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Thursday, June 18, 2015 12:09 am

What’s at stake if the Illinois State Museum closes?

 The Illinois State Museum is on the chopping block as lawmakers struggle to reach a budget agreement, and the museum’s board is warning of several complications that could arise if the institu...
Thursday, June 18, 2015 12:08 am

Board poised to consider disbandment

The Springfield Park District board may consider getting rid of the district’s police department.“I think it’s kind of trending that way, as far as disbanding the department completely,” said...
Thursday, June 18, 2015 12:07 am

City council says no

The Springfield City Council on Tuesday said no to $700,000 in public money to build housing on a downtown parking lot at the intersection of Fourth and Madison streets.The unanimous vote came amid my...
Thursday, June 11, 2015 12:08 am

City patient with pol’s code violations

 For more than a decade, a vacant home crumbled on Sangamon Avenue across the street from St. Aloysius Church on Springfield’s north end.City code enforcers in 2007 placarded the home as uninha...
Thursday, June 11, 2015 12:06 am

Durbin calls for more oversight of ITT Tech and others

 A for-profit college with a branch in Springfield is taking criticism for alleged deceptive practices.U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin is calling for stronger oversight of ITT Technical Institute and other...
Thursday, June 11, 2015 12:06 am

Catholic Charities celebrates anniversary

 In the midst of the Great Depression, George Eisenberg underscored the spirit of Catholic Charities for the Diocese of Springfield.It was 1935 when Eisenberg, en route home to Chicago, saw a lin...
Thursday, June 11, 2015 12:05 am

Would connect North Dakota to Gulf of Mexico via Illinois

 Construction could start soon on a major pipeline passing through Illinois, but the project faces negotiations with landowners and opposition from environmentalists.The pipeline, which would con...
Tuesday, June 9, 2015 04:00 pm

Plaintiffs say district’s deal was illegal

The Ball-Chatham School District has wrongly paid more than $2.2 million to a company with ties to the district’s former superintendent, according to a lawsuit recently unveiled in Sangamon County Circuit Court....
Thursday, June 4, 2015 08:22 am

Last-minute changes to collective bargaining rules pass

The Illinois General Assembly has voted to strip state workers of the right to strike, and the unions actively lobbied to make it happen. A bill passed Saturday would apply mediation and arbitra...
Thursday, June 4, 2015 12:59 am

Lawmakers propose “road map to fiscal stability”

At the close of a contentious regular session and a vicious budget battle in the Illinois General Assembly some lawmakers are making an effort to streamline the budget-making process. State repre...


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