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Thursday, March 21, 2013 11:04 am

Gus Gordon takes the helm of the Hoogland Center for the Arts

“At a certain point I realized I was a clone,” says Gus Gordon of his 22-year tenure as chief meteorologist at WICS-TV Channel 20. His tone is more amused than bemused, and entirely withou...
Thursday, March 14, 2013 07:07 am

The city eyes a tax hike for public works

No one seriously argues that Springfield doesn’t need street, sewer and sidewalk repairs.Anyone who negotiates potholes at 11th and Carpenter or the cracked-and-crumbling stretch of Ash between...
Thursday, March 7, 2013 11:09 am

Concealed carry is coming to Illinois

Illinois is about to find out whether allowing regular citizens to carry firearms will cause calamity or prevent it....
Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013 01:56 pm

Drunks keep licenses, cops cut enforcement

If you drive drunk in Sangamon County, you’re less likely to get caught than you were a few years ago. And you’re less likely to lose your license.Since the early 1980s, lawmakers in the L...
Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013 02:56 am

Hope Springs Apartments helps build independence for tenants with mental disabilities

“I love this palace,” beams Joann, sitting on a flower-patterned couch as mid-morning sunlight floods her one-bedroom apartment. A Spongebob Squarepants episode plays muted in the backgrou...
Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013 03:28 am

Six love stories to put you in the mood

Love to last a lifetime Sarah Blanchard and Stuart PatersonWhen Sarah Lee Blanchard of Springfield entered the University of Michigan in the fall of 1961, she had no idea she would cross paths with th...
Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013 01:17 pm

Mixed martial arts comes of age in Springfield

In an unassuming beige garage on the edge of town, two muscular, tattooed young men circle around and around, punching, kicking and grappling with one another with all the intensity of a dogfight. A l...
Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013 01:26 pm

George Harrison, the first Beatle in America, left his footprints all over southern Illinois

The 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ first visit to America will be commemorated in February 2014. The Liverpool lads, shortly after their single “I Want to Hold Your Hand” reached t...
Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013 11:32 am

Alonso Travis died waiting for help

You may recall Alonso D. Travis, even if you never knew his name.He was the guy who hit you up for money on downtown sidewalks and store parking lots along Jefferson Street and on North Grand Avenue....
Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013 06:09 am

A high school reinvents itself with a big pot of money

The halls of Lanphier High School are strangely quiet. About 1,100 students file through the school’s maze of corridors several times each day, bringing the usual sounds of slamming lockers, cha...

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