Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017 12:11 am

A history of floats promoting visibility and understanding

 Perhaps If You Saw One is a picture book of whimsical parade floats and enthusiastic participants. Published by Springfield’s Coalition of Rainbow Alliances, the book amounts to an informal hi...
Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017 12:11 am

A new photo collection showcases an era of preservation

 Springfield underwent a substantial transformation during the 1960s and 1970s. Through developments in the areas of tourism, education, entertainment and commerce, the city wasc adamant about pr...
Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016 12:21 am

How downstate dealmakers got things done

Pragmatism used to be a dirty word in government. The pragmatist was too quick to sacrifice principle for the grimy give-and-take of backroom deals, too eager to exploit the interests of the many for...
Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016 12:10 am

See artifacts and an iceberg, opening Nov. 12

 Ever since Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet stood on the bow in that blockbuster movie, crowds have flocked to exhibits dedicated to all things Titanic. Swinging a trip to museums in Southampt...
Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016 12:10 am
 Hardworking, faithful, and resilient in the face of what others might call setbacks, professional photographer Dave Beatty has enjoyed a career photographing corporate jets and entertainment sta...
Thursday, July 21, 2016 12:09 am

Chicago writer Michael Harvey takes a quick trip to Boston for his latest mystery

 “If my bones are Chicago, my blood is Boston, and specifically Brighton,” observes Michael Harvey in the acknowledgements to his most recent mystery novel. Harvey is a multitalented journali...
Thursday, June 16, 2016 12:01 am
 Writer Nelson Algren once observed that “Chicago is an October sort of city even in spring.” Fans of Chicago’s baseball teams would certainly disagree since October is the month of basebal...
Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016 12:11 am

A mystery that reads like a crime novel, minus guns

Creatures on Display, by Wm. Stage. Floppinfish Publishing Co. Ltd. I have always believed that the only thing more difficult than reading about sex is writing about it. Creatures on Display, by Wm. S...
Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015 12:10 am

For a good holiday read, curl up with Mrs. Modine

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Mrs. Modine and the Case of the Haunted Halloween Séance. By D. Ann Johnson. ISBN 9781517140434. 206 pages. Available on Amazon or CreateSpace.Want to cozy up with a good mystery over the holidays? M...
Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015 12:12 am
 A Century of Lithuanians in Springfield, Illinois by Sandy Baksys, 2015 My advice is always to “read locally,” but you’ll find when you read about Springfield’s Lithuanians, you’re rea...

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