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Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015 12:01 am

Sgro faces challenge on park board

 George Bush – the first one – was in the White House, Al Gore hadn’t yet invented the Internet (or claimed to) and Jerry Garcia was still leading the Grateful Dead when Leslie Sgro became ...
Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015 12:01 am

Illinois finishes first year of concealed carry

 More than 2,000 Sangamon County residents received a license to carry a concealed firearm in the first year under a state law enacted in 2014.The Illinois State Police released data showing 2,08...
Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015 12:01 am

Aldermanic candidates struggle with questions

There were nearly enough Springfield aldermen, would-be and otherwise, to field two football teams at a Monday candidates’ forum sponsored by Inner City Older Neighborhoods.But the 21 candidates for...
Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015 12:01 am

Low-volume fracking occurs in Illinois with less oversight

Illinois has yet to issue permits for high-volume hydraulic fracturing, but at least one well has been “fracked” since a new law began regulating the practice.
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Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015 12:01 am

Illinois Innocence Project highlights botched trials for two accused

 Anthony Murray spent 14 years in prison, and he was facing another 31 years when he was offered a chance to go home. The unusual plea agreement that let Murray out of prison has haunted him ever...
Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015 12:01 am

Study finds CWLP plants should close

 Both sides agree.Two aging coal-fired generators owned by City Water, Light and Power are akin to automobiles that are getting on in years. At some point, the owner must ask: Should I continue s...
Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015 12:01 am

Video gambling parlors cash in

 Henry Baird figured that he would do well when he decided to open up Pennies Place, a gambling parlor on Wabash Avenue.But not this well.The five video gambling machines in Pennies netted more t...
Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015 12:01 am

For lack of housing, many parolees stuck in prison

 Johnny Cordrey did his time. He spent 18 years at Menard Correctional Center in southern Illinois, but when his release date came in April 2012, Cordrey was instead sent back to prison. He hadn�...
Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015 12:01 am

Plaintiff blames lifeguards, city

Shortly before Eric M. Jones drowned in Lake Springfield in 2007, the mayor’s office received a complaint.A woman called the city to complain that just one lifeguard was on post while 52 children sw...
Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015 12:01 am

Consultant rejects Madigan plan

What do you get if you promise to raise money to build a museum but don’t deliver, then borrow millions of dollars to buy artifacts of questionable authenticity once the museum opens and then falter...

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