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Thursday, May 17, 2012 05:09 pm
The 180-day period for monetary claims by black farmers against the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) expires this month. May 11, 2012 was the last day for black farmer claimants to file ...
Thursday, May 10, 2012 05:16 pm
Thousands in Springfield today are descended from the flood of Eastern European and Southern European immigrants who arrived during Sangamon County’s coal boom. Among those turn-of-the-century i...
Thursday, May 3, 2012 03:32 pm
As a music store owner, the Buffett I’m usually concerned with is Jimmy Buffett of Margaritaville. But a bunch of lobbying groups who claim to represent small business are making me mad. They&rs...
Thursday, April 26, 2012 12:06 am
We’re being told that fiscal responsibility requires big cuts in education, nutrition and health care for millions of children. This shortsighted and uncaring thinking is not only a nightmare fo...
Thursday, April 19, 2012 03:31 pm
When we started our business, Jay’s Professional Automotive, buying expensive health insurance seemed completely out of reach. With so many start-up costs, there were many things we did without....
Thursday, April 12, 2012 05:16 pm
On March 6, the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights released data from a national survey of more than 72,000 schools, covering a range of issues that included school discipline. Th...
Thursday, April 5, 2012 08:09 pm
I could not sleep last night for quite awhile, thinking about her.Limping carefully, the young woman in the faded blue scrubs and hooded sweat shirt put one sock-covered foot in front of the other, fr...
Thursday, March 22, 2012 01:20 am
One recent evening, I participated in a discussion about crime and punishment with a large group of civic-minded professionals. In such discussions, people’s thoughts inevitably explore matters ...
Thursday, March 8, 2012 06:33 pm
I was a painter in my younger days. With my dad, uncle and brother, we maintained many of the buildings in the Sangamon Valley back in the forties. I started when I was 17, making 50 cents an hour and...


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