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Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016 12:09 am

Illinois’ bicentennial year is less than 17 months away, but the state hasn’t yet made any plans to celebrate.

 In 1918, amid enthusiastic statewide celebrations of Illinois’ centennial anniversary of statehood, Vachel Lindsay wrote The Golden Book of Springfield, in which he looked ahead a century to i...
Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016 12:08 am

State also loosens medical cannabis rules

 Possessing small amounts of marijuana is no longer a crime in Illinois, thanks to a new law which took effect in July.State lawmakers also recently loosened the rules governing the Illinois medi...
Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016 12:07 am

Another school funding reform group meets

 By most accounts, Aug. 3 was an auspicious day for school funding reform in Illinois. It marked the first meeting of the Illinois School Funding Reform Commission, a bipartisan group which aims...
Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016 12:06 am
Last week, President Barack Obama commuted the sentences of 214 federal inmates, potentially freeing a Springfield man given a life sentence for possessing crack cocaine in 1997. Obama’s move also s...
Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016 12:05 am
Sometimes, experiments just don’t work out. The Old Capitol Farmers Market in downtown Springfield is moving its Wednesday hours back to the morning after a brief stint in the evening. The move foll...
Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016 12:04 am
 Where a film like Florence Foster Jenkins is concerned, finding the right tone is key to its success. Director Stephen Frears knows a thing or two about creating the proper mood and intent of a...
Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016 12:03 am
 Here comes the Illinois State Fair, ready or not. Not long ago, many wondered if the fair would even happen with all the state budget nonsense but never fear, folks, the fair is here.Due to the...
Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016 12:02 am
 Rolling in from Chicagoland to promote their sophomore release, No, out this fall on No Trend Records, this “extreme pop power” trio stakes claim to playing “aggressive rock and roll with...
Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016 12:01 am
this place used to be niceit will be again after a bitbut this summer we arriveto plumbing problems powerproblems worst is mice theyhave been into everythingbedding shredded drawersfouled not a dish y...
Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016 12:01 am

Sports drinks can be harmful

 There are few things that one can do to have an immediate and positive impact on one’s health. Increasing physical activity and changing one’s diet are critical steps in improving overall he...

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