Tom Kacich



Tom Kacich is a columnist and the author of Tom's Mailbag at The News-Gazette. His column appears Sundays. His email is, and you can follow him on Twitter (@tkacich).

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Nesting eagles in Savoy, a shuttered post office in Bondville, motorcylists in Urbana, a beach in DeWitt County, a proposed casino in Danville, a restaurant open for indoor dining in Arthur, portable commodes in downtown Champaign and much more.


Condition of Monticello Road and Springer Drive, a decrepit barn, noise from Champaign’s Kraft plant, an allegedly illegal sign on Interstate 74, county fairgrounds concerts, voting by mail, Moore Trees, Little Hearts & Hands Academy, COVID-19 statistics, Giorgi Bezhanishvili’s academic major and much more.


The Great Paxton Excavation of 1923, the great Green Street excavation of 2020, whether anyone will be on the University of Illinois campus this summer, precautions at the UI’s meat sciences lab, how the United Way is bearing up during the pandemic, another closed restaurant and how fire department mutual aid works.

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We're celebrating Mother's Day with answers to 20 questions, from historic houses in Urbana to construction in Champaign to the newspapers around the country.

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The University of Illinois’ Urbana campus has endured difficult times before — during wars and economic hardship and worldwide flu outbreaks — but there was never such unrest as the spring of 50 years ago, in particular May 1970.


'We had our bistro set up at home and I said we can take it with us and sit in the parking lot and ... enjoy the beautiful night,' Mark Gerhart of Rantoul said he told his wife, Joan. Thus was born a perfectly safe, legal and unusual way to dine al fresco amid a pandemic.

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