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Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015 12:00 am
 Lifeguards who never practiced rescue plans. A complaint about no lifeguards on duty less than a month before tragedy struck. A 16-year-old boy who didn’t know how to swim.It added up to a $1
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Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015 12:00 am

Sgro faces challenge on park board

 George Bush – the first one – was in the White House, Al Gore hadn’t yet invented the Internet (or claimed to) and Jerry Garcia was still leading the Grateful Dead when Leslie Sgro became
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Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015 12:00 am

Aldermanic candidates struggle with questions

There were nearly enough Springfield aldermen, would-be and otherwise, to field two football teams at a Monday candidates’ forum sponsored by Inner City Older Neighborhoods.But the 21 candidates for
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Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015 12:00 am

Study finds CWLP plants should close

 Both sides agree.Two aging coal-fired generators owned by City Water, Light and Power are akin to automobiles that are getting on in years. At some point, the owner must ask: Should I continue s
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Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015 12:00 am

Video gambling parlors cash in

 Henry Baird figured that he would do well when he decided to open up Pennies Place, a gambling parlor on Wabash Avenue.But not this well.The five video gambling machines in Pennies netted more t
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Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015 12:00 am

Plaintiff blames lifeguards, city

Shortly before Eric M. Jones drowned in Lake Springfield in 2007, the mayor’s office received a complaint.A woman called the city to complain that just one lifeguard was on post while 52 children sw
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Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015 12:00 am

Consultant rejects Madigan plan

What do you get if you promise to raise money to build a museum but don’t deliver, then borrow millions of dollars to buy artifacts of questionable authenticity once the museum opens and then falter
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Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015 12:00 am

Former EPA counsel now top adviser

A lawyer once at the center of disputes between Attorney General Lisa Madigan and former Gov. Rod Blagojevich is now Gov. Bruce Rauner’s top adviser on environmental issues.“Oh my God,” exclaime
Remembering
Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015 12:00 am

JAMES C. CRAVEN Aug. 7, 1925-Jan. 12, 2015

Even as he tilted at windmills, James C. Craven, who died on Monday at 89, made a difference.As a state appellate court judge and proud liberal, he wrote a lot of dissents during his years on the benc
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Monday, Jan. 12, 2015 12:00 am

Christian gets day in court

 Calvin Christian, Springfield’s most prolific traffic scofflaw, may soon be a pedestrian.Christian, who claims in a federal lawsuit against the city that officers have ticketed him in retaliat

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