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Dusty Rhodes: Fresh Ink
Wednesday, June 10, 2009 12:00 am

Young state police director changes troops’ attitude, but not much else

It’s been less than three months since Jonathon Monken became director of the Illinois State Police, but already he has jolted the agency. Which is sort of what troopers were hoping he would d
Dusty Rhodes: Fresh Ink
Wednesday, June 3, 2009 12:00 am

Hope Institute and its neighbors are talking. There’s hope for the world.

I now believe there will be peace in the Middle East. I also believe that the Illinois legislature will someday ratify a budget before the fiscal year ends, and Dick Cheney will appear on
Wednesday, May 27, 2009 12:00 am

Art gallery is closing because Edith Myers, 92, plans to retire

Back in the early 1970s, the owner of a downtown Springfield gallery hired metalsmith Joe Spoon to work as the “artist in residence.” The gallery owner provided a small, open s
Dusty Rhodes: Fresh Ink
Wednesday, May 27, 2009 12:00 am

Parole officer’s near-death experience sends him searching for “the gas-pump lady”

From the kitchen table where he was eating supper with his family, Jeff Hart saw the clouds change direction. They rolled east, then shifted suddenly west, like they had just de
Dusty Rhodes: Fresh Ink
Wednesday, May 20, 2009 12:00 am

At Lanphier High, three brave boys add fresh bounce to the rah-rah squad

You’ve seen these guys before. OK, maybe not this specific trifecta of testosterone, but you’ve undoubtedly seen guys just like them, clowning around on the sidelines at the f
Thursday, May 14, 2009 12:00 am

Musicians aren’t the only Illinois Symphony players disenchanted with conductor Karen Lynne Deal

Everybody in this story loves the Illinois Symphony Orchestra. The musicians who drive hundreds of miles from every corner of this state to play for $63 per performance love the orchestra
Dusty Rhodes: Fresh Ink
Wednesday, May 13, 2009 12:00 am

Nikki Moore “belongs in a classroom,” but she didn’t know that at first

A few years ago, someone in the Chicago public school system came up with a brilliant way to help Riley Higgins, who was then about 3 years old and living in Springfield. Why would anyone
Wednesday, April 22, 2009 12:00 am

Claims Playpen dancers were part of revenge plot

David Lewis, the former law enforcement officer who spent more than a year in the Vermilion County jail charged with 49 felonies, has hired a Springfield attorney to file suit against his
Wednesday, April 22, 2009 12:00 am

ISO gets new exec as musicians vote no-confidence in their maestra and move to unionize

After almost a year with no one officially at the helm of the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, the board of directors has hired a new interim executive director, Elizabeth Hare. She joins the


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