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Thursday, Dec. 17, 2009 12:00 am

The men behind the beard in central Illinois

On a blustery, sub-20-degree night in downtown Springfield, the bright-green-and-red painted Santa House stands out like a beacon to children itching for the start of the Christmas season.Tiny tots de
Thursday, Dec. 10, 2009 12:00 am

Cash-strapped city will pursue another trial in spring

After U.S. District Judge Jeanne Scott declared a mistrial last week in the federal civil-rights lawsuit Washington et al v. City of Springfield et al, both parties say they plan to pursue another tri
Thursday, Dec. 10, 2009 12:00 am

Accessible lakeside parks on 2010 to-do list

Since Springfield Area Disability Activists (SADA) was created a year and a half ago, team leader Cilla Sluga and other members have worked for an accessible and integrated Springfield.The volunteer o
Thursday, Dec. 3, 2009 12:00 am

New program promotes positive actions

Too many people overlook the word peace, says Audrey Lanzotti, an eighth-grader and president of the student council at St. Agnes School in Springfield.“Everyone talks about kindness, but no one
Thursday, Dec. 3, 2009 12:00 am

Weekend concert also honors service members

Marion van der Loo was already thinking about Christmas back in June.As the music director of the Springfield Choral Society listened to “Jul, Jul, Strlande Jul,” a song from Sweden that
Thursday, Nov. 19, 2009 12:00 am

Illuminati Motor Works is one of 43 left in international competition

Illuminati Motor Works continues to power past checkpoints in the Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE, a $10 million competition that seeks to produce a new generation of fast, inexpensive, super


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