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Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013 12:01 am

How one Springfield man lost his job over $100 worth of pot he never touched

 A decade ago, $100 apparently bought one ounce of marijuana. That’s how much pot James Foster of Springfield was charged with selling to a police informant in 2003. His arrest ended up costing...
Thursday, April 10, 2014 12:01 am

Freeing the wrongly convicted with the Illinois Innocence Project

 Brian Banks had the world at his feet.A promising high school football star with serious NFL prospects, Banks got his first college recruiting letter as a sophomore. Before he even started his s...
Thursday, April 3, 2014 12:01 am

Bills offer ticket instead of arrest for possession

 Illinois could follow the example of several other states in decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana, thanks to legislation under consideration in the Illinois General Assembly.The three bill...
Thursday, April 3, 2014 12:01 am

Parents forced to trade custody for care of adopted children

 When Dan Hoy was just six months old, he was taken from his biological parents by the state. He was lethargic and starving to death, and he had to be fed with an eye dropper each hour to keep hi...
Thursday, March 27, 2014 12:01 am
 Watch what you say; it can now be recorded without your knowledge or consent.The Illinois Supreme Court decided this very thing last week in a pair of unanimous decisions that invalidated a stat...
Thursday, March 27, 2014 12:01 am

Advocates urge families to get coverage before enrollment closes

 A national deadline to enroll in health insurance looms at the end of March, and Springfield Public Schools are urging families in the district to get covered.Under the federal health reforms of...
Thursday, March 20, 2014 12:01 am

Reform groups on both sides want change

 One thing is certain: no one is happy with the current state income tax. Conservative groups like the Illinois Policy Institute say the income tax increase of 2010 should be allowed to expire, w...
Thursday, March 13, 2014 12:01 am

Tower of Refuge gets parolees on the right path

 Before he was even 12, Lorenzo Louden had shot a man and slept with two prostitutes. Growing up so early, it’s no wonder he preferred gang life to school and eventually wound up in prison.Now...
Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014 12:01 am

Researchers educate lawmakers on looming dangers

In 1984, an engineer named Stanley Watras set off a radiation detector at the nuclear power plant he was helping to build in Pottstown, Pa. The power plant hadn’t started producing power yet, so pla...
Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014 12:01 am

Property tax proposal could raise up to $10 million

A group of parents, teachers and volunteers is pushing the Springfield Public Schools board to place a school funding referendum on the Nov. 4 ballot.The group, Invest in 186, has proposed a plan that...

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