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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...
Thursday, Sept. 4, 2008 02:08 pm

How Springfield is handling the nursing shortage

­­ t's the first day of the fall semester and Cynthia Maskey, associate dean of nursing at Lincoln Land Community College, has already lost one of her teachers. A...
Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2008 11:01 am

Illinois students struggle to repay loans

When Shelley Pethy started college in the early '80s, the process seemed simple....
Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2008 01:40 am
Thanks to StudentLoanJustice.org, a national grassroots advocacy organization and political action committee, students from all over have banded together to speak out about the st...
Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2008 01:53 pm

When a cop charged with 49 felonies pleads guilty to two misdemeanors and goes free, there’s clearly something rotten in Danville. But what?

On the morning of April 11, 2007, David Lewis appeared before a Vermilion County grand jury in response to a subpoena. As a part-time police officer for the village of Belgium, Il...


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