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Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014 12:01 am

Don’t let burnt-out bulbs darken the holidays

There is perhaps nothing more frustrating around the holidays than attempting to fix a string of broken lights. Luckily, there are a few quick steps to take before simply trashing the whole strand and...
Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014 12:01 am

Going home for the holidays? Share a taste of where you now call home by bringing back some of your favorite local delicacies for the family

 Not only are the holidays a time to gather and catch up with family, they’re an opportunity to share the very best food and drink available. Mom’s not getting out the fancy dishes for nothin...
Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014 12:01 am

It’s still early in Jennifer Gill’s tenure as District 186 schools superintendent. But so far people like what they see.

 Jennifer Gill wasn’t always a leader.Her days at Springfield High School were busy ones. She spent a year on the student council. Worked on the yearbook staff during her senior year in 1987. B...
Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014 12:01 am
 For years now, I’ve been preaching that Thanksgiving Eve is the biggest bar and club party night of the calendar year in the United States of America. Those in the know already knew, but in th...
Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014 12:01 am
 NOT-WHAT-YOU-THINK-IT-IS NEUTRALITYI fell off my chair when I read Jim Hightower’s explanation of net neutrality (“Net neutrality in the way of corporate profits,” Nov. 20). He misses the...
Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014 12:01 am

Salvation Army begins long-anticipated expansion

 As the early winter wind swirls snow across the parking lot at 100 N. Ninth St. in Springfield, a volunteer works the phones inside, coordinating the Salvation Army’s team of bell ringers. The...
Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014 12:01 am

Bishop apologizes, but holds firm

 Some things – views on abortion, gay marriage and divorce – are non-negotiable.But Bishop Thomas Paprocki during a Monday forum at Benedictine University said that there is room for conversa...
Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014 12:01 am

Minimum wage legislation advances ahead of Rauner’s inauguration

 Governor-elect Bruce Rauner once remarked to a room full of Republicans that he was “adamantly, adamantly against” raising the minimum wage. Although Rauner later softened his stance, it’s...
Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014 12:01 am
 While I’m not privy to what’s said during the bean-counting meetings at DreamWorks Animation, I’d be willing to bet the moneymen there are more than thrilled with the success of their Mada...

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