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Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013 12:01 am

UIS athletic director Kim Pate keeps her eye on the ball

 Three years ago, the athletic department at the University of Illinois Springfield faced criticism from several angles. Scandals large and small hinted at lax standards and a lack of accountabil...
Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013 12:01 am

Prepare your kitchen for the invasion of guest chefs. Clean, organize and stock the shelves for stress-free, heavy-duty cooking and baking this holiday season

 There’s no place like home kitchens for the holidays. Or that’s what it seems, at least, when guests congregate in the heart of the home to chat, snack and offer the host or hostess a helpin...
Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013 12:01 am

Food allergies and dietary restrictions do not mean that everyone cannot enjoy the beloved holiday classics. Try these takes of some old favorites.

 You’re hosting a holiday feast and anticipate preparing a mouthwatering spread.But along with your special bread stuffing and your fabulous apple pie, you’re concerned with making appropriat...
Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013 12:01 am

Springfield’s Chris Camp and his family of whippersnappers take their show on the road

 Lifelong Springfield resident Chris Camp is one of only four professional whip crackers in the United States. Locals may recognize him from his regular appearances at the State Fair but widespre...
Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013 12:01 am
Who: Local First SpringfieldWhat: Kickoff Party & Press EventWhere: Isringhausen Imports /BMW StoreWhen: Nov. 13 at 5p.m. The fourth annual Local First Holiday Sweepstakes officially begins on Wed...
Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013 12:01 am

Decking the halls simply isn’t enough when guests are staying over. Give your home a once-over and make these essential repairs – because nothing’s Grinchier than a stopped-up toilet or broken garbage disposal

 Guests will jam your home during the holiday season, many of them staying for a week or longer. You don’t want your furnace to conk out. And you certainly don’t want your toilets to go on th...
Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013 12:01 am

Can you find the bed underneath all that clutter? Organizing experts give tips on how to reclaim your guest rooms

 It’s there, at the end of the hall, tauntingly filled with boxed ornaments, folded tablecloths and holiday-themed towels: The dreaded guest bedroom, holder of all things leftover and misplaced...
Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013 12:01 am

A fresh effort to care for Lincoln’s river

 Rivers have dictated the history of life itself, drawing to it animals, with humans in their wake. There are celebrated, legendary and notorious rivers – rivers that rage and those that range ...
Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013 12:01 am

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Illinois Times presents to you, proudly, one more time, the Best of Springfield, as determined by our readers and the friends BOS wannabes recruit to vote for them. We had more than 12,000 votes this year – the largest turnout ever – and 140 categories, a third more than ever before. Thanks to all the voters who worked through a long ballot. We always ask readers to vote local, and...

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