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Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014 12:01 am

How 11th and South Grand became a DIY mecca

 “We needed a place for kids to go in Springfield,” says Kevin Bradford, 31, cofounder of all-ages music venue Black Sheep Café, located near the corner of 11th Street and South Grand in the...
Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014 12:01 am

Utility faces financial storm

 Eric Hobbie calls it “a perfect storm.”One of the biggest squalls in the history of Springfield City Water, Light and Power looms large while Hobbie, chief utility engineer at CWLP, tries to...
Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014 12:01 am

Ocean acidification tops the annual list of important stories ignored by the mainstream media

 Our oceans are acidifying – even if the nightly news hasn’t told you yet.As humanity continues to fill the atmosphere with harmful gases, the planet is becoming less hospitable to life as we...
Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014 12:01 am

Stubbornness costs Sangamon County $5.3 million

 With a $2.6 million check from taxpayers in hand, the widow of the late Amon Paul Carlock, who died after a struggle with Sangamon County jailers in 2007, says that she doesn’t feel like a win...
Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014 12:01 am
 The outcome wasn’t what she had hoped for. Tamikka Brents doesn’t take losing lightly. “I hate losing. But I will just train harder. This just didn’t turn out like I had planned,” said...
Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014 12:01 am

In search of the perfect fall brew

 In Munich, more than 4,000 miles away from Springfield, they’ve been partying for almost two weeks now, listening to oompah bands and eating Steckerlfisch (aka roast fish-on-a-stick) and sucki...
Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014 12:01 am

‘Cheap’ comes at a very hefty price

 In his classic 1936 comedy, Modern Times, silent filmmaker Charlie Chaplin depicts the trials and tribulations of a harried factory worker trying to cope with the sprockets, cogs, conveyor belts...
Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014 12:01 am

With new digs and respect, The Pharmacy grows up

 Since its first group exhibit in November of 2011, the independent artist collective known as The Pharmacy has been a force to be reckoned with in the Springfield arts scene, providing affordabl...
Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014 12:01 am

Danville’s underground forest reveals the ancient past

 A warm, moist breeze blows through the swampy forest at what is now Danville, Illinois. An eight-foot-long millipede scurries by. Nearby, a dragonfly with a foot-wide wingspan zips through the 1...
Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014 12:01 am

When historical documents disappear from courthouses

 As a supervisor in the department of state archives for the secretary of state’s office, Karl Moore makes a living by preserving records from courts and government offices throughout Illinois....

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