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Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2008 10:12 am

As Election Day approaches, circuit clerk candidates Tony Libri and Cecilia Tumulty are dotting the I’s and crossing the T’s.

In August 2005, former Republican Gov. George Ryan awaited trial on federal corruption charges, Democrats held almost every constitutional office in the state and a majority of se...
Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2008 08:13 am

Coroner candidates disagree over who should perform inquests and autopsies

The coroner's job is to deal with dead bodies, but the campaign for this office is turning into a lively contest. On one side is incumbent Susan Boone, with 30 years of experience...
Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2008 04:58 pm

PORA offers prostitutes an alternative

At just past seven o'clock on a Wednesday night, they head for Jamal's. New moms hugging babies to each hip, teenagers in hoodies and on bikes and small boys sporting T-shirts and shorts despite the chilly air filter down the sidewalk. Cars boom and bounce beside them, spilling their passengers into the mix. Most aren't here to buy groceries from the 12th and Ash ...
Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2008 07:19 am

Why Memorial Medical Center has put its transplant program on ice

Ask Roy Maxfield how his kidney transplant changed his life, and the 62-year-old retired state employee gets emotional: "I may get verklempt," he warns. Then he recites a story th...
Thursday, Oct. 2, 2008 10:09 pm

Springfield filmmaker gathers awards and tries to get noticed

"Great art comes from great pain," utters cult film legend Lloyd Kaufman halfway through The Art of Pain, which won Best Comedy in last month's Route 66 Film Festival. The fe...
Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2008 02:55 pm

The boy wonder of the Illinois GOP is poised to become the nation’s youngest congressman. First he has to get past Democratic challenger Colleen Callahan.

In a flawless Saturday in Beardstown, Aaron Schock sprints to catch up with his parade float after falling behind to shake hands, slap five with little boys, pose for photographs,...
Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2008 09:02 am

Harvard Park celebrates a century as a working-class neighborhood that still works

T his year Springfield's Harvard Park neighborhood celebrates the centennial of its annexation to the city. The neighborhood's roots reach back to one of Springfield's oldes...
Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2008 07:04 am

Springfield club brings discussion to democracy

Citizens Club founders Bob Gray and Rudy Davenport One day three years ago, Bob Gray picked up the phone and called Rudy Davenport. The white Republican committeeman told the former president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People that he wanted to start a club. It would be something different for Springfield, Gray told Davenport, modeled afte...
Thursday, Sept. 11, 2008 11:12 pm

Seventh annual film festival is bigger and better than ever

It's funny what a smidge of positive press, a little marketing gizmo, and a good reputation can do for a film festival. This year's Route 66 Film Festival — the 7th annual &...
Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2008 08:01 am

After 11 years of publishing a newspaper for the gay community, Buff Carmichael calls it quits

When Buff Carmichael started his own monthly newspaper in 1996, he took it to the closest printer he could afford, in a town just about 25 miles away. The printer agreed to produc...

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