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Thursday, May 3, 2012 12:00 am

Group pushes for health insurance exchange even if federal reform is struck down

As the U.S. Supreme Court considers the fate of controversial federal health insurance reforms, advocates in Illinois are urging the state to implement the federal law even if it’s struck down.A
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Thursday, May 3, 2012 12:00 am

Targeting STDs, teen pregnancy through better sex ed

At least 21 children between the ages of 12 and 14 had the sexually transmitted disease chlamydia in 2006, according to the Sangamon County Department of Public Health.That startling fact illustrates
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Thursday, April 26, 2012 12:00 am

Illinois Innocence Project expands work to free the wrongfully convicted

When Jonathan Grayson went to the Kane County courthouse on March 6, he wasn’t expecting to walk out a free man. The 30-year-old had spent 10 years in prison for murder, and he still had another
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Thursday, April 19, 2012 12:00 am

Other states shrugging off law because of costs

As Illinois lawmakers debate a bill to increase registration requirements for sex offenders under a federal mandate, reform advocates say it would cost the state too much. They say many other states h
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Thursday, April 19, 2012 12:00 am

House committee mulls prison overcrowding solutions

Putting a halt to early prison release in Illinois has cost the state $153 million a year, says one prison reform advocate. Meanwhile, inmates complain of cockroaches in their cells and a lack of reha
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Thursday, April 19, 2012 12:00 am

Civil War battle flags not on display, but still public

Behind the high barbed wire of Camp Lincoln in Springfield, in a nondescript brick building and sealed in a row of large, white metal cabinets sits a delicate, tattered silk flag bearing familiar gold
Home & Garden
Thursday, April 19, 2012 12:00 am

Once-blighted properties now grow food

In eras past, gardens were ubiquitous in America. During both world wars, gardens were wielded like a weapon, with millions of “Victory Gardens” planted in both private and public spaces a
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Thursday, April 12, 2012 12:00 am

Continuum of Learning supports pre-k screening

The beginning stages of a plan to improve education in Sangamon County are already showing promise, according to an upcoming report from the Sangamon County Continuum of Learning. The Continuum is wor
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Thursday, April 12, 2012 12:00 am

Environmental groups want coal ash deemed hazardous

An Illinois environmental group is one of 11 plaintiffs in a federal lawsuit seeking to reclassify coal ash as a hazardous waste. If the lawsuit prevails, it could significantly increase costs for Spr
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Thursday, April 5, 2012 12:00 am

Feds want private detention center for deportees

Illinois could soon have a new privately run jail. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement wants a new privately run detention center in Crete, just south of Chicago, to house illegal aliens, and the

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