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Thursday, April 9, 2015 12:01 am

Bills aim to regulate license plate readers

 Police departments across the nation are obtaining a device that takes a picture of your license plate, stamps the location, time and date on it, and sends it to a database. The devices could be...
Thursday, April 9, 2015 12:01 am

Rauner’s 2016 budget would cut off 190,000 households

It was like a bad April Fools’ Day prank, only a few days early. Springfield resident Tara Lybarger, a 42-year-old cashier at a laundromat, had been waiting since December to get signed up for the L...
Thursday, April 9, 2015 12:01 am

Abuse alleged in state prisons

 Mass strip searches. Humiliation and Taunts.Inmates in several central and southern Illinois prisons say that they have been subjected to this and more by Department of Corrections tactical team...
Thursday, April 9, 2015 12:01 am

Sign-ups for marijuana not high

Amid the clamor to set up medical marijuana dispensaries and cultivation centers in Illinois lies an inconvenient truth.Seven months after the state began accepting applications, just 2,000 people hav...
Thursday, April 2, 2015 12:01 am

Newcomer Proctor running strong campaign

 Ward 5 Ald. Sam Cahnman is seeking a third term on the Springfield City Council, but to get there, he must take on a well-funded and well-connected opponent. Andrew Proctor of Springfield is cha...
Thursday, April 2, 2015 12:01 am

Candidates come from very different backgrounds

 Stacks of mailers and campaign literature sit next to a rolled-up map of Springfield’s wards on a table in the dining room of Fulgenzi’s Pizza and Pasta. Owner, operator and candidate John F...
Thursday, April 2, 2015 12:01 am

State workers remove chairs from fairgrounds

 Need some chairs? A saw? A brake job?If you work for the state of Illinois and are assigned to the state fairgrounds in Springfield, you can get all this, and more, for free. ...
Thursday, April 2, 2015 12:01 am

Former governor Jim Edgar makes endorsement

 Former Gov. Jim Edgar has come out in favor of one of the candidates for Ward 10 alderman. Edgar, in a press release put out Monday, gave his endorsement to Phil Chiles, former president of the...
Thursday, April 2, 2015 12:01 am

Treasurer candidates focus on responsible management

 The job of Springfield city treasurer isn’t exactly glamorous. It’s basically a glorified accounting position, with no real authority over public policy and the added stress of being in the...
Thursday, April 2, 2015 12:01 am

Park board president candidates clash

 A Zamboni weighs more than 5,000 pounds and, in the case of the race for Springfield Park Board president, that was enough to break a camel’s back.Park board member Robin Schmidt says that dis...

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