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Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013 12:01 am

UIS athletic director Kim Pate keeps her eye on the ball

 Three years ago, the athletic department at the University of Illinois Springfield faced criticism from several angles. Scandals large and small hinted at lax standards and a lack of accountabil...
Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013 12:01 am

Springfield’s Chris Camp and his family of whippersnappers take their show on the road

 Lifelong Springfield resident Chris Camp is one of only four professional whip crackers in the United States. Locals may recognize him from his regular appearances at the State Fair but widespre...
Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013 12:01 am

A fresh effort to care for Lincoln’s river

 Rivers have dictated the history of life itself, drawing to it animals, with humans in their wake. There are celebrated, legendary and notorious rivers – rivers that rage and those that range ...
Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013 12:01 am

The Route 66 Film Festival, Nov. 1 and 2, opens a local window on the world of independent movies

For more than 10 years, the Route 66 Film Festival has been screening independent films from around the world for Springfield audiences. Not that local filmgoers have always been aware of it. “I wear my festival button all the time,” says Route 66 executive board member Lana Wildman, “and I almost always have to explain to people what it’s about.”...
Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013 12:01 am

Annual media watchdog list critiques coverage of whistleblowers and wealth gaps – and the notion of journalistic objectivity

This year’s annual Project Censored list of the most underreported news stories includes the widening wealth gap, the trial of Pfc. Bradley Manning for leaking classified documents, and President Ob...
Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013 12:00 am

Settlement may be near in the county’s most expensive lawsuit

 The death of A. Paul Carlock of Springfield haunts Sangamon County nearly six years after the police officer turned clown died during a stint in the county jail.Charged with possession of child ...
Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013 12:00 am

Bringing the Enos Park neighborhood back

 In the 1000 block of North Fifth Street, a tall, former beauty is a beehive of activity. Construction trucks surround her and a swarm of burly men work inside and out to restore this two-story V...
Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013 11:38 am

Hanson’s global experience gets rail consolidation rolling

What does the future hold for Springfield? That depends largely on what happens with the proposal to consolidate rail traffic on the 10th Street rail corridor.If the project withers without funding, d...
Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013 03:56 pm

Illinoisans struggle as student debt robs America’s future

Angela McGonigle tried to do everything right. Born and raised in Springfield, she had saved $5,000 to attend Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville but used the money to study abroad instead. D...
Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013 03:27 pm

Springfield – a mecca for motorcycles

It is, really, very simple.Apply throttle, turn left every 10 seconds or so and forget about the brakes. Boiled down, that is the essence of racing motorcycles on dirt tracks. You don’t have to ...

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