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Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2006 06:22 am

In Oak Ridge Cemetery, courage comes to life

The Springfield underground The three girls danced around in a circle. “I’m so happy we’re together again,” the oldest one said. I realized they were dancing in heaven. Ther...
Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2006 03:13 am

Voters need something better than her Rod-like casino stopgap plan

There is still time for Judy Baar Topinka to talk straight to the people of Illinois. That’s the only thing that might help her win this disappointing campaign against Gov. Rod Blagojevich and h...
Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2006 05:09 am

When 39 Springfield leaders got together and saw what can be done

Just over a decade ago, in October 1995, Springfield saw a huge outpouring of civic energy into what has become known as “the trip to Atlanta.” That’s when 39 of Springfield’s ...
Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2006 06:31 pm

Another bountiful harvest, and everybody gets rich but the farmer

Illinois farmers have a big problem on their hands: They’re about to harvest a huge crop. The U.S. Department of Agriculture started the bad news when it predicted a few weeks ago that total U.S...
Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2006 04:29 pm

Here's what the homeless say should be done about homelessness

When I noticed that the City Council was preparing to address the problems of homelessness, I stopped by outside St. John’s Breadline after lunch to ask the poor and the homeless, and those who ...
Wednesday, July 19, 2006 04:28 am

If CWLP can be forced to do the right thing, other energy companies can, too

Nobody likes deals done in secret, or under the threat of a lawsuit, but the substance of the Sierra Club deal with City Water, Light & Power is excellent. It gets Springfield involved in wind ene...
Wednesday, June 21, 2006 01:40 am

He outlines a tame, but wise, way forward

“The greatest thing about not being president anymore,” Bill Clinton told our crowd at the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies gathering in Little Rock last weekend, “i...
Wednesday, June 7, 2006 10:06 am

The city is still fighting, tooth and nail

Last week’s panel discussion of race relations in Springfield was well under way when Mayor Tim Davlin slipped into the room and sat in the back row, but he was there for the best part...
Wednesday, May 24, 2006 06:26 am

Developers are investing billions. Will the loft boom last?

There wasn’t much that was more exciting for this small-town boy 50 years ago than to load up with my family in Dad’s Oldsmobile and drive two hours to go shopping in downtown St...
Thursday, May 4, 2006 09:36 am

John Kenneth Galbraith and the eggheads of 1952

John Kenneth Galbraith was 43 years old and already had a national reputation when he arrived in Springfield in the summer of 1952 to work as a speechwriter for Gov. Adlai ...


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