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Sunday, May 5, 2013 06:42 am

Attorney general may be asked to probe cops

Springfield aldermen are considering whether to ask attorney general Lisa Madigan to investigate the shredding of police internal affairs files to determine whether the cops broke the law. Und...
Friday, May 3, 2013 11:00 pm

Houston limits power to change contracts

Springfield Mayor Mike Houston on Friday issued an order barring any changes to union contracts without his approval.
The order came one week after more than 70 internal affairs files were destroyed after police chief Rob Williams agreed to reduce the retention period for such files from five years to four, a move that has been criticized by several city council members. ...
Thursday, May 2, 2013 08:50 am

City destroys police records

Springfield city council members want answers about the shredding of dozens of police department disciplinary files last week. This comes in the wake of an unexpected change in policy that shortened t...
Thursday, May 2, 2013 07:03 am

A new documentary chronicles a 40-year failed policy

The “War on Drugs” launched by President Richard Nixon in the 1970s has had a lasting effect on society that can be felt decades later. For many American families the War on Drugs ha...
Thursday, May 2, 2013 03:17 am

Springfield faces lawsuit over police records

The destruction of more than 70 Springfield police internal affairs files has landed the city in court. Calvin Christian, a city resident who has twice sued the city in recent years seeking in...
Wednesday, May 1, 2013 05:34 am

Court reporters question handling of cases

On the night of Dec. 7, 2011, a Southern View police officer saw a vehicle run a stop sign and then belatedly stop in the middle of the road, right in front of his cruiser.  The officer pulled th...
Thursday, April 25, 2013 11:01 pm

Board apologizes and accepts two resignations

The Springfield School Board took the first steps on Monday night toward rebuilding parents’ trust in the district, following the leak of test data from a besieged middle school. The board unani...
Tuesday, April 23, 2013 08:16 am

Houston pledged one term

Springfield Mayor Mike Houston said he intended to be a one-term mayor when he ran for office two years ago.“My plan is to serve four years and actually deal with problems,” Houston told t...
Thursday, April 11, 2013 11:11 am

Prosecutor probes tree cutting

Sangamon County state’s attorney John Milhiser is considering criminal charges against Springfield workers who cut down a tree on property owned by a relative of one of the city employees.&ldquo...


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