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Thursday, May 17, 2018 12:00 am

Sam McCann’s third-party long shot

 Talk about being unfriended.If State Senator Sam McCann from the Macoupin County community of Plainview was unpopular with the powers that be in Springfield before, he became a virtual pariah fo
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Thursday, April 5, 2018 12:00 am
 You need to be really good at what you do. You’ve got to be an innovator while respecting tradition. An inspirational leader and a public servant. A mechanic, conservationist, lobbyist, financ
News
Thursday, March 1, 2018 12:00 am

Benedictine has plans to take care of its students

 The Springfield campus of Benedictine University will be sold and all local classes will be taught at other community sites after the conclusion of the 2018 spring semester, according to an anno
Feature
Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018 12:00 am

Springfield’s Fritz Klein has been portraying Lincoln for more than 40 years. You’d swear he’s the man on the penny.

 He’s been doing Lincoln almost as long as Lincoln did Lincoln.“Lincoln died at 56, and how long has it been since I’ve been 56?” asked 69-year-old Fritz Klein of Jerome, one of the natio
Feature
Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018 12:00 am

Former governor, aging reformer, Pat Quinn wants to be attorney general

 I first met Pat Quinn when I was a radio news reporter nearly 38 years ago, and interviewed him in person regarding his drive to reduce the size of the Illinois House of Representatives by one-t
Feature
Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017 12:00 am

From New Year’s Day to Taco Daze, from music to theater to history, the town is on a roll

 Everything old is new again in Jacksonville, even the annual New Year’s Day celebration in the west central Illinois city of nearly 19,000.“I would say it started in the 1970s. It was in the
Feature
Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017 12:00 am

Why doctors are fleeing Leland Grove

 Is there a doctor in the house? Not as many in the Springfield area, thanks to the state of Illinois’ budget woes.Uncertainty over the state’s fiscal situation, fueled by Illinois’ record-
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Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017 12:00 am

Three years after shutdown, “nontraditional” education takes shape

 Bram Stoker would have liked this school.“Just drive by at night,” said Benedictine University Springfield Campus Director Janet Kirby. “It has taken time for the community to understand t
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Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017 12:00 am

$15 million governor’s mansion restoration anchors nearby projects

 The fountain is gone. You can tell because a wide treeless dirt path, accented by a large mound of gravel, offers an unimpeded view of the empty space where it once stood. The north entrance is
Feature
Thursday, March 2, 2017 12:00 am

At Illinois Beef Expo, DNA testing lets bull buyers ‘look under the hood’

 The Annual Illinois Performance Tested Bull Sale on Feb. 23 during the 29th Illinois Beef Expo was pretty predictable. And the genetic testing that made that predictability possible was good new

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