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Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014 12:01 am

Downtown plan fizzles

 Plans for apartments, shops and a cultural center at an empty downtown church in Springfield are on the rocks.Former Ward 8 Ald. Irv Smith has sued his partner in the project, developer Dan Mulc...
Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014 12:01 am

Energy industry and environmentalists dissatisfied with changes

 State regulators have released new regulations for a highly controversial oil and gas extraction technique. Environmental groups in the area that will be affected say the new protections aren’...
Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014 12:01 am

Decatur’s finest get their man

Dennis Kendall didn’t finish high school, but at 32, he was a homeowner in Decatur before his world came crashing down.He began roofing at the age of 13, his family says, and was once employed by th...
Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014 12:01 am

Architectural clues and documents reveal how house was built

 For three years, Erika Holst has been squirming into tight spaces that probably haven’t seen daylight in more than 100 years. Holst is the curator of collections at the Springfield Art Associa...
Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014 12:01 am

Lincoln painting goes unfinished

 Gilbert Stuart never finished his portrait of George Washington. Coleridge was interrupted by a visitor before he could complete “Kubla Khan.”And then there is the mural of Abraham Lincoln,...
Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014 12:01 am

SIU study testing experimental Alzheimer’s drug

 More than 100 years after it was first medically recognized, Alzheimer’s disease still has no cure. It’s not even clear what causes the debilitating and fatal condition, but Alzheimer’s vi...
Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014 12:01 am

Festival organizers shoot for the moon

 Michael Lang, who promoted Woodstock more than 40 years ago, had Max Yasgur’s farm. The Rolling Stones, for good or ill, had Altamont Speedway.The father-and-son team of Barry and Sam Shear ha...
Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014 12:01 am

Teacher kept job despite suspicions

 When Springfield police called Steven R. Battles in 2010 to ask about his contact with boys, he asked an odd question.“I advised him it was in reference to criminal sexual abuse,” Detective ...
Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014 12:01 am

Peoria takes a new approach to revitalization

 Faced with budget cuts, city officials in Peoria charged with enforcing building codes and otherwise keeping neighborhoods spiffy have reorganized in hopes of revitalizing neighborhoods.More tha...
Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014 12:01 am
 More than 622,000 previously uninsured people in Illinois now have health coverage, thanks to the federal reforms known as “Obamacare.” That accounts for about 51 percent of the estimated 1....

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