Amazon has been one of the most economically disruptive companies in history, leaving failed companies, business models and the-way-we’ve-always-done-it mentality in the dust.
Roman Emperor Nero, named Lucius Domitius Ahenobarbus at birth, ruled almost 2,000 years ago. He was born Dec. 15, 37 A.D., not long after Pontius Pilate had Jesus crucified between two thieves.
Universities can invest in the finest coaches and facilities, but facilities and coaches don’t score points.
What do yeast, wipes, coins, beef, toilet paper, lumber and bicycles have in common? Each was in short supply during 2020.
How effective are masks alone when it comes to combating a virus? The best place to look might be to see which country has the lowest COVID-19 death rate.
It seems that every couple I know has a story to tell about buying their first home. My daughter, Colleen, has a heartwarming tale about buying her first home last week.
For too long, the Illinois political class has been unable or unwilling to clean up corruption in government. All too often, the people have felt powerless to do anything about it because the system, by design, has been stacked against them.
Within 48 hours of the state's stay-at-home order, I had many younger volunteers calling up wanting to do whatever they could to protect local older adults. They responded to this threat by jumping in and saying, "Let me protect our most vulnerable." It was just amazing.
As a cyclist who has ridden over 35,000 miles on public roads, I feel compelled to respond to the Town Hall section of the Dec. 10 issue of The News-Gazette (“Local bicyclist’s death much more than ‘a tragic accident’”).
That morning, I’d gotten up earlier than usual, pulled on a pair of bib overalls and fastened the galluses over a blue chambray shirt. Then I’d gone to the kitchen for a bowl of Wheaties with sliced bananas — a dash of sugar sprinkled over each slice — and covered in thick cream.
On Nov. 3, with a few exceptions, Illinois voters rubber-stamped the status quo, meaning when the General Assembly reconvenes next year, Democrats will still have supermajorities in both chambers.
In the maelstrom surrounding Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan and his fight to retain his supreme leadership post in Springfield, much attention has been paid to the drip, drip, drip of state representatives announcing they will not support him.
In a retirement community, where the staff is enforced to wear masks, stay six feet back from residents and keep close contact time under 15 minutes, COVID has been rare.
A cousin was excited about his new job with Zoom after it opened a Denver office in 2016. Family congratulated him, despite that the idea of a video communications company seemed rather silly to some of us.
The feds are circling Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan in a bribery investigation involving utility giant Commonwealth Edison. His allies are facing indictments. Members of his party are publicly demanding his ouster as party chair, and they have the votes to deny him another term as Hous…
So-called 'horrible human tragedies' will continue until drivers slow down and pay attention, or face real consequences for their actions, Charlie Smyth writes.
With the arrival of a vaccine within reach, research suggests that there are also benefits to the greater populace from inmate vaccinations, as many cases of COVID have been traced back to prison facilities.
'The phone won’t pee on the floor (again), drink out of the toilet or barf up nasty piles of grass. Yes, the answer is an easy one: I’ll take my dog any day over my phone — unless I am waiting for my daughter’s COVID-19 results,' Jill Pyrz writes.
'We know with the grey cold months before us, the public health inequities that the pandemic exposes will worsen,' UI Professor Gilberto Rosas writes. 'And we know we should expect better. We must.'
Last month, voters did not ratify an amendment to the Illinois constitution that would have permitted replacing the state’s existing flat-rate income tax with a graduated structure.
'Let’s each start now to do what we can to stop the shaming and bullying. Bring civility back to public discourse and make sure that each of us sets an example by doing so,' Peter Ashbrook writes in a guest commentary.
'I almost wish that poll duty was like jury duty and more people were required to participate in it because I think it would put back trust in a system that is being selectively questioned,' Urbana's Gale Walden writes in a guest commentary.
A September Guest Commentary essay noted diminishing small wildlife in Urbana’s Crystal Lake Park. The writer worried that new “people-friendly amenities” were largely the cause.
"Let’s stop the shaming and the name-calling and allow everyone the right to their own political views without fear of retribution," Champaign's Peggy Prichard writes in a guest column. "Let’s listen to each other without judgment. That is not just my hope as a proud Republican woman. That is my hope as a proud American."
Except for his clean-shaven face, he was exactly the kind and shape of man I imagined Santa Claus to be. He was a jolly man, always had a twinkle in his eyes, a smile on his face and a funny story on the tip of his tongue. He loved kids, though he had none of his own.
Writes Peter Tomaras: 'Restaurants are low-margin operations, and lost sales can never be recovered. Ten local restaurants have closed since April, and more will follow.'
"Recognizing and working against racism has become a worldwide movement that our African American friends, neighbors and family members have long hoped for. ... This movement will not, and should not, go away," write the Spiritual Assemblies of the Bahá'ís of Champaign and Urbana and the Bahá'í Community of Mahomet.
We all search for new interests and distractions while dealing with this coronavirus, and personally, I have attempted several “pandemic pastimes” the last seven or eight months.