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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...
Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014 12:01 am
Curses, foiled againPolice in Bloomsburg, Pa., arrested Jacob Close, 25, for jumping bail after he took part in the local newspaper’s “Your Opinion” feature and allowed his photo to be published...
Monday, Aug. 18, 2014 07:09 pm

County to pay nearly $2.6 million

Sangamon County taxpayers will pay $2.575 million to the family of Amon Paul Carlock, an accused pedophile who died in the Sangamon County jail awaiting trial nearly eight years ago, under a settlemen...
Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014 12:01 am

Legal weed not necessarily green

 On the surface, the medical marijuana business sounds at least half baked.With the state setting up steep financial barriers to entry, it is not a business for just anyone. The application fee f...

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