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Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015 12:00 am

JAMES CRAVEN Aug. 7, 1925-Jan. 12, 2015

As a judge, James Craven wasn’t the sort to embarrass lawyers by calling them out publicly while court was in session.“I run into all kinds of people who appeared before him once, twice, many time
Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015 12:00 am

ROBERT L. EVANS March 5, 1935-Nov. 8, 2015

 Boom! Boom! Boom!Explosions ripped the air as a demolition team set off charges to bring down the Sankey high-rise apartments a few blocks east of Washington Park. Then silence. But no crash.As
Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015 12:00 am

OSSIE LANGFELDER Aug. 2, 1926-Oct. 21, 2015

Ossie Langfelder could have ended up in China. Or Decatur. Or any number of places besides Springfield, where he ended up mayor.He was not initially impressed with the capital city when his family mov
Friday, Dec. 18, 2015 12:00 am

Woman pleads guilty to TP theft

A Springfield woman has pleaded guilty to stealing toilet paper that had been intended for the poor.
Friday, Dec. 18, 2015 12:00 am

Dispensary expected to open soon

 Legalize it,And I will advertise it.     --Peter Tosh, 1976The billboard on South Ninth Street, a few blocks south of the Sangamon County courthouse where pot smokers and dea
Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015 12:00 am

Outlook bleak for coal company

 Recent weeks haven’t been easy on Foresight Energy.The St. Louis-based coal company founded by Chris Cline, the mining baron who moved from Appalachia to Illinois a decade ago on the theory th
Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015 12:00 am

Downtown development will need subsidy

 The Springfield Economic Development Commission has blessed a mayoral plan to spend $125,000 on a consultant who would gather proposals to develop an oversized city block just north of the gover
Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015 12:00 am

More money the solution, consultant says

The Springfield Park District police department is fraught with problems, and the park board should spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to fix them.That’s the conclusion of a consultant who was p
Friday, Dec. 4, 2015 12:00 am

Company sues state, rival firm over zoning

A company that wants to grow medical marijuana in Carlinville has sued the state Department of Agriculture and a rival company that has been granted a license to grow pot, claiming that the license was issued in violation of state law.
Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015 12:00 am

Springfield Fire Department resists cuts

 Seven years ago, the city of Springfield faced a fiscal crisis so serious that then Mayor Tim Davlin formed a blue-ribbon committee to define the problem and recommend solutions.The housing bubb


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