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News
Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013 12:00 am

Pension board travels the nation

 Hawaii. Las Vegas. Miami. San Francisco.Members of the Springfield Police Pension Board have a penchant for traveling, with the tab reaching into the six figures since 2007. State regulators rai
Music
Monday, Nov. 18, 2013 12:00 am

B.B. King disappoints

 The best concert I ever saw was Ella Fitzgerald on May 12, 1985 at the Seattle Center Opera House.It was Mother’s Day and my date was my grandmother, a hopeless jazz addict who made sure that
News
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

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