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Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013 12:00 am

Shortfall after years of prosperity

 Land of Lincoln Goodwill Industries has cut services and will record a loss for the fiscal year that ended last June.But things could have been worse, according to executive director Sharon Durb
News
Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013 12:00 am
 The Sangamon County sheriff’s office has taken a report on an alleged violation of the state Open Meetings Act by Springfield Mayor Mike Houston and the city council.The complainant is me, but
Opinion
Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013 12:00 am

City secrecy is a crime, but cops won’t take report

 I went to the Springfield Police Department last week to file a police report.What’s the offense?, the cop at the front desk asked.“Violation of the state Open Meetings Act,” I said.“Who
News
Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013 12:00 am

Cemetery firm gets mixed reviews

StoneMor Partners, a Pennsylvania based cemetery company, has been quietly talking with Springfield Mayor Mike Houston and other top city officials about taking over management of Oak Ridge Cemetery.
News
Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013 12:00 am

WSJ story echoes McMenamin warnings on pensions

 Springfield Ward 7 Ald. Joe McMenamin has long warned that the city is headed toward financial disaster thanks to unsustainable pension obligations.He’s usually been a voice in the wilderness,
News
Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013 12:00 am
 Get charged with a crime in federal court and you might as well get used to wearing stripes.That’s the common wisdom, at least, borne up by statistics that show defendants in federal court alm
News
Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013 12:00 am

Mayor floats proposal in executive session

 Springfield Mayor Mike Houston has proposed putting Oak Ridge Cemetery under private management.The proposal, aimed at reducing the city’s subsidy of the cemetery where Abraham Lincoln is buri
News
Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013 12:00 am

Doctor has history of alcohol, arrests

Cinda EdwardsA forensic pathologist set to begin duties for the Sangamon County coroner’s office has a history of alcohol abuse and run-ins with the law.Dr. Nathaniel Patterson has been sober since
News
Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013 12:00 am

Case forced coroner out

 A man accused of killing toddler Anakin Credit, whose death helped force the ouster of former coroner Susan Boone, has agreed to plead guilty more than two years after being charged with first-degree murder and aggravated death of a child.
News
Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013 12:00 am

Aldermen ponder getting a watchdog

Jobe has proposed hiring an inspector general at a cost of as much as $400,000 per year, but he s

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