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Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013 02:56 pm

Clinton reactor makes short list

Mark Cooper says he’s not a soothsayer, but his dire predictions about the future of nuclear energy haven’t proven inaccurate.For years, the senior research fellow at the Institute for Ene...
Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013 04:24 pm

Jeff Parsons moves to Texas

Jeffrey Parsons, the embattled entrepreneur who made and lost a fortune buying and selling precious metals and other valuables, has moved to Texas, according to a bankruptcy trustee....
Monday, Sept. 9, 2013 05:05 pm

Six figures for alleged victim

The mother of a Lanphier High School student who allegedly had sex with a former teacher has agreed to a $100,000 settlement to end a lawsuit filed against the Springfield School District and district...
Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013 04:26 pm

High-tech agriculture on display in Decatur

Farmin’ ain’t easy. Though the concept of planting seeds and harvesting the bounty seems simple enough, there are numerous risks to contend with: weeds, bugs, drought, flood, cold, disease...
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...

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