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Wednesday, April 30, 2008 12:31 am

The popular Springfield charity loses its best friend. Who will step in now that the State Journal-Register is stepping back?

Untitled Document For 10 years, Barry Locher was responsible for establishing and maintaining relationships with key Springfield businesses, double-checking hundreds ...
Wednesday, April 23, 2008 01:37 am

For Patty Redpath, family life was pretty good. It's about to get a whole lot better.

Untitled Document The first thing you see when you enter Patty Redpath’s house is two laundry baskets brimming with shoes — big shoes, little shoes, snea...
Wednesday, April 16, 2008 02:20 pm

A nation of pistols and Prozac

Untitled Document In the London Times, under the headline “The United States of America has gone mad,” the British novelist John le Carré began his ...
Wednesday, April 16, 2008 02:53 pm

The battles being waged here will shape the nation’s energy debate

Untitled Document All across Illinois — at town-hall meetings, in federal courts, in the Capitol — battles are raging over coal power, the outcome of which...
Wednesday, April 9, 2008 02:20 pm

The government’s ethanol push is depleting essential aquifers — and hastening the next Dust Bowl

Untitled Document With corn selling at record-high prices, Steve Albracht expects to have no trouble paying his electric bills this year. Albracht irrigates 1,000 acres of corn n...
Wednesday, April 9, 2008 07:30 am

Lawmakers try to close a loophole that left Illinoisans vulnerable to predatory lenders

Untitled Document All is quiet at a Springfield quick-loan business on a recent Saturday afternoon. The color scheme of the building’s façade resembles ...
Wednesday, April 2, 2008 01:44 pm

James Earl Ray had ties to Chicago mob, says his book-promoting brother

Untitled Document The last time John Larry Ray visited New York City was in 1965. He was between jobs, collecting unemployment benefits. While there, he remembers, Ma...
Wednesday, April 2, 2008 05:41 am

Why Christian conservatives are worried sick about Barack Obama

Untitled Document We’re in the middle of the most Bible-toting, Scripture-quoting presidential campaign in recent memory. So where are the Christians — the...
Wednesday, March 26, 2008 01:42 am

Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph E. Stiglitz explains the punishing cost of staying in Iraq

Untitled Document Five years later, President George W. Bush and his minions were wrong about the need to fight in Iraq, wrong about the way to fight in Iraq, and wro...
Wednesday, March 19, 2008 04:26 pm

The leader of Springfield's notorious cocaine ring talks about his life in crime — and why he's glad he was caught

Untitled Document On Oct. 28, 2005, Danny J. Sidener Jr. went to Family Video on MacArthur Boulevard to accept a delivery from a Chicago business associate. This ass...

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