Extraordinary effort

The extraordinary story of the group effort to save David Burtle's life after he suffered a massive heart attack during a group ride, hit close to home. Although I wasn't there the night David collapsed, I frequently ride with David and the others who were there that particular evening. Six individuals, including three doctors also on the ride, administered CPR or monitored David for almost 25 minutes until paramedics arrive. David is alive today recovering at home with his wife Missie.


Vigil for Andre

Karla Booker is held by friends Kiayla Coakley, left, and Briana Kirkham, at a candle light vigil in Comer Cox park for Andre Booker, Karla's older brother who was shot and killed at the park Wednesday. Nineteen-year-old Andre was a college student, the victim of retaliation for another murder, police said. He wasn't a suspect, they added, he just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.


Stella blue

This is a recent collaboration with Stella Cole: Springfield girl, talented young actress, college-bound teenager, and as sweet in manner as her smile implies. 


Red wave

Spring's early blooming ornamentals such redbud, magnolia, cherry and pink flowering crab, as well as the ground cover, purple henbit, had me seeing red.


Honor flight

"I know it’s an honor, and I know there are many, many, many veterans who deserve that honor. It’s a privilege,” says Ogden Munroe, a Navy veteran of the  Korean War who will be on the season's first Honor Flight to Washington, D.C.


Story tellers

Emma Wilson and Dave Heinzel’s latest collaboration is the short film “Sarah” about a 19-year-old coping with an unremarkable life in her small Midwestern hometown.
The Springfield artists previously worked together on “The Studio Show,” a YouTube program that featured interviews with local artists, along with sketch comedy and short films. 


The story of 'Hotel Hell'

Aaron Pinkston-El, right, will draw on nearly 40 years in prison for his role in “A Day in Stateville,” an inmate-written performance about the infamous state penitentiary near Joliet. Reginald Dale, left, a former inmate himself and founder of Citizens United for Justice and Order, organized Sunday’s performance, which will be held at Ms. D’s Kitchen.


A new bridge at Meredosia

The bridge that carries Illinois 104 over the Illinois River at Meredosia opened in 1936. Its presence on Main Street in the middle of the business district gives the river community a unique character. That will change when a new $75.1 million bridge under construction opens next summer and the old bridge is demolished.


Edgar Curtis

Edgar Curtis is president and CEO of Memorial Health System and the newly installed chairman of the board of trustees for the Illinois Health and Hospital Association. 


Reduced hours

Hotel room nights are down in Springfield due to a lack of business from the state, leaving Tiffany Matthews, banquet captain at Hilton Garden Inn, with fewer hours and in search of a second job. 


War veteran

John Phillipich was just 18 years old when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor and he remembers having to pester his father for permission to enlist. On the 75th anniversary of the attack of Pearl Harbor, he recalled his experience in the Navy.


Bank association chairmen across town neighbors

Micah Bartlett, left, is chairman of the Illinois Bankers Association and Tom Marantz holds the same title with the Community Bankers Association of Illinois. The two also are across the town neighbors, Bartlett with Town and Country Bank and Marantz with Bank of Springfield.


I voted!

Sangamon County residents who participated in the democracy today and cast a vote for their candidate.


Harry Marshall Way

The legacy of Harry "Skee" Marshall, a Springfield resident and the first African-American U.S. Marshall in the Central District of Illinois, was celebrated during a ceremony naming Jackson Street as Harry Marshall Way. Marshall's wife, Iner, center, and her granddaughter, Tiffany Marshall, left, and great grandson, Cobi Jones, and several other family members were present for the event at the corner of Jackson and McCreery streets.


Dave Ballance

Former Springfield police officer Dave Ballance searches for answers to what happened to a 5-month-old boy who was shot in the head one night in 1999 while he was on patrol.