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Thursday, July 24, 2014 12:00 am

Springfield’s Jackson Street could get a makeover

 In the 1820s, when Springfield was still changing from a sleepy frontier settlement to a bustling metropolis, a small creek ran through what is now the city’s downtown.  Nearly 200 years
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Thursday, July 17, 2014 12:00 am

Excommunication a small price to live her faith

 By most measures, Mary Keldermans of Springfield is a good Catholic.She was raised in the church, volunteered and for many years helped convert people to Catholicism. She and her husband, Steve
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Thursday, July 17, 2014 12:00 am

NSA-like eavesdropping has been used in Illinois since 2008

Long before Edward Snowden revealed the existence of a massive cell phone spying program by the federal National Security Agency, law enforcement agencies around the country were using devices capable
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Thursday, July 10, 2014 12:00 am

State research center helps people, profits and the planet

 It looks like an overgrown garbage disposal from a kitchen sink, but the large metal cylinder sitting in B.K. Sharma’s laboratory is doing something incredible. It’s a reactor of sorts, turn
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Thursday, June 26, 2014 12:00 am

New rule would protect seasonal waterways

 It has been on the books since 1972, but the federal Clean Water Act has always been a bit unclear about exactly which waterways it protected. That’s set to change with a rule proposed by the
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Thursday, June 26, 2014 12:00 am

Medical school claimed employees no longer belonged to union

 They took a firm stand, and then they promptly retreated.In late April, SIU School of Medicine in Springfield surprised about 230 employees by not deducting their union dues from their paychecks
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Thursday, June 26, 2014 12:00 am

Hoop Journey is more than just basketball

 It’s already warm outside at 85 degrees on a breezeless summer evening in Springfield, but inside the gym at the Boys and Girls Club, it seems even hotter. The gym, sans air conditioning, is f
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Thursday, June 19, 2014 12:00 am

Residents say closure would leave them with no place to go

Franklin Fite is a collector. The small, one-room apartment he shares with his wife at the Bel-Aire Motel in Springfield is decorated with Pez dispensers, stamps, coins and assorted trinkets. A significant part of the apartment is also devoted to canned goods. Fite says he hoards food because he was once homeless and had to go without. Naturally, he says he never wants to be homeless again. But it may not be up to him. 

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