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Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014 12:01 am

Salvation Army begins long-anticipated expansion

 As the early winter wind swirls snow across the parking lot at 100 N. Ninth St. in Springfield, a volunteer works the phones inside, coordinating the Salvation Army’s team of bell ringers. The...
Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014 12:01 am

Bishop apologizes, but holds firm

 Some things – views on abortion, gay marriage and divorce – are non-negotiable.But Bishop Thomas Paprocki during a Monday forum at Benedictine University said that there is room for conversa...
Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014 12:01 am

Minimum wage legislation advances ahead of Rauner’s inauguration

 Governor-elect Bruce Rauner once remarked to a room full of Republicans that he was “adamantly, adamantly against” raising the minimum wage. Although Rauner later softened his stance, it’s...
Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014 12:01 am
Springfield artists Brad Balster and Judah Johnson will be giving away their work next Friday (Dec. 4) from 6-8:30 p.m., in the cheekily named exhibit, Priceless. Described as a “cohesive, complete exhibitio...
Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014 12:01 am
What if central Illinois had an electric rail line carrying passengers and freight between Springfield, Bloomington-Normal, Decatur, Champaign-Urbana, Peoria and St. Louis? It might be hard to imagine...
Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014 12:01 am
Curses, foiled againAfter John Franklin Forbis, 72, was convicted of possessing 850 pounds of marijuana in Columbia County, N.Y. in 1992, he jumped bail and eluded police for 22 years. Authorities fin...
Friday, Nov. 21, 2014 02:51 pm

Judge: law unconstitutionally diminishes and impairs benefits

A Sangamon County judge struck down Illinois' pension overhaul law today, saying it impairs and diminishes retiree benefits in violation of the state constitution....
Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014 12:01 am

County resurrects DUI deputy just in time for Christmas

 The mean streets of Sangamon County have gotten a bit meaner for those who imbibe before they drive.Two years after the sheriff’s office, citing budget concerns, reassigned a deputy who had be...
Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014 12:01 am

Team sues state seeking tax relief

 The Chicago Bears have gone to court seeking refuge from the tax man.The Bears this month sued the Illinois Department of Revenue in Sangamon County Circuit Court, claiming that the state is ove...
Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014 12:01 am

School administrators banding together for reform

Illinois schools do a pretty good job, considering the state’s poor record of funding education. But Illinois’ system needs fundamental changes to be more efficient, effective and equitable.That�...

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