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Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013 12:01 am

Opponents look to delay approval of regulations

 Illinois is preparing to allow the use of a controversial method of extracting oil and natural gas, but environmentalists are hoping to delay the official go-ahead from state regulators while pu...
Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013 12:01 am

Boy gets star’s Stetson

 There is no bigger fan of Brad Paisley in Springfield than 7-year-old Timmy Lynch.Who else donned a cowboy hat and Wranglers on Halloween to go trick-or-treating as one the biggest stars in coun...
Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013 12:01 am

Pension board travels the nation

 Hawaii. Las Vegas. Miami. San Francisco.Members of the Springfield Police Pension Board have a penchant for traveling, with the tab reaching into the six figures since 2007. State regulators rai...
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...

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