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Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016 12:11 am

Lawmakers return to Springfield with some new ideas, but the unfinished business of 2015 will likely overshadow other topics in the second year of the legislative session. 

 Illinois Issues is in-depth reporting and analysis that takes you beyond the headlines to provide a deeper understanding of our state. Illinois Issues is produced by NPR Illinois 91.9 UIS in Spr...
Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016 12:12 am

Scorned woman scuttles $21.5 million cruise-ship verdict

 Amy Mizeur didn’t hold back on her way out the door when she was terminated from her job at The Gold Center in Springfield last spring.“This is what you get when you refuse to screw your bos...
Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016 12:11 am
 I’ve seen a few movies in my time, so it’s very possible that a sense of burnout has set in. Perhaps that’s why most of the cinematic fare of 2015 left me with a feeling of “Meh” rathe...
Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016 12:10 am
Movies are about moments – big moments that erase our cynicism about cinema and remind us of its capacity to dazzle as well as touch us. This happens in a way only possible with a medium that seamle...
Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016 12:08 am

As U.S. lifts sanctions, downstate lawmakers tout state’s agribusiness, commerce opportunities. They envision a new export boom.

 The restoration of diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba has sparked a renewed effort to boost Illinois agricultural exports to the island nation, which has been under cripplin...
Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015 12:10 am

Family-friendly NYE celebration features 30 live performances, 8 stages

 Send out 2015 in a blaze of performing arts, fireworks and creativity and celebrate a new year at First Night Springfield. The Springfield Area Arts Council-hosted celebration is Springfield’s...
Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2015 12:11 am
 Joy a holiday also-ran There’s no question that David O. Russell’s Joy has a great deal going for it. It sports an incredible cast, including key members from previous efforts Silver Linings...
Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015 12:12 am

Will Springfield pay for more and better music?

 Illinois Times invited a small group of area music promoters, booking agents and festival organizers to dinner at Obed and Isaac’s on Dec. 2 to discuss the presentation of live, original music...
Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015 12:01 am
 Thu. Dec. 17Hillbilly Casino, Jukebox Casanova and SS WEB at Bar None, 245 S. Fifth St.Thu. Dec. 17Epsom, Naked Spirit, Heart Attack Man, Attic Saltat South Town Studios, 11th St. and South Gran...
Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015 12:12 am

Governor wants more revenue but spinning off taxpayer-owned assets and services is risky business and ultimately requires asking the tough question: “Why do this?” – A BGA Rescuing Illinois report

 When Gov. Bruce Rauner announced plans in October to sell the James R. Thompson Center in Chicago, he made a pitch worthy of his deal-making days in the private sector. “We’ve got to drive v...

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