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Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014 12:01 am

Oak Ridge Cemetery’s mid-life crisis

 During winter, especially, the signs aren’t obvious.Snow covers expanses of lawn prone to brown during dry summers. Dead trees, perhaps as many as 90, aren’t distinguishable from the ones th...
Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014 12:01 am
 “The City is now lighted up with Gas with great success,” John T. Stuart wrote to his daughter in February of 1855. “It looks very brilliant whenever in use and especially the State House ...
Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014 12:01 am
Movies are about moments – big moments that erase our cynicism about cinema and remind us of its capacity to dazzle, quiet scenes that succeed in touching our hearts. This happens in a way only poss...
Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014 12:01 am

Alienation and loss dominate

 The more things changed, the more they remained the same for American movies. Superhero films and sequels still held sway at the box office as the top five grossing movies fell into one of these...
Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013 12:01 am

KEITH LARKIN TAYLOR Sept. 10, 1948-July 10, 2013

A host of prominent Illinois politicos attended the July 16 memorial service for Keith Taylor. Among them were Attorney General Lisa Madigan, former Attorney General Neil Hartigan, former Senate Presi...
Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013 12:01 am

DR. DAVID SPURGEON SUMNER Feb. 20, 1933-Nov. 24, 2013

 A beautiful Parisian streetscape, a sailboat race on the North Carolina coast, and a peaceful snowfall on frozen Lake Springfield: Those picturesque scenes and many more were the subjects of Dav...
Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013 12:01 am

KENNETH ROBERT FOLKS Dec. 25, 1951-June 5, 2013

Ken Folks is missed by me, his coworker, and all the lives he touched in his classroom at Land of Lincoln Goodwill Industries. He was the kind of guy that you only had to meet once, and from then on y...
Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013 12:01 am

NORMA JEAN THOMPSON April 24, 1934-March 7, 2013

Spending a lifetime as a devoted wife, mother and grandmother is a small snapshot into why my mom is special to me. We shared a special bond. I would start thinking of her and the phone would ring and...
Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013 12:01 am

CARL VOLKMANN Oct. 23, 1933-Oct. 11, 2013

Carl Volkmann died Oct. 11 after a 15-year struggle with cancer. In October 2012, he received an Alumni Award from his alma mater, Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa. Here is an excerpt from the citati...
Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013 12:01 am

ELSIEJANE “NING” O’KEEFE Feb. 18, 1922-Aug. 4, 2013

“I’m a better person because my life touched Ning’s,” said Elizabeth Kloppenburg of her dear friend, Elsiejane “Ning” Staley O’Keefe, who died Aug. 4.It is a sentiment echoed by many in ...

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