CURRENT NEWS

 Folks love brick streets in Springfield.“There’s a keen interest in preserving the brick streets in the neighborhoods,” says Ward 7 Ald. Joe McMenamin. “The brick work is so highly uniqu...
 A federal magistrate judge has sided with the Sangamon County sheriff’s office in a lawsuit filed by the brother of a man who died after an altercation with deputies who deployed Tasers more t...
 Landowners along the 10th Street rail corridor have a new ally when it comes to sacrificing their property for the rail relocation project.Eve Blackwell-Lewis of Springfield is due to take over...
 A proposal to save the state money on independent living services could mean dire consequences for as many as 34,000 people.Gov. Bruce Rauner wants to decrease the number of people in Illinois w...

CAP CITY NEWS

There are monsters in Lake Springfield. Just ask John Bowling Jr. of Springfield and Jacob Branham of Chatham. On April 22, they pulled a 21.3-pound catfish out of the lake to win the 6th Annual Joh...
Remember Timmy Lynch? He’s the little boy from Springfield whose dream came true two years ago when country superstar Brad Paisley tossed his hat to the tyke during a concert at Prairie Capital Conv...

GUEST OPINION

On Aug. 26, 1920, the amendment guaranteeing the right to vote for women officially became part of the U.S. Constitution. The anniversary of this historic achievement deserves recognition, celebration...
 The big Paris climate conference is now just three months away. The latest research on climate change is just in from the dean of climate scientists, James Hansen. He and his team of 16 climate...

Will the high court leave Americans vulnerable to corporate panhandlers?

 Nobody likes being bullied. Nobody likes being called names. Nobody likes being asked for money. As for being bullied and called names while being asked for money, well, there oughta be a law.Ac...

Is the U.S. a nation-state or a nation of states?

 Bells in Springfield – church bells, hand bells, even cell phone ringers – rang  at 2:15 p.m. on April 9 to mark the 150th anniversary of the end of major Civil War fighting. Except, as...

JIM HIGHTOWER

Butch Hancock, one of Austin’s finest singer-songwriters, grew up in the Texas Panhandle, out among dry-land farmers and strict fundamentalist Christians. Butch once told me that he felt he’d been...
 Once upon a time in our Good Ol’ US-of-A, presidential contenders and their political parties had to raise the funds needed to make the race. How quaint.But for the 2016 run, this quaint way o...

RICH MILLER

I think on Aug. 19 a new and brief window of opportunity opened which could finally help wrap up this long and drawn out state legislative overtime session. But that window will only be open for 15 ca...
 The absurd facade of this long-running state government impasse might best be summed up with two brief statements.1) Gov. Bruce Rauner to Democrats: “Just support my plans to eviscerate organi...

Job to last maximum of six months

Andre Parker, new interim head of the Springfield Park District police department, is a hands-on leader.Don’t believe it? Check out the restrooms in department headquarters, which Parker, a self-acknowledged clean freak, scoured himself on his first day of work....

Golf course in foreclosure, auction possible

Illinois National Bank has foreclosed on the owner of Piper Glen Golf Course and taken over the facility....

New state law contains accountability measures for police

 The Springfield Police Department plans to adopt body cameras for officers under a new state law which took effect last week. The law was prompted by a growing public consciousness concerning pe...

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