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Thursday, May 19, 2011 12:00 am

Illinois native explains close call with serial killer

Bonney Hogue Patterson saw her neighbor’s killer twice in the days surrounding a brutal sexual assault and murder that in 1978 shook the town of Marion, where Mt. Vernon native Patterson had mov
Thursday, May 19, 2011 12:00 am

Mental illness advocates aim to erase stigma

For the first time in years, Springfield resident Sarah Williamson is off Social Security disability. After 10 years in and out of college, she graduated with a bachelor’s degree from UIS in 200
Thursday, April 28, 2011 12:00 am

Program aims to quell violence at first signs of conflict

When a young man from a high-risk neighborhood gets shot and survives, he has the potential to become a hero. But what kind of hero he chooses to become can mean either peaceful progress or continuing
Thursday, April 21, 2011 12:00 am

One lost cause, one battle continues and one begins

A non-union contractor suing Springfield School District 186 for rejecting the company’s construction bid last month has filed a second lawsuit over a related matter – this time in Effingh
Thursday, April 7, 2011 12:00 am

District 186 banks on “choice,” so parents will choose city schools

District 186 Superintendent Dr. Walter Milton dreams of a Springfield public school system full of “choice,” with a series of magnet schools, which accept students regardless of where they
Thursday, April 7, 2011 12:00 am

Q&A with Dr. Walter Milton

What’s your vision for District 186?Milton: “Short-term is that we have a laser focus on student achievement, that we increase student achievement all around... in a more robust manner. Se


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