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Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017 12:00 am

Racism persists in the Gateway City

 Even as pro football battles the White House on whether flag salutes should be mandatory, we have St. Louis.For the second time since 2014, the St. Louis area has been torn by demonstrations tha
Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017 12:00 am

Townships face scrutiny

Tax collectors in the Bible occupy the same social strata as sinners and prostitutes. The Beatles portrayed the taxman as a taunting, greedy parasite.And then there’s Janine Stroble.For 32 years, St
Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017 12:00 am

Values drop in district, but hope lives

 Six years ago, Springfield did what many cities do when faced with a deteriorating thoroughfare. Determined to turn around MacArthur Boulevard, the city commissioned a master plan, then app
Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017 12:00 am

But future uncertain for project on Monroe

While one downtown redevelopment project appears to be going full speed ahead, another might be facing an existential moment as Springfield officials ponder how to distribute tax increment financing s
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Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017 12:00 am

Sheriff's office to review procedures

Logan County sheriff Steven Nichols says that his office will review security procedures after a convicted burglar fled the courthouse on Wednesday afternoon. Daron Mauney, who has a long crimin
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Friday, Sept. 8, 2017 12:00 am

Company wants plant in Pawnee

A Texas-based development company that this week won tax incentives from the Springfield City Council to build a natural gas-fired power plant in Pawnee has put a planned Pennsylvania plant on hold.It
Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017 12:00 am

Gas plant faces hurdles

 The Springfield city council has green-lighted a massive gas-fired power plant proposed for Pawnee.But the council’s Tuesday decision to grant property and sales tax breaks to the plant that w
Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017 12:00 am

Rauner turns tables on ICE

 The apocalypse has arrived, at least in Illinois, thanks to Gov. Bruce Rauner’s recent signing of a bill that bars cops and jails from arresting or holding people based on their immigration st
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Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017 12:00 am

Also a trailer, truck and Jeep engine

 Sen. Sam McCann, R-Plainview, has used campaign funds to purchase a sports utility vehicle. Legislators, who are barred from spending campaign funds for personal use, typically lease rathe
Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017 12:00 am

Pension fund resists move to passive investments

 The head of the state pension system for teachers warns that a $531 million reduction in expected state contributions to the pension plan this year will cost taxpayers $1.6 billion in the future


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