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Thursday, March 5, 2015 12:01 am

Governor’s “employee empowerment” tactic seeks local support but attracts widespread union opposition, a BGA Rescuing Illinois report concludes.

Governor Bruce Rauner’s bid to establish statewide “right-to-work zones,” one of the major initiatives of his emerging state economic development plan, could become a rallying cry in Illinois’...
Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015 12:01 am

A history of corruption at the top

 Illinois was deeply in debt and its financial outlook was bleak. After a close gubernatorial race, the people of Illinois elected a wealthy Chicago-area businessman as their governor, hoping tha...
Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015 12:01 am

Intemperance Cocktail Consulting Service can mix your drink and tell you its history

 Edward Burch of Springfield can fix an extraordinary Martini with dry rye gin, blanc vermouth, and old-style Boker’s Bitters while recounting the drink’s unique history and the nuances of ea...
Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015 12:01 am

How mayoral candidates are contending for the east-side vote

 Springfield has never elected a black mayor. It’s been 16 years since an African-American candidate even ran for mayor.Allan Woodson was one of Springfield’s first black aldermen and the las...
Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015 12:01 am

Is it time for Illinois to lift the ban?

Bobcat hunting, Ron Edgerly swears, is about as much fun as a man can have in the woods. Just listen to him tell what happened when the quarry doubled back on its tracks in the frozen Gogomain Swamp i...
Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015 12:01 am

David Brodsky finds his photographic voice in central Illinois

 Before David Brodsky and his family immigrated to the United States almost exactly 25 years ago, with the help of the Springfield Jewish Federation, he was literally a man without a country. “...
Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015 12:01 am

After a decade of quiet struggle, the Dominican Sisters have started a movement

 T he Dominican Sisters of Springfield have a long history. Their congregation was founded in Jacksonville in 1873 and moved to Springfield in 1893. However, some of the women who founded the con...
Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015 12:01 am

Can Rauner fix it?

 Governor-elect Bruce Rauner said all the right things while not saying much during a December speech in Springfield filled with generalities and rah-rah talk.We need a tax code overhaul and long...
Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014 12:01 am
 As far as the movie world is concerned, 2014 will be remembered as the year in which things ended with an international bang and a corporate whimper. After having massive numbers of files hacked...

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