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Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014 12:01 am

From handed-down heirlooms to modern, whimsical designs, faith-focused décor items are some of the most cherished, unique items of the season.

 There’s no time like the holidays.They are a time of family, tradition and celebration – and of a very particular aesthetic. Wherever you live, from the Northeast to the Southwest, every hou...
Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014 12:01 am

Some gifts they want, and some gifts they want to return. Here’s how to be sure to give a great one.

 There are great gifts, and there are not-so-great gifts, and luckily for you, we know just what they are.If gift-giving gives you anxiety, here’s a bit of good news: 70 percent of people polle...
Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014 12:01 am

James Armstrong, the internationally renowned bluesman, relocates to Springfield

 Believe it or not, Springfield, Illinois, is red hot for the cool blues. The capital city is home to one of the oldest blues clubs in the nation, hosts a nearly 30-year-old weekly blues performa...
Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014 12:01 am
 When Santa comes to town, Chicago takes on a special glow. Sparkling trees, dazzling lights and festive song and dance performances at area celebrations create holiday magic for visitors of all...
Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014 12:01 am

When to go with the real deal for your holiday décor, and when to opt for some artificial assistance

 The most wonderful time of the year can be the most beautiful time of the year in your home. Yet transforming your rooms into magical holiday wonderlands can be stressful, as every year the hunt...
Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014 12:01 am

How to shine a light on the classroom-made projects kids bring home this time of year

 Decorating for the holidays is a special activity for many families, and excitement mounts as box after box appears from storage. But with an array of school-aged artists in the mix, things can...
Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014 12:01 am

From evergreens to spices, here’s how to fill your home with a festive aroma

 Holiday decorating isn’t just about making a home look beautiful – it’s about filling the space with holiday treats and trimmings that appeal to all five senses. If scent is the strongest...
Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014 12:01 am

The state’s plan to make the Sangamon a destination

 In the spring of 1831, when Abraham Lincoln was just 21, he and two other young men navigated a canoe down the Sangamon River. Lincoln grew to love the river, and his influence on it is still ev...
Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014 12:01 am
One of the enduring myths in American legend is Abraham Lincoln’s first love, a New Salem girl named Ann Rutledge. The subject remains hotly debated among Lincoln scholars today. The relationship �...

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