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Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013 03:12 pm

Mayor floats proposal in executive session

 Springfield Mayor Mike Houston has proposed putting Oak Ridge Cemetery under private management.The proposal, aimed at reducing the city’s subsidy of the cemetery where Abraham Lincoln is buri...
Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013 08:17 am

11/7/13

Nearly 100 patrons fled a theater at a shopping mall in Tigard, Ore., when a woman shouted “gun” after a man in his 70s urinated on a 14-year-old boy during the movie Prisoners. Police said the woman, who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, wasn’t aware of the urination incident or ensuing scuffle between the man and the boy’s father, but thought she heard someone say “gun�...
Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013 12:01 am
A new package of health benefits for state retirees comes with a string attached: an audit to make sure every dependent on the new plans is eligible for coverage. But some retirees say the audit is sk...
Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013 12:01 am

State stresses educational benchmarks, not federal mandate

As schools across Illinois prepare to roll out new educational standards, officials are working to battle negative perceptions by the public.The state’s new Common Core learning standards are benchm...
Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013 12:01 am

WSJ story echoes McMenamin warnings on pensions

 Springfield Ward 7 Ald. Joe McMenamin has long warned that the city is headed toward financial disaster thanks to unsustainable pension obligations.He’s usually been a voice in the wilderness,...
Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013 12:01 am
 Get charged with a crime in federal court and you might as well get used to wearing stripes.That’s the common wisdom, at least, borne up by statistics that show defendants in federal court alm...
Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013 12:01 am
He’s baacck. Actually, Joseph Zeid Langan, erstwhile cop for Springfield and Southern View, never really left the employ of the University of Illinois Springfield, where he worked as a police dispat...
Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013 12:01 am
How can shoes help solve the problem of poor water access in developing countries? George “The Shoeman” Hutchings has found a way. Hutchings’ Shoeman Water Project exports shoes to street vendor...
Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013 05:23 pm

Law confers same protections and benefits for same-sex couples as for straight couples

Gay and lesbian couples in Illinois will soon have the right to be married, following the passage today of a highly contentious bill that was years in the making....

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