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Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013 12:01 am
 A state law aimed at helping municipalities deal with abandoned houses has generated nearly $4 million by taxing banks that foreclose on homes, but the slice of that pie available for Springfiel...
Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013 04:21 pm
 The Sangamon County sheriff’s office has taken a report on an alleged violation of the state Open Meetings Act by Springfield Mayor Mike Houston and the city council.The complainant is me, but...
Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013 12:01 am

Shortfall after years of prosperity

 Land of Lincoln Goodwill Industries has cut services and will record a loss for the fiscal year that ended last June.But things could have been worse, according to executive director Sharon Durb...
Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013 12:01 am

How one Springfield man lost his job over $100 worth of pot he never touched

 A decade ago, $100 apparently bought one ounce of marijuana. That’s how much pot James Foster of Springfield was charged with selling to a police informant in 2003. His arrest ended up costing...
Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013 10:17 pm

Cemetery firm gets mixed reviews

StoneMor Partners, a Pennsylvania based cemetery company, has been quietly talking with Springfield Mayor Mike Houston and other top city officials about taking over management of Oak Ridge Cemetery....
Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013 03:12 pm

Mayor floats proposal in executive session

 Springfield Mayor Mike Houston has proposed putting Oak Ridge Cemetery under private management.The proposal, aimed at reducing the city’s subsidy of the cemetery where Abraham Lincoln is buri...
Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013 12:01 am
A new package of health benefits for state retirees comes with a string attached: an audit to make sure every dependent on the new plans is eligible for coverage. But some retirees say the audit is sk...
Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013 12:01 am

State stresses educational benchmarks, not federal mandate

As schools across Illinois prepare to roll out new educational standards, officials are working to battle negative perceptions by the public.The state’s new Common Core learning standards are benchm...
Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013 12:01 am

WSJ story echoes McMenamin warnings on pensions

 Springfield Ward 7 Ald. Joe McMenamin has long warned that the city is headed toward financial disaster thanks to unsustainable pension obligations.He’s usually been a voice in the wilderness,...
Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013 12:01 am
 Get charged with a crime in federal court and you might as well get used to wearing stripes.That’s the common wisdom, at least, borne up by statistics that show defendants in federal court alm...

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