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Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013 12:01 am

UIS athletic director Kim Pate keeps her eye on the ball

 Three years ago, the athletic department at the University of Illinois Springfield faced criticism from several angles. Scandals large and small hinted at lax standards and a lack of accountabil...
Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013 12:01 am

Springfield’s Chris Camp and his family of whippersnappers take their show on the road

 Lifelong Springfield resident Chris Camp is one of only four professional whip crackers in the United States. Locals may recognize him from his regular appearances at the State Fair but widespre...
Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013 12:01 am

A fresh effort to care for Lincoln’s river

 Rivers have dictated the history of life itself, drawing to it animals, with humans in their wake. There are celebrated, legendary and notorious rivers – rivers that rage and those that range ...
Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013 12:01 am

Food and Drink Categories

Illinois Times presents to you, proudly, one more time, the Best of Springfield, as determined by our readers and the friends BOS wannabes recruit to vote for them. We had more than 12,000 votes this year – the largest turnout ever – and 140 categories, a third more than ever before. Thanks to all the voters who worked through a long ballot. We always ask readers to vote local, and...
Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013 12:01 am

Arts, Entertainment, Business and People Categories

 BEST GAY/LESBIAN BAR, BEST DANCE CLUBClub Station House306 East Washington St., 525-0438If you’re looking to cut a rug, Club Station House is the place to be. (In most circles, people just cal...
Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013 12:01 am

The Route 66 Film Festival, Nov. 1 and 2, opens a local window on the world of independent movies

For more than 10 years, the Route 66 Film Festival has been screening independent films from around the world for Springfield audiences. Not that local filmgoers have always been aware of it. “I wear my festival button all the time,” says Route 66 executive board member Lana Wildman, “and I almost always have to explain to people what it’s about.”...
Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013 12:01 am

Visit the Jim Edgar Panther Creek State Fish and Wildlife Area

Nine cabins at the Prairie Lake Campground have electricity but no plumbing. Each cabin sleeps six and is within walking distance of the campground’s shower house. Go to www.reserveamerica.com to ma...
Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013 12:01 am

Annual media watchdog list critiques coverage of whistleblowers and wealth gaps – and the notion of journalistic objectivity

This year’s annual Project Censored list of the most underreported news stories includes the widening wealth gap, the trial of Pfc. Bradley Manning for leaking classified documents, and President Ob...
Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013 12:00 am

Settlement may be near in the county’s most expensive lawsuit

 The death of A. Paul Carlock of Springfield haunts Sangamon County nearly six years after the police officer turned clown died during a stint in the county jail.Charged with possession of child ...
Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013 12:00 am

Bringing the Enos Park neighborhood back

 In the 1000 block of North Fifth Street, a tall, former beauty is a beehive of activity. Construction trucks surround her and a swarm of burly men work inside and out to restore this two-story V...

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