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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...
Thursday, June 27, 2013 03:44 pm
When it comes to pouring money into video gambling machines, Sangamon County is a leader.“Sangamon County is the best video gaming county in the state,” says Christopher Stone, a would-be ...
Thursday, June 27, 2013 03:33 pm

Sexual assault and other problems remain

During the late 1980s and 1990s, Illinois’ youth prisons began filling up rapidly. The tough-on-crime approach that began in the 1960s was at the peak of popularity, and state law reflected it i...
Thursday, June 27, 2013 05:06 am
Billionaire Paul Allen, New Yorkers and other folks who live many miles from farms will no longer get farm subsidies under the latest version of the federal farm bill now being bickered about in Congr...
Thursday, June 20, 2013 10:25 am
The Republican primary for Sangamon County sheriff is nine months away, but the candidates have been prepping for years.That Wes Barr is running to replace Sheriff Neil Williamson isn’t surprisi...
Thursday, June 20, 2013 10:25 am

Statehouse controversy helps downtown’s economy

Michael Higgins loves America.The owner of Maldaner’s restaurant in downtown Springfield pays his taxes, votes and keeps abreast of current events, perhaps moreso than the rest of us, by going t...
Thursday, June 20, 2013 10:23 am

Housing for ex-cons under fire following recent crimes

In a humble house by the railroad tracks, a recently released ex-con sits idly on a worn-out couch, smoking a cigarette and ashing in a tuna can. He’s explaining his views on society with an air...

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