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Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017 12:08 am

Values drop in district, but hope lives

 Six years ago, Springfield did what many cities do when faced with a deteriorating thoroughfare. Determined to turn around MacArthur Boulevard, the city commissioned a master plan, then app...
Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017 12:07 am

But future uncertain for project on Monroe

While one downtown redevelopment project appears to be going full speed ahead, another might be facing an existential moment as Springfield officials ponder how to distribute tax increment financing s...
Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017 12:06 am

Gas plant faces hurdles

 The Springfield city council has green-lighted a massive gas-fired power plant proposed for Pawnee.But the council’s Tuesday decision to grant property and sales tax breaks to the plant that w...
Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017 12:05 am

Rauner turns tables on ICE

 The apocalypse has arrived, at least in Illinois, thanks to Gov. Bruce Rauner’s recent signing of a bill that bars cops and jails from arresting or holding people based on their immigration st...
Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017 12:09 am

Girl’s mother weeps after hearing

 Sidney Watkins, the 10-year-old girl at the center of a bitter custody fight, says that she doesn’t want to live with her mother anymore.The little girl at the center of one of the most bitter...
Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017 12:08 am

Pension fund resists move to passive investments

 The head of the state pension system for teachers warns that a $531 million reduction in expected state contributions to the pension plan this year will cost taxpayers $1.6 billion in the future...
Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017 12:09 am

After a long real estate career, John Barber still exemplifies persistence

 Patience and persistence add up to inspiration. That is what describes John Barber, who has been fighting cancer for several years and a series of chemotherapy treatments for over 18 months, som...
Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017 12:08 am
 For a few weeks earlier this summer, Chicago-based artist James Pepper Kelly became a temporary fixture at area coffee houses and bars, picking local denizens’ brains about their hopes, dreams...
Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017 12:07 am

Debt piles up for Iles Park Place

 Barely a year after acquiring the state Department of Human Services as a tenant, owners of Iles Park Place on Ash Street have been hit with a dozen mechanic’s liens and two lawsuits filed by...

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