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Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013 04:55 pm

Lawsuit challenges ‘catch-all’ allegation against parents

The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services still uses a rule that was struck down by the state’s highest court to take children, according to a lawsuit filed last week.Filed in Cook...
Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013 04:34 pm

Republican with union background to challenge Democratic incumbent

Mike Bell of Edinburg has a lot on his plate.He’s on the boards of both the Edinburg and Christian County economic development groups, co-chairman of a highway expansion project on Illinois Rout...
Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013 04:18 pm

State rehires lawsuit target

What do you get if you are accused of bullying an underling so badly that he sues and your employer pays a $300,000 settlement?If you are Sylvia Riperton-Lewis and your employer is the state of Illino...
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...

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