I brought my car to the dealer for routine maintenance, and it was “kidnapped.” A huge ransom was demanded if I wanted it back; otherwise, it would be sold.
"Over the last 25-plus years, I have experienced many unique, interesting and challenging cases. During those tough cases, when I’ve seen the results of my work give a victim closure, that’s where it reaffirms to me that I made the right career choice."
This guest commentary was co-signed by 84 Illinois school superintendents, including Clinton's Curt Nettles, DeLand-Weldon's Amanda Geary, Gifford Grade School's Jay Smith, Oakwood's Larry Maynard, LeRoy's Gary Tipsord and Sullivan's Ted Walk.
When it comes to paying for athletics facilities, UI Labor and Employment Relations Professor Michael LeRoy writes, "we all deserve to be part of that important financial conversation."
The $3.5 trillion budget proposal moving through Congress would do much to strengthen America’s safety net.
He wasn’t a big man in most ways. He didn’t have much in the way of worldly possessions. But that didn’t matter. He wasn’t the kind of man you measured that way.
'My cousin, Gayle Franzen, was the director of the Illinois Department of Corrections. I attended a family reunion, and he showed up with a security detail that sat at the end of the driveway as his personal security. I remember thinking that was the coolest thing ever.'
Imagine a husband going to his wife with a grand scheme to get his family out of the financial trouble they’re in. Out-of-control spending and too much debt has made a mess of their lives, and his wife has been asking him for years to scale down spending and cut back excesses. Unfortunately,…
Live music has always been part of my life. Growing up in the 1950s and ’60s, like other kids my age, I took piano lessons. My parents were certain that an inept piano teacher was the reason I didn’t become a virtuoso; they dismissed the idea that playing piano simply wasn’t my forte.
'I believe that we have been far safer during the last 20 years than most sensible people predicted in the aftermath of that horrible day,' writes one-time Urbana resident Paul Wolfowitz, deputy secretary of defense under President George W. Bush.
A friend was visiting me from California for the week. She watched my 4-year-old son while I walked my first-grade daughter to elementary school.
'Until this country makes serious strides toward eradicating racism, poverty, patriarchy and militarism, we will have learned nothing from the painful truths of 9/11,' UI Professor Erik S. McDuffie writes in a guest column.
In the spring of 1979, I graduated from Champaign Central High School. By late 1980, I was a 20-year-old in the U.S. Army, and just finishing an intensive year in radar training for a Western Electric surface-to-air missile (SAM) system.
Retired Marine Col. David Elliott Severance, who had just turned 102 on Feb. 4, passed away Aug. 2 at his home in La Jolla, Calif. The colonel will be buried with military honors on Sept. 15 next to his wife at the cemetery adjacent to the Miramar Marine Corps Air Station.
"For me, the passengers of Flight 73 represent what I believe about the United States — that when we are challenged and work together, we can overcome the odds and save the future of this great country for our children’s children and generations to come," Doug Fink writes.
"Mayor Marlin skillfully worked the NAACP's 10 Shared Principles into the policy, demonstrating collaboration on problem solving with community organizations and finally addressing de-escalation," the NAACP's Minnie Pearson writes. "This all bodes well for building mutual respect and trust between communities of color and the Urbana Police Department."
As news of a second plane hitting the second tower broke, Champaign immigrant Habeeb Habeeb had one thought: “'They came after us in Lebanon, and here they are coming after us in the USA,' I told myself."
"From the beginning, I truly enjoyed getting out and talking with the student community. Making a difference in the lives of the students became my goal," says the former Illini soccer star.
'What can be expected over the next four to six weeks? Many more infections in the community due to the more contagious Delta variant, and the accompanying increase in hospitalizations, particularly among those unvaccinated,' write the UI's Sheldon Jacobson and Dr. Janet Jokela.
Weighing in with their view of last week's controversy are the seven members of the Mahomet-Seymour school board: Max McComb, Jeremy Henrichs, Ken Keefe, Meghan Hennesy, Justin Lamb, Sunny McMurry and Colleen Schultz.
I imagine there are great qualities about living in a big city or suburb, but I would not know. I have lived my entire life in the same rural community.
Our problems are fixable: fiscal instability and debt; an unbalanced revenue system too reliant on the property tax; a national perception for being a corrupt state, and a mediocre K-12 education system.
My daughter had recently moved into a new home, and I was doing Dad duty by pulling weeds in her backyard when suddenly I heard a women’s voice call, “Yoo-hoo, over here!”
"Putting an end to gun violence requires more than just a law-enforcement response. It requires changing the mindset of those who are carrying the guns and pulling the triggers," Champaign County State's Attorney Julia Rietz writes in a guest column in Thursday's News-Gazette.
"As a child, you think of all the things you want to become — I wanted to be a soldier, a gymnast, a tap dancer, a cop, an artist and a teacher, among a few other careers. Sometimes, you choose your career. Sometimes, God does it for you, and you’ve just got to listen."
Last month, to no avail, 200-plus superintendents statewide co-signed a letter asking Gov. J.B. Pritzker and state schools Superintendent Carmen Ayala to let districts decide which pandemic precautions to take. With classes set to resume this week and a K-12 mask mandate in place, Regional O…
"Climate change is a paramount threat to human health. If not contained, climate change stands to outrank all other health problems in importance, with the possible exception of nuclear war," writes Carle Dr. David M. Main.
A digital civil-rights group says Illinois’ Vax Verify program is a step in the wrong direction and the worst it has seen yet.
Let me introduce you to 95-year-old World War II veteran, retired farmer, writer and painter Alvin Decker of Philo, who has kept quite busy in retirement.