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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 �...
Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014 12:01 am

Don’t let burnt-out bulbs darken the holidays

There is perhaps nothing more frustrating around the holidays than attempting to fix a string of broken lights. Luckily, there are a few quick steps to take before simply trashing the whole strand and...
Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014 12:01 am

Going home for the holidays? Share a taste of where you now call home by bringing back some of your favorite local delicacies for the family

 Not only are the holidays a time to gather and catch up with family, they’re an opportunity to share the very best food and drink available. Mom’s not getting out the fancy dishes for nothin...
Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014 12:01 am

It’s still early in Jennifer Gill’s tenure as District 186 schools superintendent. But so far people like what they see.

 Jennifer Gill wasn’t always a leader.Her days at Springfield High School were busy ones. She spent a year on the student council. Worked on the yearbook staff during her senior year in 1987. B...
Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014 12:01 am

A delicious turkey starts at the store, comes to life in your kitchen and leaves everyone eager for leftovers – after the food coma dissipates.

 Thanksgiving is about family, gratitude and, of course, food. The centerpiece of any truly authentic Thanksgiving meal is a succulent, flavorful turkey – but preparing the bird takes more than...

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