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Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014 12:00 am

Carlock costs taxpayers millions

 Sangamon County sheriff Neil Williamson called me on Monday night, less than an hour after a county board committee finally deciphered writing that’s been on the wall for nearly seven years no
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Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014 12:00 am

Lawyers, guns and tequila

 There were neither gun-control advocates nor concealed-carry proponents nor anyone from Ferguson last Thursday in the courtroom of Sangamon County Circuit Court Judge John Schmidt. Just an out-o
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Monday, Aug. 18, 2014 12:00 am

County to pay nearly $2.6 million

Sangamon County taxpayers will pay $2.575 million to the family of Amon Paul Carlock, an accused pedophile who died in the Sangamon County jail awaiting trial nearly eight years ago, under a settlemen
Music
Monday, Aug. 18, 2014 12:00 am

Band delivers at state fair

If Walter Becker and Donald Fagen know one thing, it is how to hire musicians.The two-man songwriting brain trust that is Steely Dan has built a legacy on a revolving door of top-flight studio players
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Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014 12:00 am

Legal weed not necessarily green

 On the surface, the medical marijuana business sounds at least half baked.With the state setting up steep financial barriers to entry, it is not a business for just anyone. The application fee f
Music
Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014 12:00 am
 Those – and there were a substantial number in attendance – who saw Boston at the Illinois State Fair on Tuesday will, I suppose, have one of two reactions.It was really cool! They played al
Feature
Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014 12:00 am

I survived the Redneck Fishing Tournament

Whoever it was who said “Get thee to a redneckery” meant Bath in the wilds of Mason County, and so I am here for the annual Redneck Fishing Tournament. So are a lot of other people. From New Jersey. From New York. From Denver, and all points between. Forget Fustercluck in California, with its belly flop contests, and the Roadkill Cook-off Contest in West Virginia. Bath, population 320 on a good day, is where it’s at when it comes to aficionados of cheap beer and camouflage.
News
Thursday, July 31, 2014 12:00 am

Park property lines blurry

 Kirk Jefferis has a fantastic buying opportunity for anyone interested in the tranquility inherent in owning a building adjacent to a public park.The Foursquare Church on South 13th Street next
News
Thursday, July 31, 2014 12:00 am

A history of impoundments

A member of the Sangamon County citizens advisory board on animal control has been repeatedly caught allowing unaltered dogs to run loose with no proof of rabies vaccination. At least one of her dogs
News
Thursday, July 24, 2014 12:00 am

Mental health an issue

 A Springfield man is being evaluated for mental issues after he went to the home of Sangamon County Circuit Court Judge Leslie Graves and otherwise made unwanted contact with the judge.Graves ha

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