CURRENT NEWS

There were 20 people and five boxes of tissues in the courtroom of Sangamon County Circuit Court Judge John Madonia Friday for the sentencing of Emmaline Osborne, who got 28 years for the 2016 murde...
 There is a fresh coat of paint on the firehouse, roads have been repaved, flowers are in bloom and the 2018 Illinois State Fair is set to open on Thursday, Aug. 9.Fair manager Luke Sailer appear...
 A former Logan Correctional Center inmate has sued three prison employees, saying that she was sexually assaulted by a prison counselor, then suffered retaliation when her claims came to light.T...
 Three Springfield High School students are about to embark on a one-year experience that will have a lifelong impact. Mandy Lynn, Maia Ojugbele and Yasmin Martinez-Powell are Rotary Youth Exchan...

CAP CITY NEWS

We never quite understood why University of Springfield Illinois ended up where it did, on the outskirts of town where easy access to Wendy’s and Taco Bell on Toronto Road is about the best thing on...
More than a decade after hookah lounges started springing up in college towns and big cities across the land, the capital city, at last, stands at the precipice. The Springfield City Council has befor...

GUEST OPINION

 You know these words, but how often do you stop to think about them? “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility,...
Let’s say you mouth off to a cop, then walk away, only to have the cop show up in your driveway, asking you what you meant. And you tell the cop, “You know.”Is that a crime? Sherman police thoug...

After a thousand columns, it’s time for a break

 This week’s column is the 1,000th to appear under my name in this paper, and I’ve decided it’s time to take a break from weekly opinion-mongering. After so many essays, even I am getting t...

The newest draft city plan is a good one

 The Springfield city council has before it a draft of a new comprehensive city plan, City of Springfield Comprehensive Plan, “Forging a New Legacy,” intended to guide development in the capi...

JIM HIGHTOWER

In early June I traveled to “The Valley,” as the McAllen-Brownsville area of Texas is called, down where the Rio Grande empties into the Gulf of Mexico. This river, one of the longest in the U.S.,...
 Hiding one’s true identity can be done for many legitimate purposes, but it tends to be widely used these days by scheming people or nefarious interests with ... well, with something to hide,...

RICH MILLER

 Last month, Rep. Christian Mitchell (D-Chicago) was interviewed by Chicago Public Radio about his new role as interim executive director of the Democratic Party of Illinois.Mitchell was asked at...
President Donald Trump visited an Illinois county last week which was once considered a Democratic Party bastion but has been slipping away to the Republicans throughout this decade.Madison County, ju...

Rotary Youth Exchange Program promotes peace through understanding

 Three Springfield High School students are about to embark on a one-year experience that will have a lifelong impact. Mandy Lynn, Maia Ojugbele and Yasmin Martinez-Powell are Rotary Youth Exchan...

Anti-harassment panel looks for practical solutions

 Throughout July, three prominent Illinois politicians working together as the Anti-Harassment, Equality and Access Panel (AHEA) has been holding meetings across the state in order to engage wome...

Candidate Rodriguez speaks truth to LaHood

 Early on Wednesday evening, July 18, Springfield grassroots groups Action Illinois and Indivisible Illinois jointly held a rally in front of 18th District congressman Darin LaHood’s downtown o...

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Wednesday Aug. 15th

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