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Health & Fitness
Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013 12:00 am

Local doc gets fit so that his patients will, too

Lately, Dr. Craig Backs’ patients have been asking him if he’s all right. Backs lost more than 50 pounds over the past few months, but he’s not fighting cancer or some other disease.
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Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013 12:00 am

A high school reinvents itself with a big pot of money

The halls of Lanphier High School are strangely quiet. About 1,100 students file through the school’s maze of corridors several times each day, bringing the usual sounds of slamming lockers, cha
Culture
Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012 12:00 am

New Year’s party brings safe, affordable all-ages fun

For the past 25 years, Springfield’s downtown has become a giant party every New Year’s Eve with First Night Springfield, the first and longest-running event of its kind in Illinois. The p
Remembering
Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012 12:00 am

CHARLES E. ROBBINS Sept. 18, 1934 – April 30, 2012

When a powerful tornado clawed its way through Springfield in 2006, Charles Robbins could have made a fortune selling real estate to homeowners and business owners whose buildings were destroyed. Inst
News
Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012 12:00 am

Illinois could soon change drastically

When Illinois lawmakers return to Springfield early next year, they’ll face three issues more divisive than even the ongoing pension battle.  But like the pension issue, these battles have
Feature
Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012 12:00 am

Springfield steps up to help homeless children

They live in hotels, cars or even at campgrounds. When the winter wind blows, they’re the children who don’t have coats. When it’s time to take a quiz, they’re the children who
News
Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012 12:00 am

Senate passes corporate tax disclosure bill

Illinois would make public the tax data of publicly traded companies under a bill passed by the state Senate last week, but business interests say the move would put some companies at a competitive di
News
Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012 12:00 am

Agency asking for cash infusion and fee increase

Seven state workers in Springfield could lose their jobs at the end of the year as regulators scramble to cover the increasing cost of overseeing doctors in Illinois. That’s because the fund tha
News
Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012 12:00 am

United Way’s 2-1-1 telephone service offers help in crisis

Karen Zangerle dials the number and waits expectantly as a young man answers with a gentle tone. Zangerle explains that her husband has lost his job and the family won’t be able to pay an upcomi

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