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Thursday, July 11, 2013 09:36 am

Administrative rule would require sprinklers in all new homes

Illinois is considering a building code change that would mandate sprinklers in all new residences, but homebuilders worry it could hamstring the already struggling construction industry.Illinois Stat...
Thursday, July 11, 2013 09:19 am

Zoning violations could shut down halfway houses

A prison parolee accused of beating a homeless woman to death on June 1 faces decades in prison if convicted. Meanwhile, the transitional home in Springfield to which he was paroled faces zoning viola...
Wednesday, July 3, 2013 02:40 pm

Report questions Illinois support of coal industry

Coal companies have extracted about $3 billion worth of coal from Illinois so far this year. So why is the state of Illinois giving them subsidies?That’s the question asked by an alliance of env...
Wednesday, July 3, 2013 06:06 am

Has secrecy been decriminalized?

The Illinois Attorneys Appellate Prosecutor’s office is now in charge of the investigation into whether Springfield police broke the law when the department shredded internal affairs files.But t...
Thursday, June 27, 2013 04:25 pm

State law opens up southern Illinois to hydraulic fracturing

Illinois will soon be open range for hydraulic fracturing, the controversial technique for freeing oil and natural gas trapped in underground shale rock. But even as the state prepares its rules gover...
Thursday, June 27, 2013 03:44 pm
When it comes to pouring money into video gambling machines, Sangamon County is a leader.“Sangamon County is the best video gaming county in the state,” says Christopher Stone, a would-be ...
Thursday, June 27, 2013 03:33 pm

Sexual assault and other problems remain

During the late 1980s and 1990s, Illinois’ youth prisons began filling up rapidly. The tough-on-crime approach that began in the 1960s was at the peak of popularity, and state law reflected it i...
Thursday, June 27, 2013 05:06 am
Billionaire Paul Allen, New Yorkers and other folks who live many miles from farms will no longer get farm subsidies under the latest version of the federal farm bill now being bickered about in Congr...

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