CURRENT NEWS

 That Vistra Energy would downsize its coal-fired power plant fleet in Illinois wasn’t a surprise.But environmentalists aren’t happy with the announcement last month that the company will clo...
 Springfield’s quest to build a second water supply appears bogged down as the Army Corps of Engineers, which must issue a permit, is demanding more studies of a project first proposed more tha...
 Terry Farmer doesn’t like being called a crook, but that comes with the territory when you run a raffle that’s grown like a major league ballplayer on steroids.Should someone get lucky in to...
 Following through on a new law that Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed in January, the Illinois State Police published a set of proposed new regulations requiring gun dealers in Illinois to comply with s...

CAP CITY NEWS

A majority of Springfield city council members this week said nice things about plans to tax recreational marijuana and establish zoning to decide where dispensaries will be allowed. During discussion...
On the plus side, the daily paper has begun publishing letters stating the obvious: What in tarnation was the State Journal-Register thinking when it hired Ted Nugent to appear at an outdoor expo set...

GUEST OPINION

 There is power in names. That is something of which former Illinois Congressman Paul Findley was keenly aware. Findley, a Republican from Jacksonville, died last month at age 98. Findley, who se...
The Amazon burns, urged on by Brazil’s president Jair Bolsonaro, an elected official who is all-consuming, literally. I do not understand why we continue to elect Neros to positions of power, to lea...

After a thousand columns, it’s time for a break

 This week’s column is the 1,000th to appear under my name in this paper, and I’ve decided it’s time to take a break from weekly opinion-mongering. After so many essays, even I am getting t...

The newest draft city plan is a good one

 The Springfield city council has before it a draft of a new comprehensive city plan, City of Springfield Comprehensive Plan, “Forging a New Legacy,” intended to guide development in the capi...

JIM HIGHTOWER

What do the majority of Americans want their lawmakers working on? Check any legitimate poll and you’ll hear them saying clearly and consistently that they want such basics as middle-class jobs, hea...
  Ho-ho-ho! Wait till you hear about the gifts I gave some of America’s power elites for Christmas.To each of our Congress critters, I sent my fondest wish that, from now on, they receive the e...

RICH MILLER

 Rep. David McSweeney (R-Barrington Hills) announced last week that he will not seek reelection. Instead, he said he’ll likely be making a 2022 statewide bid for either US Senate against Sen. T...
The statement issued by Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s office last Thursday night had some good advice for Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, who gave what was billed as a “State of the City” address earlier t...

Fitch picked to run Oak Ridge Cemetery

Springfield Mayor Jim Langfelder has tapped Lashonda Fitch to become the new executive director of Oak Ridge Cemetery after current executive director Michael Lelys retires in October. Fitch, a...

Survey results paint a picture of life in Sangamon County

 Concern surrounding the population decrease in the area was a focal point at a recent Citizens Club of Springfield panel discussion on the results of the 2019 Sangamon County Citizens Survey. Re...

Governor approves first responder bill package

 Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed more than 50 bills last week and has this week remaining to sign the final 167 of the 599 total bills sent to him by the General Assembly this year.The most recently si...

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