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Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014 12:01 am

Teacher kept job despite suspicions

 When Springfield police called Steven R. Battles in 2010 to ask about his contact with boys, he asked an odd question.“I advised him it was in reference to criminal sexual abuse,” Detective ...
Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014 12:01 am

Peoria takes a new approach to revitalization

 Faced with budget cuts, city officials in Peoria charged with enforcing building codes and otherwise keeping neighborhoods spiffy have reorganized in hopes of revitalizing neighborhoods.More tha...
Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014 12:01 am
 More than 622,000 previously uninsured people in Illinois now have health coverage, thanks to the federal reforms known as “Obamacare.” That accounts for about 51 percent of the estimated 1....
Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014 12:01 am
Curses, foiled again• Police charged Danielle Saxton, 27, with shoplifting from a boutique in West Frankfort, Ill., after investigators saw pictures of her wearing the stolen clothing and jewelry th...
Monday, Aug. 25, 2014 03:03 pm

Seven years for sex crimes

“Believe it or not, I care for you. I love you. You’re like a son to me.”Not words one expects to hear a child molester tell his victim after finally being held accountable years after the fact....
Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014 12:01 am
 In an East St. Louis church, just 12 miles from Ferguson, Missouri, where people are protesting the killing of a young black man by police, another group gathers in the name of social justice. M...
Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014 12:01 am

Carlock costs taxpayers millions

 Sangamon County sheriff Neil Williamson called me on Monday night, less than an hour after a county board committee finally deciphered writing that’s been on the wall for nearly seven years no...
Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014 12:01 am

Lawyers, guns and tequila

 There were neither gun-control advocates nor concealed-carry proponents nor anyone from Ferguson last Thursday in the courtroom of Sangamon County Circuit Court Judge John Schmidt. Just an out-o...
Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014 12:01 am
 Should Springfield have a public official whose job it is to help revitalize neighborhoods? The Inner City Older Neighborhoods (ICON) coalition thinks so, and they’re hosting a public forum on...
Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014 12:01 am
 While our colleagues at the State Journal-Register go without raises while toiling to deliver all the news that’s fit to print, they can take comfort in the fact that they are helping make som...

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