East outlasted by Chicago Curie in 4A consolation game

Staff Report PEORIA – For the first time in this record-breaking season for the East E-Rabs, none of its “big three” were particularly sharp in the IHSA Class 4A third-place game. Yet, with 1:55 left to play, the E-Rabs trailed by…

Steve Stadelman sponsors bill to fight urban blight

Staff Report SPRINGFIELD -- Cities and counties would have a streamlined process to address vacant homes under two new measures sponsored by state Sen.Steve Stadelman. D-Rockford. Senate bills 2052 and 2097 implement recommendations…

Tube Talk: From the mind of Neil Gaiman

By Paula Hendrickson Contributor Fantasy, horror, and sci-fi fans love Neil Gaiman. Why? Because Gaiman is one of the most creative and prolific storytellers around, working in multiple formats – graphic novels, traditional novels,…

Voice from the Grave: Swept away

By Kathi Kresol Contributor Susan Ilsley was very concerned on the evening of June 3, 1858. The torrential rains that started to fall around 5 p.m. that day were still raging by 10 p.m. She knew her husband Horatio was also worried…

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