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Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019 12:00 am

Inclusion and fun can make the world a better place

 The Salsa Ambassador has reached the 10-year anniversary of his ongoing mission of inclusion through Latin dance, and the dancing diplomat shows no signs of slowing down.The Salsa Ambassador is
Thursday, June 20, 2019 12:00 am
 “As soon as I enter the door of a tavern, I experience oblivion of care, and a freedom from solicitude,” said 18th-century English author Samuel Johnson. “There is nothing which has yet be
Thursday, June 20, 2019 12:00 am
The stories embodied in Springfield’s locally owned and family-operated taverns through the years are the basis for Tavern Talk: Old Taverns and Tales in Springfield, Illinois, a new book by local h
Thursday, May 30, 2019 12:00 am

Eli Hernandez is becoming a nurse

 The job description for a nurse is full of things that people with autism have difficulty doing. But to Elijah “Eli” Hernandez, difficult does not mean impossible.“There were plenty of tim
Thursday, April 18, 2019 12:00 am

DCFS caseworkers have a tough job. Inconsistency at the top and understaffing make it worse.

 With 15 directors in 16 years, court-ordered compliance, government reviews, stormy legislative hearings and several recent highly publicized deaths of children, the Illinois Department of Child
Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019 12:00 am

What the state report card doesn’t tell you about Harvard Park

 “If you spend any time with these kids, your heart will melt. You look at these kids, some as poor as church mice, and they’re learning, they’re excited.”Those are the words of Harvard P
Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018 12:00 am

It’s not weed anymore

 It’s only been legal since Aug. 26, but there are already farmers throughout the state who want to start growing Illinois’ latest cash crop.The Illinois Industrial Hemp Act was signed into l
Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018 12:00 am

A pro-union Republican challenges a pro-gun Democrat

Organized labor will have a friend in the State Capitol no matter who wins the 96th District state representative race on Nov. 6.Democratic incumbent Sue Scherer of Decatur was a longtime union member
Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018 12:00 am

The 99th District House race pits two nice guys against each other

 The two men running for the 99th District State Representative seat in the Nov. 6 general election had the exact same thing to say about each other:“He’s a nice guy.”Democrat Marc Bell and


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