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Thursday, July 30, 2009 08:06 am

The capital city is brimming with grand ideas about how to grow the city’s core and push back against sprawl. So why hasn’t anything happened yet?

Springfield is bursting with new urbanists. While the phrase “new urbanism,” coined in the 1980s, often frightens people who think that new urbanism entails mandating an organi...
Thursday, July 23, 2009 04:50 pm

After beating string players twice his age, Springfield's Clayton Penrose-Whitmore moved on — to Chicago, Detroit and Carnegie Hall

T here must have been scores of kids who, like Clayton Penrose-Whitmore, found themselves enjoying a snack in the Ethnic Village at the Illinois State Fair, just as a group of Suzuki vio...
Thursday, July 16, 2009 01:51 pm

RaeLynn Costa is making a comeback, with the support of Project Return

RaeLynn Costa and her 14-year-old daughter, Nicole, bathe Buddy at a combination dog wash/car wash fundraiser for Project Return.PHOTO BY AMANDA ROBERT At 10 a.m. on a Saturday, RaeLynn Costa crouches next to a plastic kiddie pool, massaging oatmeal shampoo into the scruffy coat of a shelter dog named Buddy. She murmurs softly to the water-wary pooch as she rinses the soap from his ...
Thursday, July 9, 2009 12:27 pm

July 11 Corndog Kickoff to raise money toward museum

What do you do with 156 years of photos, programs, ribbons, exhibits and other memorabilia collected from the annual Illinois State Fair?...
Thursday, July 2, 2009 04:09 pm

After previous derailments, Illinois plans for high-speed rail are back on track

President Barack Obama announced his plan for a national network of speedy passenger trains in April by painting a scene familiar to high-speed rail utopians. “Imagine board...
Thursday, June 25, 2009 01:28 pm

Counting hidden costs shows Illinois farmers a better way

The old man leaned on his cane and stared at the line that inevitably forms at the Merwyn’s stand at the Old Capitol Farmers’ Market during strawberry season. At first he seeme...
Thursday, June 25, 2009 05:32 am

Winners of the annual art and poetry contest

“Children and young people are perhaps the key to realizing true racial unity,” wrote Mike Lang, one of the organizers of the 12th Annual Race Unity Rally held June 7 at the St...
Thursday, June 18, 2009 12:47 pm

Illinois supermax prison with no way out

On paper, Michael Johnson fits the profile of dangerous inmate. Reputedly a high-ranking El Rukn gang leader, he was a few months into a 35-year sentence for kidnapping and murder when he...
Wednesday, June 10, 2009 09:15 am

A plan to attract birds and people to this 40-acre refuge on Springfields east side

Illinois Audubon Society executive director Tom Clay and Friends of the Sangamon Valley president Vern LaGesse explore the 12-acre addition at Adams Wildlife Sanctuary.PHOTO BY AMANDA ROBERT Green doesn’t always mean good. That’s the message that Tom Clay, the executive director of the Illinois Audubon Society, and Vern LaGesse, an ecological restorationist and pre...


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