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Editor's Note
Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014 12:00 am
 Springfield Public Schools Superintendent Jennifer Gill is getting high marks for candor in the way she describes the dismal graduation rate, test scores and racial disparities of District 186.
Editor's Note
Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014 12:00 am
A couple of us picked the few remaining green beans and eggplants, while others harvested Swiss chard and white radishes. A grocery bag full of sweet potatos is what’s left of the plot of deep-green
Editor's Note
Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014 12:00 am
Voters are turning out in record numbers for this year’s Best of Springfield survey. The ballot, beginning on p. 28, appears in the print edition for the last time this week, but online voting conti
Editor's Note
Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014 12:00 am
Last week’s NAACP-sponsored community forum on race relations has started a healthy discussion in Springfield. Once again it has raised the subject of minority hiring in the police department. Mayor
Editor's Note
Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014 12:00 am
 The first stage of Springfield’s rail relocation has started with groundbreaking last month on an underpass at Carpenter and 10th streets.  Although funding for the full relocation projec
Editor's Note
Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014 12:00 am
 Springfield Ward 6 Ald. Cory Jobe has proven himself a pragmatist by withdrawing from the mayor’s race before it has officially begun. Jobe, who has been ambition personified (he broke the six
Editor's Note
Thursday, July 31, 2014 12:00 am
At a luncheon this week the first graduates of the Sangamon CEO program described the businesses they created, the people they met and the life lessons they learned. The high school students spent a b
Editor's Note
Thursday, July 24, 2014 12:00 am
It has now been 100 days since more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls were kidnapped by a group called Boko Haram. The occasion was marked by a meeting of the girls’ parents with Nigerian President Good
Editor's Note
Thursday, July 17, 2014 12:00 am
It would have been refreshing had Mayor Mike Houston proclaimed his single term a success and announced his willingness to step aside, as promised. Springfield has a number of young, talented public s
Editor's Note
Thursday, July 10, 2014 12:00 am
 While central Illinois is glowing about this year’s fine corn and bean crops, some farmers, along with the fertilizer industry and government policymakers, are looking for ways to keep more of

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