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Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015 12:01 am

Governor wants “right-to-work” zones

 Gov. Bruce Rauner is pushing a controversial labor policy aimed at unions, but it’s unlikely the state legislature will adopt his idea. Instead, he said it should be up to cities and counties...
Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015 12:01 am

Bills filed for changes in policing and labor

For the first time in a more than a decade, the governor’s office and the Illinois General Assembly are controlled by two different parties, which will make for an exciting and entertaining legislative session. There is no shortage of contentious issues for the legislature to take up. Here are a few bills to watch....
Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015 12:01 am

Dominican Sisters visit those fleeing ISIL

 The drive from Qaraqosh to Erbil usually takes about 40 minutes. In mid-2014, the trip took closer to four hours, thanks to a highway snarled with thousands of cars fleeing a terrorist group wit...
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.
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...


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