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Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015 12:01 am

Is it time for Illinois to lift the ban?

Bobcat hunting, Ron Edgerly swears, is about as much fun as a man can have in the woods. Just listen to him tell what happened when the quarry doubled back on its tracks in the frozen Gogomain Swamp i...
Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015 12:01 am

David Brodsky finds his photographic voice in central Illinois

 Before David Brodsky and his family immigrated to the United States almost exactly 25 years ago, with the help of the Springfield Jewish Federation, he was literally a man without a country. “...
Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015 12:01 am

After a decade of quiet struggle, the Dominican Sisters have started a movement

 T he Dominican Sisters of Springfield have a long history. Their congregation was founded in Jacksonville in 1873 and moved to Springfield in 1893. However, some of the women who founded the con...
Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015 12:01 am

Can Rauner fix it?

 Governor-elect Bruce Rauner said all the right things while not saying much during a December speech in Springfield filled with generalities and rah-rah talk.We need a tax code overhaul and long...
Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014 12:01 am
 As far as the movie world is concerned, 2014 will be remembered as the year in which things ended with an international bang and a corporate whimper. After having massive numbers of files hacked...
Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014 12:01 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...
Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014 12:01 am
 The Springfield Area Arts Council’s annual First Night celebration is a year-end smorgasbord of art, music, dance, fireworks, friends and fun. It is also a fundraiser to benefit the various pr...
Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014 12:01 am
Hobbit: Armies  finally gets us back againAnd so, Peter Jackson’s Hobbit films have come to an end…at least I think they have. With these movies and the director’s Lord of the Rings feature...
Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014 12:01 am

James Armstrong, the internationally renowned bluesman, relocates to Springfield

 Believe it or not, Springfield, Illinois, is red hot for the cool blues. The capital city is home to one of the oldest blues clubs in the nation, hosts a nearly 30-year-old weekly blues performa...
Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014 12:01 am

The state’s plan to make the Sangamon a destination

 In the spring of 1831, when Abraham Lincoln was just 21, he and two other young men navigated a canoe down the Sangamon River. Lincoln grew to love the river, and his influence on it is still ev...


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