CURRENT NEWS

 Proposed legislation would provide “safe zone” locations to immigrants by requiring state and local law enforcement agencies to issue a warrant prior to investigating, detaining or arresting...
 Thanks to the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency (IHPA) and the Springfield Soldiers Aid Society, visitors got the chance to experience Valentine’s Day Civil War-style.  On Feb. 11 the...
 Inmates who act up due to medical problems can be tased, even if their medical condition renders them incapable of understanding guards.That’s the stance taken by the Sangamon County sheriff�...

CAP CITY NEWS

The Prairie Heart Institute at HSHS St. John’s Hospital recently celebrated a milestone achievement in minimally invasive heart surgeries. According to the hospital, over 500 TAVR (trans-catheter ao...
The fourth annual Tournées Film Festival is underway at Illinois College in Jacksonville, featuring screenings of French films. The festival began Feb. 7 and will conclude March 2, with each showing...

GUEST OPINION

As a country, we make a habit of looking forward, not backward. But I’m going to ask you to turn your attention back a few weeks, to Barack Obama’s Jan. 10 farewell address to the American people....
In Illinois, Lincoln’s essential premise of “government of the people, by the people, and for the people” has been corrupted into “government of the casinos, by the casinos, and for the casino...

Jari the gibbon raises old questions about zoos

Who would be a gibbon? Or, more to my present point, who would be a gibbon in a zoo? We learned this week about poor Jari, a 3-year-old gibbon at the Henson Robinson Zoo. She came into this world in a...

Release the tape

Illinois Times has sued the city of Springfield for refusing to release video footage documenting the fatal shooting of a mentally ill man last month by a city police officer. In refusing to tur...

JIM HIGHTOWER

Of all the economic pain in America that Washington ought to be relieving, what group would you choose as the top priority?Public opinion surveys consistently reveal that the great majority of us say...
Who are we?Are we the great America of courage, spunk, openness, inclusion, opportunity and democratic promise – as expressed in the Declaration of Independence, the Preamble to the Constitution, Li...

RICH MILLER

You may have read a news story or two about the latest blistering report from New York-based S&P Global Ratings about Illinois’ fiscal and economic woes.But it’s far more brutal than anything...
The latest Illinois credit rating downgrade from Fitch Ratings is chock full of phrases that could be used in the next campaign cycle against the governor and other incumbents.The one that’s made th...
It’s all or nothing for Curtis Lovelace, who has reportedly rejected an offer to plead guilty to second-degree murder and is now preparing to stand trial a second time for first-degree murder.The fo...

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