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Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015 12:01 am
 Welcome to the first full weekend in February 2015, complete with an assortment of entities sure to entice you into indulging in a night of entertainment for your enjoyment.Donnie’s Homespun i...
Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015 12:01 am
 REMEMBERING STRATTONIn your Dec. 25 issue, Mr. Bill Ward wrote (“The name game,” letters) that the main distinction of Gov. William G. Stratton was that he was the only governor tried for co...
Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015 12:01 am

State agency admits it misinterpreted rule to benefit coal projects

 A community group near Peoria defeated a coal mine project last week, and its victory could have far-reaching effects for coal projects around the state.That’s because the group discovered tha...
Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015 12:01 am
 Lifeguards who never practiced rescue plans. A complaint about no lifeguards on duty less than a month before tragedy struck. A 16-year-old boy who didn’t know how to swim.It added up to a $1 ...
Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015 12:01 am

Report ranks state low

 Sangamon County is one of 42 Illinois counties put on a poverty watch list in a report released by the Social Impact Research Center Jan. 29.The center, part of the Chicago-based anti-poverty gr...
Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015 12:01 am

Confusion over job opportunities for minorities

 Job opportunities for minorities and women on Springfield’s 10th Street rail relocation project aren’t living up to promises by the city and state, according to one community group. Meanwhil...
Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015 12:01 am

Governor wants “right-to-work” zones

 Gov. Bruce Rauner is pushing a controversial labor policy aimed at unions, but it’s unlikely the state legislature will adopt his idea. Instead, he said it should be up to cities and counties...
Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015 12:01 am
 Like the only guy at a party who doesn’t get the joke, I’m wondering what it is about J.C. Chandor’s A Most Violent Year that I’m missing. Riding a wave of good reviews (the film is tren...
Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015 12:01 am
 With the huge budget hole created by the recent 25 percent tax cut to both Illinois’ personal and corporate income tax rate, lawmakers must make critical decisions about whether to make deep c...
Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015 12:01 am
 goats poem #1  juniper bursts from her stall when the gate is opened leaps nimbly onto the milking bench buries her nose in oats while gillian washes her udder then pulls a stream of milk f...

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