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This week's panelists: Al Allison, Dr. Anita Ung, Scott Davis, Dr. Lisa Liggins-Chambers, Brandon McFarland, Samantha Carter, Dorothy David, Marci Adelston-Schafer, Hub and Stephanie Burnett, Katherine Thompson, Dominique Johnson, Greg Stock, Michael LaDue, Demario Turner, Anthony Figueroa, Brad Passalacqua, Tim Turner and Bob Iverson.
“My parents came to America from South Korea with literally nothing. They had no money, didn’t speak English and had no college degree, plus were in a foreign land. But they worked extremely hard to create a new life, where they started their own business and gave everything and sacrificed much so my sister and I could have a good life.”
Among our Part 7 panelists: Centennial's Sylvie Leyerle, Jake Cox, Montez DuBose and Ellison Radek; Central's Lucy Moss; Danville's Kedzie Griffin; law enforcement's Kurt Buckley, Curt Apperson, Geoff Coon and Kyle O'Brien; Rev. Thomas Miller; Stephanie Burnett; Kim Norton; Ruby Mendenhall and Evette Campbell.
'I work hard to be as positive as possible, so dealing with negative people is very hard for me,' says Joe DeLuce, who in May will mark his 25th year at the Champaign Park District.
In an hourlong interview, Josh Whitman discusses the three most painful phone calls he's received as Illinois AD, 11 a.m. kickoffs, why legalizing gambling on college games is a bad idea, how the pandemic affected plans to add Division I hockey and more.
Says Ronnie Turner-Winston, president of the Urbana HS Parent Teacher Student Association: "There’s always been crime and gun violence but for those not involved in that world, we could feel relatively safe that we would not be impacted. However, that relative safety no longer exists."
Writes C-U attorney Brian Freres: "I know many of our federal, state and local law enforcement officers, and while our officers are professionals who do their jobs well without complaint, their morale seems to be as low as I’ve ever seen it."