April 30, 2019

On this day: Lawson runs a rainy race

On this day in April back in 2016, Ben Lawson, from Champaign, IL, runs to a 68th place finish in his age group at the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon. Despite the non-stop rain and chilly temperatures during the event, he finished the race with at 4:15:51. More than 1,400 runners braved Mother Nature's spring elements to finished their race. See more photos from the 2016 race here . . . (Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)

April 29, 2019

Kirui finishes 3rd at Illinois Marathon

Anthony Kirui runs to a third place overall finish
April 27, 2019 - Urbana, IL - Anthony Kirui, from Minneapolis, MN, runs to a third place overall finish at the 2019 Illinois Marathon. He finished third out of 694 male competitors with a time of 2:19:06 at this year's race. See more PhotoNews coverage of the 2019 race here: Illinois Marathon photo gallery. (Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)

End the hate

by Glenn Mollette, Guest Commentator

Hate showed its ugly face again.

Last Saturday at Congregation Chabad in Poway, California, a community about 22 miles north of San Diego, wearing sunglasses, John Earnest, a 19-year-old student at California State University San Marcus, pointed his automatic rifle at Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein.

"I couldn't see his eyes. I couldn't see his soul," Goldstein shared in a news report.

Earnest, who had just shot a close family friend, 60-year-old Lori Kaye, took aim at Rabbi Goldstein and then shot off one of the Rabbi's index finger on one hand and then severely wounded the other.

The gunman killed Kaye and wounded three others - including an 8-year old girl and uncle who was visiting from Israel.

Reports indicate the gun jammed and an off duty armed border patrol agent, who had been invited by Rabbi Goldstein to always attend armed as a precaution, chased after the shooter.

Earnest is also suspected in setting fire to an Escondido California mosque on March 25th.

We must all individually do our part to eliminate this hate filled ugliness from our society. There has been far too much of it as of late.

Earlier this year on March 15 in New Zealand, 50 people were killed by a shooter at two mosques in Christchurch. The attacks began at the Al Noor Mosque and then continued at the Linwood Islamic Centre. Fifty people were killed and fifty more injured.

On October 27 last year, the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh was attacked. During the Shabbat morning services 46-year-old shooter Robert Gregory Bowers killed eleven people and injured seven others.

On a horrific day in November of 2017, 26 year-old Devin Patrick killed 26 people and wounded 20 others at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas.

A few months earlier on September 24 in the same year, Emanuel Kidega Samson was charged with killing a woman and wounding six others at Brunette Chapel Church of Christ in Nashville, Tennessee.

Remember the headlines from June 17, 2015, when 21-year-old Dylann Roff murdered nine African Americans? Senior pastor and South Carolina Senate member Clementa C. Pinckney was among those who lost their life during a prayer service at the Emmanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in downtown Charleston in South Carolina. Three victims survived.

In Nigeria it's difficult to keep up with the massive numbers of churches that are being burned in the western African country and the number of Christians slaughtered.

For too long there has been hatred between all religions.

However, these terrorist acts aren't being carried out by people of faith. They are coming from the mentally-ill filled with hate. Hate in whatever form it appears is always ugly and often people are hurt.

We have to stop the hate.

We have to stop it in politics, social media, entertainment and religion. Hate consumes the soul, lashes out in ugliness and leaves severe wounds, scars and takes precious lives.

Dr. Glenn Mollette is a syndicated American columnist and author of American Issues, Every American Has An Opinion and ten other books. He is read in all 50 states. The views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily representative of any other group or organization.

This article is the sole opinions of the author and does not necessarily reflect the views of PhotoNews Media. We welcome comments and views from our readers.


April 27, 2019

From our files on April 27

Matthew Robeck runs the Illinois Marathon
Back on this day in 2013 Matthew Robeck, from St. Louis, MO, waves at the camera on his way to a 202nd place overall finish at the 2013 Illinois Marathon. With nine miles to go and 17 already behind him, he completed the course with a time of 3:30:01. At 7a this morning another hoard of 2,000-plus running enthusiasts made their way around marathon and half-marathon course winding through the streets of Champaign-Urbana. (Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)

April 26, 2019

April 26: Picture of the Day

Marengo's Anna Walsweer takes a selfie
June 10, 2017 - Peoria, IL - Marengo's Anna Walsweer and mother, Joni, pose for a state champion selfie at Saturday's IHSA Softball State Finals. The Indians defeated the East Peoria Raiders 2-0 to win this year's Class 3A state title. View more photos from the 2017 state softball tournament here . . . (Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)

April 25, 2019

April 25: Picture of the Day

Eli Pannell
February 14, 2019 - Champaign, IL - Fulton's Eli Pannell (left) wrestles Lisle's Kevin Paz during their 220-pound first round match at the IHSA Individual State Wrestling Finals. Pannell pinned Paz in the second period of their bout and went on to win the Class 1A title in his weight class. He finished the individual season with a perfect record of 44 wins and zero losses (Photo: PhotoNews/Clark Brooks)

April 24, 2019

April 24: Picture of the Day

Khalil Saunders celebrates with his team
November 25, 2016 - Champaign, IL - IC Catholic's Khalil Saunders celebrates with his team after their Illinois High School Association Class 3A championship game against Carlinville. The Knights blanked the Cavaliers 43-0 to win this year's title. See more photos from this game here . . . (Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)

April 22, 2019

We have to live defensively and be prepared to react offensively

by Glenn Mollette, Guest Commentator

Eight hundred people were either killed or injured by a terrorist group last weekend in Sri Lanka. A Holy weekend and a place of worship became a grisly, heinous massive murder scene.

What must America do detour another massive world attack?

We can't stop. We can't rest. We have to figure this out and no one yet has come up with a cure for this terrorism cancer that is eating away at our planet.

With cancer it's vital to find where it is and eliminate it by either surgery or treatment. Terrorism is harder to find than cancer.

Terrorists pop up often without warning. Although sometimes there are warnings as was reported in Sri Lanka but were ignored.

An 18-year-old traveled to Colorado last week and bought a pump action shotgun. There was a massive hunt for her because of her suspected plans of trying to pull off a school shooting. She ended up taking her own life but her infatuation with the Columbine 20-year anniversary and mass school shootings did not go unnoticed.

You cannot ignore warnings. The warning signs of cancer or terror is never to be taken lightly. You have to respond because both are lethal. Often even when you respond, either can gain the upper hand and take your life. Yet, we have to err on the side of caution and fight back to at least having a chance to survive.

We have to fight terrorism in America and fight it on every front. This is a poisonous viper that is breeding faster than it can be killed or imprisoned. Terrorism has become a deadly disease rampantly moving across our planet and we are having a very difficult time finding a cure.

The one thing we cannot do is be passive. We can't be at ease thinking it will not happen to our church, school or any other place. We have to live defensively and be prepared to react offensively. Refusal to acknowledge this reality will bring more regret and sorrow.

Dr. Glenn Mollette is a syndicated American columnist and author of American Issues, Every American Has An Opinion and ten other books. He is read in all 50 states. The views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily representative of any other group or organization.

This article is the sole opinions of the author and does not necessarily reflect the views of PhotoNews Media. We welcome comments and views from our readers.


On this day in 2017

On this day in April of 2017, Howard Chueh runs to a 63rd place finish in the Mens 25-29 division during the 2017 Illinois Marathon. The Carbondale man and Taiwan native, finished the race at 04:12:20. He crossed the finish line 597th overall out of the more than 1,200 competitors who finished the race. See more photos from the 2017 Illinois Marathon or use the handy search tool on this page to search our archives for Illinois Marathon from other years. (Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)

Lauren Ferraro dumps a cup of water over her head
Lauren Ferraro dumps a cup of water over her head as she runs to a 15th place finish in the Womens 30-34 division at the Illinois Marathon on April 22, 2017. The Saint Louis, MO, native finished the race at 3:43:51 good for a 309th overall finish. (Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)

Dan Johnson, from Palatine, IL, runs to a 10th place finish in the Mens 20-24 division during the 2017 Illinois Marathon. He crossed the finish line at 3:22:57 to earn a 137th overall finish out of the 1,216 runners who completed the race. (Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)

Paul Hyink, from St. Joseph, MI, runs to a 6th place finish in the Mens 40-44 division. He finished 75th overall with the time of 3:10:49. See more photos from the 2017 Illinois Marathon or use the handy search tool on this page to search our archives for Illinois Marathon from other years. (Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)

April 22, 2017 - Champaign, IL - Francesco Arato runs to a first place finish for the Mens Overall Masters title at the 2017 Illinois Marathon. The Bolingbrook, IL, runner finished the race at 2:38:49. As in his previous year (2016) performance at the marathon, he was 8th overall. Arato also ran the 2014 race where he finished third in his division and 13th overall. (Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)

April 21, 2019

On this day in April in 2018

SJO baseball player Tyler Slagley
On this day in 2018, senior Tyler Slagley takes a swing at an Illinois Valley Central pitch during St. Joseph-Ogden's home Illini Prairie Conference game on Saturday, April 21, 2018. The Spartans won the conference contest, 5-2. (Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)

April 9, 2019

Champaign County electronics recycling event on May 18

Online registration opened yesterday for this year's Champaign County Electronics Collection Event to be held on May 18. As in previous years, the event will take place at Parkland College, located at 2400 W. Bradley Ave in Champaign.

Champaign County plus 18 cities and villages within the county are working together to make the annual May event happen. Only residents from Bondville, Champaign, Fisher, Gifford, Homer, Ivesdale, Ludlow, Mahomet, Ogden, Rantoul, Royal, Sadorus, Savoy, Sidney, St. Joseph, Thomasboro, Urbana, and Unincorporated Champaign County are eligible to drop off unwanted or non-functioning electronics.

Organizers (as of this article) are waiting to confirmation from village and city administrators from Foosland, Broadlands, Longview, Pesotum, Philo, and Tolono for their participation. As of today, unless otherwise stated on the official website, if you live in one of these communities, you will not be allowed to register/participate at this time.

To minimize wait times and lines, online registration is required for the event. Approximately 5-7 days before the event individuals that signed up online will receive a postcard will serve as a 'ticket' to drop off items. For those who did not receive their postcard before the event or leave it behind, you can show your confirmation email/text at the entrance on your smart device or laptop.

Follow this link to the registration portal. Simply click on an available time to start the registration process. Expect to receive your postcard within two weeks after submitting the form.

Eligible individuals with postcards may dispose up to four televisions of any make or model. Organizers do not consider computer monitors as a TV. Up to seven items per postcard can be left at the event. Small items can be bundled or put into a small box and counted as one item.

Items accepted for this year's event include TVs, computers, computer monitors, printers, typewriters, electronic keyboards, facsimile machines, VCRs, DVD players/recorders, portable digital music players, video game consoles, electronic mice, scanners, digital converter boxes, cable receivers, satellite receivers, small scale servers, accessory computer/monitor speakers, ink & toner cartridges, extension cords, surge protectors, computer cables, microwaves, holiday string lights, all phones and accessories, digital cameras/mini cams, uninterrupted power supplies, backup batteries, chargers for portable devices, and computer networking equipment including switches, routers, hubs and modems.

The following items will not be accepted: Wooden, metal, or plastic stereo speakers; units or items that contain liquids; items that contain freon such as AC units and dehumidifiers; freezers, refrigerators and dishwashers; small appliances including but not limited to blenders, coffee makers, toasters; lamps, vacuum cleaners, fans, cash registers, thermostats and thermometers; light bulbs, fluorescent bulbs or tubes; smoke or carbon monoxide detectors; and loose alkaline batteries.

Unless there is severe weather during the collection time, rain or shine (or snow), the event will go on as planned. Thunder and lightning activity will not cancel the event. Inclement weather may slow things down, but past experience has shown the additional wait time to be minimal.

For more information visit the official 2019 electronics recycling page. You may also send email inquiries to recycling@champaignil.gov or call 217-403-4780 or 217-384-2302.

April 8, 2019

A little hug, Biden's not shook up

by Glenn Mollette, Guest Commentator

Joe Biden has received bad publicity lately.

Several women have stepped forward saying the former Vice-President of the United States hugged them too long or made them feel uncomfortable when he touched them.

Biden recently released a video on social media attempting to address the allegations. Stating he hears what the women are saying, he never intended to invade anyone's space or make anyone feel uncomfortable.

We've all seen Biden on television hugging, touching, kissing and in some instances it seemed like groping. However, according to Biden he has just been a caring, compassionate man trying to show affirmation to these who have cried foul about his physical maneuvers.

It will be impossible to derail Biden accusing him of hugging, touching or kissing people on the cheek or the head. It's wrong to push ourselves on anyone.

Apparently Biden's "victims" didn't appreciate Biden's lingering touches. However, this won't keep him from the democratic nomination for President.

People make mistakes in interpreting how to respond to people in social scenarios.

One church I used to attend most of the people wanted to hug me every Sunday, and most of them wanted me to hug them.

Sometimes it can be overkill.

Kenny Rogers said, "Know when to hold them and know when to fold them."

I guess that might apply to hugging, kissing and touching. There will always be people you don't want to hug. There will be people you don't want touching or hugging you.

People have to back off and not make hugging a ritual that ends up offending someone who may like you personally but doesn't like hugging in general.

Dolly Parton has been criticized and the center of lot of rumors all her life.

"People love to talk but sometimes that's your best publicity. I don't care what they say as long as they don't hurt other people I love," she once said.

I am sure Joe Biden did not want his name elevated in the media quite the way it has been recently.

For better or worse his name has been in the news every day. No one wants negative accusations. Six months from now the accusations that he may have invaded other's space a bit too much will be in the past. Joe will probably be shaking hands more and hugging a lot less.

When the smoke has cleared next year, Biden will be the Democrat Party nominee.

There will probably be more people coming forward who will have something negative to say. In the end will negative allegations hurt Biden or any of the candidates?

Or, is negative publicity better than no publicity?

Dr. Glenn Mollette is a syndicated American columnist and author of American Issues, Every American Has An Opinion and ten other books. He is read in all 50 states. The views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily representative of any other group or organization.

This article is the sole opinions of the author and does not necessarily reflect the views of PhotoNews Media. We welcome comments and views from our readers.


ISU professor seeks Illinois prep athletes for survey

Scott Pierce, a professor in the Department of Kinesiology & Recreation at Illinois State University, is administering a survey as part of a research study on how high school athletics influence personal development.

"As a student-athlete, you will have the opportunity to complete a survey to help us understand how to best create positive experiences for student-athletes like yourself," Pierce explains on the introductory page to the survey found here.

The IHSA Student Advisory Committee is encouraging student-athletes around the state to complete a survey to help further a better understanding of the many benefits of participating in high school athletics.

As a bonus students responding to the survey will have the chance to win one of four $50 Amazon gift cards.

Pierce's work primarily focuses on youth psycho-social development through sport. His research includes "an emphasis on how psychological skills are developed to assist sport performance, and how, why and under what conditions life skills are developed in sport and transferred to other life domains."

If you have questions about your right as a participant, please contact the Research Ethics and Compliance Office at Illinois State University (309-438-5527) or via email at rec@IllinoisState.edu. Parental permission is required in order complete the survey and participate in the study.

15 years ago today

Raymond Tucker makes a call while umpiring
Umpire Ray Tucker makes a call during Champaign Central's home game against St. Joseph-Ogden in their non-conference game back in 2005. Forty-two photos capturing the action 15 years ago today were reintroduced to our online archive. View all the photos from the baseball game here: Central vs SJO. (File Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)