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Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014 12:00 am

Survey shows dissatisfaction

Catholics who attend Mass as well as their lapsed brethren agree on some things, according to the results of a recently released survey of more than 1,400 current and former parishioners.There is sent
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Friday, Sept. 19, 2014 12:00 am

Murder charges after case reviewed

 A former Adams County prosecutor and University of Illinois football star now facing murder charges walked free more than eight years ago after an autopsy on his wife failed to determine a cause
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Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014 12:00 am

State police won’t name names

 Larry Willis, publisher and co-owner of the County Journal in Percy, about 140 miles south of Springfield, was just doing what journalists do last July when he asked Illinois State Police for a
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Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014 12:00 am

Lawmakers schedule hearing on museum governance

 Members of an advisory board to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library have agreed to sit on a panel designed to explore governance issues that erupted last spring when the board’s chairman
Home & Garden
Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014 12:00 am

It pays to sweep your chimney

 Nothing is more cozy come fall – and winter – than a nice roaring fire.Gas fireplaces can’t compete with the snap-crackle-pop of real wood burning within a hearth turned wonderfully warm b
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Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014 12:00 am

Downtown plan fizzles

 Plans for apartments, shops and a cultural center at an empty downtown church in Springfield are on the rocks.Former Ward 8 Ald. Irv Smith has sued his partner in the project, developer Dan Mulc
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Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014 12:00 am

Decatur’s finest get their man

Dennis Kendall didn’t finish high school, but at 32, he was a homeowner in Decatur before his world came crashing down.He began roofing at the age of 13, his family says, and was once employed by th
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Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014 12:00 am

Lincoln painting goes unfinished

 Gilbert Stuart never finished his portrait of George Washington. Coleridge was interrupted by a visitor before he could complete “Kubla Khan.”And then there is the mural of Abraham Lincoln,
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Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014 12:00 am

Festival organizers shoot for the moon

 Michael Lang, who promoted Woodstock more than 40 years ago, had Max Yasgur’s farm. The Rolling Stones, for good or ill, had Altamont Speedway.The father-and-son team of Barry and Sam Shear ha
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Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014 12:00 am

Teacher kept job despite suspicions

 When Springfield police called Steven R. Battles in 2010 to ask about his contact with boys, he asked an odd question.“I advised him it was in reference to criminal sexual abuse,” Detective

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