To battle the budget crisis, aging mobsters return to the stage

 It’s one of those things that may seem like it’s always been here, but Senior Services of Central Illinois, Inc., is only 50 years old. And it hasn’t always gone by that name. Its roots go...

Go down 30 feet, Pawnee says

 While Pawnee questions the design of Hunter Lake, an engineering firm that has worked for the village questions the need for a 3,000-acre reservoir, which would stretch to the burg south of Spri...

Lake Springfield gets some Friends

 Chainsaws and herbicide and matches, it turns out, can be an environmentalist’s best friend.After more than two years of clearing brush with saws and poison and fire, Friends of the Sangamon V...

New census data shows weak recovery from long slide

 More than 1.7 million Illinoisans lived in poverty last year, according to data released by the U.S. Census Bureau last week. That’s an improvement over 2014, but not nearly enough to erase th...

Is the city smart enough to pull off the Y block deal?

 How embarrassing. The City of Springfield finds itself in the same bind as the young swain who, wooing a sophisticated lovely, invites her to a posh dinner only to realize at the end of the meal...
Although most of us take it for granted, the U.S. Postal Service is an amazing bargain. For only 47 cents, you can purchase a “Forever” postage stamp.Buy one 47-cent stamp, and postal workers will...
 REDISTRICTINGIt’s time we return the power of Illinois government back to the people. Our current political system is broken. It’s rigged against us. The people of Illinois deserve a more ju...
 Hardworking, faithful, and resilient in the face of what others might call setbacks, professional photographer Dave Beatty has enjoyed a career photographing corporate jets and entertainment sta...

The Ark of Taste highlights heritage foods

 Consumers today seem to have more choices at the grocery store than ever before. My great-grandmother would have marveled at the red strawberries available in grocery stores in the middle of win...
 Back in 2009 when Caleb Smith showed up at an open mic run by Bruce Williams and sang Queen songs, the two self-described “huge fans” of the supergroup decided to start a tribute band. They...
 As we wind our way through September, heading toward the other end of things, a wonderful mix of music with which to entertain ourselves appears to be ahead for all.With the hot rods coming to t...
Sangamon County is eerily quiet during this election campaign. True, Illinois as a blue state isn’t in play for the presidential election, so that cuts us out of a lot of hoopla. But what about the...
More than 700,000 Americans are released from prison each year. We expect them to reenter society and be law-abiding, but we make it extremely difficult for anyone who has served time to ever become g...
 Jacksonville’s Playhouse on the Square is pleased to present Bleacher Bums, a Cubs/Cardinals comedy presented in nine innings. Originally penned by Tony Award-winning actor, producer, director...
 This weekend, paranormal enthusiasts will gather in one of the most haunted small towns in the Midwest to celebrate ghosts, hauntings and the supernatural. The 16th annual American Hauntings Fal...
 Help Grace Lutheran and Trinity Lutheran churches commemorate their 175th anniversaries during Springfield’s first-ever City Wide Hymn Fest on Sunday, Sept. 25. The concert, directed by J.B. G...
 I’m a 35-year-old woman, and my boyfriend of a year is 43. Sadly, my friends and family don’t like him. They think he’s “not good enough” for me. Their argument: He doesn’t have a fu...

To battle the budget crisis, aging mobsters return to the stage

 It’s one of those things that may seem like it’s always been here, but Senior Services of Central Illinois, Inc., is only 50 years old. And it hasn’t always gone by that name. Its roots go...
 Hardworking, faithful, and resilient in the face of what others might call setbacks, professional photographer Dave Beatty has enjoyed a career photographing corporate jets and entertainment sta...

Go down 30 feet, Pawnee says

 While Pawnee questions the design of Hunter Lake, an engineering firm that has worked for the village questions the need for a 3,000-acre reservoir, which would stretch to the burg south of Spri...

Lake Springfield gets some Friends

 Chainsaws and herbicide and matches, it turns out, can be an environmentalist’s best friend.After more than two years of clearing brush with saws and poison and fire, Friends of the Sangamon V...

New census data shows weak recovery from long slide

 More than 1.7 million Illinoisans lived in poverty last year, according to data released by the U.S. Census Bureau last week. That’s an improvement over 2014, but not nearly enough to erase th...
 Springfield has been host to myriad you-don’t-see-that-every-day gatherings, from the World Juggling Federation Convention to confabs of Elvis impersonators. But we feel especially secure this...

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