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Thursday, Feb. 3, 2005 12:00 am
M.E.R.C.Y. Communities has won a three-year federal grant worth $240,000 to establish eight units of permanent housing for Springfield’s homeless. The funding comes f
Thursday, Jan. 27, 2005 12:00 am
Last February, after losing Curt Sills, his partner of 10 years, to cancer, Springfield resident Randy Walden sent an angry missive to St. John’s Hospital in which, he
Thursday, Jan. 20, 2005 12:00 am
Downtown Springfield is about to resurrect a piece of its history as Union Station, the former rail depot that spans an entire block of Madison Street, undergoes a nearly $10 million makeover.
Thursday, Jan. 20, 2005 12:00 am
Mayor Tim Davlin has handpicked a veteran community activist and social worker to join the five-member Springfield Housing Authority Board of Commissioners. Polly Poskin, 58, will complete the remai
Thursday, Jan. 13, 2005 12:00 am
Rousing applause erupted in the Illinois House on Tuesday as gay-rights activists celebrated passage of legislation that bans housing and employment discrimination against homosexuals. Gov. R
Thursday, Jan. 6, 2005 12:00 am
Illinois ranks among the toughest states for poor people to find decent housing, and state lawmakers can do something to change that. The lame-duck General Assembly, which wraps up business on J
Thursday, Jan. 6, 2005 12:00 am
A coalition of influential left-wing political organizations has initiated a campaign to hit Sinclair Broadcast Group where it hurts -- in the pocketbook. The group, led by Media Matters for Americ
Thursday, Dec. 30, 2004 12:00 am
Dave Piper kept a knapsack packed with pajamas, toiletries, and a rosary by his bedside. He lived each day on edge, anxious, ready to flee at a moment's notice. When the phone rang, his hopes w
Thursday, Dec. 23, 2004 12:00 am
Somehow, Aremelder Anderson survived. An alcoholic and crack-cocaine user for nearly two decades, Anderson tramped across the country, hopping from one abusive relationship to the next -- "bumming
Thursday, Dec. 16, 2004 12:00 am
Veteran state worker Peter Wagner says he never had reason to join a union -- until now. An economic analyst with the Illinois Commerce Commission since 1994, Wagner became accustomed to decent


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