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Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012 12:00 am

Agency asking for cash infusion and fee increase

Seven state workers in Springfield could lose their jobs at the end of the year as regulators scramble to cover the increasing cost of overseeing doctors in Illinois. That’s because the fund tha
Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012 12:00 am

United Way’s 2-1-1 telephone service offers help in crisis

Karen Zangerle dials the number and waits expectantly as a young man answers with a gentle tone. Zangerle explains that her husband has lost his job and the family won’t be able to pay an upcomi
Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012 12:00 am

Illinois students not prepared for college

More than two thirds of Illinois students won’t earn a college degree. In the modern economy, that’s not good enough to compete, says education advocacy group Advance Illinois in a recent
Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012 12:00 am

Madigan sponsors measure restricting pay increases

Kevin Holmes of Springfield devotes his life to caring for a young man with severe disabilities. For that full-time work – seven hours a day, seven days a week – Holmes makes just more tha
Visual Art
Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012 12:00 am

Tattoos come of age in Springfield

Why would someone voluntarily undergo several hours of a needle stabbing them several thousand times per minute? The simple answer is for the sake of art, but the long answer is a bit more complicated
Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012 12:00 am

University support staff claim pay disparity between union, non-union workers

A group of union workers at the University of Illinois Springfield claims many of their non-union counterparts got raises above the university’s own limits. The workers also claim UIS pays suppo
Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012 12:00 am

State will vet private insurance plans in public market

Illinois is preparing to roll out a crucial pillar of the federal health care reforms, but one puzzle piece remains out of place.The state plans to open a health insurance market at the start of 2014,
Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012 12:00 am

Illinois Innocence Project helps free imprisoned Chicago man with imperfect compromise

Although Anthony Murray walked out of prison on Oct. 31 a free man after 14 years, gaining his freedom required admitting to a murder he says he didn’t commit. “It’s been a long road
Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012 12:00 am

A new political map and lots of money give an edge to Scherer and Manar

The Republican legislative hegemony in Springfield is in peril. For the first time in almost 20 years, Springfield seems poised to help elect at least one – maybe even two – Democrats to r
Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012 12:00 am

Nonprofit asks state to reexamine cost estimates

A Springfield nonprofit is asking the state to put the brakes on a plan to replace an elementary school building located north of downtown.Jerry Jacobson, spokesman for the nonprofit historic preserva


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