Charlie Dukes wrote things worth reading and did things worth writing about. And now he truly rests in peace, Ray Elliott writes in a tribute to his fellow veteran.
Writes former Champaign County Judge Chase Leonhard: "Penitentiary space should be reserved for offenders who are violent or incorrigible, while community-based sentencing for most other offenders should be both expanded and enhanced."
'A belief system that has been the foundation of this country, and nurtured, and taught, for 400 years is not going to be erased or eradicated in one year. It may very well take another 400 years for that to happen.'
'If we want to emerge from the pandemic stronger and better, we all need to be more connected,' state legislators Scott Bennett and Rita Mayfield write.
A message to our community and those near and far from Champaign Police Chief Anthony Cobb
Throughout this past year, I have become well acquainted with Netflix, Amazon Prime, Disney Plus and other television viewing choices. Although I tune in to local news and weather, for most of my screen watching these days, I step outside the major networks.
This spring, as the Illinois General Assembly and governor were cobbling together a general-fund budget for fiscal year 2022, there was a significant amount of new revenue on the table.
"We all have a part in creating community violence, including not only what we choose to focus on, but also what we are choosing to ignore or leave to others to fix," writes Minnie Pearson, president of the NAACP Champaign County Branch.
On June 4, Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed new state House and Senate district maps into law. The Illinois Senate Redistricting Committee and Illinois Redistricting websites provided pictures of the proposed maps. They also allow anyone to draw their own and submit them for consideration.
In America, we celebrate Flag Day on June 14. Although the date holds great significance, it is not an official national holiday. Only one state, Pennsylvania, has designated the day as an official state holiday.
Back in the early ’90s, when I was teaching at Urbana High School and still publishing the cultural journalism project Tales from the General Store, the acquittal of four Los Angeles police officers in the Rodney King beating resulted in him asking the age-old question, “Can we all get along…
The U.S. livestock industry continues to meet growing demand for its products around the world while reducing its carbon footprint.
Climate change is one of the most pressing problems facing society today. Climate change can be attributed largely to the increased levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, and its effects are numerous and severe.
'I look forward to the new generation of officers who approach crime in their buildings just as tenacious as they approach crime in our streets.'
'I want respect, and genuine concern, not a public show that fades away in time. It doesn’t take all people believing the same, but it does take people willing to go the extra mile for one another and remain true to what they say they believe.'
Your guide on today’s virtual tour of memorable places and spaces on and around campus: Evolution, Ecology and Behavior Professor ALISON BELL, who during the just-completed school year was among 489 leading scientists nationwide who were elected fellows of the American Association for the Ad…
'Illinois agencies provide the homes and care that make this life possible for people with disabilities, but they are severely underfunded and chronically understaffed,' writes Champaign mother Debra Ruesch.
'Cheering on Ayo (Dosunmu), Kofi (Cockburn) and Andre (Curbelo), and talking to them, is easy. Cheering on and talking to that former drug addict, store clerk, restaurant dishwasher and homeless man is the challenge.'
Every Friday morning, I have the good fortune to meet up with five retired sheriffs from central Illinois to eat breakfast. These men were, at one time, the top law-enforcement officers in Coles, Douglas, Edgar, Moultrie and Piatt counties.
Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza is touting a huge decrease in the state’s backlog of unpaid bills as a “remarkable” achievement, citing her office’s “daily diligent management” of cash flow. This would be like me bragging about reducing my credit-card debt after I took out loans to pay d…
“I fear that this new policy without a means of accountability will simply result in the current slowed vaccination rate grinding to a permanent halt," writes former IDPH Director Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck.
Illinois is blessed with the black gold that feeds America: rich, deep soils that make it one of the highest-producing regions in the world. Agriculture is the largest economic sector in the state, and Illinois is among the top producers of corn and soybeans in the nation. My family has been…
This month is Lupus Awareness Month, and Friday is Put on Purple Day. I hope you will join me in wearing something purple that day and telling people why, so that we can raise awareness of lupus, Champaign's Cindy Brya writes.
"There are two broad budget problems on the UIUC campus: lack of transparency, and the priority treatment of athletics over 51,354 UIUC students and their faculty and staff," Professor Michael LeRoy writes.
Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm recently said the United States should “replicate” Germany’s taxpayer-funded efforts to transition to renewable energy. Other leaders have suggested similar California energy policies should become a model for the country.
Oral “Ben” Correll, the local barber who cut my hair when I was a kid in the small eastern Illinois town of Oblong, had fought and was wounded in the Battle of Iwo Jima with Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 28th Marine Regiment, 5th Marine Division during World War II.
'I entered this profession 27 years ago to help people become healthy again,' Carrie Adams writes in today's News-Gazette. 'Being a front-line worker during this pandemic changed that. I have never had to leave a room and feel so helpless in my entire career.'