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Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013 12:00 am

Springfield shows lowest unemployment in state

 Employers at a Springfield job fair last week tried to fill hundreds of jobs, showing cautious optimism that the economy will continue its slow recovery.More than 30 businesses – some of them
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Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013 12:00 am

Furniture, cleaning supplies and even human rights are the future of sustainability

 Forget about recycling for a minute. Being “green” is more than just keeping glass out of the landfill.That was one message of the 10th Annual Green Symposium, a conference held in Springfie
Feature
Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013 12:00 am

Hanson’s global experience gets rail consolidation rolling

What does the future hold for Springfield? That depends largely on what happens with the proposal to consolidate rail traffic on the 10th Street rail corridor.If the project withers without funding, d
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Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013 12:00 am

Pillar of health reform uses free market to cover uninsured

Starting next month, people in Illinois and around the nation will have a new option for purchasing health insurance. On Oct. 1, Illinois and several other states will operate state-run insurance &ldq
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Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013 12:00 am

Expert claims Dynegy won’t control pollution from old coal plants

A Texas-based energy company wants to take over several coal plants in Illinois, but environmental groups claim the company is planning to skip pollution controls and use a shell company to avoid taki
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Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013 12:00 am

Adult reading mentors serve as positive role models

Following a successful renovation at McClernand Elementary school, a group of volunteers is preparing to launch a reading mentoring program at the school. Bill Barton of Rochester, who is organizing t
Home & Garden
Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013 12:00 am

Put away the car. Sell the lawnmower. And walk.

Joan Walters has been around the world, and it shows in her spacious downtown apartment. Nearly every square foot of wall, door or floor features a different artifact – perhaps a tribal mask, a
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Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013 12:00 am

Republican with union background to challenge Democratic incumbent

Mike Bell of Edinburg has a lot on his plate.He’s on the boards of both the Edinburg and Christian County economic development groups, co-chairman of a highway expansion project on Illinois Rout
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Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013 12:00 am

Lawsuit challenges ‘catch-all’ allegation against parents

The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services still uses a rule that was struck down by the state’s highest court to take children, according to a lawsuit filed last week.Filed in Cook
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Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013 12:00 am

High-tech agriculture on display in Decatur

Farmin’ ain’t easy. Though the concept of planting seeds and harvesting the bounty seems simple enough, there are numerous risks to contend with: weeds, bugs, drought, flood, cold, disease

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