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Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018 12:01 am
JILL CUNNINGHAM BLACK Oct. 25, 1944 – Nov. 2, 2018State government lost one of its unsung heroes when Jill Black died on Nov. 2. For over 17 years when I ran the Illinois Lottery and the Illinois Co...
Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018 12:01 am
LENA FRANCES FERARIS Apr. 14, 1925 – Aug. 7, 2018My mom, Mama Lena, was the oldest of three children born to Italian immigrant parents, Ernest and Dolores Menghini. Mom grew up in Taylor Springs, Il...
Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018 12:01 am
JOHANNA MARY LEIKVOLD Jun. 19, 1985 – Aug. 5, 2018I lost my firstborn daughter, Johanna Mary Leikvold. She was born Jun. 19, 1985, and passed away Aug. 5, 2018.  She had 31 wonderful years of l...
Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018 12:01 am
DANIEL J. "DANNY" HAWKS, JR. Oct. 17, 1945 – Sept. 25, 2018A life well lived is filled with moments sweet and sad, with smiles and sometimes tears, with laughter and friendships, and with good tim...
Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018 12:01 am

Big tree down

EARL LEROY THROOP, SR. July 22, 1944-June 20, 2018Big tree downEverybody called him “Throop,” like that was his first name. He was my tree guy for the past 30 years, as I nurtured properties in a ...
Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018 12:01 am
WENDELL WAYNE HAHN Aug. 2, 1930 – Nov. 12, 2018This is dedicated to Wendell Wayne Hahn, born in Springfield on Aug. 2, 1930. To many he was known as Buzz, but to me he was Grandpa. I didn’t realiz...
Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018 12:12 am
 This is Roy French’s annual Christmas memoir.It is near midnight in late December. I have just returned home from a country schoolhouse. It is a very old building with uneven floors and drafty...
Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018 12:07 am
 Mary Poppins Returns is magical“Everything old is new again” seems to be the mantra at Disney Studios where their movies are concerned. Never mind the Marvel Films and Star Wars franchises,...
Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018 12:06 am

Holiday cocktails warm the soul

 The holidays are upon us, and if you don’t yet need a drink, you will.What with relatives you can’t wish away and kids rip-ripping open packages, then bang-banging drums and bleep-bleeping e...
Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018 12:05 am
 When the weather outside is frightful, you may be looking for someplace delightful. Head to an indoor botanical garden and you can pretend you are in the tropics without leaving the state.Spring...


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