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Thursday, March 26, 2015 12:01 am

Mayoral candidates differ, but you have to listen carefully

 It is near the end of a grueling day on the campaign trail. The two candidates for Springfield mayor are sitting side by side in a Lincoln Library meeting room, where they’ve spent more than 9...
Thursday, March 19, 2015 12:01 am

Witness misidentification leads to wrongful convictions

 Eighth Annual Defenders of the Innocent event5:30 p.m., April 8Erin’s Pavilion4965 S. Second St.For more information, call 206-6569 or visit www.uis.edu/innocenceproject.Angel Gonzalez was in ...
Thursday, March 12, 2015 12:01 am

Mike Houston reflects on 12 years as mayor

Having finished third in the Feb. 24 primary, Mayor Mike Houston is finished as mayor. But he isn’t categorical about running for elective office in the future, nor is he shy about defending his rec...
Thursday, March 12, 2015 12:01 am
 Trivia question: Where can you find links to General Custer, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, John Deere and the American Pickers all in one Midwestern metropolis?Stumped? Try the Quad Cities, ...
Thursday, March 5, 2015 12:01 am

Memorial Medical Center Foundation’s Sharing Wishes Fund makes hospice patients’ dreams come true

 When hospice patient Dorothy learned that her time on earth was coming to a close, she had a simple request: she just wanted one last margarita. Thanks to Memorial Medical Center Foundation’s ...
Thursday, March 5, 2015 12:01 am

Governor’s “employee empowerment” tactic seeks local support but attracts widespread union opposition, a BGA Rescuing Illinois report concludes.

Governor Bruce Rauner’s bid to establish statewide “right-to-work zones,” one of the major initiatives of his emerging state economic development plan, could become a rallying cry in Illinois’...
Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015 12:01 am

A history of corruption at the top

 Illinois was deeply in debt and its financial outlook was bleak. After a close gubernatorial race, the people of Illinois elected a wealthy Chicago-area businessman as their governor, hoping tha...
Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015 12:01 am

Intemperance Cocktail Consulting Service can mix your drink and tell you its history

 Edward Burch of Springfield can fix an extraordinary Martini with dry rye gin, blanc vermouth, and old-style Boker’s Bitters while recounting the drink’s unique history and the nuances of ea...
Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015 12:01 am

How mayoral candidates are contending for the east-side vote

 Springfield has never elected a black mayor. It’s been 16 years since an African-American candidate even ran for mayor.Allan Woodson was one of Springfield’s first black aldermen and the las...

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