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Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019 12:00 am

Market on the Hill in Mt. Pulaski to open next spring

 It will be a small grocery store in a small town, but its developers hope it will impact area food production, buying and consumption trends in a big way.Market on the Hill in downtown Mt. Pulas
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Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019 12:00 am

Illinois goes to school on the teacher shortage

 It appears that until very recently Illinois has been trying to make the career of teaching seem as unpalatable as possible.“For many years there’s been a lack of respect for the educators i
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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

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