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Wednesday, May 14, 2008 07:54 am

Why turning food crops into fuel may spell worldwide famine

Untitled Document With hungry, angry people taking to the streets in countries on every continent — from Morocco to Mexico and Pakistan to the Philippines and at least 20 o...
Wednesday, May 7, 2008 01:39 am

Fifteen men face the death penalty in Illinois.

Untitled Document Rodney Adkins Adkins, 44, was sentenced by a Cook County judge in August 2007 for the 2003 killing of an Oak Park woman during a burglary. ...
Wednesday, May 7, 2008 05:16 am

A recent US Supreme Court case restarts the debate about the death penalty in Illinois

Two Kentucky death-row inmates — one convicted of killing a sheriff and a deputy sheriff, the other convicted of killing a couple and woundin...
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...


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