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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....
Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013 12:01 am

10/31/13

Curses, foiled againPolice accused three men of breaking into a home near Palatka, Fla., photographing its contents and then posting the pictures on Facebook, offering to sell any and all pictured ite...
Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013 03:52 pm

Case forced coroner out

 A man accused of killing toddler Anakin Credit, whose death helped force the ouster of former coroner Susan Boone, has agreed to plead guilty more than two years after being charged with first-degree murder and aggravated death of a child....
Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013 03:06 pm

Doctor has history of alcohol, arrests

Cinda EdwardsA forensic pathologist set to begin duties for the Sangamon County coroner’s office has a history of alcohol abuse and run-ins with the law.Dr. Nathaniel Patterson has been sober since ...

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