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Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014 12:00 am

Downtown plan fizzles

 Plans for apartments, shops and a cultural center at an empty downtown church in Springfield are on the rocks.Former Ward 8 Ald. Irv Smith has sued his partner in the project, developer Dan Mulc
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Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014 12:00 am

Decatur’s finest get their man

Dennis Kendall didn’t finish high school, but at 32, he was a homeowner in Decatur before his world came crashing down.He began roofing at the age of 13, his family says, and was once employed by th
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Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014 12:00 am

Lincoln painting goes unfinished

 Gilbert Stuart never finished his portrait of George Washington. Coleridge was interrupted by a visitor before he could complete “Kubla Khan.”And then there is the mural of Abraham Lincoln,
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Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014 12:00 am

Festival organizers shoot for the moon

 Michael Lang, who promoted Woodstock more than 40 years ago, had Max Yasgur’s farm. The Rolling Stones, for good or ill, had Altamont Speedway.The father-and-son team of Barry and Sam Shear ha
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Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014 12:00 am

Teacher kept job despite suspicions

 When Springfield police called Steven R. Battles in 2010 to ask about his contact with boys, he asked an odd question.“I advised him it was in reference to criminal sexual abuse,” Detective
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Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014 12:00 am

Peoria takes a new approach to revitalization

 Faced with budget cuts, city officials in Peoria charged with enforcing building codes and otherwise keeping neighborhoods spiffy have reorganized in hopes of revitalizing neighborhoods.More tha
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Monday, Aug. 25, 2014 12:00 am

Seven years for sex crimes

“Believe it or not, I care for you. I love you. You’re like a son to me.”Not words one expects to hear a child molester tell his victim after finally being held accountable years after the fact.
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Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014 12:00 am

When historical documents disappear from courthouses

 As a supervisor in the department of state archives for the secretary of state’s office, Karl Moore makes a living by preserving records from courts and government offices throughout Illinois.
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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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