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Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014 12:01 am

It wouldn’t be Illinois politics without money and drama

 On the day Gov. Pat Quinn gave his annual State of the State address, which was preceded by all of its usual pomp and circumstance, Republican gubernatorial primary candidate Bruce Rauner steppe...
Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014 12:01 am

Hip-hop stays vital in central Illinois

 Every Tuesday night Bar None (corner of Fifth Street and Monroe) plays host to Torch Tuesday, the area’s most reliable showcase for hip-hop music and culture. Presided over by Howard “Torch�...
Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014 12:01 am

Inside the Springfield Police Department’s K-9 training program

 Inside a livestock building on the Illinois State Fairgrounds, a man is hiding stashes of marijuana, methamphetamine, heroin and cocaine in state-owned work vehicles parked inside for the winter...
Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014 12:01 am

Lessons from a 40-year study of the birds of Sangamon County

 Birds are at once well-known companions and elusive visitors. Many embark on enormous journeys, bringing with them the songs of spring and insights into the health of our surroundings. They belo...
Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014 12:01 am

Springfield and St. Louis host February flower shows

 Surrounding yourself with the sight and scent of orchids can be a sure cure for that case of cabin fever you’ve been harboring since the holidays. But you don’t have to hop on a plane to Haw...
Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014 12:01 am

Mike Pittman’s long road from baseball to politics to his own TV comedy show

Mike Pittman is a former Springfield Cardinal, City of Springfield bureaucrat and east side real estate developer who now runs the Capital City Courier, owns a baseball training school and hosts a standup comedy show on FOX-55....
Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014 12:01 am

Local women singers head to the International Blues Challenge in Memphis

 “I have heartaches, I have blues. No matter what you got, the blues is there.”Jan. 21-25, at the International Blues Challenge (IBC) in Memphis, Tenn., hundreds of blues musicians gather fro...
Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014 12:01 am

Leading Springfield to a future of health and fitness

Fitness is in. We’ve all seen enough alarming articles about obesity in America to know that something has to change, and there are plenty of people in Springfield trying to do something about it. W...
Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014 12:01 am
 If you are like me, dear reader, you have the urge to eschew all white food and start a new fitness regime every year around Jan. 1. A few weeks later I’m plagued by inevitable backsliding, po...
Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014 12:01 am

Sweat to today’s hottest music

 Like almost everyone else I know, I have long struggled against my sofa’s seductiveness as well as my upbringing of bedtime snacks.  But the thought of facing down an army of cold, grey e...

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