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Thursday, Sept. 1, 2011 12:00 am

Fixing Illinois’ broken system

Rita Tarr Scheibe spent most of her career helping others as executive director of social service agencies, including Contact Ministries and Catholic Charities. The jobs were fulfilling, but not ones
Thursday, Aug. 18, 2011 12:00 am

Homeless shelter makes changes and seeks donations to make ends meet

Without access to a car, 49-year-old Lloyd McCullough walks more than four miles, six days a week, to get from Helping Hands shelter on the corner of 11th and Adams streets to his stocking job at Mena
Thursday, Aug. 11, 2011 12:00 am
Springfield Park District executive director Mike Stratton has used his taxpayer-funded credit card to purchase nearly $2,000 worth of restaurant food since April of last year, when he laid off about
Thursday, Aug. 4, 2011 12:00 am

The Springfield campaign to promote healthy food and exercise

This school year, in a little patch of yard beside a set of mobile classrooms at Southern View Elementary School, students and their teachers are hoping to find a few new flavors. As a way to teach st
Thursday, July 28, 2011 12:00 am
A new graduate of Springfield Southeast High School, Nathan Piper, says he’s tired of hearing his peers talk about how much they want to leave Springfield, specifically his part of town, Ward 6.
Thursday, July 21, 2011 12:00 am

Sanitary district examining ways to improve stream water quality

Poor water quality plagues two Springfield streams, and part of the problem is the Springfield Metro Sanitary District, according to a recent study measuring fecal coliform bacteria, present in both h
Thursday, July 21, 2011 12:00 am

Park district hires executive director’s fiancée to fill eliminated position

For about two months this summer, the Springfield Park District’s main receptionist position was held by the girlfriend, now fiancée, of Mike Stratton, the executive director of the $11 m
Thursday, July 14, 2011 12:00 am

How slot machines and harness racing could change Springfield forever

Step right up! Welcome to the Illinois State Fairgrounds, where kids can milk cows, and cows can win ribbons and anyone 21 years and older can contribute to an electronic, press-a-button, hear-a-beep,


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