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Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016 12:00 am

The rise of community colleges in Illinois

 Back in the 1960s, one community college opened every week in America. Illinois was part of that movement. This year, proclaimed by Governor Rauner as the “Year of the Community College,” ma
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Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016 12:00 am
 Our next door neighbor on MacArthur was a nice lady named Mae Shaheen. She lived with her brother, George. They were the siblings of Joe Shaheen, who ran the Springfield Speedway.On race nights
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Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016 12:00 am
 One of my fellow students from the Springfield High School class of 1962 is retiring at the end of January. While most of us have already retired with little fanfare, this is a lady whose leavin
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Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016 12:00 am
 I was at the comic book rack in Overaker’s drug store doing free reading and drinking a vanilla Coke (10 cents for the large size in 1960).My attention was caught by the conversation at a tabl
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Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015 12:00 am
 In 1952, when I was entering second grade, my mother and I moved from my grandparents’ house to an old Victorian house on the corner of Douglas and Governor. Like many families in those days,
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Thursday, March 19, 2015 12:00 am
My family bought our house in 1925. At the time the address was 1207 West Grand Avenue South. During World War II the street name was changed to MacArthur Boulevard. Now, 90 years later, we are gettin
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Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015 12:00 am
The planned re-creation of the Lincoln funeral train and reenacting of the funeral ceremonies in Springfield scheduled for May mark a remembrance of a great president and an inspirational world figure
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Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014 12:00 am
“Gimme your mop. You’re through.”I was standing in a hall in the Stratton building about 9:30 on a weeknight. The shift was ending and I had been stopped by the new boss. He hit me with that mes

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