THIS WEEK'S ISSUE

Springfield’s Jackson Street could get a makeover

 In the 1820s, when Springfield was still changing from a sleepy frontier settlement to a bustling metropolis, a small creek ran through what is now the city’s downtown.  Nearly 200 years...
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Black Flag plays Homespun

 After nearly 40 years, Black Flag is still a whole lot of fun.With just one original member, the legendary hardcore punk band from California is, in at least one respect, a shadow of its former...

NEWS

 The early morning hours of July 19, 1974, were like any other in the Norfolk and Western railroad yard in Decatur. The forecast was typical for July – hot, sunny, and with a gentle breeze blow...
 A Springfield man is being evaluated for mental issues after he went to the home of Sangamon County Circuit Court Judge Leslie Graves and otherwise made unwanted contact with the judge.Graves ha...
 It was difficult to discern during a meeting of the Illinois Historic Preservation board last week that Eileen Mackevich, executive director of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museu...

EDITOR'S NOTE

 In watching Jake Kasdan’s dismal Sex Tape, I was under the impression that many of its key players were having a series of days like this during its making – uninspired, flat, dull and not a...
 By the time you read this, they’ll be here, my oldest daughter, Anne, and 3 1/2-year-old grandson Robbie. Since Robbie came into our lives, we’ve visited back and forth frequently. But for t...

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BAND SPOTLIGHT

Is a bad tree worse than no tree at all?

 The house came ready-made but the yard didn’t. Thus it was that, in addition to the picket fence and the rose trellis, my parents decided to plant a tree in the front yard. They did this becau...
My boyfriend of two years got an early birthday present from his sister and her husband: a really expensive, second-row ticket for a major sporting event next year. The trouble is, it falls on my 30th...

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