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Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011 11:24 am

Some pitfalls in doing family history research

Thomas Schwartz has been the Illinois State Historian since 1993. Asked how he got into the racket in a 2008 interview, Mr. Schwartz recalled that he grew up surrounded by an extended family whos...
Thursday, Feb. 3, 2011 03:25 pm

Who pays for Springfield’s low-priced housing?

Each year for nearly 20 years now, the National Association of Home Builders and the Wells Fargo Bank have boiled down national real estate data into an easy-to-digest housing affordability index. Loc...
Thursday, Jan. 27, 2011 08:48 pm

Barnes &%u2008Noble is poorly. What does that mean for Springfield?

Back in March of 2009, Barnes & Noble signed a new five-year lease on its store in the strip mall at Wabash and Veterans where it has been doing business since it opened in 1993. The decision was ...
Thursday, Jan. 20, 2011 01:25 am

Libels and lessons learned from Tucson

I have little doubt about what we all ought to talking about after Tucson. The most pressing social issues revealed – again – by these shootings is the absence of a workable system to iden...
Thursday, Jan. 13, 2011 04:57 pm

Springfield’s vanished streetcar system

If you bend down and put your ear to a railroad track, you might be able to hear a faint clanging and banging. That’s the noise of far-off cities building new public transit systems that run on ...
Thursday, Jan. 6, 2011 08:13 pm

What do the suicides of Illinois public people tell us?

The motives people have for entering the public sphere often are murky. Their motives for leaving it prematurely are usually even more so. Tim Davlin is only the latest of several Illinois public men ...
Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2010 02:46 pm

Who should clear the sidewalks when it snows?

Every winter, when the snowflakes begin to fall, I would love to bring tidings of good cheer to my fellow townspeople but I can’t, because so many of their sidewalks are buried under snow. As th...
Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2010 06:26 am

Enticing tourists to linger an extra night

After 40 years, area tourism promoters still don’t have a compelling answer to the central question of their trade, which is, How ya gonnna bed ’em down in Springfield, after they’ve...
Thursday, Dec. 16, 2010 05:57 am

Which Springfield writers deserve commemoration?

On Oct. 12, on what would have been the subject’s 100th birthday, a marker was unveiled at Second and Jackson streets, noting the once-presence nearby of the boyhood home of Robert S. Fitzgerald...
Thursday, Dec. 9, 2010 10:03 am

Can central Illinoisans learn to like their broccoli?

Readers of the brand new Illinois Times might not have learned learn much about who controlled the Illinois House, but we reported so diligently where they could buy farm-fresh eggs that it became a s...

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