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Thursday, July 18, 2013 04:03 pm

Board members trying to avoid mistakes of the past

Five months after Mike Stratton resigned as executive director of the Springfield Park District, the park board is taking the first steps toward replacing him.Board members say they don’t want a...
Thursday, July 18, 2013 03:09 pm

Lenders love Illinois

Imagine living in a state with such rosy financial prospects that it can borrow money at interest rates less than 1 percent higher than the rate for U.S. Treasury notes, considered the gold standard o...
Tuesday, July 16, 2013 05:56 am

Springfield loses lawsuit

The city of Springfield has lost what could prove a key lawsuit in a longstanding fight to keep police internal affairs files under wraps....
Friday, July 12, 2013 11:34 pm

Details on Cliff Buscher’s arrest

Springfield deputy police chief Clifford Buscher was wearing a t-shirt with a racially charged message when he was arrested in Missouri in 2008 after drunkenly firing a gun while on a fishing trip with three other officers....
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...

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