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Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012 12:00 am

Union faces unprecedented challenges, even from allies

What would drive a crowd of unionized state employees to boo the very governor they helped elect? The answer is about $83 billion of pension underfunding, a broken labor contract and a lot of jobs in
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Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012 12:00 am

Springfield man taking dugout canoe down Illinois and Mississippi rivers

Dean Campbell of Springfield says ideas are cheap. Putting them into action is what matters.On Sept. 1, the 78-year-old former teacher will launch a 1,200-pound dugout canoe that he fashioned out of
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Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012 12:00 am

Your guide to the State Fair’s final four days

For Amy Bliefnick, the Illinois State Fair is like a party with 815,000 of her closest friends. Bliefnick has been manager of the fair for eight years, making her the longest-serving manager in the fa
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Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012 12:00 am

Researcher says wrong road designated in Springfield

Carl Johnson grew up traveling part of historic Route 66 in central Illinois as a child, but it wasn’t until he stumbled upon a weathered highway placard on a deserted strip in New Mexico that t
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Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012 12:00 am

Environmental groups push for enforcement of agreed limits

Dozens of people in bright yellow work vests fill seats in the drab blue meeting room at the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency’s building on North Grand Avenue. Many wear expressions of c
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Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012 12:00 am

Springfield debates safety vs. freedom

Clocking in at three and a half hours, the July 17 Springfield City Council meeting was one of the longest on record. The majority of the meeting was devoted to one topic, and emotions ran high as ald
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Thursday, July 19, 2012 12:00 am

City council approves gambling measure 7-2

Springfield bars, restaurants and fraternal organizations will soon be able to offer video gambling legally, thanks to a 7-2 vote by the Springfield City Council on Tuesday.The nine aldermen seemed we

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