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Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015 12:05 am
Tell us something we don’t know: The Illinois State Fair was recently named among the top 20 state fairs by travel website BLT, reinforcing our longstanding belief that the ISF is quite a gem. The w...
Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015 12:05 am
 When our son was a baby, my husband and I tried to instill in him a love of the written word. At first we would just read to him each day. But when he was able to talk and develop ideas of his o...
Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015 12:04 am
 Smart, uncompromising and timely, Joel Edgerton’s excellent new thriller The Gift is a sly little film that mirrors its main character in all the best ways. Unassuming and deceptive, the movie...
Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015 12:04 am

What parents need to know

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 There is no escape from the racial conflicts with which children must cope...avoiding the problem isn’t helpful. Too much parental protection from life’s realities may hamper a child’s lat...
Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015 12:03 am
 This weekend brings us festivals galore, bands all over town and a happening ALS benefit. Just around the calendar corner comes the Illinois State Fair and all the entertainment excitement it br...
Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015 12:03 am

District 186 cafeterias are trying, but kids are still complaining

 Cordelia Marlow, an eighth-grader at Franklin Middle School, describes her school lunches as poor. “The food quality went down after 2010,” she said, referring to changes in the federally fu...
Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015 12:02 am
 On the move and in the groove, this six-piece, self-proclaimed “country-rock” band covers contemporary and country classics, but what really sets Broseph E. Lee apart is their catchy songwri...
Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015 12:02 am

Pre-K, Kindergarten, sixth, ninth graders and students new to District 186 need checkups and vaccines. Don’t wait; set the date.

 School supply list: Pencils? Check. Folders? Check. Back to school physical? Vaccines? If your children are entering pre-K, kindergarten, sixth or ninth grade or are new to Illinois or Springfie...
Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015 12:01 am
 A TIP FROM ABEI have read several articles in various newspapers on how to resolve the Illinois budget impasse. At this point, a reasonable and prudent person would consider it irresolvable.This...
Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015 12:01 am
you may not believe that a toilet seatcan be the most beautiful sight in theworld but maybe you would if you’rean ol’ woman on a four-day canoe tripon the wisconsin river eating sleepingon sandbar...

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