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Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014 12:01 am

Team sues state seeking tax relief

 The Chicago Bears have gone to court seeking refuge from the tax man.The Bears this month sued the Illinois Department of Revenue in Sangamon County Circuit Court, claiming that the state is ove...
Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014 12:01 am

School administrators banding together for reform

Illinois schools do a pretty good job, considering the state’s poor record of funding education. But Illinois’ system needs fundamental changes to be more efficient, effective and equitable.That�...
Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014 12:01 am

Cop quits after recording surfaces

 A local police officer has learned firsthand that it pays to watch what you say now that the state’s antiquated eavesdropping statute has been ruled unconstitutional.Sgt. Sam Gool of the Buffa...
Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014 12:01 am

Election results follow race, class geography of Springfield

 Doris Turner doesn’t need a map to know where the Democratic votes come from in Springfield. Turner is in her second two-year term as chairwoman of the Sangamon County Democratic Party, so she...
Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014 12:01 am

Governor-elect comes to Springfield

 Governor-elect Bruce Rauner visited Springfield last week to say thanks for electing him.You would never have guessed the election was over, with Rauner winning by a bigger margin than most pund...
Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014 12:01 am

Parsons absent for court

 The fortunes of Jeffrey Parsons rose and fell on the vagaries of precious metal markets, according to a testimony last week in federal bankruptcy court.And Parsons kept spending no matter what.P...
Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014 12:01 am

County revamps committee after attack

 A dog attack last summer has helped prompt an overhaul of the Sangamon County Citizens Advisory Committee on Animal Control.The county board last month voted to dissolve the board and reconstitu...
Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014 12:01 am

Judge says arbitrator erred

A Sangamon County judge has signaled that he won’t let stand the decision of an arbitrator who ordered a county sheriff’s deputy reinstated after she pleaded guilty to shoplifting and stood trial ...
Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014 12:01 am

Enos Park finds legal route to force action on abandoned properties

 A Springfield neighborhood group may have found a little-known way to deal with abandoned properties. Enos Park Development LLC, the real estate arm of the Enos Park Neighborhood Improvement Ass...

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