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Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013 12:00 am

THR treasures on auction block

Pete Rose’s rookie baseball card. A stuffed beaver. A signed photograph of Ronald Reagan asleep on a hammock. Dozens of antique swords. A plastic tub filled with home pregnancy tests.Such is the
Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013 12:00 am
Here’s a sampling of what’s on the auction block from the failed empire of Jeffrey Parsons, proprietor of THR and Associates, which is now in bankruptcy. Goods range from taxidermy to pregnancy tests to dog costumes to baseball memorabilia to toys to Parsons’ desk.
Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013 12:00 am

Board mulls payments

Springfield Park District executive director Michael Stratton is under scrutiny for taking more than $2,000 in apparently unauthorized advances on salary, according to multiple sources. Meanwhile, a park district board member says he will resign in the wake of an unpublicized meeting of the board on the matter that was held Monday behind closed doors.
Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013 12:00 am

Aaron Schock faces the press

U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock says he hasn’t decided whether to run for governor next year, but the Republican from Peoria is sounding and behaving like a candidate.Consider a press availability sessio
Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013 12:00 am

Dandruff could be definitive

If Abraham Lincoln were alive, would he need Head and Shoulders?The answer could settle whether a hat on display at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum actually belonged to Abe.The hat
Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013 12:00 am
Illinois auditor general William G. Holland was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of drunken driving.Details of the arrest by Illinois State Police were not immediately available, but records at the San
Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013 12:00 am

Money for streets no sure bet

Video gambling was illegal in Springfield when Mayor Mike Houston took office in the spring of 2011 and vowed to fix the city’s crumbling streets, sidewalks and sewers without raising taxes.Vide
Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013 12:00 am

Alonso Travis died waiting for help

You may recall Alonso D. Travis, even if you never knew his name.He was the guy who hit you up for money on downtown sidewalks and store parking lots along Jefferson Street and on North Grand Avenue.
Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013 12:00 am

EPA might sue coal company

The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency is considering legal action against a Carlinville coal mine for violating pollution laws.Testing in the spring of 2011 revealed excessive levels of mangane


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