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Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016 12:00 am

Federal transportation bill holds promise for Springfield rail relocation

 A federal transportation funding bill passed in December gives Springfield’s rail relocation project a more certain future.Although funding for the rail project isn’t secured yet, the federa
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Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016 12:00 am

New law scales back federal control, keeps standardized tests

A federal education reform law passed in December has educators cautiously hopeful for more local control.The new law, which replaces a prior unpopular law, scales back federal control of education bu
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Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016 12:00 am

State task force calls for consolidating local government, slashing collective bargaining

A task force headed by Illinois’ lieutenant governor last week called for streamlining of local governments and reducing “unfunded mandates” from the state.While the group’s suggestions to con
Remembering
Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015 12:00 am

DR. H. BRENT DE LAND JR. June 20, 1949 – Jan. 5, 2015

Brent De Land lived his life with such care and compassion that his work will likely live on for generations. He was best known for his extensive humanitarian work in Haiti, and the rest of his life r
Remembering
Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015 12:00 am

RONALD L. EARLEY March 10, 1938 – Sept. 23, 2015

 The first thing many people noticed about Ron Earley was his lighthearted sense of humor, but spending more than a couple of minutes with him revealed a whirring intellect and a passion for maki
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Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2015 12:00 am

Lawsuits over free speech continue as city seeks Supreme Court review

 The City of Springfield has agreed not to enforce a restriction on panhandling it adopted in September.The restriction was challenged on constitutional grounds by a Springfield panhandler who go
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Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015 12:00 am

Exelon won’t close facility for at least a year

 Despite years of unfavorable conditions, Exelon thinks next year may be different.The company announced earlier this year it won’t close the Clinton Nuclear Power Plant, 45 miles east of Sprin
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Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015 12:00 am

Day care worker convicted of involuntary manslaughter

 The trial of a day care worker accused of shaking a baby to death concluded this week with the jury struggling to reach a verdict.The case tested a controversial theory about certain child death

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