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Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016 12:08 am

Charles Palmer served 18 years for a crime he didn’t commit

 “It’s a great day and the journey’s just starting,” said a visibly emotional Charles Palmer of Decatur, surrounded by a jubilant crush of family and friends on Nov. 23. Palmer was releas...
Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016 12:07 am

Urban aquaculturist catches heat

 Randy Jones, who lives across the street from me, isn’t like a lot of people.Early last spring, he started digging in the front yard of the house he shares with his wife, Mary, and her mother,...
Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016 12:08 am

City looks at Enos Park neighborhood association

 With the redevelopment arm of the Enos Park Neighborhood Improvement Association behind on property taxes, at least two city officials say the city of Springfield should consider taking over own...
Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016 12:07 am

Hearing set in eight-year battle over Sidney Watkins

 A legal fight for custody of a little girl whose father was murdered eight years ago will continue next week in the courtroom of Cass County Circuit Court Judge Robert Hardwick.Sidney Watkins, 9...
Friday, Nov. 18, 2016 04:59 pm

Owes more than $35,000

The redevelopment arm of the Enos Park Neighborhood Improvement Association has fallen behind on property taxes and owes more than $35,000 for delinquent taxes, penalties, fees and interest on more th...
Friday, Nov. 18, 2016 02:50 pm

Director facing dismissal

Daniel Stowell, director of the Papers of Abraham Lincoln project based at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, has been placed on unpaid leave and is facing termination.Stowell confir...
Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016 12:07 am
 After Edgar County corrections officers were convicted in 2012 of having sex with inmates, two residents of the downstate county set out to use the state’s open records law to look for more wr...
Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016 12:06 am

Weak FOIA needs penalties

 Florida and Washington state each employ one full-time person to ride herd on laws ensuring public access to government records.In Illinois, taxpayers are supporting a 17-employee bureau within...
Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016 12:05 am
 No one seems to know what to make of this election.Stunned by Donald Trump’s victory, mainstream media has pointed to the Rust Belt, saying that out-of-work or underemployed white folks are to...
Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016 02:08 pm

Peeler named to post in 2013

  Julie Peeler has announced her resignation as director of the Henson Robinson Zoo.   Peeler, who was named zoo director in 2013, has accepted a job on the East Coast, said Dere...

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