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Wednesday, June 10, 2009 12:00 am

Study says more are needed outside Chicago

Even though politicians and education reformers have been singing the praises of charter schools for a number of years now, the concept has been slow to catch on outside of America’s big inner
Wednesday, June 3, 2009 12:00 am

The capital city’s collegiate baseball team promises to continue dazzling fans on and off the field

Darren Feller recalls that while he was attending the 2002 winter baseball meetings in Nashville, a prospective employer asked a question right out of the job interview playbook. “S
Wednesday, June 3, 2009 12:00 am

Illinois group finds spending cuts hard to swallow

After debating well past midnight Monday morning, Illinois lawmakers scurried out of Springfield leaving the state’s gaping $11.6 billion budget hole largely unfilled. In add
Wednesday, May 27, 2009 12:00 am

For years, the city said there was no money for the homeless. Now there’s lots of it.

Billie Aschmeller has no doubt in her mind about what happened to Tim Hawker. “He died from being homeless,” she says, adding: “You shouldn’t have
Wednesday, May 20, 2009 12:00 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 6, 2009 12:00 am

Property owners have questions about proposed energy project

Residents of western Sangamon County, where a Springfield company is planning to build a large-scale wind farm, insist that they are not opposed to wind energy. Instead, they want fell
Wednesday, May 6, 2009 12:00 am

Auditions to be held this month

Kimberly D. Conner isn’t a newcomer to the world of movies. She’s placed as a finalist in several film writing contests, including Los Angeles and Atlanta but the short film she’s p
Wednesday, April 29, 2009 12:00 am

Citizens question city’s commitment to central city

For anyone who thought that the federal stimulus plan would be manna for the needs of city and state governments, think again. Jim Moll, project manager for Hanson Professional Serv
Wednesday, April 29, 2009 12:00 am

Springfield rapper defends title this week on BET’s Freestyle Friday

If you saw Zach McCoy without his baggy jeans, oversized T-shirt and baseball cap, you would assume he’s more interested in Lord Voldemort’s latest plot against Harry Potter th
Wednesday, April 22, 2009 12:00 am

The junior senator returns to Centralia and reminisces about growing up in southern Illinois

After about an hour of drinking, making small talk about local political races, and prognosticating on the outcome of the following day’s election, the crowd in the banquet room of t


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