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Thursday, March 24, 2016 12:17 am
 Though life was slowly improving for millions in Illinois as the 20th century opened, many still struggled for fairness, including women, the poor and minorities. In several instances, racial te...
Thursday, March 17, 2016 12:17 am
The Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) released 29,962 prisoners in 2014, according to the department’s FY2014 annual report. Research suggests that the ex-offender’s biggest hurdle to reen...
Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016 12:17 am
 In 1893, Chicago hosted the World’s Columbian Exposition, a six-month extravaganza that thrust Illinois into the international spotlight. The event inspired an artistic and educational revival...
Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016 12:17 am

The rise of community colleges in Illinois

 Back in the 1960s, one community college opened every week in America. Illinois was part of that movement. This year, proclaimed by Governor Rauner as the “Year of the Community College,” ma...
Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016 12:16 am
In the recent Republican caucus in Iowa, Ted Cruz won a close race over Donald Trump, Marco Rubio, Dr. Ben Carson and other candidates. These results were not predicted. It seems that the Cruz campaig...
Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016 12:17 am
 Our next door neighbor on MacArthur was a nice lady named Mae Shaheen. She lived with her brother, George. They were the siblings of Joe Shaheen, who ran the Springfield Speedway.On race nights...
Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016 12:23 am
Many people recognize the name of Jane Addams from high school history textbooks, but few know much else about this incomparable woman of 19th-century Illinois history. And she was hardly the only one...
Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016 12:16 am
 Whoever wins next November’s presidential election, it’s a sure bet that at some point he or she will vow to set the federal government on the straight and narrow. Maybe the new president wi...
Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016 12:17 am
 One of my fellow students from the Springfield High School class of 1962 is retiring at the end of January. While most of us have already retired with little fanfare, this is a lady whose leavin...


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