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Tuesday, June 7, 2011 04:49 pm
Two newspaper articles, 12 days and at least one school board member’s questions later, the CEO of Springfield Public Schools says he’s not yet able to discuss a Public School Choice waiver application that would decrease the number of students’ families notified about potential opti...
Thursday, May 26, 2011 11:52 am
Almost anyone who took out student loans during college will be glad to hear this news: There's a bill before Congress to allow private student loans to be discharged through bankruptcy. That's a major step forward, and here's why: student loans are the only type of private loan with a federal "no-escape" clause. If you file for bankruptcy and get forgiveness of a house loan, car loa...
Tuesday, May 17, 2011 11:55 am
For most people who don’t follow state politics, May is just another month. But inside the Illinois Statehouse, this month is a whirlwind of activity in which legislators try to hammer out deals and ram legislation through so they can go on summer vacation. (There’s also the minor fact that any bills passed after May 31 won’t take effect until June 1 of next year unless they ...
Monday, May 16, 2011 12:13 am
In an inexplicable piece of happenstance, one of the most famous and respected rap artists in the world will be performing in downtown Springfield tomorrow night -- Tuesday, May 17th -- in a bar that can’t even legally admit 100 people. Yes, Raekwon the Chef himself will be, um, “cooking up some marvelous shit to get your mouth watering” this week at Bar None (427 E. Monroe), as part of ...
Thursday, May 12, 2011 06:04 pm
As Illinois does the annual legislative dance this time of year, all sorts of ideas get tossed around, ranging from the austere to the ridiculous. Sen. Shane Cultra, a Republican from Onarga, tossed out an idea in the latter category this week when he said that parents of obese children should...
Wednesday, May 11, 2011 03:07 pm
This is the first post in our new IT Overflow blog, where we'll post all sorts of news, including stuff that doesn't fit in our normal paper or stuff that maybe doesn't warrant a full article. We'll try to update it often, and the style will be less formal than our normal news stories. Expect some sarcasm, quirkiness and editorializing, as well as the occasional breaking news story. The name may ...
Thursday, April 28, 2011 11:26 am
The living rebuke to any Beatles-era baby boomers fond of lamenting the lack of melody and harmony in today’s pop music -- namely The New Pornographers -- will be playing at the Canopy Club in Urbana tonight, and I for one could not be more thrilled to have tickets. The Canada-based indie rock combo is grounded in the More-Hooks-Than-A-Live-Bait-Shop songwriting of bandleader A.C. Newman...
Sunday, April 10, 2011 03:59 pm
Midafternoon on a Sunday at Bar None isn’t exactly the time and place you expect to encounter a rock show, but that’s just what Tom Irwin has decided to pull out of his back pocket today. A makeshift “power trio” (Irwin on bass, local percussion legend Timothy M. “Grumpy” Harte on drums, and Tom’s guitar-slinging son Owen Irwin on 6-string duty) plows game...

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