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Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012 10:06 am

Union faces unprecedented challenges, even from allies

What would drive a crowd of unionized state employees to boo the very governor they helped elect? The answer is about $83 billion of pension underfunding, a broken labor contract and a lot of jobs in ...
Thursday, May 10, 2012 03:11 pm
Gov. Pat Quinn’s pension proposal has led to an increase in state employees applying for retirement, which could negatively affect Springfield businesses. According to the State Employees Retire...
Thursday, April 5, 2012 06:25 pm

Feds want private detention center for deportees

Illinois could soon have a new privately run jail. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement wants a new privately run detention center in Crete, just south of Chicago, to house illegal aliens, and the...
Thursday, July 28, 2011 08:11 pm

Improving Springfield’s future in the global economy

Henrik Rasmussen calls himself a “Springfielder by choice.”A native of Denmark, Rasmussen moved his family to Springfield in 2009, seeking opportunity, freedom and space to innovate. Now a...
Thursday, March 10, 2011 04:44 pm

Proposals to increase minority hiring, cut spending and promote economic development

Reform is the theme in the race for mayor, as the candidates begin outlining their plans to change how the city operates. At a public forum on March 3, three of the four candidates for Springfield may...
Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011 02:10 pm

So many candidates, so few bold ideas

Every candidate has ideas for what they will do when they are elected mayor. Spend more wisely, they say. Encourage business growth, develop the medical district and bring in more tourists. Get rid of...
Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011 03:36 pm

Proposed parking fine increase causes clash in city council

Parking in Springfield is cheap. Visitors from Chicago sometimes joke that it’s cheaper to get a parking ticket here than to simply pay the meter in their city. But that could change with a prop...
Thursday, July 29, 2010 08:54 pm

Scott Lee Cohen pushes on as independent in governor race

Illinois hasn’t heard the last of Scott Lee Cohen. After winning the Democratic Party’s nomination for lieutenant governor in the February primary election, Cohen bowed out of the race, an...

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