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Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014 12:01 am

Danville’s underground forest reveals the ancient past

 A warm, moist breeze blows through the swampy forest at what is now Danville, Illinois. An eight-foot-long millipede scurries by. Nearby, a dragonfly with a foot-wide wingspan zips through the 1...
Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014 12:01 am
 The heart of Virginia, Illinois, about 30 miles northwest of Springfield on Rt. 125, is its town square. The anchor of the square’s southwest corner is the Robertson Building, built in 1897. O...
Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014 12:01 am

There are many more rewards at the end of the trail

 If you’ve long thought Rochester the last exit on the Lost Bridge Trail, the end of the line for your urban adventures on the fringes of Springfield, get off your bike and take a hike. There a...
Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014 12:01 am
 When thinking of heading north, often we think of Chicago. The suburbs get lost in the plans. A recent trip reminded me that there is a lot of beauty and history outside the urban sprawl. This f...
Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014 12:01 am

A season of robust theater in central Illinois

 A good actor isn’t afraid to be emotionally naked in front of an audience. From the silver screen to Broadway, talented thespians figuratively bare themselves to the public. But how much more...
Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014 12:01 am
 As reliable as the leaves donning their brilliantine colors and that familiar chill exiling the once seemingly interminable humidity, music is once again in the air as autumn gets underway. This...
Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014 12:01 am
 AUGUSTPittsfield Fall FestivalAug 28-31, 6pm Thu-Fri, 9am Sat, Food vendors, crafts, carnival and many activities. Parade on Saturday. Free. 217-617-2656. Pike County Courthouse, 100 E. Washingt...
Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014 12:01 am

When historical documents disappear from courthouses

 As a supervisor in the department of state archives for the secretary of state’s office, Karl Moore makes a living by preserving records from courts and government offices throughout Illinois....
Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014 12:01 am

Police say they’re trying to make the city safer. But black drivers feel targeted.

 Just before midnight on Nov. 4, Samuel Johnson of Springfield was returning home from Bloomington when he saw a police cruiser in the median along Interstate 55. He hadn’t been drinking or usi...

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