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Wednesday, May 27, 2009 07:21 pm

Filmmaker’s struggle for cultural identity begins with her Springfield childhood

For Indira Somani, growing up in Springfield wasn’t always easy. Her parents moved to the capital city from Pittsburgh in 1974, and the next year...
Wednesday, May 27, 2009 03:44 am

For years, the city said there was no money for the homeless. Now there’s lots of it.

Billie Aschmeller has no doubt in her mind about what happened to Tim Hawker. “He died from being homeless,” she says, adding: “You shouldn’t have ...
Thursday, May 14, 2009 11:56 am

Musicians aren’t the only Illinois Symphony players disenchanted with conductor Karen Lynne Deal

Everybody in this story loves the Illinois Symphony Orchestra. The musicians who drive hundreds of miles from every corner of this state to play for $63 per performance love the orchestra...
Wednesday, May 13, 2009 05:03 am
Elizabeth Hare, 54, joined the Illinois Symphony Orchestra last month as interim executive director. Although she grew up playing piano, majored in music theory and music history at Rice University,...
Wednesday, May 6, 2009 12:50 pm

A guided tour of southern Illinois’ natural wonder

It’s the only national forest in our predominantly agricultural/urban state, and it offers a great escape from our daily routines. Located down in the southern tip of the stat...
Wednesday, April 29, 2009 11:22 am

How one couple’s life changed after they decided to “Lose Big”

Angie Griffin never considered herself obese, but when her Body Mass Index revealed she fell into that category, she knew something had to change. Together with her husband, Derek, Angie ...
Wednesday, April 29, 2009 01:01 am

Embryologists reflect on science, faith and their life-giving work

Jim Kontio knows what it’s like to lose. After he and his wife Meganne married, the couple quickly decided that they wanted a baby. They were both older, Kontio says, and realized ...
Wednesday, April 22, 2009 10:17 am

The junior senator returns to Centralia and reminisces about growing up in southern Illinois

After about an hour of drinking, making small talk about local political races, and prognosticating on the outcome of the following day’s election, the crowd in the banquet room of t...
Wednesday, April 22, 2009 01:02 am

Why Jefferson Middle School is sold on single-gender classrooms

In a quaint neighborhood on Springfield’s southeast side sits Springfield School District 186’s best-kept secret — Jefferson Middle School. On the surface, Jefferson resem...
Wednesday, April 15, 2009 01:01 am

The Allerton Park Corps of Discovery

Diane Wasson photographed these wildflowers in Allerton Park, near Monticello, as a participant in the Allerton Corps of Discovery, one of several groups organized under the Corps of Disc...

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