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Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2008 12:00 am

Even judges and lawyers can’t understand the system

The announcement earlier this month that a Menard County judge had been tapped for the Fourth District Appellate Court brought a ray of hope to the back corridors at the Sangamon County Courthouse.
Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2008 12:00 am

Hard work and good genes got Jayson Werth to the top of his game.

The Werth family doesn't mind if you call them stupid, as long as it's the right brand of stupid. "We're baseball stupid," dad Dennis Werth says. "That was the only thing I t
Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2008 12:00 am

Coroner candidates disagree over who should perform inquests and autopsies

The coroner's job is to deal with dead bodies, but the campaign for this office is turning into a lively contest. On one side is incumbent Susan Boone, with 30 years of experience
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Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2008 12:00 am

How we teach kids to stop being so creative

Here's one of the most embarrassing moments of my life: My parents were visiting, and after dinner, we lingered around the table to chat. My son Milo, then 3, entertained himself with a foot
Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2008 12:00 am

Why Memorial Medical Center has put its transplant program on ice

Ask Roy Maxfield how his kidney transplant changed his life, and the 62-year-old retired state employee gets emotional: "I may get verklempt," he warns. Then he recites a story th
Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2008 12:00 am

Patients may transfer to MMC’s previous transplant director, Timothy O’Connor

Dialysis patients on the waiting list for a kidney transplant at Memorial Medical Center received bad news last week: The hospital will suspend its transplant program for at least three to f
Thursday, Sept. 11, 2008 12:00 am

Seventh annual film festival is bigger and better than ever

It's funny what a smidge of positive press, a little marketing gizmo, and a good reputation can do for a film festival. This year's Route 66 Film Festival — the 7th annual &


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