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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...
Thursday, March 9, 2017 12:10 am

Police killed Daniel Rogers, but did he have to die?

 Daniel Rogers wasn’t dealt an easy hand.He was a roofer cursed by bipolar disorder. His father is an alcoholic with acknowledged mental problems. Rogers’ mother reportedly has Alzheimer’s...
Thursday, March 2, 2017 12:11 am

In an era of mainstream news cutbacks, ideological media step in

 In the 1980s and 90s, when state government coffers appeared to be overflowing and the political parties worked together, the Statehouse press corps numbered in the 40s. Its size made “Illinoi...
Thursday, March 2, 2017 12:10 am

At Illinois Beef Expo, DNA testing lets bull buyers ‘look under the hood’

 The Annual Illinois Performance Tested Bull Sale on Feb. 23 during the 29th Illinois Beef Expo was pretty predictable. And the genetic testing that made that predictability possible was good new...
Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017 12:12 am

District 186 students experience a dynamic cultural awareness program

 On Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 6 and 7, at Erin’s Pavilion, Springfield Public School District 186 held a series of unprecedented sessions addressing the subject of “cultural relevance,” popu...
Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017 12:11 am

District 186 pushes for academic excellence

 Anyone who doubts the intellectual powers of public high school students need only watch Ruby Latif teach advanced placement literature to seniors at Southeast High School.The year’s reading l...
Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017 12:13 am

HISO Music is one man’s dream of helping others’ dreams comes true

 In a long brick building within a rented suite on Yale Boulevard in Springfield’s Harvard Park neighborhood, a quiet, yet profound revolution is underway. Here is the headquarters of HISO (pro...
Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017 12:12 am

Three fresh voices aim to shake up Springfield’s literary scene

 Poetry is at once the most marginalized and the most accessible of art forms. Pretty much anyone with both a thought and the desire to express it can jot down a few words and head to the local c...
Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017 12:11 am

Faded gem needs direction

Downtown Springfield lacks many things.A hardware store. A movie theater. A college. A dry cleaning shop. Modern parking meters.What it does have are things that no city wants in its urban heart. Vaca...
Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017 12:09 am

Chuck’s top 10 of 2016

 There were two dominating factors in American film this year – Disney Studios and animated features – and it should come as no surprise that the success of one went hand-in-hand with the oth...

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