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Thursday, June 1, 2017 12:08 am

Rauner gropes for silver lining as state flounders amid gridlock

 “How’s that working out for you?” That’s what Bruce Rauner, the 2014 Republican candidate, often asked in questioning why voters kept returning Democrats to run Springfield. Now he’s g...
Thursday, May 18, 2017 12:11 am

Springfield PrideFest 2017

 “I figured if Peoria was ready, Springfield was ready,” said Springfield PrideFest founder Jonna Cooley, offhandedly describing her rationale for starting up the festival celebrating the cen...
Thursday, May 11, 2017 12:11 am

Revitalization efforts evolving

 A century after its peak, Enos Park soldiers on, hoping to regain its reputation as one of Springfield’s most desirable neighborhoods.It has not been easy.Elegant Victorian-style homes are in...
Thursday, May 4, 2017 12:01 am

Comedy is serious business to Ray Phillips

 Growing up in the Philly projects with an African-American father and Italian mother, my Mom would try to cook soul food for my Dad and we appreciated it. But I’m telling you, spaghetti and pi...
Thursday, April 27, 2017 12:11 am

Illinois Innocence Project wants to help ease exonerees back into society

 The Illinois Innocence Project based at University of Illinois Springfield, is part of a nationwide network of groups working toward overturning wrongful convictions. Since it began in 2001, the...
Thursday, April 20, 2017 12:12 am

Mentally ill inmates clog jails. Sometimes they die.

Tiffany Ann Rusher could be a handful. She was nonetheless loved.In Rusher’s final days, relatives gathered at St. John’s Hospital. Her mother, Kelli Andrews, rubbed Rusher’s stomach and feet in...
Thursday, April 6, 2017 12:11 am

The Springfield and Central Illinois African-American History Museum

 On Monument Avenue, next to the main entrance of Oak Ridge Cemetery, the Springfield and Central Illinois African American History Museum sits in view of the Lincoln Tomb State Historic Site. Th...
Thursday, March 30, 2017 12:12 am
 Each year the cover of Capital City Visitor, published by Illinois Times, features a portrait of Abraham Lincoln by a central Illinois artist.  In 2017, for the second year in a row, we dec...
Thursday, March 23, 2017 12:10 am

Illinois State Museum reopens with a plan to revitalize

 The Illinois State Museum, founded in 1877, reopened its doors on July 2, 2016, after being closed for nine months due to budget cuts at the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. The closing...
Thursday, March 16, 2017 12:10 am

Preserving family traditions while supporting downtown for 33 years

 Last Saturday, March 11, thousands of green-clad parade watchers of all ages gathered in downtown Springfield at the “Craic O’ Noon” to experience the St. Patrick’s Day Marching Band Par...

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