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Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013 11:38 am

Hanson’s global experience gets rail consolidation rolling

What does the future hold for Springfield? That depends largely on what happens with the proposal to consolidate rail traffic on the 10th Street rail corridor.If the project withers without funding, d...
Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013 05:15 pm

Put away the car. Sell the lawnmower. And walk.

Joan Walters has been around the world, and it shows in her spacious downtown apartment. Nearly every square foot of wall, door or floor features a different artifact – perhaps a tribal mask, a ...
Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013 05:15 pm

A visit to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin, one of his most acclaimed works

In the first act, an evil-looking insect perches on an actress’s arm. Later in the play, bats take flight during a heated argument and finally a small plane drones overhead as the actors reveal ...
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...

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