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Thursday, May 12, 2016 12:09 am

NAACP, Sierra Club and others to collaborate on energy issues

 The NAACP released a report last week calling for racial justice in Illinois’ environmental policy, prompting a new alliance between groups concerned with civil rights, labor rights and pollut...
Thursday, May 12, 2016 12:08 am

Lawmakers blast contractor ‘kickbacks’ to IDOC

 The Illinois Department of Corrections benefits from a private contractor fleecing prisoners and their families by controlling phone services, according to three state lawmakers pushing legislat...
Thursday, May 12, 2016 12:07 am

Heidi Floyd’s journey will inspire others at Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure May 13

 Heidi Floyd still remembers her mother, alone in her bedroom, whispering to her over the phone that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer.“She said it as if she had done something wrong,�...
Tuesday, May 10, 2016 08:43 am

Employees can’t get pension “spikes”

A Sangamon County judge has sided with the city of Springfield in ruling that retiring city employees can’t cash out accrued vacation time to increase final paychecks and thus boost pension benefits....
Monday, May 9, 2016 04:48 pm

Director of digitizing project put on leave

 Daniel Stowell, director of the Papers of Abraham Lincoln Project at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, has been placed on administrative leave....
Thursday, May 5, 2016 12:11 am

Youth Fitness Center features interactive games

 Springfield’s Downtown YMCA is preparing a new exercise room that incorporates technology instead of competing with it for kids’ attention. The new space blurs the line between mere exercise...
Thursday, May 5, 2016 12:10 am

Local pols say they deserve pensions

As scrutiny of pensions has grown, some part-time elected officials in Illinois have opted out of pension plans.But not in Sangamon County or the city of Springfield.Springfield aldermen and Sangamon...
Thursday, May 5, 2016 12:09 am

Owner wants community garden instead

 A historic building on Springfield’s north end faces demolition, but the owner is fighting to keep the structure standing and turn it into a hydroponic community garden.The situation pits pres...
Thursday, May 5, 2016 12:08 am

Constitutional amendment passes in the Senate

In an effort to restore credibility to the redistricting process, two lawmakers from Chicago are proposing a constitutional amendment to change how legislative maps are drawn.The proposal could be the...
Thursday, May 5, 2016 12:07 am

Benefits for city firefighters at stake

The Springfield Firefighters’ Pension Board has gone to court in an attempt to settle a question over pension benefits for firefighters.At issue is holiday pay for firefighters, which has historical...


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