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Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014 12:01 am
 Members of Congress are home now, campaigning for the upcoming elections. Their messages are all over the map, and for a good reason: they have very little to brag about.The Congress that recess...
Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014 12:01 am
 vermontpoem #41 this morning the lake is still no ripples mar the surface not even my own as I swim no little swallows (black tops white bellies) dip and wheel to catch their insect breakfast th...
Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014 12:01 am
 The Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular returns for its 10th year Oct. 17-18. Inspired by a similar festival for professional artists in Providence, Rhode Island, the Springfield celebration will feature...
Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014 12:01 am
 Lace up those sneakers and bust out those energy gels; it’s marathon time! The second annual Springfield Marathon returns on Oct. 19, though runners will need to register no later than Oct. 18...
Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014 12:01 am
 The United States is the only country in the world that regularly sentences children to life and death in prison. On Tuesday, Oct. 21, the Springfield branch of the American Civil Liberties Unio...
Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014 12:01 am
 As an old popular song from the 1970s asks, what do you get if you “work your fingers right down to the bone?” Bony fingers.As the hardworking housekeepers for the sprawling Marriott chain o...
Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014 12:01 am
 The most important question asked of Bruce Rauner during last week’s gubernatorial debate in Peoria was posed by Jamey Dunn-Thomason of Illinois Issues.My pal pointed out that Kansas Gov. Sam...
Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014 12:01 am
 “Stop the car!” exclaimed my daughter, Ashley, shortly after we left home. Hitting the brakes, I anxiously looked around. Both the woods on the left and fields and houses on the right looked...
Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014 12:01 am
The chickens have come home to roost at the governor’s mansion.Nine hens donated by a local woman came to live on the governor’s lawn in June, according to Harry Lewis, the mansion’s horticultur...
Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014 12:01 am

Can governors change history?

 One of the quainter rituals of any campaign, along with “debates,” is the newspaper editorial endorsement. It proceeds from three dubious assumptions – one, that anyone reads editorials be...

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