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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...
Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013 12:01 am

State stresses educational benchmarks, not federal mandate

As schools across Illinois prepare to roll out new educational standards, officials are working to battle negative perceptions by the public.The state’s new Common Core learning standards are benchm...
Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013 12:01 am

WSJ story echoes McMenamin warnings on pensions

 Springfield Ward 7 Ald. Joe McMenamin has long warned that the city is headed toward financial disaster thanks to unsustainable pension obligations.He’s usually been a voice in the wilderness,...
Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013 12:01 am
 Get charged with a crime in federal court and you might as well get used to wearing stripes.That’s the common wisdom, at least, borne up by statistics that show defendants in federal court alm...
Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013 05:23 pm

Law confers same protections and benefits for same-sex couples as for straight couples

Gay and lesbian couples in Illinois will soon have the right to be married, following the passage today of a highly contentious bill that was years in the making....
Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013 03:52 pm

Case forced coroner out

 A man accused of killing toddler Anakin Credit, whose death helped force the ouster of former coroner Susan Boone, has agreed to plead guilty more than two years after being charged with first-degree murder and aggravated death of a child....
Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013 03:06 pm

Doctor has history of alcohol, arrests

Cinda EdwardsA forensic pathologist set to begin duties for the Sangamon County coroner’s office has a history of alcohol abuse and run-ins with the law.Dr. Nathaniel Patterson has been sober since ...
Friday, Oct. 25, 2013 10:59 am

Zoning commission recommends kicking parolees out of near north side

The Springfield Planning and Zoning Commission voted last week not to allow a parolee housing organization to remain in a north side neighborhood, but the final say will come from the Springfield City...
Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013 12:01 am

Activists, officials rally for right to marry same sex

Supporters of same-sex marriage fill the intersection of Second Street and Capitol Avenue in front of the Illinois Statehouse, demanding passage of a bill lifting the state’s ban on same-sex marriag...

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