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Thursday, July 12, 2012 12:00 am

Springfield mulls repeal of ban on video gambling

Springfield could raise money for infrastructure improvements from video gambling if the city council approves a measure introduced last week. Springfield mayor Michael Houston introduced a proposal t
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Thursday, July 12, 2012 12:00 am
Don Norton of Springfield has been homeless before, and he expects to be so again. Norton and his partner, Karen Denene Otterson, live with a friend who is planning to get married, meaning their welco
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Thursday, July 5, 2012 12:00 am

Transportation advocates involved in talks to improve service

Janice Smith of Springfield says the public bus system is her lifeline. She rides buses all over Springfield to work, to shop and to visit friends – in short, everywhere. She’s on a bus al
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Thursday, June 28, 2012 12:00 am

State agencies scramble to avert crises as funding vanishes

Marc Miller has been an outdoorsman for as long as he can remember.Miller says he grew up in a family of hunters, anglers and camping enthusiasts, but also learned the value of protecting the land. He
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Friday, June 22, 2012 12:00 am

Program touted to save state money, increase public safety

Gov. Pat Quinn today signed a law allowing Illinois prison inmates to receive credits toward their sentences in a move meant to reduce overcrowding and save the state money.  Quinn signed SB262
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Thursday, June 21, 2012 12:00 am

National attention focuses on solitary confinement

Gov. Pat Quinn is moving ahead with plans to close the state’s controversial “C-Max” prison at Tamms, Ill., despite a plan by state lawmakers to keep it open and convert it to a lowe
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Thursday, June 21, 2012 12:00 am

Group brings major film productions to central Illinois

Springfield may not be the first place people think about when imagining locations to shoot movies or TV shows. But thanks to the efforts of one local group, this city and the central Illinois region
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Thursday, June 14, 2012 12:00 am

Caseload of ex-offenders already high, due to rise

As Gov. Pat Quinn mulls a bill to allow early release for inmates in state prisons, parole agents who monitor ex-offenders say the program would add to their already burdensome caseload.In late March,
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Thursday, June 7, 2012 12:00 am

Lawsuit seeks to overturn state definition of marriage on constitutional grounds

Randy Walden did everything right, but it wasn’t enough.When Walden’s partner of nine years, Curt Sills, was diagnosed with cancer in 2002, Walden and Sills drew up documents giving Walden
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Thursday, June 7, 2012 12:00 am

Would require annual reports, include inmate evaluations

Illinois prison inmates may soon qualify for early release once more under a bill passed by state lawmakers last week. If approved by Gov. Pat Quinn, the move would address state prison overcrowding t

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