Mentally ill inmates clog jails. Sometimes they die.

Tiffany Ann Rusher could be a handful. She was nonetheless loved.In Rusher’s final days, relatives gathered at St. John’s Hospital. Her mother, Kelli Andrews, rubbed Rusher’s stomach and feet in...
 In a press conference April 10 Gov. Bruce Rauner unveiled a program designed to train police officers on identifying, investigating and prosecuting hate crimes. “As we are all too aware, hate...

We’re not worthy, but he talked to IT anyway

 At 69 and still singing “I’m Eighteen” for fun and profit, Alice Cooper is, arguably, the luckiest man in America.The artist formerly known as Vincent Furnier didn’t hit it big way back...

Cooper delivers at convention center

Ringling Brother and Barnum & Bailey Circus will hold its last performance next month. No matter. There is still Alice Cooper, who is a long way from folding his tent....

Staying in touch with my inner pig farmer

 I was at my desk in 1982 when the phone rang. “Hello.”“What the hell is a pork belly?” It was Lewis Bergman, calling from New York City. Lewis was former editor of the New York Times Mag...

Former insurance man Loren Shanle went from selling policies to pinot

 Loren Shanle is living the dream. Sell the business, move to the sunny coast, start a winery…except, he hasn’t moved to the sunny coast. He’s still in Rochester, accepting all four seasons...
 I know, I know; I keep complaining about having so many things to go and see in town that one (or more) can hardly find the time to see the sights and hear the sounds. Well, you know, it could b...
 As you know by now, Gov. Bruce Rauner toured the state for two days last week. He denied that the tour had anything to do with the 2018 election, but it was pretty darned clear that he and his t...
 UNDOING PLANNED PARENTHOODIt seems quite clear that President Trump and much of Congress are heck-bent on getting rid of the funding for Planned Parenthood. The recent order signed by the presid...
As our Chris Britt says in his inimitable way on p. 4, nobody is excited about the current crop of Democratic candidates for governor. Long gone are the days when a powerful political machine could pu...
 In the president’s proposed budget, funding for the National Endowment for the Arts would be eliminated in an attempt to cut “wasteful spending.” This reflects a common, though mistaken, l...
 If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to volunteer at one of Springfield’s many historical sites, these volunteer recruitment fairs are for you. Join the State Historic Sites at Spri...
I’m a man in my mid-30s, and I’m dating a woman I really love. We match each other on so many levels, and I thought we had a really great thing. But recently, she seems to want more than I can giv...

Mentally ill inmates clog jails. Sometimes they die.

Tiffany Ann Rusher could be a handful. She was nonetheless loved.In Rusher’s final days, relatives gathered at St. John’s Hospital. Her mother, Kelli Andrews, rubbed Rusher’s stomach and feet in...

Former insurance man Loren Shanle went from selling policies to pinot

 Loren Shanle is living the dream. Sell the business, move to the sunny coast, start a winery…except, he hasn’t moved to the sunny coast. He’s still in Rochester, accepting all four seasons...

We’re not worthy, but he talked to IT anyway

 At 69 and still singing “I’m Eighteen” for fun and profit, Alice Cooper is, arguably, the luckiest man in America.The artist formerly known as Vincent Furnier didn’t hit it big way back...

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