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Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015 12:00 am

A history of corruption at the top

 Illinois was deeply in debt and its financial outlook was bleak. After a close gubernatorial race, the people of Illinois elected a wealthy Chicago-area businessman as their governor, hoping tha
Guest Opinion
Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015 12:00 am
The vaccine debate recently hit home to my Facebook circle (so, you know, it must be serious now...). As the arguments flew fast and furious (“The CDC is a giant conspiracy to sell vaccines!” “S
Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015 12:00 am
 If the Lincolns continued to take a Springfield newspaper even after they moved to Washington, D.C., no doubt they would have been shocked by the May 12, 1864, issue of the Illinois State Journa
Capital City Parent
Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015 12:00 am

Grandparents watching grandchildren is a growing trend. Here are tips to make it work

 By age 81, my father-in-law, Joe Rogers, had raised three stepchildren and worked for more than half a century. He had served in Korea and had lived in Venezuela. He had been hang gliding in Ger
Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014 12:00 am

JUHLANN DAVIS GIBBS Feb. 4, 1927 – Oct. 21, 2014

 Juhlann Davis Gibbs was a woman steeped in family history: her family had been residents of central Illinois for nearly 200 years. Yet as much as she appreciated where she came from, ultimately
Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014 12:00 am

Back then it was worse

 After enduring the barrage of political ads spewed forth during the recently concluded election campaign, one starts to wonder if the tone of the political debate could sink any lower, and if ca
Capital City Parent
Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014 12:00 am

Stay-at-home or not, they’re full-time dads

 When I was a child growing up in the 1980s, my dad was something of an anomaly. He took me to doctors’ appointments and sports practices; he chaperoned school field trips; he played board game
Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014 12:00 am

The scourge of scarlet fever in 19th century Springfield

 The citizens of 19th century Springfield may not have faced the threat of ebola or known what an enterovirus is, but they were no strangers to deadly outbreaks of infectious diseases. In a popul
Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014 12:00 am

The Springfield Project envisions east-side community center

 It’s been a private residence, a home for fallen women and a technical school for African-American students. As recently as a few months ago, it was slated to become an empty lot. Now, thanks


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