CURRENT NEWS

 The Kidzeum of Health and Science in Springfield took a step closer to opening with the hiring of its first staff member. Leah Wilson started Jan. 2 as executive director. Wilson says the words...
 Caregivers in Illinois face possible suspension following changes to their overtime policy.The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) established a 45-hour per week maximum for personal as...
 Ghosts of pratfalls past haunted Springfield council chambers this week as the city approved public funding for a rogue developer with an unproven business plan who vows to take downtown where i...
 They range, these Sangamon County drug overdose victims, from retirees to folks who fit squarely within the stereotype of hopeless drug addict.Consider the 63-year-old man found dead last March...

CAP CITY NEWS

After a decade in a financial holding pattern, employees at the State Journal-Register are set to get raises. GateHouse Media, parent company to Springfield’s daily paper, is giving newsroom workers...
Bistro Verde, Lincoln Land Community College’s student-run café, will be open during the spring 2018 semester on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. beginning Tuesday, Feb. 6. The caf�...

GUEST OPINION

 Nature and the gods of technology have blessed us with the means to avoid the worst consequences of climate warming. Now there is good climate news for a change. What we must do is put less carb...
 While Martin Luther King, Jr. is best known for his “I have a dream” speech, the civil rights icon delivered a major speech in Springfield on labor, economics and civil rights on Oct. 7, 196...

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

 Even in this country of grand egalitarian aspirations, the U.S. actually had no broad middle class until one was created in the 1930s and ‘40s. And, yes, “created” is the correct term for...
 Inequality doesn’t just come out of the blue, it’s intentionally created by decisions that elites make – usually behind closed doors, so those knocked down don’t know what (or who) hit t...

RICH MILLER

 Whenever a dramatic new element is introduced into a political campaign, it’s always instructive to watch how the targeted candidate responds. Did the candidate appear ready for the new turn o...
 Just days before the 2010 general election, then-Sen. Rickey Hendon (D-Chicago) introduced then-Gov. Pat Quinn at a Chicago rally by calling Quinn’s Republican opponent a “racist,” among o...

Developers, planners consider land use

 Developers have made peace over a comprehensive land-use plan for Springfield, but a larger battle may lie ahead.Concerned that the draft plan would curb development, particularly on the city’...

Tax revenue, jobs, both down

 Springfield city officials blame the state and the internet for sagging municipal finances.Online purchasing, which produces no municipal sales taxes, has cut into tax collections, the city says...

Drug tests banned for city inspectors

 The city of Springfield has sued the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, hoping to overturn an arbitrator’s decision that bars the city from drug testing building and housing insp...

Mentally ill inmates suffer

 The inmate was mumbling. Shaking. Clearly in a psychotic state and whispering about a black hole.The black hole had already demanded, and received, his blood once, the inmate told Dr. Pablo Stew...

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