A new study reveals the rich history of African-American life in Springfield

 A. Morris Williams came to Springfield as a 23-year-old cobbler in 1902. Within five years he had obtained a law degree, which he put to use helping fellow African-Americans file retribution cla...

Home scheduled for auction

 Springfield has fewer than three dozen sites on the National Register of Historic Places. One of them is hitting the auction block.The Freeman-Hughes home at the intersection of West Monroe and...
 The city of Springfield wants more information from developers of a proposed $56 million downtown hotel-apartment complex that would be built with $7.65 million in public money via tax increment...

Staff walks out with her

 The entire State Journal-Register newsroom escorted now former editor Angie Muhs as she was walked out of the building Monday by general manager Eugene Robinson after submitting her re...

There's a better way than this

 If Gov. J.B. Pritzker and lawmakers who back legal pot have to wait until next year, it will be their own fault. And we might be better off.With less than a month left in the legislative session...
 If you listen closely to what Democratic state Reps. Sam Yingling and Jonathan Carroll are saying in public about their opposition to Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s graduated income tax proposal, they a...
This week’s cover photo, “Julia’s Blue Moon Club, 1945” illustrates both the rich cultural history of Springfield’s African-American community and the fragile nature of its physical structur...

A new novel by Taylor Pensoneau, author of books about Illinois politicians and Illinois gangsters

 Taylor Pensoneau’s name is familiar in these environs. He’s known for his long affiliation with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch writing about Illinois politics, his influential role with the Ill...
 I jump on my bike and head to my neighborhood grocery store, a five-minute ride from my apartment. On the way I make a quick stop at Lang Bakery for a banh mi sandwich and a cup of Vietnamese ic...
 One of these days this weather will behave as it should, but until then we must continue to grapple with what we got and enjoy the live music where we can. We like to welcome first-time performe...
 This summer the Springfield Park District will host a series of outdoor monthly movies.  Each movie will begin at dusk, or around 8 p.m.  All of the movies are family-friendly and free...
 The 1950s and 60s were a time when gay Americans faced an anti-gay legal system. Police raids on gay bars were usual and tensions between the two groups were already high in the early morning ho...

A new study reveals the rich history of African-American life in Springfield

 A. Morris Williams came to Springfield as a 23-year-old cobbler in 1902. Within five years he had obtained a law degree, which he put to use helping fellow African-Americans file retribution cla...

A new novel by Taylor Pensoneau, author of books about Illinois politicians and Illinois gangsters

 Taylor Pensoneau’s name is familiar in these environs. He’s known for his long affiliation with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch writing about Illinois politics, his influential role with the Ill...
 The city of Springfield wants more information from developers of a proposed $56 million downtown hotel-apartment complex that would be built with $7.65 million in public money via tax increment...

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