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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...
Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013 03:28 pm

Bike Club’s 41st ‘Century’ Sept. 8 includes something for everybody

It happens every year on one of the first crisp days that hint of autumn: bicycle riders from near and far converge on Springfield only to disburse into the corn-filled countryside pedaling and eating...
Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013 03:27 pm

While you’re there, enjoy wine, tour a fish hatchery and sleep in a forest cabin

As the temperatures come down, the energy level goes up, making a trek to Shawnee Bluffs Canopy Tour just right. My friend Rose and I headed south in late July and want to come back in the cool of fal...
Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013 03:27 pm

Take a trip to Quincy

Skip the freeway and take a drive.The trip from Springfield to Quincy via Interstate 72 takes a couple hours, but spend an extra 20 minutes and head out Jefferson Avenue to the hinterland, then take U...
Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013 01:36 pm
Autumn is traditionally a big season for live music, as touring artists make a last major push out onto the open road before winter’s icy finger makes it more or less impassable. The upcoming se...

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