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 The heart of Virginia, Illinois, about 30 miles northwest of Springfield on Rt. 125, is its town square. The anchor of the square’s southwest corner is the Robertson Building, built in 1897. O...
Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014 12:01 am
 Trial lawyers will tell you that any good prosecutor could convince a grand jury to indict a ham sandwich.Well, meet that ham sandwich! Here in my burg of Austin, Texas, the grand jury has just ...
Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014 12:01 am
 “We should have billions of dollars every year as part of our budget process … (to) maintain and expand our infrastructure,” Bruce Rauner said last week, according to the Chicago Tribune.R...
Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014 12:01 am

Food and mood guru headlines Hope Institute’s Celebrity Chef Benefit

 The Hope Institute for Children and Families is breaking new ground this year. Their choice of chef for the 20th Annual Hope Celebrity Chef fundraiser isn’t at the helm of a highly regarded (u...
Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014 12:01 am

Why not a Y block wetland?

 For years, “green space” in downtown Springfield meant a weedy parking lot. These days greenery of a handsomer sort abounds, in curbside flower beds, in planter boxes and urns, in hanging ba...
Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014 12:01 am
 John Byrne grew up listening to and playing the most traditional of old Irish songs in his homeland hometown of Dublin, Ireland, but also fell under the influence of American and British rock an...
Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014 12:01 am
 The first stage of Springfield’s rail relocation has started with groundbreaking last month on an underpass at Carpenter and 10th streets.  Although funding for the full relocation projec...
Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014 12:01 am
This adorable, smart, funny guy I’m dating was clean-shaven when we first met, but for the past three weeks, he hasn’t shaved much. He has this really weird facial hair pattern (like patches on hi...
Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014 12:01 am
Curses, foiled againA man who won $13,000 in Las Vegas told police, brothers Christopher Robert Bendotti, 30, and Joseph Charles Bendotti, 27, lured him to a motel in Phoenix, Ariz., and tried to rob ...

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