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Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019 12:09 am
 If you think campaign yard signs are litter on a stick, ask Ben Griffin.Eight years ago, Griffin zoomed from political unknown to a player in contests for seats on the Nashville Metro Council in...
Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019 12:09 am

Springfield joins the battle against King Alcohol

 On Jan. 16, 1919, the United States had ratified the 18th Amendment to the Constitution, making it illegal to make, transport or sell alcoholic beverages in America as of 1920. The following Sun...
Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019 12:09 am

In Springfield – and in cities across the country – government policies keep racial segregation in place

 It didn’t take Silas Johnson long after he moved to Springfield to identify the border that separates the black section of the city from the white one.Growing up in Mississippi as the civil ri...
Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019 12:01 am

The future of Republicans in Illinois

 With the unpopular term of Gov. Bruce Rauner and divisive politics of President Donald Trump, coupled with a state that’s been losing population and a shifting demographic, Republican leaders ...
Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019 12:09 am

A crowded field for municipal races

 If you think there are a lot of politicians on the make in Springfield, you’d be right.Thirty-two candidates are vying for 13 municipal offices in the upcoming April 2 municipal election. Thre...
Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019 12:08 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, Jan. 3, 2019 12:11 am
 The thought has crossed my mind that perhaps my indifference to so many movies this year may be due to the fact that I’ve simply seen too many films. Could the burnout I’ve been warned about...
Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019 12:10 am
Movies are about moments – big moments that erase our cynicism about cinema and remind us of its capacity to dazzle as well as touch us. This happens in a way only possible with a medium that seamle...
Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018 12:12 am
 This is Roy French’s annual Christmas memoir.It is near midnight in late December. I have just returned home from a country schoolhouse. It is a very old building with uneven floors and drafty...

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