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Thursday, March 26, 2015 12:01 am

A three-way battle for Ward 7

 Ward 7 Ald. Joe McMenamin can be forgiven if he feels like a walking bullseye.After one term in office, McMenamin has held firm to certain principles, chief among them an insistence that the cit...
Thursday, March 26, 2015 12:01 am

Election promises to shake up city council

 The April 7 general election is still more than a week away, but one thing is for sure: the Springfield City Council is in for some turnover. Springfield’s 10 ward seats are up for re-election...
Thursday, March 26, 2015 12:01 am

Bills seek to curtail drug abuses that lead to heroin

 For recovering addict Nick Gore, the cost of heroin abuse is all too real.“In my three years that I’ve been sober, I’ve lost 16 friends to overdose,” Gore said. “Those 16 people that d...
Thursday, March 26, 2015 12:01 am

Funding shortfall in current fiscal year could disrupt system

 More than 1,200 people signed up last week to testify in support of legislation to fund an important state child care program, expressing opposition to deep cuts proposed by Gov. Bruce Rauner.Th...
Thursday, March 19, 2015 12:01 am

Funeral reenactment runs into problems

 While organizers scramble for money, some Civil War reenactors are outraged about changing plans for the re-creation of Abraham Lincoln’s funeral on the 150th anniversary of his passing.Reenac...
Thursday, March 19, 2015 12:01 am

Groups calling for higher taxes on wealthy

The Capitol dome echoed with chants of “We are the 99 percent,” “Whose money? Our money” and “Tax the rich.” Every so often, a hush fell over the crowd as they raised their fists in solida...
Thursday, March 12, 2015 12:01 am

Video gambling out of control, says one lawmaker

 You can find them in gas stations, golf courses, restaurants, liquor stores and even a TV repair shop. More than 19,000 video gambling machines had spread across the state by the end of 2014, tu...
Thursday, March 12, 2015 12:01 am

Aldermanic candidates want fair share of gambling revenue

 Candidates for alderman in Springfield’s Ward 2 say they would fight for a residency requirement and to make sure their ward gets a fair share of money from video gambling.The two candidates s...
Thursday, March 5, 2015 01:01 am

Lawmaker sets stage for legalization of marijuana

 As Illinois implements its long-awaited medical marijuana program, one state lawmaker is preparing for the next step: taxing and regulating recreational marijuana.Rep. Robyn Gabel, D-Evanston, s...

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