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Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018 12:09 am

Former governor, aging reformer, Pat Quinn wants to be attorney general

 I first met Pat Quinn when I was a radio news reporter nearly 38 years ago, and interviewed him in person regarding his drive to reduce the size of the Illinois House of Representatives by one-t...
Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018 12:12 am

Pillsbury descends into Superfund status

 Ann Ridgeway was on her porch when the crash came.No one had told neighbors that a massive metal building was going to fall that day in October 2014. Towering more than 10 stories, the so-called...
Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018 12:11 am

Not just a hangout, the new UIS Student Union hopes to bring a community together

 “The coolest thing is that so many students participated in big and small ways,” says John Tienken, a former University of Illinois Springfield student trustee who is now a law student at th...
Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017 12:13 am

SIU School of Medicine remains a leader among medical schools worldwide

 Founded in Springfield in 1970, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine has seen 2,818 students graduate (with 42 percent of those currently practicing medicine doing so in Illinois). Th...
Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017 12:14 am

From New Year’s Day to Taco Daze, from music to theater to history, the town is on a roll

 Everything old is new again in Jacksonville, even the annual New Year’s Day celebration in the west central Illinois city of nearly 19,000.“I would say it started in the 1970s. It was in the...
Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017 12:08 am
 Winter Art SaleNov 30, Dec 1, 10am-2pm Thu-Fri. Featuring one-of-a-kind student-created art plus complimentary coffee and cookies. Free. LLCC Trutter Center, 5250 Shepherd Road, 786-2200.Edwards...
Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017 12:09 am

Here’s what to drink on a cold winter night

 We are late.Usually, we do this in October, when oompah’ers are oompah’ing in oompah bands in the beer tents of Munich while drinkers pay homage to malted beverages without which the world w...
Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017 12:12 am

How a Springfield group transformed itself by intermittent fasting

 In the guidebook for Narcotics Anonymous there is a paragraph which begins: “We have a disease; progressive, incurable and fatal.” The paragraph ends with the sentence: “Insanity is repeat...
Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017 12:11 am

As the city’s overflow shelter opens for the winter, the homeless ask whether more can be done

 Sitting quietly inside an empty McDonald’s, Tracey and Michael Gragg ponder how they’ll find shelter for the night.Married for 18 years, the Graggs have been homeless for the last two. Micha...
Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017 12:10 am

Why doctors are fleeing Leland Grove

 Is there a doctor in the house? Not as many in the Springfield area, thanks to the state of Illinois’ budget woes.Uncertainty over the state’s fiscal situation, fueled by Illinois’ record-...


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