Springfield ponders cutting back on coal

 Twenty-five minutes into a city council discussion on the future of City Water, Light and Power last month, someone finally used the c-word.“We always say that CWLP is the crown jewel of Sprin...

A judge ordered him released. He’s still in jail.

Perhaps the biggest question about Marco Nicolas-Sanchez is why he stayed.Maybe he was naïve. He got busted for driving under the influence in Rantoul last year, and it’s well-known that illegal im...

The Y Block and Yasgur’s farm

 We are arriving, this year, at some important anniversaries.Already, we have observed one. The big day having passed, D-Day, 75th Anniversary: A Millennials Guide, is on steep discount at Amazon...
If you talk to the Statehouse old-timers, they’ll tell you they haven’t seen such a productive spring legislative session since Gov. Jim Thompson’s days. I think it’s probably safe to say that...
Democratic Gov. J. B. Pritzker and the legislature have gambled on a new direction for Illinois. The dramatic new course seeks to turn our state from a government mired in conflict, impasse and perenn...
 Food and music top the list of things I’m passionate about. Several years ago I saw a southwest Louisiana band called the Red Stick Ramblers who played a mix of Cajun, Texas Swing and gypsy ja...

Celebrate Juneteenth with “Oh Freedom!”

 When the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 60s gained momentum, music and song were at the forefront of the action. To honor the holiday known as Juneteeth, celebrated on June 19 to commemo...
 Welcome to the middle of June, as the outdoor events continue to multiply like the mosquitoes and gnats that seem to like to attend the events almost as much as our intrepid Springfield-area mus...
 This father and daughter duo from the local music community are both gifted musicians and singers, blessed with powerful and emotive voices that blend with a special harmony reserved for family...
 Municipal bands are a tradition in many towns and cities nationwide, and Springfield is fortunate to have one. In fact, for over 80 years the Springfield Municipal Band has been providing summer...
 The history of cricket goes back to 16th century England. It later made a successful leap across the Atlantic and eventually made its way to this area by the early 1800s. For a time, it was almo...

Springfield ponders cutting back on coal

 Twenty-five minutes into a city council discussion on the future of City Water, Light and Power last month, someone finally used the c-word.“We always say that CWLP is the crown jewel of Sprin...
When we think steamy historic romances, our eye turns to Elizabeth Bacon Custer and her husband George Armstrong, who was court martialed on charges of abandoning his duties to visit his beloved, whom...

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