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Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2009 12:00 am

College costs rise under tuition freeze law

Just about everyone applauded the enactment of Illinois’ so-called truth-in-tuition law. Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who signed the legislation in July 2003, said the bill, which freezes freshman tui
Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2009 12:00 am

Illinois falls to 51st for providing day’s most important meal

In Illinois, breakfast apparently isn’t such an important meal after all. In a study released last week, the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC), headquartered in Washington, D.C., r
Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2009 12:00 am

Used medical equipment, which would have been thrown away, helps sick people in poor countries

So seemingly humdrum are the operations of Mission Outreach that one of the most difficult tasks for chief executive officer Bruce Compton is creating promotional materials. “Beyond
Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2009 12:00 am

What Blagojevich has done to serve the underserved

Gov. Rod Blagojevich responded to the Illinois House of Representatives’ decision to impeach him last week in Chicago, flanked by eight individuals that the governor said have been helped by hi
Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2009 12:00 am

Springfieldians want a network to call their own

After his wife and several friends signed up, Bill Carter decided to create a Facebook profile six weeks ago. Not long ago, Facebook served primarily as a vehicle for college kids
Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2009 12:00 am

Neglect and abuse investigations

The Department of Human Services’ Office of Inspector General needs to improve its handling of investigations, according to a review by state auditors. The inspector general is responsi
Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2008 12:00 am

UIS’ Redfield is having a blast as Illinois political expert-in-chief for the national media, even if reporters aren’t always listening

Kent Redfield has been a go-to-guru of Land of Lincoln politics since forever. A regular on WICS Channel 20 and in the pages of the State Journal-Register and this newspaper, the em
Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2008 12:00 am

Governor’s mistakes prove costly to taxpayers

Being a national laughingstock has been bad enough. Sadly we’ve gotten used to the leadership vacuum that exists among state elected officials. But now Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s most recent
Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2008 12:00 am

What Pat Quinn has done to get ready

Patrick Joseph Quinn’s world was turned on its head on the morning of Dec. 9, 2008. Ever the outsider, Quinn has positioned himself as a populist, taking up the causes of regular fo


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