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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...
Thursday, June 13, 2013 09:57 am

Mining permit renewed despite history of pollution violations

What do you get if you’re facing millions of dollars in fines for water pollution over the course of a decade?If you’re the Springfield Coal Company, you get your permit renewed by the Ill...
Thursday, June 13, 2013 09:43 am

Dads claim they’re not deadbeat but beat dead

While many dads celebrate Fathers Day, many others are struggling to develop and maintain a relationship with their children. Illinois Fathers is a network of non-custodial parents and grandparents en...
Thursday, May 30, 2013 12:04 pm

No reimbursement for state’s attorney who allegedly framed two for murder

A former state’s attorney who allegedly framed two men for murder won’t have his legal defense costs reimbursed by Illinois taxpayers, thanks to a unanimous decision handed down last week ...
Thursday, May 30, 2013 12:24 pm

Implementation of health insurance reforms awaits House vote

The confusing world of health insurance could get a lot easier for Illinoisans in October, when the federal government opens a public health insurance marketplace here. The state would only get to tak...
Friday, May 24, 2013 02:30 pm

Protestors claim deceit over controversial drilling process

In the formerly quiet towns of western North Dakota, there are new strangers arriving every day. New housing is being erected at a breakneck pace, and newfound wealth is flowing quickly into the rolli...
Thursday, May 23, 2013 12:19 pm
As Illinois waits for Gov. Pat Quinn’s decision on the medical marijuana bill, many citizens are wondering how they will be affected if he signs it into law. The Illinois Senate last week approv...
Thursday, May 23, 2013 12:08 pm

Prosecution case likely done

A murder trial has something in common with a fireworks show. In both cases, eye-catching flares – or witnesses – grab attention early on. Then a certain rhythm sets in....
Thursday, May 23, 2013 11:46 am

Edinburg couple soured on oil production at their farm

Paula Cook has had it with oil. She and her husband, Jim Cook, live on the 65-acre farm Paula’s ancestors owned 100 years ago. Located outside Edinburg, about 20 miles east of Springfield, the f...


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