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Thursday, July 24, 2014 12:01 am

Springfield’s Jackson Street could get a makeover

 In the 1820s, when Springfield was still changing from a sleepy frontier settlement to a bustling metropolis, a small creek ran through what is now the city’s downtown.  Nearly 200 years...
Thursday, April 3, 2014 12:01 am
The latest exhibition at Springfield Art Association is the new work of University of Illinois Springfield faculty. An opening reception is Friday, April 4, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Featured faculty artist...
Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014 12:01 am
 A week ago, I was in sunny central Florida (it actually was 55 and raining most of the time) playing a few shows with friends. I’m glad to be back and I’d like to thank Ken Carlyle, Patrick...
Thursday, May 9, 2013 09:01 am

The effort to revive the heart of Springfield

When Jasper Madonia started working in downtown Springfield in 1939, the downtown was a different place from today. He describes a bustling place so busy that he had to push his way through the crowds...
Thursday, March 14, 2013 01:26 pm

Will a monumental Lincoln penny bring in tourist dollars?

I read with dismay – I always read with dismay, like some people always sleep with their cat – that the president would like the federal government to stop minting pennies. They can buy vi...
Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013 01:26 pm
Gov. Pat Quinn used the phrase “our Illinois” almost 30 times last week in one form or another during his annual State of the State address.“In our Illinois, everyone should have acc...
Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013 03:40 pm

My experience at the inauguration

With eyes wide open, I traveled to the District of Columbia during inauguration weekend hoping to experience what our country has to offer. I never was patriotic or felt like I could identify with oth...
Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012 02:22 am
See the brick Italianate governor’s mansion or the Italianate home of the Edwards family or the Greek Revival-style Elijah Iles home or the Georgian-Revival home where the prominent family the P...
Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012 04:17 pm

Springfield man taking dugout canoe down Illinois and Mississippi rivers

Dean Campbell of Springfield says ideas are cheap. Putting them into action is what matters.On Sept. 1, the 78-year-old former teacher will launch a 1,200-pound dugout canoe that he fashioned out of ...
Thursday, Feb. 24, 2011 10:22 am

Lincoln’s farewell to Springfield as a Guinness gag

When I lived on the east side in the 1980s, I often walked past the building now called the Lincoln Depot on my way to and from downtown. Many’s the time I found myself having to wait while a fr...

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