The Southtown Star
Lincoln exhibit opens at tollway oasis
Abraham Lincoln impersonator Vernon Risty helps South Holland Mayor Don DeGraff and other officials cut the ribbon for the opening of "Abraham Lincoln: Self Made in America" exhibit opening at the Chicago Southland Lincoln Oasis, Monday, July 28th, 2014, in South Holland.
Sun Jul 27, 2014
Architect brings fresh spin to Maggie Daley Park
Strolling through Maggie Daley Park, stubble on his face and a yellow hard hat covering his graying red hair, Michael Van Valkenburgh paused before the contours of an undulating ice skating loop that will weave through a stand of evergreens.
Sat Jul 26, 2014
Renaming the Circle -- a loopy idea
I'm all for affording former Mayor Jane Byrne a long overdue geographical honor, but I draw the line at the Circle.
Fri Jul 25, 2014
Deep History, Great Cuisine and Lincoln in Springfield - Part 5
Last time around, we had just started exploring African American history past and present in Springfield, as it is inextricably tied to the issue of slavery in Lincoln's day and how the city has developed since then.
Thu Jul 24, 2014
Asian carp cooking demonstrations part of tourney
Several well-known chefs will be traveling to central Illinois to offer demonstrations on how to cook Asian carp.
Wed Jul 23, 2014
Lawmaker: Ill. concealed carry law 'complicated'
A lawmaker who helped push through a bill that allows Illinois residents to carry concealed weapons is suggesting the law is too hard on gun owners from other states.
Tue Jul 22, 2014
Illinois Italian Beef: Southsiiiidddeee
Summer is road-trip season, so we're taking a culinary tour of America. But because Portland is a city of immigrants from other states, we don't have to leave town to do it.
Mon Jul 14, 2014
Lots to See and Do in Springfield, Illinois
The Lincoln Home National Historic Site is a several square block, cobblestoned, foot traffic-only area that includes the Visitor Center, Lincoln Home and a handful of other residences situated in this historic Lincoln-era neighborhood.
Fri Jul 11, 2014
Rauner: Ia m Better for Veterans
Incumbent Gov. Pat Quinn has been currying their favor for years, even before he became governor.
Non-tenure track faculty in Champaign-Urbana join national movement
Nearly 500 non-tenure track faculty at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign won a major victory by forming a union, which was certified yesterday by the labor relations board.
Thu Jul 10, 2014
As part of remodel, Navy Pier could be home to hotel
Navy Pier aims to place a five-story boutique hotel near the east end of the man-made peninsula, and plans to start looking for developers this summer.
Wed Jul 09, 2014
Escape to Springfield, Illinois
In the very beginning of our summer road trip to explore the Land of Lincoln, we embarked upon Highway 72 in Illinois in Urbana-Champaign , traveled west approximately 50 miles to Decatur, , then another 39 miles into Springfield.
Tue Jul 08, 2014
Celebrating summer in Springfield, Illinois
Learn about Springfield Illinois, the town where Abraham Lincoln begun his political life and experience its tourist attractions such as Lincoln's old law office and the Lincoln Home national historic site.
Sun Jul 06, 2014
Tight Illinois budget still contains pet projects
Briana Chick, of Aurora, walks down the recently renovated main stairway leading up to the third floor of the Senate and House chambers July 1 at the state Capitol in Springfield.
Urbana looks at whether to regulate short-term room rentals
That's essentially the premise for travelers looking for off-the-beaten path accommodations, and it has Urbana city officials reconsidering how they regulate bed and breakfasts.
Wed Jul 02, 2014
ECC wins first place for organ donor campaign
Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White recently honored the winners of his "Be a Hero" organ/tissue donor campaign, which provided students at state community colleges the opportunity to create their own campaigns and earn community service hours while promoting the organ/tissue donor registry.
Tue Jul 01, 2014
Macon County judge appointed to Fourth District Appellate Court
The Illinois Supreme Court has appointed Macon County Judge Lisa Holder White to the Fourth District Appellate Court effective Tuesday.
The Capitol Fax Blog
A modest reform with enormous potential
After reading the Sun-Times piece on Navy Pier that was the subject of last Monday's Papers column, I was curious to see who in our esteemed General Assembly voted for this massive change in how the largest tourist attraction in Illinois and our massive convention center is managed.
Mon Jun 30, 2014
A Beautiful Little Slice of Illinois
Champaign County encompasses both the city of Champaign and it's adjacent neighbor Urbana, which most people refer to by both names-Champaign-Urbana.