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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...
Wednesday, June 3, 2009 09:01 am

The capital city’s collegiate baseball team promises to continue dazzling fans on and off the field

Darren Feller recalls that while he was attending the 2002 winter baseball meetings in Nashville, a prospective employer asked a question right out of the job interview playbook. “S...
Wednesday, May 27, 2009 02:10 am

Art gallery is closing because Edith Myers, 92, plans to retire

Back in the early 1970s, the owner of a downtown Springfield gallery hired metalsmith Joe Spoon to work as the “artist in residence.” The gallery owner provided a small, open s...
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...


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