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Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015 12:00 am

Final decision rests with state department of ag

The Menard County Board of Commissioners voted not to recommend approval of a proposed hog farm near Petersburg on Tuesday night. The recommendation is nonbinding, however, and the farm may still be a
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Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015 12:00 am

SIU medical school uses music to help dementia patients

 It had been a while since James could recall holding his newborn son in his arms. Listening to his new iPod, however, brought that memory to the surface for the 74-year-old Alzheimer’s patient
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Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015 12:00 am

How mayoral candidates are contending for the east-side vote

 Springfield has never elected a black mayor. It’s been 16 years since an African-American candidate even ran for mayor.Allan Woodson was one of Springfield’s first black aldermen and the las
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Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015 12:00 am

Christopher Abernathy exonerated on DNA evidence after 30 years

A judge vacated the conviction of a Chicago man today in a 1984 murder, thanks in part to the efforts of the Illinois Innocence Project in Springfield. Christopher Abernathy of Midlothian, then age 17
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Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015 12:00 am

State agency admits it misinterpreted rule to benefit coal projects

 A community group near Peoria defeated a coal mine project last week, and its victory could have far-reaching effects for coal projects around the state.That’s because the group discovered tha
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Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015 12:00 am

Confusion over job opportunities for minorities

 Job opportunities for minorities and women on Springfield’s 10th Street rail relocation project aren’t living up to promises by the city and state, according to one community group. Meanwhil
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Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015 12:00 am

Dominican Sisters visit those fleeing ISIL

 The drive from Qaraqosh to Erbil usually takes about 40 minutes. In mid-2014, the trip took closer to four hours, thanks to a highway snarled with thousands of cars fleeing a terrorist group wit
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Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015 12:00 am

Illinois finishes first year of concealed carry

 More than 2,000 Sangamon County residents received a license to carry a concealed firearm in the first year under a state law enacted in 2014.The Illinois State Police released data showing 2,08
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Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015 12:00 am

Illinois Innocence Project highlights botched trials for two accused

 Anthony Murray spent 14 years in prison, and he was facing another 31 years when he was offered a chance to go home. The unusual plea agreement that let Murray out of prison has haunted him ever
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Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015 12:00 am

For lack of housing, many parolees stuck in prison

 Johnny Cordrey did his time. He spent 18 years at Menard Correctional Center in southern Illinois, but when his release date came in April 2012, Cordrey was instead sent back to prison. He hadn

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