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Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018 06:13 pm
If good intentions were all that were needed to craft a successful motion picture, Clint Eastwood’s The 15:17 to Paris, would be one of the finest films in the director’s long and storied career. ...
Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018 05:13 pm

Time for negotiations, Manar says

 Following Gov. Bruce Rauner’s call for pension reform and tax cuts in Wednesday’s budget address, state lawmakers and midterm election candidates voiced dissent over what some called another...
Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018 12:10 am

Susan Lawrence Dana was more careful with money than you think

Eyes downcast, with a guilty expression and in a quiet voice, a friend of mine admitted, “I have never been through the Dana-Thomas House.” She isn’t alone; too many have been missing out on a S...
Friday, Feb. 9, 2018 09:57 am
 The last time I cleaned out our basement, I was horrified by the number of plastic kids’ toys we weeded out. In fact, it brought on something of an existential crisis. Those toys were bought w...
Friday, Feb. 9, 2018 09:55 am

Cooking studio opens minds and mouths

 Ameilya walks in, goes straight to the sink and then takes her place at one of two tables. While waiting for her cohorts, she indulges me to answer my questions. She talks excitedly about making...
Friday, Feb. 9, 2018 09:54 am

Dispelling myths around baby’s first foods

 Introducing solid foods to your baby is a delightful milestone, but it can also be one of the most stressful. In addition to messy highchairs and little faces covered in spaghetti, new parents a...
Friday, Feb. 9, 2018 09:40 am

Kids activities February to May

 The True Adventures of AladdinFeb 9-11, 16-18, 7pm Fri-Sat, 2pm Sun. Presented by Springfield Theatre Centre. Written and directed by Gil and Ann Opferman. $12. springfieldtheatrecentre.com. Hoo...
Friday, Feb. 9, 2018 09:37 am

Improving outcomes for mothers and babies

 We all agree on the desired outcome of every pregnancy and birth – healthy, happy baby and healthy, happy mom. In fact, if there were a shortcut that could decrease complications during pregna...
Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018 12:21 am
A little perspective may be in order. Lots of political junkies, media types, etc. went gaga after last Monday’s Chicago Tribune editorial board faceoff between Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and stat...
Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018 12:21 am
 I first heard the rumors a few years ago, when beggars bearing cardboard signs began showing up on street corners throughout the city, about the time the cops started cracking down on downtown p...

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