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Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012 12:00 am

A songwriter’s long, winding road from high school rocker to Sangamon Songs

To call Tom Irwin a fixture on the Springfield music scene would be something of an understatement. Beginning in the mid-1970s as a bass player and eventual frontman for various local rock bands, stra
Visual Art
Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011 12:00 am

From ceramics to hip-hop, dedication and enthusiasm trump economic adversity in Springfield

“I’m glad they’re here, kicking the arts in the butt,” smiles Betsy Dollar, executive director of the Springfield Art Association. She is referring to the organizers and partic
Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011 12:00 am

Enos Park apartments will serve people with disabilities

“Believe it or not, it was my sister who made the connection between me and SIU,” recalls Dulcinea Gillman. The former Springfield resident is now CEO of Critchfield Construction, an Elmhu
Visual Art
Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011 12:00 am

Arts center takes on $1.2 million fundraising challenge

“I had a person recently ask me what I do here,” recalls Fred Jarosz, executive director of the Hoogland Center for the Arts. “And I told them, ‘I’m the beggar. I’m
Thursday, Sept. 29, 2011 12:00 am

The talent at Torch Tuesday may be the Springfield music scene’s best-kept secret

[SOUND EFFECTS: needle drops onto vinyl; surface static; reporter clears throat]I’ll never forget the day I stumbled onto Springfield’s underground hip-hop scene. It all started with Raekw
Thursday, April 28, 2011 12:00 am

Founded to help children with disabilities, The Hope Institute takes on autism

“We expanded from a family,” says Georgia Winson, newly appointed executive director of the Hope Institute for Children and Families. “But it always goes back to a family.”In t


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