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Thursday, May 5, 2016 12:12 am

Running, confidence-building program culminates in 5K

 Girls on the Run is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that strives to create a world where girls are aware of and capable of activating their potential, giving them the confidence to pursue the...
Thursday, May 5, 2016 12:11 am

Youth Fitness Center features interactive games

 Springfield’s Downtown YMCA is preparing a new exercise room that incorporates technology instead of competing with it for kids’ attention. The new space blurs the line between mere exercise...
Thursday, May 5, 2016 12:10 am

Local pols say they deserve pensions

As scrutiny of pensions has grown, some part-time elected officials in Illinois have opted out of pension plans.But not in Sangamon County or the city of Springfield.Springfield aldermen and Sangamon...
Thursday, May 5, 2016 12:09 am

Owner wants community garden instead

 A historic building on Springfield’s north end faces demolition, but the owner is fighting to keep the structure standing and turn it into a hydroponic community garden.The situation pits pres...
Thursday, May 5, 2016 12:08 am

Constitutional amendment passes in the Senate

In an effort to restore credibility to the redistricting process, two lawmakers from Chicago are proposing a constitutional amendment to change how legislative maps are drawn.The proposal could be the...
Thursday, May 5, 2016 12:07 am

Benefits for city firefighters at stake

The Springfield Firefighters’ Pension Board has gone to court in an attempt to settle a question over pension benefits for firefighters.At issue is holiday pay for firefighters, which has historical...
Thursday, May 5, 2016 12:06 am
In his new book, The Dealmakers of Downstate Illinois, political historian Robert E. Hartley describes the fascinating period of about 30 years when southern Illinois lawmakers dominated the Illinois...
Thursday, May 5, 2016 12:05 am
Mariah Brooks, a junior at Springfield Southeast High School, competed in the national Poetry Out Loud contest May 3 in Washington, D.C. The contest is a national poetry recitation competition that cr...
Thursday, May 5, 2016 12:04 am
 From the very start, the Marvel movies have had a certain swagger. That’s not to say that Jon Favreau’s Iron Man had an arrogant air about it, but rather a sense of confidence in its storyte...
Thursday, May 5, 2016 12:03 am
 The lovely month of May, often praised in song and poetry with good reason, brings us all the promise of a fruitful season of lovely live music to come in the summer months ahead.The Alamo in Ch...

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