Springfield’s efforts to build bridges

 Sunshine Clemons was in high school when she had one of those formative experiences nearly every black person has involving police.Clemons, who lives in Springfield, says she and a couple of her...

Former alderman faces suspension

 A former Springfield alderman is facing a possible 90-day suspension from his legal practice by the Illinois Supreme Court.The case against former Ward 5 Ald. Sam Cahnman argued by the Illinois...

ALPLM gets a new director

 The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum last week welcomed its fifth director since opening day in 2005.Alan Lowe is somewhat a lifer in the world of presidential libraries, having s...

Chicago writer Michael Harvey takes a quick trip to Boston for his latest mystery

 “If my bones are Chicago, my blood is Boston, and specifically Brighton,” observes Michael Harvey in the acknowledgements to his most recent mystery novel. Harvey is a multitalented journali...
 For those on the evangelical right who are dismayed that there is not enough God in the Donald Trump campaign, I offer this on the GOP convention from the always interesting Tyler Cowen:They are...
We learned on July 18 that the directors of the Prairie Capital Convention Center approved the sale of naming rights to the building to the Bank of Springfield for $150,000 per year for 10 year...

Doing good by doing nothing

 I know that my life makes you nervousBut I tell you that I can’t live in serviceLike the doctor born for a purpose— The Clash/”Rudie Can’t Fail”Critical though I feel obliged to be of...
 A week after my wife, Julianne, died, I received an invitation to have lunch from her editor at Illinois Times, Fletcher Farrar. It was at this meeting that he brought up the possibility of my d...
 Is it hot enough for you? If I hear that phrase one more time … Anyway, onward to the music, please.In the parade of weekend festivals that comes each July in our community, the Downtown Sprin...
 Native of the Asheville, North Carolina, Swannanoa Valley area, Reed Turchi grew up playing boogie-woogie blues piano, became infatuated with the slide guitar sounds of Northern Mississippi and...
 Last weekend in Orlando, Fla., I spent two hot, muggy days wrangling over policy issues as one of the members of the Democratic Party’s national platform committee. The worst development at th...
 Right off the bat, I should say that I think the so-called “stopgap budget” signed into law on June 30 was a good idea. Not fiscally, but because people who rely on state government desperat...
 DRIVING WHILE BLACKI am surprised that Samuel Johnson won’t get his day in court to prove his allegation that he was stopped by Springfield police for the color of his skin, not his failure to...
 Those of us watching the Republican National Convention to see whether Donald Trump can appeal beyond his base have been disappointed by all the attention to his family. Whether Melania’s spee...
 I stumbled across a documentary about Barack Obama’s ’08 presidential campaign the other night while browsing through Netflix. “Perfect,” I thought, and settled back in anticipation of a...
 Enjoy cold beverages, delicious food and live music during the first annual Springfield Food Truck Festival hosted by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. The festival will be held on S...
 The Springfield Park District is proud to present a free singalong, dance-along and do-along music festival and 40-year celebration for Funshop, the Springfield Park District’s play-based educ...
 The WUIS Bedrock 66 Live! concert series is thrilled to present the Bedrock 66 Live! Music Festival in conjunction with the Downtown Bacon Throwdown II on Friday and Saturday, July 22-23, in dow...
I’m a single guy who started a “friends with benefits” thing two months ago with an unhappily married female co-worker. We’ve since developed feelings for each other and started talking about...

Springfield’s efforts to build bridges

 Sunshine Clemons was in high school when she had one of those formative experiences nearly every black person has involving police.Clemons, who lives in Springfield, says she and a couple of her...

Chicago writer Michael Harvey takes a quick trip to Boston for his latest mystery

 “If my bones are Chicago, my blood is Boston, and specifically Brighton,” observes Michael Harvey in the acknowledgements to his most recent mystery novel. Harvey is a multitalented journali...

Former alderman faces suspension

 A former Springfield alderman is facing a possible 90-day suspension from his legal practice by the Illinois Supreme Court.The case against former Ward 5 Ald. Sam Cahnman argued by the Illinois...

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