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Thursday, April 5, 2012 04:27 pm
From Slave to State Legislator: John W.E. Thomas, Illinois’ First African American Lawmaker, by David A. Joens. Southern Illinois University Press, 2012. 288 pages, $34.95.In 1877, Illinois beca...
Thursday, March 15, 2012 05:13 pm

After sustaining a brain injury in a 1987 bobsled accident, William Shea strives for understanding

William “Bill” Shea’s wheelchair sits in the corner of his basement. It is both a reminder of the past and a foreshadowing of the future. At 59, Shea embodies the qualities of an Oly...
Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012 07:16 am

As the caseload increases the support system grows

When Teresa Paul’s son, Sean, was born, she dreamed of the day when he would graduate from college, get married and have children of his own. Like many new moms, she was excited to take her baby...
Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012 02:59 pm

A songwriter’s long, winding road from high school rocker to Sangamon Songs

To call Tom Irwin a fixture on the Springfield music scene would be something of an understatement. Beginning in the mid-1970s as a bass player and eventual frontman for various local rock bands, stra...
Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012 03:55 pm

Local banks didn’t cause the financial crisis, but they pay for it through increased regulation

It could have been avoided.The housing crash, the widespread home foreclosures, the credit crisis, the rampant bank closures, and ultimately the Great Recession of the past four years never had to hap...
Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012 03:29 am
If the ongoing recession has taught people anything, it’s the need for saving money. Many people were caught off guard by the recession, and studies have shown just how little men and women had ...
Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012 10:43 am
The economy is still reeling from the recession, and the question of when the global economy’s struggles will end remains a mystery. One thing we do know is that when the economy does finally re...
Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012 10:33 am
As if anyone needs their memory jogged, debt is a substantial problem for men and women living in fully developed countries. Estimates vary, but numerous surveys have indicated the average American ho...


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