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Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2009 12:00 am

Patient advocates believe the stars are aligned perfectly for this to be the year medical marijuana finally becomes a reality in Illinois.

Dennis nearly lost the lower portion of his right leg when the trencher he was working with unexpectedly hit a metal beam in the ground, causing the blade to jump up, catching the bridge
Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2009 12:00 am

Marijuana may have benefits beyond curing the sick

Marijuana could help Illinois out of its budget mess. Advocates have long supported reforming current state and federal prohibitions against growing, trading and consuming marijuana. But existing ev
Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2009 12:00 am

Springfield man forges scraps into art

Reactions of Travis Taylor’s friends and relatives to his artwork have ranged from admiration to puzzlement to, in the case of one piece, anger. According to Cindy, his wife
Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2009 12:00 am

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For agreeing to jump into the race last year against GOP million-dollar golden boy Aaron Schock for the state’s 18th district congressional seat, Colleen Callahan probably deserves the politica
Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2009 12:00 am

Will the plan to “capture” carbon dioxide work?

To put coal’s importance to the Illinois economy into perspective, consider that while state officials and members of the Congressional delegation tried feverishly to prevent Rod Bl
Thursday, Feb. 5, 2009 12:00 am

A new Springfield agency to serve as alternative to payday loans

Untitled Document Despite the bad reputation that payday loan stores have, Kevin Slot and the Rev. Charles Jackson aren’t looking to drive payday lenders out of business. Instea
Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2009 12:00 am

Burris and Durbin ask DOE chief for decision on coal plant

Illinois Sens. Dick Durbin and Roland Burris, along with several other Midwestern lawmakers, took a critical step last week toward making the planned 275-megawatt coal-gasification plant, commonly r
Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2009 12:00 am

Problems persist until state funds are found

Nearly two years after the state was told to clean up asbestos and mold in the William G. Stratton building, the hazards remain. In March 2007 an Illinois Department of Labor (IDOL) inspectio
Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2009 12:00 am

What exactly is underneath First and Washington? Is it dangerous?

Ameren Illinois Utilities has made no secret about what’s going on under those big white tents just blocks away from the Capitol. As has been widely reported, the utility comp
Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2009 12:00 am

From the looks of it, nobody’s working on a state spending plan

Rod Blagojevich appears to be coming to terms with the reality that his political fate will soon be sealed. He has acknowledged in recent days that the Illinois Senate is likely to convic


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