Every so often the furniture industry rolls out the red carpet and rolls in their new lines for a new season. The Las Vegas Market, dedicated to the home furnishings industry, held one of its tw...

Learn what your homeowner’s insurance includes and what it doesn’t

 While a standard homeowner’s insurance policy covers the gamut of bad luck scenarios, such as theft, disasters or accidents, there is a limit to the amount of financial protection it can provi...

Cleanest coal plants due to close

 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...

Question haunts Hunter Lake application

 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...

Esports arrive at District 186

 When I learned that esports have come to public schools for which I pay good money, I thought of Billy Mitchell.Not the father of the Air Force who got court-martialed shortly before World War I...
 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...
In several recent columns I’ve had to announce the loss of a community musician. Each time, I continue to talk about other events as life does move on, and I feel that especially with musicians, ent...
From the desire to simply have fun making a local version of a Brazilian carnival street rhythm percussion ensemble back in 1997, this group has expanded to become a highly respected and appreciated c...

Amazon fires remind us to buy beef at home

 As fires raging in the Amazon rainforest dominate recent news, the global importance of eating local has never been more apparent. While public attention to these wildfires is new, the fires are...
 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 Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library holds an unparalleled collection of books, documents, photographs, artifacts and art, as well as some 12 million items pertaining to all aspects of Illin...
 Art Spectacular is a multi-experience festival of art, music and children’s programs. Founded by Rees Carillon Society board member\ Barb Walker, the art show is a professionally juried fine...
 If you missed the window for planting native plants in your garden this spring, don’t worry. You still have time to get them in the ground in the fall. “Growing native plants is a great way...

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