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Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012 12:00 am

Airports are cash cows, except for Grandpa’s Farm

As the nation hurtles toward a fiscal cliff, the Illinois Department of Transportation has released a study showing that airports are economic catalysts.The study’s authors, it seems, have never
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Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012 12:00 am

After witness doesn’t get to testify, city loses case

There are more questions than answers in the wake of an arbitrator’s decision rescinding the termination of a City Water, Light and Power employee who cut down a relative’s tree on city ti
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Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012 12:00 am

Henson-Robinson Zoo gets a fascinating new species. It’s not a panda.

Imagine being impervious to pain, immune to cancer and darn near immortal.Then imagine, as one scribe once put it, looking like a penis with buck teeth.That is the conundrum of the naked mole-rat, the
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Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012 12:00 am

Chemical dumping at Clinton challenged

A consortium of local governments stretching from Urbana to Bloomington is suing a Peoria-based waste company in hopes of killing a hazardous waste landfill near Clinton in DeWitt County.The plaintiff
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Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012 12:00 am

Illinois a battleground for medical marijuana

While voters in two states have legalized marijuana for anyone over 21, Illinois legislators may take a key vote on a much stricter measure that would allow for medical use of marijuana in the land of
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Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012 12:00 am

Bad movies are beautiful to Brad Jones

Brad Jones doesn’t stand out amid 100 or so vendors at HorrorHound Weekend in Indianapolis earlier this month.He is a diminutive, bearded, 30-year-old guy from Springfield in baseball cap and gl
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Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012 12:00 am

Longtime prosecutor retires

It didn’t take long for things to get weird when Jay Magnuson started work as a Sangamon County prosecutor.“ ‘I’ve got a doozy for you,’” Magnuson recalls a Springf
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Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012 12:00 am

Pols make nice after election

It was tough to tell the D from the R last Friday at a joint discussion by U.S. Sen. Richard Durbin and former governor Jim Edgar.The conversation sponsored by the Citizens Club at the Hoogland Center
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Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012 12:00 am

Federal officials seek information on Carlinville mine

Federal environmental regulators have joined the Illinois attorney general’s office in asking why the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency transferred a pollution permit in Macoupin County,
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Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012 12:00 am

GOP sweeps county races, as usual

What does it take for a Democrat to win countywide office in Sangamon County?Pretty much a miracle, unless your last name is Langfelder and you are running unopposed.On paper, at least, things this ye

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