways. In fact, I’m distracted from my writing right now as I hear the whistle of the northbound Amtrak, running a few minutes late, according to my clock.

History is chock-full of dictators from divinely appointed monarchies to benevolent types who swept into power promising to be the peoples’ champion. For one reason or another, even the seemingly virtuous leaders developed a less-than-magnanimous streak leading to a usurpation of power, oppr…

Recently, with some disappointment, I heard Loren Tate describe the Chief Illiniwek controversy as “not solvable.” Certainly, Mr. Tate is entitled to weigh in on this issue, without doubt the defining debate of the past several decades for the UIUC community. Unfortunately, in this case, Mr.…

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I like flying. But I especially enjoy train travel. I’ve lived my entire adult life in Champaign-Urbana, always within earshot of the railways. In fact, I’m distracted from my writing right now as I hear the whistle of the northbound Amtrak, running a few minutes late, according to my clock.

History is chock-full of dictators from divinely appointed monarchies to benevolent types who swept into power promising to be the peoples’ champion. For one reason or another, even the seemingly virtuous leaders developed a less-than-magnanimous streak leading to a usurpation of power, oppr…

Recently, with some disappointment, I heard Loren Tate describe the Chief Illiniwek controversy as “not solvable.” Certainly, Mr. Tate is entitled to weigh in on this issue, without doubt the defining debate of the past several decades for the UIUC community. Unfortunately, in this case, Mr.…

By ROSEMARY LAUGHLINAnyone who has flown can recall unpleasant seat mates. I have a very memorable opposite.Chicago was our conversation starter. Bob Oliver grew up and worked there. He unfolded this story.Divorced and lonely, Bob socialized through his church. He met a lovely woman with a 6-year-old daughter.

By BLAINE WILHOUR, BRAD HALBROOK, DAVID McSWEENEY, DARREN BAILEY, CHRIS MILLER, ALLEN SKILLICORN, DAN CAULKINS and JOHN CABELLOTransportation is a vital part of the Illinois economy.

By DEBRA KARPLUSNo matter where you live, you're bound to encounter unwanted, sometimes pesky animals, large or small.For example, the summer I spent in Upper Peninsula Michigan in a beautiful cabin on Lake Superior. One of the most beautiful places I've ever seen, I was warned about dangerous black flies and aggressive bears.

By JAMES F. BURNSA bullet pinged past the soldier's ear as he crouched behind bushes near the frontlines. A soldier near him suddenly lurched forward, letting out a horrible scream as he crumpled to the ground and died. All gave some; some gave all.

By MIKE PEMBERTONI was 50 when the fresh-faced doctor gave me the news."You have hip impingement, I'm afraid," he said, as if he were comforting his elderly father. He cleared his throat. "Physical therapy will help. You can still run. Hike. Lift weights. Do yardwork. Stay active as possible. But, eventually, you'll need surgery. Oh, and no golf."

By DOUGLAS O'BRIENPockets of our country are experiencing a significant uptick in the number of measles cases.Measles is not a harmless childhood illness. It is actually a highly contagious, dangerous disease that can even be deadly.But measles is also easily preventable with a vaccine.

History of the month calendars will note President John F. Kennedy's birth on May 29, 1917.In January 1960, I was too young to vote. The qualification change from 21 to 18 came in 1971.However, I was from a politically aware family, and one thing was clear: We wanted Sen. John F. Kennedy from Massachusetts to be the Democratic candidate in the fall.

By DEBRA KARPLUSWe purchased the house from its original occupant, built in 1907 and located near Champaign's West Side Park, perfect for our young family. The former owner who grew up there seemed pleased to pass it along to us with our promise to take good care of the property. And we did.

By 40 NORTH | 88 WEST EXECUTIVE COMMITTEEWhat value can you assign to the vibrancy of a community? How do you quantify the positive impact that accessible arts and culture creates in the vitality of our daily lives?

The year 2035 may seem like a long way off. But so, at one time, did 2019.

By PETER BUCKLEYSo there I was, sitting in church in the same pew as my wife, my son, daughter-in-law and three beautiful granddaughters, ages 1, 4 and 6. I should add that my wife and daughter-in-law are beautiful too.

By DIANE BULLERWe bought the house, and the rock came with it. Our first house.Eleven years later, we moved across town for more house and less yard.A sentimentalist, I lamented the loss of a slice of life left behind. The cherry tree where my kiddos climbed a ladder to pick cherries for my annual cherry pie had to stay.

By DONNA REEDI remember when friends who live a few hours from here invited us to spend my husband's upcoming birthday with them. At the time of the invitation, that sounded like a definite "yes." Sometimes, however, as an event draws closer, things change.