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Thursday, March 29, 2012 12:00 am

Bill would exempt religious adoption agencies from law

More than nine months after Illinois’ civil union law took effect, state lawmakers are still arguing over what it means. That’s because of a controversial measure to exempt religious adopt
Thursday, March 22, 2012 12:00 am

Can Springfield turn around its languishing public schools?

Four years ago, a report on education in Springfield revealed some difficult realities about the city’s public schools. The report highlighted declining test scores, poor attendance, low graduat
Thursday, March 15, 2012 12:00 am

Constitutional amendment would ditch flat income tax

Illinois grapples with another round of difficult budget cuts, some lawmakers want to eliminate the state’s constitutional flat-rate income tax requirement, opening the door for what some
Thursday, March 15, 2012 12:00 am

Fight against Medicaid abuse reaching critical mass

It’s a crucial time for Illinois in terms of the state budget, but investigators say the state is at a turning point in another respect: fighting Medicaid fraud.Gov. Pat Quinn announced a state
Thursday, March 8, 2012 12:00 am

Prosecutors alleged Tenaska paid former Oklahoma senator to influence bill

A power generating company with plans for a major new plant in Illinois has been implicated in the corruption trial of a former Oklahoma senator convicted of bribery.During federal court testimony las
Thursday, March 1, 2012 12:00 am

Burn survivor brings message of hope to Springfield

J.R. Martinez says he used to worry that his appearance would frighten children. Now he proudly embraces the rippled burn scars that cover much of his face, hands and other body parts. In 2003, the fo
Thursday, March 1, 2012 12:00 am

State lawmakers chew on $2.7 billion Medicaid cuts

Illinois’ Medicaid program is in a hole, Gov. Pat Quinn said in his annual budget address last week, and state lawmakers must cut billions from the program to prevent that hole from swallowing u
Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012 12:00 am

Orders city health committee to meet in public

A Sangamon County judge has ordered a Springfield city government committee to hold open meetings following a lawsuit by an Illinois Times reporter.Bruce Rushton, a staff writer for Illinois Times, fi
Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012 12:00 am

Group targets civil union opponents for election upset

Lawmakers who opposed Illinois’ civil union law in 2010 now face a renewed battle – this time for their reelection.  “We want lawmakers to understand that if they oppose civil r
Friday, Feb. 17, 2012 12:00 am

Parents say DCFS leaves them in the dark

Tammy Herstad feels like a failure. A mother of three adopted sons and one biological daughter in the Chicago suburb of Bartlett, Herstad spends much of her time worrying about her adopted son, Adam.


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