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Thursday, April 30, 2015 12:00 am

Senate passes “right of conscience” bill after harrowing testimony

 Mindy Swank of Chicago grew up in a conservative household – both religiously and politically – so when her pregnancy went wrong, it was a difficult decision to have an abortion.She and her
Thursday, April 30, 2015 12:00 am

Legislature proposes changes to how schools handle punishment

 Public schools in Illinois would have to reform their discipline policies under legislation being considered in the Illinois General Assembly. The bill aims to limit how long students are remove
Thursday, April 30, 2015 12:00 am

Historians address the ramifications of Lincoln’s death

 Even before he ascended to the White House, Abraham Lincoln was often referred to as “old.” It wasn’t an insult but a compliment.“He radiated the qualities of wisdom and nurturing,” sa
Thursday, April 23, 2015 12:00 am
It’s been a tough month for Sam Cahnman.The Ward 5 alderman and attorney lost his re-election bid on April 7, and on April 16, he faced an extended hearing by the state panel that disciplines lawyer
Thursday, April 23, 2015 12:00 am

More than $63 million owed under union contract

 State employees may receive back pay for raises they should have received almost four years ago, thanks to legislation which passed the Illinois House last week. The bill stems from a 2010 dispu
Thursday, April 23, 2015 12:00 am

Bill would reverse current ban

Illinois lawmakers are considering legislation that would reverse a 30-year-old ban on public money being used to pay for abortions. The bill raises one of the most controversial issues in American so
Thursday, April 16, 2015 12:00 am

Conservative ALEC tells states how to fix economy

 The acronym ALEC sends waves of disgust down the average liberal’s spine, but for a Republican governor in a Democratic-leaning state, it can mean a recipe for fixing a busted system.While Ill
Thursday, April 9, 2015 12:00 am

Springfield’s oldest house reopens after restoration

 In 1857, Benjamin and Helen Edwards of Springfield remodeled their home on what is now north Fourth Street, hanging ornate floral wallpaper in their formal parlor and their new children’s parl
Thursday, April 9, 2015 12:00 am

Feral horses from western states come to Illinois looking for a new home

 In a muddy corral on a hill in southern Illinois, dozens of horses chomp on hay and cautiously eye the cowboy-boot-clad visitors who walk past their pen. When a human gets too close, the horses


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