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Thursday, March 11, 2010 12:00 am

Coalition calls for statewide public safety pension reform

If you’ve paid property taxes in Springfield, you’ve contributed to a police officer or firefighter’s pension fund.According to Mayor Tim Davlin, almost 100 percent of property taxes
Thursday, March 4, 2010 12:00 am

Bill would stop regulation of hobbyist honey producers

The state’s beekeepers are buzzing to gain some independence. A new bill would ensure that small honey producers are able to sell their products at farmers markets, fairs or roadside stands with
Thursday, March 4, 2010 12:00 am

House committee gathers evidence on atrazine

For Leon Corzine of Assumption, north of Pana, atrazine is as essential to farming as soil, water or sun. Corzine, along with wife Susie and son Craig, is a fifth-generation farmer who grows corn and
Thursday, Feb. 25, 2010 12:00 am

Environmental groups say Illinois has untapped solar energy potential

Investing in solar energy could bring the state as many as 17,000 new jobs, one environmental expert says.As the fifth largest producer and consumer of electricity, Illinois is not living up to its su
Thursday, Feb. 25, 2010 12:00 am

Chamber of Commerce urges state to expedite EPA permits for faster job growth

After a two-year permit process, U.S. Steel Corp. finalized a $750 million project in Granite City, Ill., last October. In Alabama, a similar project’s permit only took six months to clear.Katy
Thursday, Feb. 18, 2010 12:00 am

Report card says Illinois roads, bridges and waterways need remedial help

The state’s infrastructure earned failing grades in a report issued last week by the Illinois chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers.If the situation does not improve, civil engineer
Thursday, Feb. 18, 2010 12:00 am
A 10-year-old girl started pulling out her hair because she was so concerned about her family’s economic security.A teenage boy pleaded with his parents to let him drop out of school so he could


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