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Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014 12:00 am

Turkey replaces chicken at treatment center

 Whether processed chicken is so unpalatable as to be illegal will be decided by a federal jury under a recent decision by U.S. district court judge Sue Myerscough.In the meantime, denizens of th
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Monday, Jan. 27, 2014 12:00 am

Left outside in freezing night

Workers at the Sangamon County animal control center made a grisly discovery last Friday morning. It was shortly after 10 a.m. when workers found a mixed-breed dog, dead, inside an exercise p
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Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014 12:00 am

Landowner loses round in waste fight

A hearing officer has ruled against a landowner who fears that a plan to inject waste from a Carlinville coal mine into subterranean mining voids will pollute groundwater.The mine already has problems
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Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014 12:00 am

Suspicious aldermen file FOIAs

 Where’s Edward Snowden when you need him?That may well be what Springfield aldermen are asking themselves as they ponder whether Nathan Mihelich, the city’s communications director who repor
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Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014 12:00 am

Test at issue after crash

 A Springfield Park District employee who triggered a six-car accident last fall by neglecting to set the parking brake on a district garbage truck began a 10-day suspension this week.But consequ
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Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014 12:00 am

The race is on to replace Williamson

 Rosemarie Long likes fundraisers. As chairwoman of the Sangamon County Republican Central Committee, she says she enjoys getting out and seeing people.But Long has been conspicuously absent at f
Feature
Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014 12:00 am

Oak Ridge Cemetery’s mid-life crisis

 During winter, especially, the signs aren’t obvious.Snow covers expanses of lawn prone to brown during dry summers. Dead trees, perhaps as many as 90, aren’t distinguishable from the ones th
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Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014 12:00 am

Prosecutors duck FOIA

 When is a prosecutor actually a judge?When the legislature and the courts say so, at least in Illinois, where state’s attorneys are winning fights to gain exemption from the state Freedom of I
Remembering
Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013 12:00 am

JEFFREY HOFMANN June 24, 1952-April 17, 2013

Despite spending the better part of his working life as a radio personality, Jeff Hofmann wasn’t much for the limelight.A fight with cancer is never easy, but Hofmann did it with grace and wit. Didn
Remembering
Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013 12:00 am

GRACE ELEANOR MURDOCK Aug. 16, 1918-March 14, 2013

Grace Murdock, you could say, was a real pistol.Upon her death at 94 last spring, Murdock’s son, Mitchell, found a .22-caliber gun in her nightstand at Concordia Village, where she lived the final d

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