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Feature
Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013 12:00 am

Supermarkets flood Springfield

 At first glance, it should be a matter of simple mathematics.If there are x number of mouths to feed in any given city, then that city should support y number of grocery stores. The industry rul
News
Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013 12:00 am

Boy gets star’s Stetson

 There is no bigger fan of Brad Paisley in Springfield than 7-year-old Timmy Lynch.Who else donned a cowboy hat and Wranglers on Halloween to go trick-or-treating as one the biggest stars in coun
Music
Friday, Nov. 22, 2013 12:00 am

PCCC show a stand-out

Brad Paisley is not the greatest singer in country music. It did not matter whatsoever, because Paisley’s performance at PCCC was everything you could have wanted, and more.
News
Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013 12:00 am

Pension board travels the nation

 Hawaii. Las Vegas. Miami. San Francisco.Members of the Springfield Police Pension Board have a penchant for traveling, with the tab reaching into the six figures since 2007. State regulators rai
Music
Monday, Nov. 18, 2013 12:00 am

B.B. King disappoints

 The best concert I ever saw was Ella Fitzgerald on May 12, 1985 at the Seattle Center Opera House.It was Mother’s Day and my date was my grandmother, a hopeless jazz addict who made sure that
News
Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013 12:00 am

Shortfall after years of prosperity

 Land of Lincoln Goodwill Industries has cut services and will record a loss for the fiscal year that ended last June.But things could have been worse, according to executive director Sharon Durb
News
Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013 12:00 am
 The Sangamon County sheriff’s office has taken a report on an alleged violation of the state Open Meetings Act by Springfield Mayor Mike Houston and the city council.The complainant is me, but
Opinion
Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013 12:00 am

City secrecy is a crime, but cops won’t take report

 I went to the Springfield Police Department last week to file a police report.What’s the offense?, the cop at the front desk asked.“Violation of the state Open Meetings Act,” I said.“Who
News
Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013 12:00 am

Cemetery firm gets mixed reviews

StoneMor Partners, a Pennsylvania based cemetery company, has been quietly talking with Springfield Mayor Mike Houston and other top city officials about taking over management of Oak Ridge Cemetery.
News
Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013 12:00 am

WSJ story echoes McMenamin warnings on pensions

 Springfield Ward 7 Ald. Joe McMenamin has long warned that the city is headed toward financial disaster thanks to unsustainable pension obligations.He’s usually been a voice in the wilderness,

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