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Thursday, Nov. 4, 2004 12:00 am
More than seven months after the fatal explosion at Formosa Plastics Corp. in Illiopolis, federal investigators have finally gained access to the long-restricted area of the chemical plant wher
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Thursday, Nov. 4, 2004 12:00 am
The Springfield Housing Authority still has not determined how to implement drastic funding cuts to the area's Section 8 program despite assurances that a plan would be announced this week. F
Feature
Thursday, Oct. 28, 2004 12:00 am
This Tuesday, ballots will be cast in what has been billed the most important presidential election in generations. Voter registration across the nation is at an all-time high. Hundreds of mill
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Thursday, Oct. 21, 2004 12:00 am
The late Chicago journalist Steve Neal was hailed as a watchdog at last Thursday's dedication of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, although some of his subjects remember him more as a b
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Thursday, Oct. 21, 2004 12:00 am
The Springfield Housing Authority was warned months ago that funding for its Section 8 housing-voucher program would be severely reduced. But hundreds of local landlords who are involved in the progr
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Thursday, Oct. 14, 2004 12:00 am
Longtime peace activist Dr. Helen Caldicott arrived at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington last week with a doomsday message intended to spur students to action. "You live in a very,
Feature
Thursday, Oct. 7, 2004 12:00 am

The fate of the state's natural resources increasingly depends on committed volunteers such as Vern LaGesse

A local volunteer-based environmental group has released what is widely being hailed as the most comprehensive inventory of natural areas ever compiled in central Illinois. Vern LaGesse, pres
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Thursday, Sept. 30, 2004 12:00 am
Back in May, Medical District Commission president Michael Boer tried to pacify a roomful of rowdy north endresidents concerned about an apparent land grab in their area. By July, he assured th
News
Thursday, Sept. 30, 2004 12:00 am
Everybody knows that wrestling is fake. The rivalries are invented, and a mix of water and dye passes for spilled blood. Worse, the bout's victor is predetermined, eliminating any actual compet
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Thursday, Sept. 23, 2004 12:00 am
The thing that unites virtually all of the attractions along what's left of the iconic Route 66 is the wacky one-of-a-kind kitsch: the giant ketchup bottle that sits atop a water tower in Colli

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