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Friday, July 11, 2008 01:40 am

Expansion of rights for criminal defendants prompted Illinois prosecutors to seek parity

Untitled Document In the 1960s, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a series of decisions that provided indigent defendants the means to appeal. In Illinois, the financial responsibili...
Wednesday, July 9, 2008 10:01 pm

A look at the unusual way Illinois prosecutes people with connections — and the Springfield attorney whose job it is to treat them just like you

Untitled Document A Sangamon County public official gets caught in a cocaine scandal. The state’s attorney can’t handle such a high-profile case hims...
Wednesday, July 2, 2008 04:39 pm

The city pledges that Lake Springfield Beach will be back one day, better than ever

Nearly 35 years ago, a young Frank Edwards stood watch over Springfield Beach.    As one of the summertime spot’s lifeguards, he su...
Wednesday, July 2, 2008 01:01 am

Will Durst to appear in Mason City next week

Untitled Document Will Durst makes his living skewering politicians and showcasing the folly and hypocrisy that are rife in party politics. He does so prolifically through a wide...
Wednesday, June 25, 2008 01:31 pm

Springfield’s teenagers say there was nothing to do here — until he came along.

Untitled Document Just past midnight on a chilly February night, Club Chrome is heating up. The nightclub on Springfield’s south side is packed to the g...
Wednesday, June 18, 2008 03:39 pm

Springfield's ultimate fighters take it to the limit

Justin Robbins knelt on the living-room floor in his Piper Glen home with his 4-year-old daughter, Sydney. The pair held hands, closed their eyes, ...
Wednesday, June 18, 2008 01:42 am

Area students call for racial understanding in poetry and art

Untitled Document The wonderful thing about young people is that they come unformed and optimistic, lacking the baggage that seems to burden older folks. It’s not that they...
Wednesday, June 11, 2008 04:04 pm

A reincarnated Union general’s search for the lost crystal skull of Peru

Untitled Document “You have to understand, I’ve been doing this for 25 years,” says Joshua “Illinois” Shapiro, “and for 25 years there were no...
Wednesday, June 11, 2008 01:14 pm

Forget Hollywood — the true story of the fabled relic, and its owners, is weirder than fiction

Untitled Document Do you feel the love?” asks Bill Homann. He is sitting in an easy chair in the living room of his modest suburban tract home in Valparaiso,...
Wednesday, June 4, 2008 03:41 pm

Yes, there would be a world of difference between President Obama and President McCain

Untitled Document On a Thursday in mid-May, the U.S. Senate did something that would have been unimaginable a decade ago. Led by Democrat Byron Dorgan, the s...

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