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Thursday, July 3, 2014 12:01 am
 Let’s check our weaponry: 93,000 machine guns – check! – 533 planes and helicopters – check! 180,000 magazine cartridges – check! 44,000 night-vision goggles – check! 432 mine-resist...
Thursday, July 3, 2014 12:01 am
 Back when I gave cooking classes, one of the most popular was “Demystifying Pie.” While it explored different fillings from savory to sweet, the main emphasis was the crust: pie pastry, aka...
Thursday, July 3, 2014 12:01 am

Looking back while going over the Donner Pass

 During four Junes since 1994 I’ve moved to and from Illinois and the West Coast. On that first trip, orange and yellow U-Haul and Penske rental trucks settled on the big roads by the hundreds,...
Thursday, July 3, 2014 12:01 am
 When your break in the blues world comes from being discovered by an iconic character such as the great harmonica man Junior Wells (with Buddy Guy for years), things are just going your way. &nb...
Thursday, July 3, 2014 12:01 am
 Every year around the Fourth of July Springfield celebrates Independents Week by appreciating and patronizing independent, locally owned businesses. There are dozens of reasons to shop Local Fir...
Thursday, July 3, 2014 12:01 am
 A friend asked me to be a groomsman in his wedding. It’s being held hours away, and the only hotel is pricey. With tux rental, attending will cost me over $500. I’ll also have to miss work....
Thursday, July 3, 2014 12:01 am
 Curses, foiled again• Police reported that a gunman forced a 60-year-old man in New Orleans to withdraw money from an automated teller machine, but before the ATM dispensed the cash, the robbe...
Thursday, June 26, 2014 05:19 pm

State’s weak defense will get full hearing

Despite a weak defense by lawyers for the state, it will likely be several months before Illinois’ pension reform lawsuit is settled....

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