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Thursday, May 13, 2010 12:00 am

St. Louis author will sign books in Springfield on May 18

If you were to stop four random strangers on a St. Louis street and ask for their opinion of William Stage’s book Fool for Life (Floppinfish) the question might elicit the following responses:&b
Thursday, Sept. 3, 2009 12:00 am

Sierra Club takes aim at the Capitol power plant

Just north of the Willard Ice Building, blocks away from Memorial Medical Center and Douglas School, and just a few feet from homes, sits a little coal power plant that most people probably don’
Thursday, Aug. 27, 2009 12:00 am

In the debate over rail traffic location, Springfield isn’t as divided as you might expect

For a city where neighborhoods are often pitted against each other in battles for resources – or against various development projects — an uncharacteristically broad and diverse chorus of
Thursday, Aug. 20, 2009 12:00 am

It’s no secret that Springfield is hung up on race. Now at the center of the most recent racial episode, Mike Williams talks about his noose and offers ideas on how to make things better.

A fter four days off, Mike Williams was relaxed and feeling pretty good when he showed up for his shift at the City Water, Light and Power water treatment plant at 2 p.m. on Sunday, July 26. As with t
Thursday, Aug. 20, 2009 12:00 am

Women at the CWLP plant also feel singled out

Patty Meyer made her way through the crowd gathered at city hall calling for an end to racism in Springfield to give Mike Williams a big hug and offered him a piece of advice. “Watch your back,&
Thursday, Aug. 13, 2009 12:00 am

Noose-hanging incidents signal need for change in boys-will-be-boys attitude

As far as government workers in Springfield go, Mike Williams has been surprisingly candid. He has described the gamut of emotions raised in him when he returned from vacation to find a noose hanging
Thursday, Aug. 13, 2009 12:00 am

For downstate gang members, loyalty is corny. Here, it’s all about money.

Although groups of kids fighting is all too commonplace, it’s tough to say whether Springfield has a gang problem. On the one hand, like other downstate Illinois towns, the capital city hasn&rsq
Thursday, Aug. 13, 2009 12:00 am

Was this Springfield man a victim of discrimination, mistaken identity, or bad customer service?

On what should have been a routine visit a local driver’s license station, Huong V. Nguyen unwittingly found himself in the middle of an international criminal conspiracyOn June 30, Nguyen, a Sp
Thursday, Aug. 6, 2009 12:00 am

Area teen parlays animal-rights activism into cash for college

There are all kinds of scholarships just for having an interest in an obscure field or merely being something unusual — tall, a little person, left-handed, or being named Gatling, Van Valkenbur
Thursday, July 30, 2009 12:00 am

The capital city is brimming with grand ideas about how to grow the city’s core and push back against sprawl. So why hasn’t anything happened yet?

Springfield is bursting with new urbanists. While the phrase “new urbanism,” coined in the 1980s, often frightens people who think that new urbanism entails mandating an organi


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