SIU School of Medicine remains a leader among medical schools worldwide

 Founded in Springfield in 1970, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine has seen 2,818 students graduate (with 42 percent of those currently practicing medicine doing so in Illinois). Th...

AG no help when government hides

 Remember Candace Wanzo?She’s the secretary of state employee who was escorted from her office last May and remains both under investigation and on the payroll at the rate of $7,278 per month w...

City seeks to disable recording gear

Lost in a brouhaha over recording equipment that can’t be turned off in Springfield police interview rooms is a fairly basic question.What advantage is there to having a recording system that can be...
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Police find trove of pot edibles

When Springfield police busted a major pot growing operation last week on one of the city’s busiest streets, they found more than just plants.In addition to pot, police last Thursday found more th...

Defendants held on $200,000 bond

 Two men arrested last Thursday in connection with a large-scale marijuana growing operation at the intersection of South Eighth Street and South Grand Avenue were arraigned Monday and remain...

Grow op busted in city's heart

   Police have busted a massive marijuana growing operation in the heart of Springfield. The grow operation in a former dry cleaning shop at the intersection of South Grand Avenue...
 I'm working on a column about the life of Springfield attorney and public citizen Logan Hay.Most of today’s Springfieldians who have heard of Logan Hay know him because his name was attached...

The dead still have things to teach us

 Cemeteries are not only places to park dead uncles while they await their maker. They also are, or were, parks, picnic grounds, trysting places, settings for patriotic rituals and party venues f...
If you were worried that House Republican Leader Jim Durkin wasn’t taking his primary race seriously enough, think again.As you may already know, Leader Durkin is being challenged by Burr Ridge Mayo...
 As we approach the point of saturation and consternation of the Christmas excess surrounding and encompassing our lives at this time, perhaps it’s best to succumb to the magic of the moment, i...
 When the pumped up, high-rockin, rockabilly trio The Meerkat Mobsters, featuring Springfield resident Mark Mills (guitar, vocals), Ray Biagioni (drums) from Oglesby and Rick Topolski (stand-up b...

How Scotch eggs rescued me from a fight

 Most of the foods that show up every year on my family’s holiday table have origins in the culinary practices of our past generations. Our holiday table has never been a forum for innovation;...
 GROWING UP IN JACKSONVILLEThanks to David Blanchette for an excellent article on Jacksonville (“Jacksonville has a lot going on”) in the Dec. 7 edition of Illinois Times.I was privileged to...
 Don’t miss Collegiate Choir, the vocal ensemble of Illinois Wesleyan University, performing at Blessed Sacrament Church, Friday, Dec. 15, at 7:30 p.m. The concert is one of five appearances th...
 Don your pajamas, slippers and housecoats and make the short trip to Mason City’s historic Arlee Theater to experience the magic of the Polar Express. During this event, attendees will enjoy c...
 On Saturday, Dec. 16, baseball fans of all ages can enjoy an afternoon of baseball-themed crafts, a tour of the ongoing “Cubs vs. Cardinals: The Rivalry” exhibition, and a chance to mingle w...

SIU School of Medicine remains a leader among medical schools worldwide

 Founded in Springfield in 1970, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine has seen 2,818 students graduate (with 42 percent of those currently practicing medicine doing so in Illinois). Th...
 I’m a woman, and I recently made a new professional connection -- a man who’s excited about my work. We’re planning on doing a big, important project together. I’m worried that he’s in...

The East St. Louis race riot of 1917, one of the worst in American history

 One hundred years ago, East St. Louis surpassed Springfield for the most ignoble reason – it had race riots worse than the Springfield riots of 1908. Springfield’s riots became known for hel...

AG no help when government hides

 Remember Candace Wanzo?She’s the secretary of state employee who was escorted from her office last May and remains both under investigation and on the payroll at the rate of $7,278 per month w...

City seeks to disable recording gear

Lost in a brouhaha over recording equipment that can’t be turned off in Springfield police interview rooms is a fairly basic question.What advantage is there to having a recording system that can be...
The Springfield police union is crying foul over the way the city handled the discovery that police interview rooms have been under constant electronic surveillance. The union says that recordings con...
 One of the things I feared would happen when Disney acquired the rights to the Star Wars universe and announced an ambitious slate of movies that would take us to that galaxy far, far away on an...

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