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Thursday, May 5, 2016 12:10 am

Local pols say they deserve pensions

As scrutiny of pensions has grown, some part-time elected officials in Illinois have opted out of pension plans.But not in Sangamon County or the city of Springfield.Springfield aldermen and Sangamon...
Thursday, May 5, 2016 12:09 am

Owner wants community garden instead

 A historic building on Springfield’s north end faces demolition, but the owner is fighting to keep the structure standing and turn it into a hydroponic community garden.The situation pits pres...
Thursday, May 5, 2016 12:08 am

Constitutional amendment passes in the Senate

In an effort to restore credibility to the redistricting process, two lawmakers from Chicago are proposing a constitutional amendment to change how legislative maps are drawn.The proposal could be the...
Thursday, May 5, 2016 12:07 am

Benefits for city firefighters at stake

The Springfield Firefighters’ Pension Board has gone to court in an attempt to settle a question over pension benefits for firefighters.At issue is holiday pay for firefighters, which has historical...
Thursday, May 5, 2016 12:06 am
In his new book, The Dealmakers of Downstate Illinois, political historian Robert E. Hartley describes the fascinating period of about 30 years when southern Illinois lawmakers dominated the Illinois...
Thursday, May 5, 2016 12:05 am
Mariah Brooks, a junior at Springfield Southeast High School, competed in the national Poetry Out Loud contest May 3 in Washington, D.C. The contest is a national poetry recitation competition that cr...
Monday, May 2, 2016 07:22 pm

Alderman, board members sign on for pensions

Nine of ten Springfield aldermen due pensions, more than half the county board set for pensions. State legislator wants proof they deserve it....
Thursday, April 28, 2016 04:53 pm

UIS dedicates a tree in remembrance of “Caleb Thomas”

UIS and DCFS team up to train abuse investigators and memorialize slain child...
Thursday, April 28, 2016 12:10 am

Lawsuit challenges IDOC on inmate risk evaluations

 Harrison Chancy has spent the last 38 years behind bars for a murder and armed robbery that took place in 1977. Now age 57, he still maintains he didn’t commit those crimes, and despite eviden...
Thursday, April 28, 2016 12:09 am

Law makes it hard to recruit clerk candidates here

A big election year for Illinois policymakers means some politicians are stepping on eggshells, but that’s not the case for Sangamon County Clerk Don Gray. Despite the criticism he encountered as a...

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