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Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014 12:01 am

Stubbornness costs Sangamon County $5.3 million

 With a $2.6 million check from taxpayers in hand, the widow of the late Amon Paul Carlock, who died after a struggle with Sangamon County jailers in 2007, says that she doesn’t feel like a win...
Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014 12:01 am
 The outcome wasn’t what she had hoped for. Tamikka Brents doesn’t take losing lightly. “I hate losing. But I will just train harder. This just didn’t turn out like I had planned,” said...
Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014 12:01 am

In search of the perfect fall brew

 In Munich, more than 4,000 miles away from Springfield, they’ve been partying for almost two weeks now, listening to oompah bands and eating Steckerlfisch (aka roast fish-on-a-stick) and sucki...
Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014 12:01 am

‘Cheap’ comes at a very hefty price

 In his classic 1936 comedy, Modern Times, silent filmmaker Charlie Chaplin depicts the trials and tribulations of a harried factory worker trying to cope with the sprockets, cogs, conveyor belts...
Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014 12:01 am
 More and more people are staying at home to entertain rather than heading out for a night on the town. The trend of staying at home has sparked many homeowners to invest in their backyards, with...
Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014 12:01 am

It pays to sweep your chimney

 Nothing is more cozy come fall – and winter – than a nice roaring fire.Gas fireplaces can’t compete with the snap-crackle-pop of real wood burning within a hearth turned wonderfully warm b...
Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014 12:01 am

Consistency, common sense and cool technology work together to make your home safe.

 For Michelle Tjelmeland, a good home security system is about personal safety. Various zones in her Springfield home are wired and monitored with door chimes, motion sensors, sirens and flashing...
Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014 12:01 am

As homes take on a smaller interior footprint, front porches are seeing a renaissance

 A curb appeal-boosting outdoor amenity that fell out of favor for years in new single-family home construction appears to be on the rebound. It’s the front porch, and it’s in greater demand ...

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