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Thursday, April 11, 2013 11:13 am

A performer’s journey from Moscow to Springfield and beyond

What separates the dreamers and schemers of the world from the believers and achievers? Some say hard work and some say circumstance, but most would think it’s a fair amount of both that make th...
Thursday, April 4, 2013 11:04 am

Prairie Art Alliance contest yields impressive regional talent

Digital cameras that are affordable and easy-to-use, including those cameras and image-sharing apps in our smartphones, have sparked a photo craze. Who could have predicted that so many Americans woul...
Thursday, March 28, 2013 11:04 am

What are the risks of tapping Illinois’ trapped oil and natural gas?

Nearly a mile below the surface of southern Illinois, a vast reserve of oil and natural gas sits locked in thick shale rock. While Illinois has a long history of tapping into its enormous fossil fuel...
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...

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