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Thursday, July 11, 2013 12:00 am

Administrative rule would require sprinklers in all new homes

Illinois is considering a building code change that would mandate sprinklers in all new residences, but homebuilders worry it could hamstring the already struggling construction industry.Illinois Stat
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Thursday, July 11, 2013 12:00 am

Zoning violations could shut down halfway houses

A prison parolee accused of beating a homeless woman to death on June 1 faces decades in prison if convicted. Meanwhile, the transitional home in Springfield to which he was paroled faces zoning viola
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Wednesday, July 3, 2013 12:00 am

Report questions Illinois support of coal industry

Coal companies have extracted about $3 billion worth of coal from Illinois so far this year. So why is the state of Illinois giving them subsidies?That’s the question asked by an alliance of env
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Thursday, June 27, 2013 12:00 am

State law opens up southern Illinois to hydraulic fracturing

Illinois will soon be open range for hydraulic fracturing, the controversial technique for freeing oil and natural gas trapped in underground shale rock. But even as the state prepares its rules gover
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Thursday, June 27, 2013 12:00 am

Sexual assault and other problems remain

During the late 1980s and 1990s, Illinois’ youth prisons began filling up rapidly. The tough-on-crime approach that began in the 1960s was at the peak of popularity, and state law reflected it i
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Thursday, June 20, 2013 12:00 am

Housing for ex-cons under fire following recent crimes

In a humble house by the railroad tracks, a recently released ex-con sits idly on a worn-out couch, smoking a cigarette and ashing in a tuna can. He’s explaining his views on society with an air
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Thursday, June 13, 2013 12:00 am

The Springfield-Sangamon County Regional Planning Commission maps the future

No little girl tells her parents she wants to be a zoning analyst when she grows up. The job is figuring out whether a local government should allow proposed changes to a piece of property, which soun
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Thursday, May 30, 2013 12:00 am

Implementation of health insurance reforms awaits House vote

The confusing world of health insurance could get a lot easier for Illinoisans in October, when the federal government opens a public health insurance marketplace here. The state would only get to tak

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