THIS WEEK'S ISSUE

Governor’s “employee empowerment” tactic seeks local support but attracts widespread union opposition, a BGA Rescuing Illinois report concludes.

Governor Bruce Rauner’s bid to establish statewide “right-to-work zones,” one of the major initiatives of his emerging state economic development plan, could become a rallying cry in Illinois’...
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Memorial Medical Center Foundation’s Sharing Wishes Fund makes hospice patients’ dreams come true

 When hospice patient Dorothy learned that her time on earth was coming to a close, she had a simple request: she just wanted one last margarita. Thanks to Memorial Medical Center Foundation’s...
 Since 2010, Bar None in downtown Springfield has played host to Torch Tuesday, billed as “the longest running hip-hop open mic in central Illinois.” More than just a showcase for aspiring ta...

NEWS

 As Illinois implements its long-awaited medical marijuana program, one state lawmaker is preparing for the next step: taxing and regulating recreational marijuana.Rep. Robyn Gabel, D-Evanston, s...
 The patchwork quilt that is Illinois family and divorce law is getting restitched for the first time in nearly 40 years, with potential changes for divorce and child custody cases.The Illinois F...
 The Illinois Supreme Court will hear arguments on a lawsuit over public pension benefits next week, bringing to a head fundamental disagreements over the rights conferred by Illinois’ constitu...
 A Sangamon County sheriff’s deputy with a history of running afoul of judges is again in trouble in a courtroom.This time, Deputy Travis Koester is in the crosshairs of U.S. District Court Jud...
Vince DeMentri, anchorman for WICS television news, was reportedly involved in a physical altercation at Hooters in Springfield hours after Tuesday’s election....

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NEWSQUIRKS

 The last thing I expected going into The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel was to hear the whiny blues-rock strains of George Thorogood and the Destroyers. And yet, there was “Who Do You Love?...
Locally grown ones are available throughout the year, even in darkest, coldest winter. And it’s also possible to grow your own all year long. Sprouts. They are simply the first growth of seeds. Ther...

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 I guess you could call it a roaming charge. State Sen. Chapin Rose, a Republican from over Mahomet way, has introduced a bill to reform the program that grants tuition aid at state colleges and...
 I met this man a few years ago and it was like a thunderbolt struck us – the stuff movies are made of. He told me that his female roommate was just a friend. We went on a few dates before I re...

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