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Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2008 12:00 am

Illinois students struggle to repay loans

When Shelley Pethy started college in the early '80s, the process seemed simple.
Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2008 12:00 am

City Council measure would limit payday loan businesses

Ward 7. Ald. Debbie Cimarossa's proposed amendment to limit consumer installment-loan businesses would apply to the entire city, but her sights are set on MacArthur Boulevard, she says. "M
Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2008 12:00 am

Springfield native shows how to reach children with autism

Barbara Doyle didn't set out to become an autism specialist. The Springfield native started her career in education more than 30 years ago as a teacher for the deaf. She helped develo
Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2008 12:00 am

Two Springfield dynamos turn the community’s vision for an “all-abilities” park into reality

It's not often that you come across a real-life dynamic duo, but the Springfield community says that Butch Elzea and Diane Mathis are it. For the past 20 months the pair has met
Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2008 12:00 am

Mahoney whips his neighborhoods in shape with new citizen patrol

Ald. Mark Mahoney says it looks like his Ward 6 citizen patrol is already doing some good. Taking one of the first shifts last Friday night, Mahoney drove through neighborhoods that have b
Wednesday, July 30, 2008 12:00 am

Banner area residents push for state to overturn mine permit

"I drove through farm ground getting here today — I fall in love with the soybeans, corn, and hay," Richard Fuller told the small crowd that assembled last week at the Illinois De
Wednesday, July 30, 2008 12:00 am

Area Hindus prepare for temple dedication in Chatham

Krishna Brahmamdam gives kudos to his fellow community members. Without them, he says, the Hindu Temple of Greater Springfield wouldn't exist. After a year of planning
Wednesday, July 23, 2008 12:00 am

Irish interns learn all things Lincoln and a bit about Springfield, too

Five young adults in matching blue-and-burgundy polo shirts sit in a row at a long blond-wood table in the sunny Governor's Conference Room at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Lib
Wednesday, July 23, 2008 12:00 am

Springfield drops the ball on promised east-side community center

Three years ago, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin gave hope to Springfield's east side. He promised the city's most neglected residents that he would help them build a much-needed community center,


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