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Thursday, April 9, 2015 12:01 am

Feral horses from western states come to Illinois looking for a new home

 In a muddy corral on a hill in southern Illinois, dozens of horses chomp on hay and cautiously eye the cowboy-boot-clad visitors who walk past their pen. When a human gets too close, the horses ...
Thursday, April 2, 2015 12:01 am

Prairie Art Alliance announces juried photography contest winners

From Chicago’s tallest towers to Lincoln’s log cabins, across the sweeping plains, through rivers, streets, rails and woods, the submissions for the Prairie Art Alliance’s fourth annual Images o...
Thursday, March 26, 2015 12:01 am

Mayoral candidates differ, but you have to listen carefully

 It is near the end of a grueling day on the campaign trail. The two candidates for Springfield mayor are sitting side by side in a Lincoln Library meeting room, where they’ve spent more than 9...
Thursday, March 19, 2015 12:01 am

Witness misidentification leads to wrongful convictions

 Eighth Annual Defenders of the Innocent event5:30 p.m., April 8Erin’s Pavilion4965 S. Second St.For more information, call 206-6569 or visit www.uis.edu/innocenceproject.Angel Gonzalez was in ...
Thursday, March 12, 2015 12:01 am

Mike Houston reflects on 12 years as mayor

Having finished third in the Feb. 24 primary, Mayor Mike Houston is finished as mayor. But he isn’t categorical about running for elective office in the future, nor is he shy about defending his rec...
Thursday, March 5, 2015 12:01 am

Governor’s “employee empowerment” tactic seeks local support but attracts widespread union opposition, a BGA Rescuing Illinois report concludes.

Governor Bruce Rauner’s bid to establish statewide “right-to-work zones,” one of the major initiatives of his emerging state economic development plan, could become a rallying cry in Illinois’...
Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015 12:01 am

A history of corruption at the top

 Illinois was deeply in debt and its financial outlook was bleak. After a close gubernatorial race, the people of Illinois elected a wealthy Chicago-area businessman as their governor, hoping tha...
Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015 12:01 am

Intemperance Cocktail Consulting Service can mix your drink and tell you its history

 Edward Burch of Springfield can fix an extraordinary Martini with dry rye gin, blanc vermouth, and old-style Boker’s Bitters while recounting the drink’s unique history and the nuances of ea...
Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015 12:01 am

How mayoral candidates are contending for the east-side vote

 Springfield has never elected a black mayor. It’s been 16 years since an African-American candidate even ran for mayor.Allan Woodson was one of Springfield’s first black aldermen and the las...


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