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Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015 12:13 am

Even in the social-media era, when a small news outlet can create a viral story, some of the biggest news of the past year never got to most of the public

In 1976, when Carl Jensen, a professor at California’s Sonoma State University, started looking into news media self-censorship, nobody had ever dreamed of the Internet. Most computers were still bi...
Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015 12:11 am

Illinois trappers have game in their skins

 With the speedometer at 85 and fingers crossed, I fly toward the Macon County Fairgrounds in Decatur.I have gotten a late start, and so am risking a speeding ticket to see something that I might...
Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015 12:10 am

Rail project uncovers evidence of 1908 race riots

 When Floyd Mansberger and Christopher Stratton at Fever River Research began their archaeological investigation of 10th Street between Madison and Mason streets in Springfield, they knew the pro...
Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015 12:09 am

A public-private task force seeks a new buyer or tenant for the automaker’s mammoth plant. But government may be reluctant to sweeten a deal with tax credits or other incentives, a Better Government Association Rescuing Illinois report finds.

 For nearly three decades, the sprawling Mitsubishi Motors North America plant in Normal was an enormous economic engine, providing jobs and other commercial opportunities to its hometown and dow...
Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015 12:11 am

Congressman John Lewis’ new graphic novel and several lectures shine a light on equality

 “We are tired. We are tired of being beaten by policemen. We are tired of seeing our people locked in jail over and over again. And then you holler, ‘Be patient.’ How long can we be patien...
Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015 12:05 am

The beers of October. We drank lots of beer so you don’t have to

 Tastes change with the advent of fall.Absent the blast furnace of summer, we become more finicky, less willing to shotgun can after can from 18-packs that dip below 10 bucks when the temperature...
Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015 12:11 am

Decatur’s Midwest Inland Port turns transportation into economic development for the whole region

 It all began with a napkin.The international food-processing company Archer Daniels Midland was paying $250 per shipping container to transfer its goods between two railroads in Decatur, and the...
Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015 12:12 am

It’s called RANA and its impact could be significant. But only if Illinois’ Dept. of Corrections unshackles the program, a Rescuing Illinois report reveals.

 Illinois’ devastated finances and well-known government dysfunction is claiming another victim – the legally mandated launch of a promising prison reform program designed to significantly re...
Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015 12:01 am

Short-staffed jewel withers

 While tourists bustled in and around the museum side of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum on a recent summer day, the library portion was quiet.Just two people perused newspape...
Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015 12:09 am

District 186 is financially stable, but still hurting from past cuts

 It’s only the fourth day of the school year in Springfield Public School District 186, but already Teresa Holton has her AP literature and composition students at Southeast High School reading...

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