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News
Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017 12:00 am

After a long real estate career, John Barber still exemplifies persistence

 Patience and persistence add up to inspiration. That is what describes John Barber, who has been fighting cancer for several years and a series of chemotherapy treatments for over 18 months, som
Books
Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017 12:00 am
Can one ever really form a true utopia – and will it actually survive? Randall J. Soland of Springfield explores six utopias formed in Illinois between 1839 and 1942, in an interesting, well-researc
History
Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017 12:00 am

When Springfield was chosen as the fair site, fire stations blew their whistles and people danced in the street

 Barkers called out their wares and vaudeville actors entertained spectators while carriages pulled by horses rolled down the street. Then when it was dark enough, balloons attached to small ligh
Feature
Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016 12:00 am

Illinois Education Association president brings back ideas to improve education here

 When I was offered the opportunity to participate in an education study tour of the Finland school system, sponsored by the National Education Association Foundation, I welcomed the opportunity
Books
Thursday, April 7, 2011 12:00 am

Jacksonville professor explores ‘America’s greatest word’

A friend laughed when I said I was reading a book about OK. “I can see a paragraph,” he said, “but a whole book?”Well, yes, that is exactly what Allan Metcalf, professor of Eng
News
Wednesday, May 7, 2008 12:00 am

Dick Lockhart says the first 50 years were the hard part

Untitled Document Members of the General Assembly are always reading resolutions to laud somebody or something, but it isn’t common for a lobbyist to get such a
Summerguide
Thursday, May 24, 2007 12:00 am

See why Illinoisans voted Rend Lake one of the state’s top attractions

Untitled Document Whether you prefer the softly rippling waters of the lake on a summer’s evening or the pink-tinted sky above the lakeshore in the morning, it’s obvi
Summerguide
Thursday, May 24, 2007 12:00 am

Flying out of Springfield is proving tougher these days. Here’s why — and what you can do to help reverse the trend.

Untitled Document Remember the day when some flights offered breakfast or lunch? At the least, a bag of pretzels and can of soda was standard fare on all flights. These days, eve
Books
Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2006 12:00 am

Give your favorite reader a page-turner for the holidays

The holiday season is a perfect time to hit the bookstore and select the ideal book for each reader on your list. Here are suggestions in six different categories. FICTION The number 13 may be consi

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