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Thursday, March 31, 2011 12:00 am

Schemer’s son: ‘Father suffers from great delusions of grandeur’

Awaiting last week his sentencing to five years and three months in prison, James U. Dodge, a man once described by his former friends as exuberant, lively and inviting, sat still and stone-faced in h
Thursday, March 24, 2011 12:00 am

Four school board seats up for grabs

On April 5, voters in four of seven sub-districts will be asked to choose who they want representing them on District 186’s school board for the next two years. The 10 candidates, all of whom pa
Thursday, March 3, 2011 12:00 am
A contract requiring Springfield’s public utility to be more environmentally responsible doesn’t expire for another six years, but local activists are already urging the city and its resid
Thursday, March 3, 2011 12:00 am

MACBAC committee latest step for master plan

The plan is in place, a commission has been formed and an air of energy is all about, but it could be awhile before those driving up and down MacArthur Boulevard can actually see the fruits of a major
Thursday, Feb. 24, 2011 12:00 am

Partnerships make the difference at McClernand Elementary

When Springfield Art Association director Betsy Dollar moved to town a little over a year ago, she learned early on of the poor reputation of McClernand Elementary School, the building at North Sixth
Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011 12:00 am

Accuse each other of misdeeds

An east-side community center still in its infancy has lost the support of one of its founders. She filed a police report alleging battery 10 days before dissolving the organization, apparently withou
Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011 12:00 am

Civil unions, a milestone on the road to equal rights

As Susan Frain and Susan Faupel sit next to each other discussing civil unions, civil rights and the basic notions of partnership and commitment, they laugh, they listen and they remember the other&rs
Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011 12:00 am
Illinois’ civil union law undeniably brings a greater sense of equality between same-sex couples and married couples. That’s a good thing – love is love, and if married couples get h


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