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Thursday, June 25, 2015 12:14 am

In Illinois prisons, getting sick can be a death sentence

When Rubin Watts arrived at the Dixon Correctional Center infirmary in 2007, his legs and feet were red and swollen, with stinking open wounds that were oozing pus and a bloody discharge. He had a ski...
Thursday, June 18, 2015 12:10 am

With a new record deal, Looming moves to the next level

 "I’ve always maintained that culture starts at home, in local communities, through creative interaction. Revolutions always come up from the grass roots, not top-down through corporate hierar...
Thursday, June 11, 2015 12:08 am

Park cops protect, serve and screw up

 The Springfield Park District police department doesn’t sound like a tight ship or a fun place to work. Consider a memo titled “Rumors” that former Capt. Jonathan Davis wrote to his office...
Thursday, June 4, 2015 12:01 am

Put fewer in prison to save money. Get more in rehab to save lives.

 Each year, Illinois spends about $1.3 billion to lock up more than 48,000 prisoners. Nearly half of those who are released return to prison within three years. Parolees in Illinois face signific...
Thursday, May 28, 2015 12:01 am
It’s summertime and at the movies that means two things – superheroes and sequels. Of the mainstream films being released between June and Aug., more than one-third will be followups, TV takeoffs...
Thursday, May 14, 2015 12:01 am

Illinois coal in slump

 A decade ago, Chris Cline was sitting at the top of the proverbial coal heap.Cline, who made his fortune mining coal in Appalachia, bet big on Illinois coal at the dawn of the 21st century, quie...
Thursday, May 14, 2015 12:01 am

Thoughts for PrideFest from Equality Illinois

 Springfield PrideFest marks the first festival of the season celebrating Pride for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Illinoisans, our families, friends, allies and neighbors. On June...
Thursday, May 7, 2015 12:01 am

Compassionate response to victims gives them confidence to report

 Julia Dixon only knew her attacker a few hours before her exciting new college experience became a nightmare.It was her second weekend at college, and Dixon, then age 18, was watching YouTube vi...
Thursday, April 23, 2015 12:01 am

Courts try new approach to mental illness

 There is a court reporter in the courtroom of Sangamon County Circuit Court Judge John Madonia on this Friday afternoon. That’s a bad sign.If everyone here in Sangamon County’s fledgling men...
Thursday, April 9, 2015 12:01 am

Springfield’s oldest house reopens after restoration

 In 1857, Benjamin and Helen Edwards of Springfield remodeled their home on what is now north Fourth Street, hanging ornate floral wallpaper in their formal parlor and their new children’s parl...


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