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Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015 12:00 am

Illinois finishes first year of concealed carry

 More than 2,000 Sangamon County residents received a license to carry a concealed firearm in the first year under a state law enacted in 2014.The Illinois State Police released data showing 2,08
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Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015 12:00 am

Illinois Innocence Project highlights botched trials for two accused

 Anthony Murray spent 14 years in prison, and he was facing another 31 years when he was offered a chance to go home. The unusual plea agreement that let Murray out of prison has haunted him ever
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Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015 12:00 am

For lack of housing, many parolees stuck in prison

 Johnny Cordrey did his time. He spent 18 years at Menard Correctional Center in southern Illinois, but when his release date came in April 2012, Cordrey was instead sent back to prison. He hadn
Feature
Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015 12:00 am

After a decade of quiet struggle, the Dominican Sisters have started a movement

 T he Dominican Sisters of Springfield have a long history. Their congregation was founded in Jacksonville in 1873 and moved to Springfield in 1893. However, some of the women who founded the con
Remembering
Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014 12:00 am

J.D. WASHINGTON Jan. 12, 1929 – Sept. 24, 2014

 J.D. Washington was the first African-American principal in Springfield Public Schools. He was the first African-American recruiter for the U.S. Peace Corps. He was a 33rd degree Mason and an ed
Remembering
Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014 12:00 am

WILLIAM HENRY HUMPHREY Aug. 27, 1934 – April 27, 2014

 He would give you the shirt off of his back, and he would tell you a joke while doing it.That was Henry Humphrey, owner of Humphrey’s Market in Springfield. A dedicated, hardworking businessma
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Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014 12:00 am

Springfield-based IIAA uses sports as therapy

 Urgent shouts and the squeak of sneakers fill the basketball courts on the second floor of Gold’s Gym in Springfield. Volleyball nets span four courts, each filled with teenagers. Their eyes a
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Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014 12:00 am

Activists, police working together to curb racial tension

It could happen anywhere. It could even happen here.The high-profile killings of black men by police in Ferguson, Missouri, and in New York City in the past few months highlight a long-smoldering tens

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