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Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013 04:02 pm

Harassment and violations of First Amendment alleged

Two Springfield panhandlers filed a federal class action lawsuit against the City of Springfield and a handful of city police officers on Tuesday, alleging the city and the officers violate panhandler...
Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013 10:29 am

Bill Legge makes another rescue attempt, one step at a time

When William “Bill” Legge first took over as acting director of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Illinois in February, he found disenchanted donors, a building in need of renovations an...
Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013 03:29 pm

Springfield activist group gets serious about minority hiring

ILLUSTRATION BY MIKE MINER/MCT A local activist group is putting pressure on the City of Springfield to hire more minorities and to only work with contractors who also hire minorities.

Larry Beckom of Springfield leads Bridging the Gap, a group dedicated to ensuring minority job opportunities. He calls the city’s record of minority hiring “dismal,” and is pushing for...
Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013 03:27 pm

Work goes on despite doubts

The roof has collapsed on Knox Flats on Cook Street between Seventh and Eighth streets.PHOTO BY BRUCE RUSHTON Fixer upper is an understatement.

“I buy the nastiest, crummiest, most dilapidated building in the neighborhood,” explains John Eglaston, who owns four historic properties in Springfield. “By the time I’m done, it will be the nicest one in the neighborh...
Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013 04:41 am

Justin Moon continues the legacy of an east side legend

Justin Moon (right) gives free boxing lessons to young kids in Springfield’s Lincoln Park.PHOTO BY TREVOR MILLER  On a muggy summer day in Springfield’s Lincoln Park, about 10 young kids jog a slow lap around the park’s perimeter, making their way to a raised concrete platform near the Nelson Center.

Every hand is wrapped in thin cloth to protect the knuckles, t...
Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013 05:05 pm

Goodwill cuts back

Under financial pressure, Land of Lincoln Goodwill has laid off more than a quarter of its retail workforce and cuts to the charity’s human services side are expected.“It’s just a bu...
Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013 03:33 pm

Ex court worker claims revenge for backing ousted judge

Sangamon County Chief Judge Leslie Graves’ former assistant is suing her and a court administrator in federal court, saying Graves fired her in retaliation for supporting another judge in an inv...
Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013 03:33 pm

Sports complex breaks ground

There was no ribbon cutting this time around, but dirt, finally, is being turned for new ballfields at the southern edge of Springfield.Bulldozers roared up last Friday, just one day after the three p...
Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013 10:12 am

Market may slow from higher interest rates and fewer exports

Record farmland prices continue in Sangamon County, but agriculture observers say the rise may be slowing down. The rising prices follow a nationwide trend driven by low interest rates and solid deman...
Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013 06:52 am

Lawmakers, analysts mull a change in how Illinois generates revenue

Though they disagree on just about everything else, Ted Dabrowski and Ralph Martire agree on one thing: Illinois’ poor fiscal condition offers an opportunity to make the state better.For Dabrows...

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