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Wednesday, July 10, 2013 12:00 am

Meet Jackie Jackson. If you don't know her, you should. She has mentored many a writer. Maybe you. She’s written an array of children’s books over the years and tons of interesting and funny stories about growing up on a Wisconsin dairy farm. Since retiring, she has finally sat down and concentrated on getting those big books published. So far, two books from
Friday, July 5, 2013 12:00 am
Ah, another Fourth is gone – the ritual burning of dead animals, flags made in China waved by just folks celebrating our glorious victories over the world’s peasant armies, speeches by people convinced that if the Founders were alive today they sit at their table in the cafeteria and not yours, all experienced through an alcoholic fog…. The spectacle always puts me in mind of Whitman�...
Friday, July 5, 2013 12:00 am
While I’m in a patriotic mood, I thought I’d pass along a few quotes from the Founding Fathers, courtesy of David Atkins over at Hullabaloo. Among them: James Madison: “The growing wealth acquired by [corporations] never fails to be a source of abuses. Thomas Jefferson: I hope we shall cru...
Friday, July 5, 2013 12:00 am
A. D. Carson has been a leading member of Springfield's literary, educational and musical communities for years. He published the novel Cold in 2011, followed by The City, a book of shorter pieces, this past October. Carson has been writer-in-residence at Benedictin...
Friday, July 5, 2013 12:00 am
Once again, Faingold at Large proudly presents "Between the Cracks" - the recurring feature designed to shine a light onto Springfield-area bands, and all in their own words, to boot. Join us, won't you? There's gold between them thar cracks! Today's BTC spotlight lands on local rock and roll madmen Texas Trucker Speed Fiends who will be performing this very evening at Bar None. ...
Thursday, July 4, 2013 12:00 am
More questions about the Jefferson Crossing project. * The project will require subsidy in the form of $9.2 million in tax increment financing -- believed to be the largest single TIF award in Springfield’s history. Is creating buildable land in a floodplain necessary in a city that has thousands of acres of ...
Wednesday, July 3, 2013 12:00 am
This Friday July 5th marks the first of several events under the Springfield Renaissance umbrella. Presented by the not-for-profit Illinois Independent Arts Association, the shows have been created with an eye toward "supporting the young music community through arts and entertainment," according to IIAA board member Eric Heyen, who hopes that this will be the first of many monthly s...
Tuesday, July 2, 2013 12:00 am
Cornfucius himself Springfield was deprived of one of its most clever, charismatic and confrontational musicians when long-time hip-hop producer-rapper-instrumentalist CornBread (real name Andre Middleton)  recently relocated to California, where he is pursuing a degree from the Los Angeles Recording School. Cornbread is back in town this week for vacation and will be headlining his ow...

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