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Thursday, April 3, 2014 12:01 am

Parents forced to trade custody for care of adopted children

 When Dan Hoy was just six months old, he was taken from his biological parents by the state. He was lethargic and starving to death, and he had to be fed with an eye dropper each hour to keep hi...
Thursday, April 3, 2014 12:01 am

District sued again for not releasing records

 The Ball-Chatham School District is once again being sued by a citizen watchdog group that last year prevailed in a lawsuit filed over alleged violations of the state Freedom of Information Act ...
Thursday, April 3, 2014 12:01 am

Bills offer ticket instead of arrest for possession

 Illinois could follow the example of several other states in decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana, thanks to legislation under consideration in the Illinois General Assembly.The three bill...
Thursday, April 3, 2014 12:01 am

Quinn says Illinois can’t afford to let tax hike expire

 The governor’s plan to give homeowners $500 back each year is a generous idea but may not work out, according to tax expert Ralph Martire.Gov. Pat Quinn presented his annual budget address Mar...
Thursday, April 3, 2014 12:01 am

Springfield tops state in video gambling

 Illinois has gone ga-ga over video gambling, with Springfield leading the state in numbers of machines and dollars wagered, according to the latest figures from the Illinois Gaming Board.Springf...
Thursday, April 3, 2014 12:01 am
Friends of the Sangamon Valley recently acquired a 110-acre farm in Christian County.A couple will be leaving the farm to the organization as a part of their estate plan, according to Friends Presiden...
Thursday, April 3, 2014 12:01 am
 The Illinois Department of Natural Resources wants to eliminate “feral swine,” or wild hogs, in the state.The department has established new rules regarding hog hunting. Hogs may now only be...
Thursday, April 3, 2014 12:01 am
Curses, foiled againCarlos Ruiz, 42, stole a sound system and other values from a home in Haddon Township, N.J., according to police, who identified him as their suspect after he returned a half-hour ...
Thursday, March 27, 2014 12:01 am

Advocates urge families to get coverage before enrollment closes

 A national deadline to enroll in health insurance looms at the end of March, and Springfield Public Schools are urging families in the district to get covered.Under the federal health reforms of...
Thursday, March 27, 2014 12:01 am

City acquiring downtown land

 A courts complex. A condo building. A museum.A parking lot and the former YWCA building near the governor’s mansion that together consume a large city block have seen a lot of proposals come a...

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