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Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013 05:14 pm

Straight talk about solar, wind and geothermal

“A lot of people tell me they’d like to get off the grid,” says Bob Croteau, renewable program coordinator for City Water, Light and Power. “That’s really one of the wors...
Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013 05:11 pm

Swimming is just the beginning

With the passage of Labor Day comes the end of sizzling heat, but never, it seems, exactly on time, at least if you have a swimming pool in your backyard.Our pool closed one week after the summer-endi...
Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013 04:55 pm
Most tree and shrub species can be successfully planted in the fall, from October until the ground freezes, or in the spring. At these times of the year the tree is dormant or going dormant. Before yo...
Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013 04:50 pm
Homeowners hoping to spread their wings around the house are increasingly heading downstairs to create more living space. Whether it’s for a home office, a home theater room, a playroom for the ...
Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013 04:42 pm
Smarter use of existing space can transform a home into a more pleasant living area. Combining smaller rooms or areas, dividing larger rooms, finishing an attic or basement, converting one room into a...
Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013 03:56 pm

Illinoisans struggle as student debt robs America’s future

Angela McGonigle tried to do everything right. Born and raised in Springfield, she had saved $5,000 to attend Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville but used the money to study abroad instead. D...
Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013 03:27 pm

Springfield – a mecca for motorcycles

It is, really, very simple.Apply throttle, turn left every 10 seconds or so and forget about the brakes. Boiled down, that is the essence of racing motorcycles on dirt tracks. You don’t have to ...
Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013 05:12 am

After shocking event, doctor was quick to take his cut

Nathanial Van Noy holds the dubious double distinction of being both the first murderer in Sangamon County as well as the first person to be hanged in Springfield. But it wasn’t the murder itsel...
Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013 04:03 pm

Take a day trip to the Jenny Lind Chapel near Galesburg

Though her name is more associated with nursery furniture today, Jenny Lind was without a doubt the most remarkable singer of her day, a celebrity of celebrities whose admirers included Queen Victoria...

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