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Thursday, March 30, 2006 10:24 am

A happy ending, sort of, to the great Springfield library caper of 2005

Last Monday morning, Lori Burger joined hordes of petty criminals, plus their kith and kin, in room 7D of the Sangamon County Courthouse. Crowded into pews and forced to sit ...
Thursday, March 23, 2006 04:34 am

He’s just one of the hundreds of working stiffs, patching Springfield back together

The call came while Mike Hickey was still huddled in the basement with his wife and their three kids. A journeyman communications technician for City Water, Light & ...
Thursday, March 9, 2006 06:26 am

Southeast High rejects better-qualified African-American applicant for coaching position

When I called Elbert Kern last week, the first words out of his mouth were simply “I’m done.” Kern’s tone reinforced that sentiment: His voice ...
Thursday, Feb. 23, 2006 10:02 pm

One-Eyed Jack finds out what it’s like to be the victim of misinformation

I got an e-mail recently from an unlikely source. A roiling tale of police shenanigans ranging from political incorrectness to official misconduct, it might’ve been the...
Thursday, Feb. 2, 2006 05:42 am

Jurors hoped to stick it to former SPD brass, not just the city. No such luck.

You’ve heard this story a million times: Jury sits through a trial, listens in earnest, deliberates in good faith, delivers a verdict. Then sometime later — usual...
Thursday, Jan. 19, 2006 11:54 am

Looks as if somebody showed up at the wrong reception

It was, by all accounts, a lovely wedding. Some 300 guests gathered at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception to observe the nuptials of the happy couple — the ...
Thursday, Jan. 5, 2006 12:09 pm

Civilian-review board plan moves forward, and that’s a good thing

My friend Becky always made the same New Year’s resolution: to have a hot date on New Year’s Eve. That way, she had 12 months to work toward her goal, and it ...
Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2005 02:43 am

With parenting, the most important tests are the pop quizzes

This time last year, I devoted a column to my son Evan. Actually, I spent the first four paragraphs hemming and hawing, apologizing in advance for delivering mush when you ha...
Thursday, Nov. 10, 2005 01:44 am

Judy Dyer saw the good in other people and created bonds that will survive her

There’s a specific string of words people use to describe Judy Dyer. They don’t just say she was smart; they use the word “wise.” They don’t jus...
Thursday, Oct. 27, 2005 11:59 pm

You won’t believe how much you paid to defend a couple of ISP officers

There are many good cops working for Illinois State Police. Keep repeating that phrase to yourself as you read on; otherwise, you might think ISP is awash in scofflaws. There...

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