A sad Representative Vitale

A sad Representative Vitale

It is with a sad heart that I write this today, part sad, part angry honestly. Large numbers of people have written to me on both the energy mandates ...

December 28th, 2016 |  


At the speed of science

At the speed of science

The advances made by the scientific and medical communities over the past few decades have been incredible. In just the past thirty years, life expect...

December 27th, 2016 |  


Habitat for Humanity had great 2016

2016 has been an incredible year for Habitat for Humanity in our Champaign County. The support and encouragement received has always been appreciated ...

December 27th, 2016 |  



Boomer Blog: Cooking lessons

As tradition holds, a couple of days ago a certain jolly old gentleman dressed in red encountered plates and plates of cookies during his annual round...

December 25th, 2016 |  


Take care when shopping online

It’s sometimes easier to buy online rather than shop at local brick and mortar stores. We will have spent close to $91 billion over 61 days duri...

December 23rd, 2016 |  


Drug prices keep rising with no end in sight

Recently a tweet from Lauren Sausser, a fine health reporter I know in South Carolina, caught my eye. “Crazy drug prices became personal. My dad...

December 23rd, 2016 |  


Downtown stakeholders invited to discuss revitalization program

On Thursday, Jan. 5, at 1 p.m., the City of Urbana Community Development Office and the Champaign Economic Partnership will host a stakeholder meeting...

December 20th, 2016 |  


Why the Electoral College?

Why the Electoral College?

COLUMBUS — Many have asked me about the Electoral College. Currently, President-elect Donald Trump won the presidential election with majority o...

December 20th, 2016 |  


Boomer Blog: Growing up at Christmas

In place of my usual essay, I offer the story of a teenager’s Christmas some five decades ago…Although Lizzie had been thirteen all summer...

December 18th, 2016 |  


Ham probably cooked, but read the label

Ham probably cooked, but read the label

Question: We’re having ham for Christmas dinner this year. I believe ham is already cooked, but when I was growing up, I remember my mother alwa...

December 13th, 2016 |