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 As Michael Madigan was being reelected speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives for an unprecedented 17th time, the day the 100th General Assembly was inaugurated, protesters from the Il...
 One bill in a bipartisan package of tax measures proposed as a way to break the state’s budget impasse aims to impose increased taxes on sugar-sweetened beverages. Senate Bill 009, the Sugar-S...
 College football in Springfield is all but a pipe dream now. However, the new athletic director at the University of Illinois Springfield – who has extensive experience in bringing football to...

CAP CITY NEWS

A group identifying itself as “Springfield Call To Action” (SC2A) is organizing a rally for 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, at the Old State Capitol plaza. The event is timed to coincide with the Women�...
Springfield hotels from are teaming up to oppose a tax increase. The Springfield Hotel Lodging Association (SHLA) announced it is imploring Mayor James Langfelder and the city council not to pass a pr...

GUEST OPINION

Recently Secretary of State John Kerry delivered a provocative and sobering speech touching on the viability of future Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, and again brought into question the nature of th...
 Life is full of “What if…?” questions. One of these questions preeminent in Illinois is, “What if Speaker Madigan was no longer speaker?”. One of my “What if” questions is: How wou...

Bringing brick streets back from the grave

 Springfield has no yellow brick roads leading toward Oz – I know because I looked for one for 40 years. It used to have plenty of red brick ones, though, gorgeous streets the color of aged win...

What might Springfield do to boost population growth?

In 1909 its Chamber of Commerce undertook a campaign to make Springfield “the largest city by all odds in the state outside Chicago.” Our best Babbits insisted that there was “no good reason why...

JIM HIGHTOWER

It’s about time America has a president who will stand up to those greed-headed corporate executives who keep hauling our middle-class jobs out of country. Bring those jobs back home, Donald Trump b...
 The best political party in America is not the Dems nor the Repubs. By far, the best political party is a real party named “Fighting Bob Fest.”It’s a daylong, outdoor political festival ru...

RICH MILLER

If I had to choose a word to describe the Democrats’ nominating speeches for House Speaker Michael Madigan’s reelection last week, it would be either “defensive” or perhaps “joyless.”The s...
 Back in December, Gov. Bruce Rauner was asked by a Chicago TV reporter if he planned to run for reelection. Rauner said he wasn’t focused on such things.Just three days later, Gov. Rauner...
 Adam Nicholson has been involved in the Springfield arts scene for years. Now, as founder of Sala Creative Association, a newly minted 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization, he is developing a forum...

Jerome reduces police coverage

 The Village of Jerome has curtailed police patrols, ending a long history of 24/7 police coverage by village officers.Village police are still on the job, but not around the clock. Reduced cover...

Report documents rigged system

 Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan’s control of Illinois government comes largely from parliamentary rules that give him an iron grip over lawmakers and legislation, according to a recent...

Would wear ankle bracelet to get daughter back

 Jennifer Watkins is many things.An accused fugitive from justice. A widow who wouldn’t cooperate with police who investigated the killing of her husband. She recently broke off an engagement t...

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