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Thursday, July 24, 2014 12:01 am

Decatur’s Norfolk and Western railyard explosion of 1974 and how it changed an industry

 The early morning hours of July 19, 1974, were like any other in the Norfolk and Western railroad yard in Decatur. The forecast was typical for July – hot, sunny, and with a gentle breeze blow...
Thursday, July 24, 2014 12:01 am

Mental health an issue

 A Springfield man is being evaluated for mental issues after he went to the home of Sangamon County Circuit Court Judge Leslie Graves and otherwise made unwanted contact with the judge.Graves ha...
Thursday, July 24, 2014 12:01 am

Board meets while ALPLM twists

 It was difficult to discern during a meeting of the Illinois Historic Preservation board last week that Eileen Mackevich, executive director of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museu...
Thursday, July 17, 2014 12:01 am

Excommunication a small price to live her faith

 By most measures, Mary Keldermans of Springfield is a good Catholic.She was raised in the church, volunteered and for many years helped convert people to Catholicism. She and her husband, Steve...
Thursday, July 17, 2014 12:01 am

NSA-like eavesdropping has been used in Illinois since 2008

Long before Edward Snowden revealed the existence of a massive cell phone spying program by the federal National Security Agency, law enforcement agencies around the country were using devices capable...
Thursday, July 10, 2014 12:01 am

Consultant criticizes ALPLM

 A shaky governance structure and lack of planning is affecting the bottom line at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, according to a consultant’s report.The institution lacks...
Thursday, July 10, 2014 12:01 am

Towing fee upheld by judge

 The city of Springfield has prevailed in a lawsuit brought by Calvin Christian, who had claimed that the city’s towing-fee ordinance was unconstitutional.Christian sued after he was arrested m...
Thursday, July 3, 2014 12:01 am

Still mum on political future

 Springfield Mayor Mike Houston sounded both like a candidate and a politician ready to ride into the sunset during a speech last Friday at Citizens Club.He boasted of accomplishments that includ...
Thursday, July 3, 2014 12:01 am

Critics question influence on institution

 A struggle for control of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum isn’t just a matter of the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, which now calls the shots, versus the institutio...
Thursday, June 26, 2014 05:19 pm

State’s weak defense will get full hearing

Despite a weak defense by lawyers for the state, it will likely be several months before Illinois’ pension reform lawsuit is settled....

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