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Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016 12:07 am

New census data shows weak recovery from long slide

 More than 1.7 million Illinoisans lived in poverty last year, according to data released by the U.S. Census Bureau last week. That’s an improvement over 2014, but not nearly enough to erase th...
Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016 12:06 am
 Springfield has been host to myriad you-don’t-see-that-every-day gatherings, from the World Juggling Federation Convention to confabs of Elvis impersonators. But we feel especially secure this...
Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016 12:05 am
If there’s one fact about Abe Lincoln that everyone remembers, it’s that he loved cars. Okay, that’s not really true. Although a steam-powered precursor to the modern car was invented in 1769, t...
Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016 12:04 am
 There’s much more to making a Western than putting movie stars under Stetson hats, giving them six-shooters and throwing them on a horse. This approach plus poorly choreographed sequences of e...
Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016 12:03 am
 As we wind our way through September, heading toward the other end of things, a wonderful mix of music with which to entertain ourselves appears to be ahead for all.With the hot rods coming to t...
Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016 12:02 am
 Back in 2009 when Caleb Smith showed up at an open mic run by Bruce Williams and sang Queen songs, the two self-described “huge fans” of the supergroup decided to start a tribute band. They...
Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016 12:01 am
not mentioning any names or anythingbut teenage kids here’s a warning word:if you ask a parent for money to go tothe fair and you’re given admission thecost of elephant ears turkey legs rides onst...
Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016 12:01 am

The Ark of Taste highlights heritage foods

 Consumers today seem to have more choices at the grocery store than ever before. My great-grandmother would have marveled at the red strawberries available in grocery stores in the middle of win...
Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016 12:30 am

An aging high schooler looks back

 The “I go to my reunion” essay is a staple of the genre. By now there is nothing new that can be said, but readers read them anyway, fearful that other people’s reunions were better than t...


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