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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...
Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015 12:12 am
 The state government center in Chicago is showing its age but should be revitalized instead of sold to developers, argues a respected architecture and urban planning observer. The James R. Thomp...
Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015 12:01 am

Springfield Fire Department resists cuts

 Seven years ago, the city of Springfield faced a fiscal crisis so serious that then Mayor Tim Davlin formed a blue-ribbon committee to define the problem and recommend solutions.The housing bubb...
Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015 12:11 am

Scientists, authors and activists predict the outcome of the upcoming UN Climate Talks in Paris

World leaders from more than 190 countries will convene in Paris during the first two weeks of December for the long-awaited United Nations Climate Change Conference. Will the governments of the world...
Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015 12:10 am
If you didn’t know better, you might think Richard Craig is a powerful businessman. An athletic, handsome man of 46, he’s dressed sharply from head to toe: black wingtip dress shoes, black dress s...

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