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Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014 12:01 am

Funding referendum could be on November ballot

Springfield Public Schools could ask taxpayers for a boost soon, but the school board first plans to make another round of budget cuts.At a school board meeting on Jan. 7, the board unanimously approv...
Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014 12:01 am

Springfield K9s find drugs in 25 percent of searches

Flip a coin and pick a side. Repeat 50 times. Chances are, you’ll guess the coin toss more often than drug-sniffing police dogs in Springfield found contraband in traffic stops during 2012....
Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014 12:01 am

Prosecutors duck FOIA

 When is a prosecutor actually a judge?When the legislature and the courts say so, at least in Illinois, where state’s attorneys are winning fights to gain exemption from the state Freedom of I...
Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013 12:01 am
 Samuel Johnson knew something was up before he even left the highway.  Just before midnight on Nov. 4, Johnson was returning from Bloomington in his Mitsubishi Diamante whe...
Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013 12:01 am

Activists want jobs

 Community activists say that minorities aren’t getting enough out of high-speed rail and railroad consolidation work in Springfield. “This is not a game we play – this is ...
Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013 12:01 am
 Hundreds of people turned out Tuesday evening for a public hearing in Decatur to point out holes in proposed regulations for a controversial oil and gas extraction technique. The meeting was one...
Friday, Dec. 13, 2013 10:32 am

Greenburg had controversial past

Springfield Mayor Mike Houston has chosen J. Todd Greenburg to be the city’s next corporation counsel. Greenburg, former city attorney for the city of Bloomington, comes with controversy....
Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013 12:01 am

Opponents say deal was structured to skirt environmental regulations

One of Illinois’ largest energy companies has given away five power plants, following a decision by state regulators to give the new owners a temporary pass on pollution standards. Environmentalists...
Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013 12:01 am

Senator calls cops about noise

 It’s late at night, the noise from a bar downstairs in downtown Springfield is keeping you awake.Who are you going to call?If you’re state Sen. Antonio Munoz, D-Chicago, you call Illinois St...

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