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CATHERINE L. STAAB: Nov. 20, 1925 - May 21, 2017

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 Catherine Staab had just seven nieces and nephews, but if you included the people who called her “Aunt Catherine,” that number would have been in the triple digits. She never knew a stranger...
Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017 12:00 am

ALFREDA “FREDA” “ALLIE” KATAUSKI: Oct. 25, 1925 - April 15, 2017

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 She was a ray of sunshine whose sparkling eyes never met a stranger. My mom, Alfreda “Freda” “Allie” Katauski – a timeless beauty with a heart of gold and passion for fun.Growing up in...
Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017 12:00 am

JOSEPH RAYMOND KLAUZER: Oct. 27, 1952 - April 24, 2017

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 On April 24, 2017, Springfield lost one of its greatest treasures, Joseph Raymond Klauzer. In 64 years of life, he touched many hearts. If you knew Joe, you were blessed with an amazing friendsh...
Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017 12:00 am

DAVID LEACH: Oct. 1, 1952 - April 18, 2017

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 With a shock of red hair, a full white beard and the body of a Weeble, children would often call Dave Leach “Santa Claus.” He was jolly and filled with joy. You would always walk away from D...
Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017 12:00 am

WILLIAM PATRICK CANAVAN: Sept. 25, 1919 - Jan. 8, 2017

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 I met Uncle Bill in the summer of 1962 when I was 3½ years old. My parents, older sister and I had made the trip from Springfield to Uncle Bill and Aunt Nan’s home in Connecticut. When we arr...
Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017 06:11 pm
The notion in public relations is that there’s no such thing as bad publicity.  That certainly has been disproven this year what with the many accusations of sexual assault leveled at many i...
Monday, Dec. 25, 2017 03:20 pm
Director Cecil B. DeMille, amassed a fortune, entertained millions and skewed their perception history with his historical epics.  With King of Kings, The Plainsman, The Buccaneer and many othe...
Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017 12:20 am

Logan Hay, once Springfield’s best-known citizen, is forgotten

 The Illinois Bicentennial looms. In the Illinois that exists, the Rauner administration looks forward to beer parties and pantomime shows. In the Illinois of my daydreams, historians scribble aw...
Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017 12:19 am
 In September Amazon, the $136-billion-a-year, multi-tentacled monopolist, sparked a prairie fire of excitement among state and local economic development officials when it coyly announced its in...
Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017 12:18 am
 “I’m not in charge,” Gov. Bruce Rauner said recently, “I’m trying to get to be in charge.”Rauner said he’ll “get to be in charge” by taking away House Speaker Michael Madigan�...

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