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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...
Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014 12:01 am

Hard apple beverages are all the rage right now. Here’s what to know about the crisp (or dry or sweet ) drinks you’ll be drinking this season

 Every holiday has its iconic meals: Thanksgiving has turkey, Christmas has ham and Hanukkah has latkes. But just what are we to drink during these celebrations? Well, this year a nice hard cider...
Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014 12:01 am

Medical marijuana investors count on secrecy, profits and expansion

About the articleThis article is the product of the first collaboration between Illinois Times and the Better Government Association. The BGA is an independent, nonpartisan and nonprofit government wa...
Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014 12:01 am
 If you are eager to eye an eagle this winter, head to Starved Rock State Park near Utica. Like swallows returning to Capistrano, bald eagles wing their way to the park every year, seeking fish f...

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