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Thursday, April 4, 2013 12:00 am

Gov. Quinn commutes Peggy Jo Jackson’ life sentence for her husband’s murder

When the Springfield-based Illinois Innocence Project hosts its annual fundraising banquet this weekend, they’ll have a fresh victory to celebrate. Peggy Jo Jackson of Shelbyville was released f
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Thursday, April 4, 2013 12:00 am

Randy Steidl won his lawsuit, but he remains unpardoned for murders he didn’t commit

After more than 26 years of fighting, Randy Steidl is ready to put the past behind him.The Paris, Ill., man spent 17 years on Illinois’ death row for a double murder he didn’t commit, but
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Thursday, March 28, 2013 12:00 am

What are the risks of tapping Illinois’ trapped oil and natural gas?

Nearly a mile below the surface of southern Illinois, a vast reserve of oil and natural gas sits locked in thick shale rock. While Illinois has a long history of tapping into its enormous fossil fuel
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Thursday, March 14, 2013 12:00 am

Governor’s proposal cuts billions from elementary and higher ed

Illinois’ public pension costs will eat up nearly a fifth of state spending in the coming fiscal year, with education largely absorbing the impact. “This is the most difficult budget I hav
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Thursday, March 7, 2013 12:00 am

Concealed carry is coming to Illinois

Illinois is about to find out whether allowing regular citizens to carry firearms will cause calamity or prevent it.
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Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013 12:00 am

What’s the cost of keeping or closing CCPA?

A popular Springfield middle school slated for closure may get a second chance at an upcoming school board meeting, based on public outcry and disputed cost-savings estimates.At the Feb. 18 meeting of
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Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013 12:00 am

IDOC adopts reformed program to lower prison population

Certain Illinois inmates have started to receive early release credits under administrative rules adopted this month by the Illinois Department of Corrections. The move follows a state law passed last
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Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013 12:00 am

State-run insurance exchange could see Senate vote next week

The Illinois Senate could vote next week on implementing a crucial piece of the federal health insurance reforms passed in 2010, but two competing bills could lead the state in opposite directions.The

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