Parking meters due for updating

 There is plenty of parking in downtown Springfield – that’s what the experts say. Parking downtown is a huge headache – that’s what a lot of people think.The truth lies somewhere in betw...

Protest aims to put pressure on Rauner

 On July 18 grassroots group Organizing for Action (OFA) staged a demonstration in front of the Illinois Policy Institute office on Second Street. The “Die-In” saw volunteers, community leade...

“I think that day was the boiling point”

 A former Springfield police officer charged with beating a man in February may have allowed rough times off the clock to spill over to patrol duties, according to internal affairs records.Termin...

School formula reform faces uphill battle despite passing House and Senate

 The sounds of a rehearsing gospel choir, complete with organ accompaniment, bled through the walls of Union Baptist Church during a sparsely attended town hall meeting there July 13. The meeting...

AC absent at SJR

Air conditioning at the State Journal Register went on the fritz more than a week ago, and with temperatures climbing to the high 90s in recent days, it’s still not fixed. Fans and Popsicles...

Sherman hires former parks director

The village of Sherman has hired Michael Stratton, former director of the Springfield Park District who departed the district under pressure four years ago. The Sherman board of trustees unanim...
A few afterthoughts occasioned by my column "On not doing wrong." To the unbeliever, the particular opprobrium with which Springfield Bishop Thomas Paprocki regards gay marriage is pu...

Remembering the State Fair parade

 The mayor and others have complained about the state fair’s plans to change the route of its annual Twilight Parade. In my view, they didn’t change it enough: a better route would have the p...
 After Gov. Bruce Rauner hired Illinois Policy Institute president Kristina Rasmussen as his new chief of staff, I reached out to one of the House Republicans who voted to override the governor�...

An indescribable yumminess

 I first encountered miso nearly four decades ago at a hole-in-the wall sushi restaurant in Chicago. It came in the form of a complimentary bowl of miso soup that preceded my sushi selections. I...

DEMO Project breaks ground

Since launching in the autumn of 2013, DEMO Project – the alternative art gallery located on the campus of the Springfield Art Association – has steadily developed a reputation regionally and nati...
 This weekend the scene explodes, and I don’t know which way to go. All one can do is list as many happenings as possible that might slip under the radar and hope for the best.On Friday, singin...
 Although The Brotherhood originally started out as the same blues band under various names, members eventually evolved into their current group, playing music that covers many genres, all reflec...
ABOUT THE AMARANTH APPLENow that Springfield’s Amaranth Apple Festival has come and gone, we ought to learn something about the origin of the name.The fictional apple, sadly unavailable from orchard...
Peter Baker, the New York Times chief White House correspondent, was in Springfield the day Republican plans to dismantle Obamacare fell apart. It’s not easy for a president to dismantle a predecess...
 Sink your teeth into a delicious cob of sweet corn this weekend at the 44th annual Chatham Jaycees Sweet Corn Festival, a two-day celebration of food, family fun, athletic tournaments and live m...
 Don’t miss Theatre in the Park’s dazzling presentation of High School Musical, the contemporary musical comedy based on the 2006 Disney Channel Original Movie penned by Peter Barsocchini. Th...
A guy friend of 20 years and I once fooled around years ago. Though he has a girlfriend, he keeps throwing sexual remarks into our conversations, sending inappropriate texts and asking me to send nake...

Parking meters due for updating

 There is plenty of parking in downtown Springfield – that’s what the experts say. Parking downtown is a huge headache – that’s what a lot of people think.The truth lies somewhere in betw...

DEMO Project breaks ground

Since launching in the autumn of 2013, DEMO Project – the alternative art gallery located on the campus of the Springfield Art Association – has steadily developed a reputation regionally and nati...

School formula reform faces uphill battle despite passing House and Senate

 The sounds of a rehearsing gospel choir, complete with organ accompaniment, bled through the walls of Union Baptist Church during a sparsely attended town hall meeting there July 13. The meeting...

“I think that day was the boiling point”

 A former Springfield police officer charged with beating a man in February may have allowed rough times off the clock to spill over to patrol duties, according to internal affairs records.Termin...

Protest aims to put pressure on Rauner

 On July 18 grassroots group Organizing for Action (OFA) staged a demonstration in front of the Illinois Policy Institute office on Second Street. The “Die-In” saw volunteers, community leade...
Grocery delivery service company Instacart has recently launched in Springfield, providing over 75,000 homes with the option of having their Schnucks, Shop ’n Save, CVS and even PetCo purchases deli...

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