CURRENT NEWS

 Hit with a $100,000 verdict in a discrimination lawsuit decided last week, the Springfield Urban League faces a second lawsuit from a former Head Start employee who says that she was the victim...
 A newly created business committee for Springfield offers opportunity for the city’s east side.Springfield mayor Jim Langfelder announced Tuesday a seven-member Economic Development Commission...
 The Rev. Thomas Paprocki espouses exorcism and opposes gay marriage. He has said that Muslims should be treated differently than others at airport security checkpoints because most terrorists ar...
 Chandra Ankoor of Springfield gets three or four hours of sleep a night, seven days a week. She’s not sure how much longer she can keep that up, but she does it for her three young daughters.O...

CAP CITY NEWS

It’s a bird. It’s a plane. No, it’s a fish that sure doesn’t look like Superman. And the infamous flying Asian carp can keep soaring unmolested in the wilds of Bath – that’s in Cass County...
In honor of the 25th anniversary of the federal Americans with Disabilities Act, Gov. Bruce Rauner this week signed a handful of laws regarding people with disabilities. Among them is House Bill 4049,...

GUEST OPINION

As the dust settles on the fight in Congress over Fast Track for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal, we have an opportunity to think anew about what good trade policy could be. If we get p...
 As Americans, we strive for safety – the safest medicines, cars and toys. But when it comes to women’s reproductive health, state legislatures have passed about 250 laws since 2011 that...

Making a small world bigger and the big one smaller

 So much of happiness, I’ve realized, depends on getting tuned in. When he was a young married, my father used to tune in the console radio in the living room of the Krohe family mansion on Man...

Springfield must adopt a sunnier outlook

 Everybody’s very happy’Cause the sun is shining all the timeLooks like another perfect dayI love L.A. – “I Love L.A.” by Randy NewmanFor years, people measured the deficiencies of life...

JIM HIGHTOWER

If you are one of those cynics who think that none of today’s presidential candidates for the White House care about people like you and me, check out Republican wannabe Scott Walker.The Wisconsin g...
 Already, results of the first election of the 2016 presidential race are in!It’s the Money Primary, controlled not by voters, but by super-wealthy donors. In this exclusive election, Jeb is wa...

RICH MILLER

Last week, Gov. Bruce Rauner declared to reporters that if it wasn’t for House Speaker Michael Madigan the budget impasse would’ve been resolved.And perhaps if the sky was green, then grass might...
 House Speaker Michael Madigan told reporters earlier this month that he’d had a “frank discussion” with Gov. Bruce Rauner, “and I gave him good, solid advice.”Word is, that advice had...

Republicans vote ‘present;’ budget impasse blocks other bills

 Legislation to freeze Illinois’ property taxes and change the state’s school funding formula failed in the Senate last week, but not because of opposition to the bill. Instead, it was a casu...

APL dog is dangerous, plaintiff says

 Stewart, depending on who’s talking, is either a mutt in need of a home or a dangerous dog that needs to be euthanized.One thing is clear. Stewart is now at the center of a lawsuit filed by an...

Idea similar to what Supreme Court struck down

 Gov. Bruce Rauner’s new plan to reduce Illinois’ pension obligations would circumvent collective bargaining on several aspects of state employment.The 485-page plan earned criticism from Dem...
 A Sangamon County judge has rejected a plea from a Massachusetts company that claims that requests for the company’s contracts with more than a dozen Illinois school districts are harming busi...

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