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Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017 12:12 am

Illinois held slaves for more than 100 years

 Because Illinois is a northern state and the former home of Abraham Lincoln, it isn’t typically associated with slavery. But there was slavery in Illinois for more than 100 years. Even after I...
Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017 12:09 am

Chuck’s top 10 of 2016

 There were two dominating factors in American film this year – Disney Studios and animated features – and it should come as no surprise that the success of one went hand-in-hand with the oth...
Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017 12:08 am
 Movies are about moments – big moments that erase our cynicism about cinema and remind us of its capacity to dazzle as well as touch us. This happens in a way only possible with a medium that...
Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017 12:07 am
 Each winter for the past 25 years, the Springfield Art Association has offered an antidote to the common blockbuster with the Molly Schlich Independent and International Film Series. Over the co...
Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016 01:24 pm

SCOTT CHARLES WILLIAMS June 16, 1955 – Nov. 5, 2016

Scott Williams’ fingerprints are all over homes in Springfield. He helped family and friends. He finished basements, moved drains, changed garbage disposals, built smokers, added ductwork and unclog...
Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016 12:28 am

DONALD E. BAILEY March 6, 1936-Nov. 9, 2016

While a high school student in Petersburg, Don Bailey performed in Forever This Land at Kelso Hollow Theatre (now Theatre in the Park in New Salem) and directed the junior class play at Petersburg’s...
Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016 12:27 am

DENNIS LEE “DENNY” POLK June 17, 1955 – May 29, 2016

 When Denny Polk passed away of acute myeloid leukemia this past spring, he left behind a 30-year legacy in area real estate as well as an indelible impression on those who encountered him. By al...
Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016 12:26 am

RAY “BEN” BENSON HAGER Oct. 12, 1961 – Jan. 10, 2016

 I wish you could have known him. But then again, perhaps you did … or perhaps he touched your life – or the life of someone you love – and you never knew it. For you see, Ben Hager was bor...
Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016 12:25 am

JULIANNE GLATZ Sept. 11, 1953 - Feb. 4, 2016

 I got invited over for a cookout. We’re going to roast hot dogs over a bonfire, she said. Nothing fancy. Bring the kids. I’m not sure exactly what I expected; I just couldn’t imagine Julia...
Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016 12:23 am

TERRILL J. (T.J.) MEYER Dec. 23, 1938 – Jan. 10, 2016

 T.J. lived by the motto, “I never felt better in my life.” Many people remember T.J. for his positive attitude toward life, his zest for learning, his active support of the community as...

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