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Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014 12:01 am

Lawyers, guns and tequila

 There were neither gun-control advocates nor concealed-carry proponents nor anyone from Ferguson last Thursday in the courtroom of Sangamon County Circuit Court Judge John Schmidt. Just an out-o...
Monday, Aug. 18, 2014 07:09 pm

County to pay nearly $2.6 million

Sangamon County taxpayers will pay $2.575 million to the family of Amon Paul Carlock, an accused pedophile who died in the Sangamon County jail awaiting trial nearly eight years ago, under a settlemen...
Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014 12:01 am

Legal weed not necessarily green

 On the surface, the medical marijuana business sounds at least half baked.With the state setting up steep financial barriers to entry, it is not a business for just anyone. The application fee f...
Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014 12:01 am

Program ready to be implemented

 Medical marijuana has cleared a major hurdle to implementation in Illinois, with a panel of state lawmakers approving regulations for the pilot program. Now all that remains is licensing the gro...
Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014 12:01 am

Computer tampering case resolved, but questions remain about public grants

 Computer tampering charges have been dropped against a defendant in a bizarre court case involving supposed computer hacking at a defunct Illinois nonprofit. Still, millions of dollars in state...
Thursday, July 31, 2014 12:01 am

Park property lines blurry

 Kirk Jefferis has a fantastic buying opportunity for anyone interested in the tranquility inherent in owning a building adjacent to a public park.The Foursquare Church on South 13th Street next ...
Thursday, July 31, 2014 12:01 am

A history of impoundments

A member of the Sangamon County citizens advisory board on animal control has been repeatedly caught allowing unaltered dogs to run loose with no proof of rabies vaccination. At least one of her dogs ...
Thursday, July 24, 2014 12:01 am

Decatur’s Norfolk and Western railyard explosion of 1974 and how it changed an industry

 The early morning hours of July 19, 1974, were like any other in the Norfolk and Western railroad yard in Decatur. The forecast was typical for July – hot, sunny, and with a gentle breeze blow...

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