Gearing up responsibly for the great outdoors

 The trouble with winter is that staying warm in the cold weather calls for lots of gear, and all of our manufacturing, selling and consuming takes a toll on the planet we call home. Here are a f...

Charles Palmer served 18 years for a crime he didn’t commit

 “It’s a great day and the journey’s just starting,” said a visibly emotional Charles Palmer of Decatur, surrounded by a jubilant crush of family and friends on Nov. 23. Palmer was releas...

Urban aquaculturist catches heat

 Randy Jones, who lives across the street from me, isn’t like a lot of people.Early last spring, he started digging in the front yard of the house he shares with his wife, Mary, and her mother,...
Readers who share my dismay at the ways that the structure of our national political system frustrates the will of the majority have a sympathetic ear in blogger Jason Kottke, who offers links to usef...
Among the original items in Mr. Rauner's Turnaround Agenda (he counts 44, I get a little more than a dozen) are several sensible reforms that the saner Democrats ought to at least be talking about.&n...

What the Trump win says about our rural parts

 Looked at in one way – actually, looked at in several ways – Donald Trump’s win was the revenge of the countryside against the city. While the billionaire common man couldn’t carry Illin...
 What an election year. I feel like I’ve been transported through a cosmic squirrel hole and into a baffling political universe where facts are fiction, bizarre is normal and corruption is a vi...

An outcast earns its place at the table

 In his book Dave Barry’s Bad Habits, humorist Dave Barry describes his mother’s approach to a balanced diet: “For every food she served you that you could stand to eat, she served you anot...
 Welcome to our first “Now Playing” of December 2016. Yes, indeed, you read that right. We are fast approaching good-old two thousand and seventeen, with New Year’s Eve leading us into Firs...

Once upon a time, gifting household appliances was considered a cliché. Today’s high-tech options, however, are gifts the whole family can enjoy.

 First there was the smartphone; now there is the smart house. More and more household appliances are going high-tech every year, bringing fresh efficiency and ease of use to the table. These fut...
 COMBATING CLIMATE CHANGEThank you for putting out specific steps, especially local actions, that are key in addressing the rapidly shifting climate on this planet. (“Perishing planet,”...
 As Gov. Bruce Rauner and the Illinois General Assembly get closer to a deal to bail out Exelon’s money-losing nuclear power plants, there is not a peep heard in the Prairie State about the dan...
 During the presidential campaign, Donald Trump said many things that were not entirely true. Whether he actually believed everything he said is difficult to know. Numerous women accused him of s...
 See scenes and characters from beloved holiday stories come to life during “A Storybook Christmas” in downtown Hillsboro. The two-day holiday celebration hosted by Imagine Hillsboro runs 5-9...
 For an unforgettable holiday show celebrating the King of Rock ’n’ Roll, don’t miss Joseph Hall’s “Elvis Rock ’n’ Remember Christmas Show” on Friday, Dec. 2, 8 p.m., at The Legac...
A female friend of mine wanted to get married but her boyfriend was resistant. He’d been married before with disastrous results. He eventually married her – not because he wanted to be married but...

Gearing up responsibly for the great outdoors

 The trouble with winter is that staying warm in the cold weather calls for lots of gear, and all of our manufacturing, selling and consuming takes a toll on the planet we call home. Here are a f...

Charles Palmer served 18 years for a crime he didn’t commit

 “It’s a great day and the journey’s just starting,” said a visibly emotional Charles Palmer of Decatur, surrounded by a jubilant crush of family and friends on Nov. 23. Palmer was releas...

Urban aquaculturist catches heat

 Randy Jones, who lives across the street from me, isn’t like a lot of people.Early last spring, he started digging in the front yard of the house he shares with his wife, Mary, and her mother,...
Historic sites in Springfield are gearing up for the holidays with events both somber and joyous. On Saturday at 1 p.m., veterans, friends and families will gather at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial at...
As a past president and founder of Downtown Springfield Inc., Dennis Bringuet of Ace Sign Company has been a big supporter of the organization’s community Christmas tree, which they erect each year...

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