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Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015 12:01 am

Illinois Innocence Project highlights botched trials for two accused

 Anthony Murray spent 14 years in prison, and he was facing another 31 years when he was offered a chance to go home. The unusual plea agreement that let Murray out of prison has haunted him ever...
Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015 12:01 am

Study finds CWLP plants should close

 Both sides agree.Two aging coal-fired generators owned by City Water, Light and Power are akin to automobiles that are getting on in years. At some point, the owner must ask: Should I continue s...
Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015 12:01 am

Video gambling parlors cash in

 Henry Baird figured that he would do well when he decided to open up Pennies Place, a gambling parlor on Wabash Avenue.But not this well.The five video gambling machines in Pennies netted more t...
Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015 12:01 am

For lack of housing, many parolees stuck in prison

 Johnny Cordrey did his time. He spent 18 years at Menard Correctional Center in southern Illinois, but when his release date came in April 2012, Cordrey was instead sent back to prison. He hadn�...
Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015 12:01 am
Sangamon County is the proud owner of a new stretch of land, thanks to the Illinois General Assembly. Former Gov. Pat Quinn signed a bill Jan. 9 transferring ownership of the Sangamon Valley Trail fro...
Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015 12:01 am
Springfield’s first black firehouse opened in 1902, and the building still stands today. The firehouse, located at what is now 1310 E. Adams St., was home to the city’s black firefighters, who wer...
Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015 12:01 am
Curses, foiled againPolice charged Kahlif Aleem Buggs, 32, with fraudulent use of debit cards after Tamara Thomas noticed a family “shopping like it was Christmas” at a Family Dollar store in DeKa...
Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015 12:01 am

Plaintiff blames lifeguards, city

Shortly before Eric M. Jones drowned in Lake Springfield in 2007, the mayor’s office received a complaint.A woman called the city to complain that just one lifeguard was on post while 52 children sw...
Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015 12:01 am

Consultant rejects Madigan plan

What do you get if you promise to raise money to build a museum but don’t deliver, then borrow millions of dollars to buy artifacts of questionable authenticity once the museum opens and then falter...
Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015 12:01 am

Former EPA counsel now top adviser

A lawyer once at the center of disputes between Attorney General Lisa Madigan and former Gov. Rod Blagojevich is now Gov. Bruce Rauner’s top adviser on environmental issues.“Oh my God,” exclaime...

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