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Thursday, April 10, 2014 12:01 am

Freeing the wrongly convicted with the Illinois Innocence Project

 Brian Banks had the world at his feet.A promising high school football star with serious NFL prospects, Banks got his first college recruiting letter as a sophomore. Before he even started his s...
Thursday, April 3, 2014 12:01 am

Prairie Art Alliance photo contest winners

“Great execution and composition.”“Lines,” a black-and-white photograph of the Peoria Civic Center, evoked this comment and earned Brian MacKenzie of Springfield “Best of Show” in Prairie...
Thursday, March 27, 2014 12:01 am

The genHkids campaign to get children healthy

As a response to what was being called an epidemic of obesity in America, Dr. Kemia Sarraf felt it was time to take action in Sangamon County. It was 2008. With Illinois near the bottom of average sta...
Thursday, March 20, 2014 12:01 am

Springfield’s troubles with open government

 Mayor Mike Houston calls the shots at Springfield city council meetings. And hizzoner wasn’t much interested in following rules or listening to anyone when nine people signed up to speak about...
Thursday, March 13, 2014 12:01 am

Tower of Refuge gets parolees on the right path

 Before he was even 12, Lorenzo Louden had shot a man and slept with two prostitutes. Growing up so early, it’s no wonder he preferred gang life to school and eventually wound up in prison.Now...
Thursday, March 6, 2014 12:01 am

Strays get saved in Springfield

 The dog on the exam table looks like a creature from a Star Wars sequel.Even with a doggie sweater on, it weighs just four pounds, five ounces, with hair so sparse it would risk a sunburn if thi...
Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014 12:01 am

It wouldn’t be Illinois politics without money and drama

 On the day Gov. Pat Quinn gave his annual State of the State address, which was preceded by all of its usual pomp and circumstance, Republican gubernatorial primary candidate Bruce Rauner steppe...
Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014 12:01 am

Hip-hop stays vital in central Illinois

 Every Tuesday night Bar None (corner of Fifth Street and Monroe) plays host to Torch Tuesday, the area’s most reliable showcase for hip-hop music and culture. Presided over by Howard “Torch�...
Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014 12:01 am

Inside the Springfield Police Department’s K-9 training program

 Inside a livestock building on the Illinois State Fairgrounds, a man is hiding stashes of marijuana, methamphetamine, heroin and cocaine in state-owned work vehicles parked inside for the winter...
Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014 12:01 am

Lessons from a 40-year study of the birds of Sangamon County

 Birds are at once well-known companions and elusive visitors. Many embark on enormous journeys, bringing with them the songs of spring and insights into the health of our surroundings. They belo...

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