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Thursday, Dec. 9, 2004 12:00 am
Illinois' leading abortion-rights advocates are gearing up for a fight, despite the state's recent trend to the political left. Sure, they say, pro-choice Democrats currently operate almost ever
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Thursday, Dec. 9, 2004 12:00 am
The initial dedication of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, back in 2002, set off a few bombshells, as critics questioned why $300,000 of taxpayers' money was spent on a cele
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Thursday, Dec. 2, 2004 12:00 am
At 21, Marissa Cerar moved from Athens, the sleepy, one-stoplight town 15 miles north of Springfield, into a duplex in Burbank, Calif., five miles north of Hollywood. She remembers the day sh
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Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2004 12:00 am
When Willis Logan became executive director of the Springfield Housing Authority in 1997, some called him a glutton for punishment. After all, from 1991-97, SHA was ranked among the worst public-ho
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Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2004 12:00 am
"Blago the Ax" is the name some state employees now use to refer to Gov. Rod Blagojevich. In an attempt to raise revenue, his cash-strapped administration has slashed the state-employee headcou
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Thursday, Nov. 18, 2004 12:00 am
Wanda Hatchett joined the Illinois Department of Transportation as a file clerk just three months after graduating from Lanphier High School. Some 34 years later, after working in a variety of jobs at
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Thursday, Nov. 18, 2004 12:00 am
In a large, two-story home on the southeast side, Alyce Lyle hopes to realize her dream of starting her own elementary school. A substitute teacher for nearly 20 years in Springfield's School District
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Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2004 12:00 am
If the state opts to wager on more casinos as a way to dig itself out of debt, some say it's Illinois schools that will lose. During the six-day legislative veto session that began this week, Se
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Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2004 12:00 am
Since graduating from Springfield High School in the late 1960s, John Norquist has enjoyed national renown as a politician, author, and advocate for historic preservation. The former mayor of M
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Thursday, Nov. 4, 2004 12:00 am
State Sen. Barack Obama made history on Tuesday by becoming just the fifth African American to win a seat in the U.S. Senate and the third since Reconstruction. Obama "spanked" Republican oppon

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