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Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016 12:09 am

Federal transportation bill holds promise for Springfield rail relocation

 A federal transportation funding bill passed in December gives Springfield’s rail relocation project a more certain future.Although funding for the rail project isn’t secured yet, the federa...
Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016 12:07 am

But city won’t play hardball with state on overdue bills

 The Springfield City Council has approved a resolution aimed at convincing the state to pay delinquent utility bills.But city officials say it’s unlikely that the city will shut off service to...
Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016 12:10 am

New law scales back federal control, keeps standardized tests

A federal education reform law passed in December has educators cautiously hopeful for more local control.The new law, which replaces a prior unpopular law, scales back federal control of education bu...
Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016 12:09 am

‘Slow Food’ movement aims for healthier, tastier eating

 Eating dinner has never been more complicated in the 21st century. What’s affordable may not be healthy, and what’s healthy may not taste good.However, one Springfield group aims to make din...
Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016 12:08 am

Judge says Parsons can take Fifth

Faced with a federal criminal investigation, entrepreneur Jeffrey Parsons can keep his mouth shut in court fights pitting the trustee in his bankruptcy case against car dealer Todd Green and a Texas a...
Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016 12:07 am
 “Bernie Sanders is not afraid of the consequences of standing and speaking truth to power, and that takes extreme courage and vision,” said Urbana city councilman Aaron Ammons during a press...
Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016 12:05 am

State task force calls for consolidating local government, slashing collective bargaining

A task force headed by Illinois’ lieutenant governor last week called for streamlining of local governments and reducing “unfunded mandates” from the state.While the group’s suggestions to con...
Friday, Jan. 8, 2016 03:53 pm

Governor gives up fight after lawsuit, AG rulings

Faced with a lawsuit from Illinois Times and three opinions from the state attorney general, Gov. Bruce Rauner has released his appointment calendar.The release today that came via Brown, Hay and Step...
Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016 12:07 am

Agreement would help mentally ill inmates

 Tiffany Rusher doesn’t belong in prison, according to a lawyer for mentally ill inmates at the cusp of winning major reform from the state.Locked up for aggravated sexual abuse of a minor, Rus...


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