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Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015 12:11 am

Decatur’s Midwest Inland Port turns transportation into economic development for the whole region

 It all began with a napkin.The international food-processing company Archer Daniels Midland was paying $250 per shipping container to transfer its goods between two railroads in Decatur, and the...
Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015 12:12 am

It’s called RANA and its impact could be significant. But only if Illinois’ Dept. of Corrections unshackles the program, a Rescuing Illinois report reveals.

 Illinois’ devastated finances and well-known government dysfunction is claiming another victim – the legally mandated launch of a promising prison reform program designed to significantly re...
Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015 12:01 am

Short-staffed jewel withers

 While tourists bustled in and around the museum side of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum on a recent summer day, the library portion was quiet.Just two people perused newspape...
Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015 12:09 am

District 186 is financially stable, but still hurting from past cuts

 It’s only the fourth day of the school year in Springfield Public School District 186, but already Teresa Holton has her AP literature and composition students at Southeast High School reading...
Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015 12:01 am

Nonprofit gets a new operating system

 When Computer Banc first moved into its new headquarters on East Groth Street last spring, the 12,000-square-foot facility, formerly used by United Cerebal Palsy as a sheltered workshop, seemed...
Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015 12:11 am

When Illinois slashes social services, the vulnerable suffer

 In August 2014, a young, African-American student in his junior year at Lanphier High School was caught carrying a gun at school. The student, whose name is being withheld because he is a minor,...
Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015 12:10 am

Showcase for local bands

  The Downhome Music, Beer and Art Festival is in its fifth year and things are going like gangbusters. “It’s just grown exponentially for us,” says Downhome founder Josh Catalano. “We ha...
Thursday, July 30, 2015 12:12 am

History of the Jewish community in Springfield

 Springfield’s original Jewish settlers arrived in the city in the 1850s. Some of them moved into Springfield from the surrounding small towns, where they had lived previously. Early immigrant...
Thursday, July 23, 2015 12:11 am

What would be lost if the Illinois State Museum closes

 There’s more to the Illinois State Museum than meets the average citizen’s eye. The exhibits on display at the museum’s main location at Spring and Edwards streets represent a tiny fractio...
Thursday, July 16, 2015 12:11 am

A brief history of Springfield baseball

In almost every large town in the state, base ball clubs have been organized this spring. We notice in our exchanges, not only in this state but all states, that this game is more popular than ever. I...


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