IN THIS WEEK'S ISSUE

Courts try new approach to mental illness

 There is a court reporter in the courtroom of Sangamon County Circuit Court Judge John Madonia on this Friday afternoon. That’s a bad sign.If everyone here in Sangamon County’s fledgling men...
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 A girl mauled by a Great Dane on April 11 is a lot like other 10-year-old girls.She likes to draw. Keeps a journal. Plays Xbox and basketball. She has a boxer at her mother’s house.“She love...
 Blasts of cannon woke the citizens of Springfield at dawn on the day of the melancholy event. They fired every half hour until 11 o’clock, and every minute between 11 and noon. At 20 minutes p...

Steps on the Road to Freedom performs April 29

 While most people think of history as just bygone times, Robert and Patricia Davis breathe life into it through their reenactments of real characters of the slavery and Civil War eras.They have...

NEWS

It’s been a tough month for Sam Cahnman.The Ward 5 alderman and attorney lost his re-election bid on April 7, and on April 16, he faced an extended hearing by the state panel that disciplines lawyer...
 Nehemiah Dawson is five years old, he is third in his kindergarten class for spelling and he has Autism Spectrum disorder. But the program that his parents credit with most of his success might...
 The city of Springfield will pay $50,000 to a man shot by police more than seven years ago under a settlement approved Tuesday by the city council.The case started when James Wells stepped onto...
Illinois lawmakers are considering legislation that would reverse a 30-year-old ban on public money being used to pay for abortions. The bill raises one of the most controversial issues in American so...
Two prominent Democratic lawmakers are calling on Gov. Bruce Rauner to release the long-awaited details his pension proposal so they can figure out what it means for the state’s budget.State Senator...
A 10-year-old girl mauled by a dog more than a week ago remains hospitalized as investigations continue....
 Choral music and churches are, if not inseparable, at least closely related. Student glee clubs and show choirs have widened the gap somewhat. Even the big orchestral choral works more often tha...

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The Field Museum wants a new diorama for some old specimens

 How much would you give so a dead hyena could have a new home? The Field Museum of Natural History is hoping you’ll give something. The museum – a world institution that, happily, happens to...
 I’m new to online dating. I’m a nice, good-looking guy with a good job, but I have a muscular condition that causes me to shake a lot. I’m not looking to fool anyone, but I don’t want to...

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