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Wednesday, May 20, 2009 06:09 am

For affordable day-trips to Alton and St. Louis, take the train

Passenger rail may have seen its heyday come and go, but 21,000 miles of train track still crisscross America. Ten of Amtrak’s routes wind through Illinois and can connect those look...
Wednesday, May 20, 2009 02:22 am

The summerlong guide to fun in central Illinois

Capital City Bicentennial CelebrationJuly 3-4 What happens when Abraham Lincoln meets the 21st century? The Capital City Bicentennial Celebration. The inaugural event fuses the Springfi...
Wednesday, May 20, 2009 01:02 am

The play-by-play on baseball in and around the capital city

Not a full year after the first organized baseball game was played in New Jersey’s Elysian Fields, in 1846, poet Walt Whitman is said to have written of the fledgling sport, “I...
Wednesday, May 20, 2009 01:01 am
For some, a trip to the Peoria area is sheer Par-A-Dice, as they seek to fatten their pockets on the riverboat. While the riverboat is a popular spot, the river city, about 70 miles north...
Wednesday, May 20, 2009 01:01 am

A promising theater season is in store for central Illinois

Summer theater in our area gets better every year and this summer looks promising with a not-to-be-missed new production of an old favorite: Forever This Land at New Salem, Carly Shank&rsq...
Wednesday, May 20, 2009 01:01 am
As the summer sun emerges and time-consumers like Lost and Dancing with the Stars end (just for the season!), the capital city’s trails and parks come alive with walkers, joggers and ...
Wednesday, May 20, 2009 11:06 am

This summer’s movie season is no picnic in the park

Remember the writer’s strike that hobbled Hollywood 18 months ago? While it had an immediate effect on the television industry, it’s only now being felt on the big screen ...
Wednesday, May 21, 2008 12:11 pm

Picturesque Metro East county a destination for hikers and bikers

Untitled Document Having two sons, I’ve done my share of driving around the state on weekends — attending swim meets, soccer games, or cross-country meets over the ye...

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