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Thursday, March 27, 2014 12:00 am

Bill would end license confiscation

 Illinois may soon join the rest of the nation and allow motorists who commit minor traffic offenses to keep driver’s licenses that are now sometimes confiscated on the spot by police officers.
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Thursday, March 20, 2014 12:00 am

Springfield’s troubles with open government

 Mayor Mike Houston calls the shots at Springfield city council meetings. And hizzoner wasn’t much interested in following rules or listening to anyone when nine people signed up to speak about
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Monday, March 17, 2014 12:00 am

Arbitrator finds disparate treatment

An arbitrator has found that the Sangamon County sheriff’s office metes out harsher discipline to female deputies than male employees. The finding comes in the case of Sherry Waldron, a former
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Sunday, March 16, 2014 12:00 am

Accused deputy prevails

A former Sangamon County sheriff’s deputy and acknowledged thief has won a case before an arbitrator who ruled that she should be suspended for 90 days instead of being fired.
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Tuesday, March 11, 2014 12:00 am

Turner case prompts district review

 The Springfield School District plans to review hiring practices in the wake of revelations that Lanphier High School basketball coach Blake L. Turner was hired in 2008 despite a long criminal history.
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Thursday, March 6, 2014 12:00 am

Strays get saved in Springfield

 The dog on the exam table looks like a creature from a Star Wars sequel.Even with a doggie sweater on, it weighs just four pounds, five ounces, with hair so sparse it would risk a sunburn if thi
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Thursday, March 6, 2014 12:00 am

Person on trial had minor role in state cash caper

The case against Jeri Wright, daughter of President Barack Obama’s former pastor Jeremiah Wright, is simple, prosecutors say.“This case, in two words, is about stealing and lying,” Assistant U.S
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Thursday, March 6, 2014 12:00 am

Program may start this year

 Sangamon County may launch a specialized court to handle cases involving mentally ill defendants by year’s end.More than a dozen Illinois counties already have so-called mental health courts a
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Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014 12:00 am

Lanphier basketball coach’s record includes 11 arrests

 Blake L. Turner, coach of the top-ranked Lanphier High School boy’s basketball team, has a criminal record stretching back to 1995 that includes at least 11 arrests on suspicion of battery, il
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Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014 12:00 am

Two vie for spot on bench

 A lawyer could do worse than land a seat on the Sangamon County circuit court bench.A judge makes nearly $181,500 a year and doesn’t need malpractice insurance. There is always work but never

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