SPRING HOME & GARDEN

Outdoor design trends enhance your home’s value

 As with any industry, the landscape industry works to keep up with popular trends over the years – from xeriscaping to hedges surrounding a property. Trends come and go, but the job of a lands...
 Lawn care questions in the wake of last summer’s drought are now pouring in, said a University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator. Rhonda Ferree listed the following as her top 10 tip...
 The idea of putting in a raised-bed vegetable garden can be confusing if you’re not sure where to start, said a University of Illinois horticulture educator.It can be especially difficult for...

NEWS

 Illinois is one step closer this week to becoming the home of the nation’s first “clean coal” facility, planned near Jacksonville.The federally backed FutureGen 2.0 project aims to capture...
 With about $4 billion in transportation and other projects planned for Springfield in the coming years, groups in Springfield are already working to ensure a fair share of the jobs generated go...
 The electronic sharing of certain obscene images could soon be a criminal offense in Illinois.State Rep. Scott Drury, D-Highwood, is sponsoring legislation that would make it a crime when an ind...

EDITOR'S NOTE

 It’s apparent from the start that director Ivan Reitman wants Draft Day to be to the NFL what Moneyball was to the MLB. For a while, the film succeeds in that. It is a no-nonsense, behind-the-...
 What a difference a couple of years make! In 2012 Easter fell on the seventh of April. It was a glorious weekend, undoubtedly our best Easter ever. The most wonderful thing about it was the marr...

BAND SPOTLIGHT

The CEC pushes government into the 20th century

 The citizens panel gathered to find what it called opportunities for economy in the provision of public services in Springfield and Sangamon County. Upon investigation, they found that the cemet...
 I’ve been dating a girl I really like for six weeks. She pays her rent with a 9-to-5 job but studied painting at art school and wants to make it her career. Unfortunately, I don’t like her p...

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