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Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016 12:11 am
 I’ve seen a few movies in my time, so it’s very possible that a sense of burnout has set in. Perhaps that’s why most of the cinematic fare of 2015 left me with a feeling of “Meh” rathe...
Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016 12:10 am
Movies are about moments – big moments that erase our cynicism about cinema and remind us of its capacity to dazzle as well as touch us. This happens in a way only possible with a medium that seamle...
Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016 12:09 am
 When he moved to Springfield and hung out his shingle as an attorney, Abraham Lincoln effectively completed his transition from a rural working-class laborer to an urban, middle-class gentleman....
Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016 12:08 am

As U.S. lifts sanctions, downstate lawmakers tout state’s agribusiness, commerce opportunities. They envision a new export boom.

 The restoration of diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba has sparked a renewed effort to boost Illinois agricultural exports to the island nation, which has been under cripplin...
Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015 12:10 am

Family-friendly NYE celebration features 30 live performances, 8 stages

 Send out 2015 in a blaze of performing arts, fireworks and creativity and celebrate a new year at First Night Springfield. The Springfield Area Arts Council-hosted celebration is Springfield’s...
Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015 12:01 am
About the issueIt is our tradition to reserve our last issue of the year to remember some of the Springfield-area people who have died in the past year. Those we write about here are people who have c...
Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015 12:01 am

LANA BENEDICT Aug. 19, 1946-Oct. 2, 2015

It’s likely no one who knew Lana Benedict as a State of Illinois retiree, volunteer cook, gardener, singer, loving mother and wife thought she would leave life on this side of heaven at age 69 last ...
Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015 12:01 am

CHARLES ARMSTRONG ‘CHICK’ CHAPIN Feb. 27, 1921 – May 31, 2015

 Charles Armstrong Chapin was many things: a World War II veteran, an accomplished attorney, a lover of classical music, an involved member of his community and a beloved husband and father.&nbsp...
Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015 12:01 am

DONNA ELLEN FROST Jan. 1, 1943-Jan. 12, 2015

Loyal employee of Illinois Times Donna Ellen Frost was my younger sister. We went everywhere together and did everything together. My sister was my best friend. Donna was the first New Year’s b...
Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015 12:01 am

EVANS BRITTIN - March 11, 1930 – July 18, 2015

Evans Brittin was truly a gifted music man of many talents, which he willingly shared his whole life. After he served in the U.S. Navy as a pilot, he graduated from Illinois State University and taugh...

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