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Monday, Jan. 25, 2016 08:09 pm

Mautino spent big on election workers while unopposed

In the weeks leading up to the general election of 2010, Mautino spent $8,000 on poll watchers, plus $2,750 for precinct walkers plus an additional $2,050 for precinct workers. Quite a chunk of change, considering that Mautino was unopposed at the ballot box that fall....
Friday, Jan. 22, 2016 08:52 pm

Auditor general spent six figures at gas station

While a state representative, Illinois auditor general Frank Mautino spent more than $213,000 from his campaign fund at a Spring Valley service station in less than 11 years, according to reports filed with the Illinois State Board of Elections....
Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016 12:10 am

Governor’s first year filled with controversy

 When Gov. Bruce Rauner took office on Jan. 12, 2015, he pledged to “make Illinois the most competitive and compassionate state in America.” The governor also pledged to “let the people con...
Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016 12:09 am

Federal transportation bill holds promise for Springfield rail relocation

 A federal transportation funding bill passed in December gives Springfield’s rail relocation project a more certain future.Although funding for the rail project isn’t secured yet, the federa...
Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016 12:07 am

But city won’t play hardball with state on overdue bills

 The Springfield City Council has approved a resolution aimed at convincing the state to pay delinquent utility bills.But city officials say it’s unlikely that the city will shut off service to...
Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016 12:10 am

New law scales back federal control, keeps standardized tests

A federal education reform law passed in December has educators cautiously hopeful for more local control.The new law, which replaces a prior unpopular law, scales back federal control of education bu...
Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016 12:09 am

‘Slow Food’ movement aims for healthier, tastier eating

 Eating dinner has never been more complicated in the 21st century. What’s affordable may not be healthy, and what’s healthy may not taste good.However, one Springfield group aims to make din...
Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016 12:08 am

Judge says Parsons can take Fifth

Faced with a federal criminal investigation, entrepreneur Jeffrey Parsons can keep his mouth shut in court fights pitting the trustee in his bankruptcy case against car dealer Todd Green and a Texas a...
Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016 12:07 am
 “Bernie Sanders is not afraid of the consequences of standing and speaking truth to power, and that takes extreme courage and vision,” said Urbana city councilman Aaron Ammons during a press...

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