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Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017 08:56 am

GEORGE KENNEY June 4, 1937 - Dec. 16, 2016

 I met my late father-in-law, George Kenney, on Thanksgiving Day 1986 at Washington Park. It was the beginning of a friendship that would last for 30 years. Many of you may have known George as a...
Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017 08:52 am

MARY SHAFFER Nov. 11, 1949 - Dec. 8, 2017

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 Mary passed away of ALS after battling it for just over two years. ALS is a debilitating disease that also took her sister, Linda, in 2015. Mary knew what the disease would do but she said, “I...
Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017 12:10 am

Is state government ready for Armageddon?

 Oh dear – the North Koreans are threatening the United States with a preemptive nuclear strike. In November, Kim Jong-un ordered a test launch of the Hwasong-15 missile, which has the potentia...
Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017 12:09 am
In this, the final issue of 2017, we are grateful for many things. For another year, our 42nd, of Illinois Times surviving in business to have a voice in this raucous and turbulent world of public aff...
Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017 12:08 am
This was an interesting year that’s just concluding, wasn’t it? And here’s the thing: I suspect 2018 will be just as intriguing.Let’s start with some good news. The economy had a good year in...
Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017 12:07 am
 On Monday, Jan. 1, join the Sangamon Valley Group Sierra Club for a Stone Soup Hike. During this annual event, attendees are invited to enjoy vegetarian or meat-eater soups and a guided hike thr...
Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017 12:06 am
 On Sunday, Dec. 31, children who can’t stay up late can still celebrate the coming year during the Children’s Museum of Illinois’ annual “Happy Noon Year” event. Enjoy a confetti ballo...
Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017 12:05 am
I follow you on Twitter, and I was disgusted to see your tweet about marriage, “No, humans aren’t naturally monogamous -- which is why people say relationships ‘take work,’ while you never hea...
Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017 12:04 am
It is our tradition to reserve our last issue of the year for remembering some of the Springfield-area people who have died in the past year.Those we include here are people who have come to the atten...
Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017 12:03 am
 I have a feeling that many viewers will find the premise in Alexander Payne’s Downsizing rather appealing. As written by director and screenwriter Jim Taylor, it posits a future in which peopl...

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