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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, Jan. 23, 2014 12:01 am
Two well-known panhandlers in Springfield are appealing an initial defeat in their lawsuit against the city. Even if they lose the appeal, however, they’ll likely have another chance to make their c...
Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013 06:05 am

New state bar president outlines reform agenda

Having grown up in a family of lawyers, attorney John Thies of Urbana understands the need for respect and integrity in the judicial system. “The approach I learned from my father and grandfathe...
Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013 04:34 pm

Battered wife seeks freedom after conviction for abusive husband’s murder

In the early morning hours of Dec. 3, 1986, Richard Harshbarger grabbed his .38 caliber revolver and a homemade bat, climbed into his Dodge Rampage truck, and departed from his home in Pana. His young...
Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012 03:05 pm

Illinois Innocence Project helps free imprisoned Chicago man with imperfect compromise

Although Anthony Murray walked out of prison on Oct. 31 a free man after 14 years, gaining his freedom required admitting to a murder he says he didn’t commit. “It’s been a long road...
Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012 11:16 pm

Orders city health committee to meet in public

A Sangamon County judge has ordered a Springfield city government committee to hold open meetings following a lawsuit by an Illinois Times reporter.Bruce Rushton, a staff writer for Illinois Times, fi...
Thursday, July 7, 2011 11:55 pm

Sangamon County courts reorganize for efficiency

There’s something to be said about finishing what you start. As of June 1, associate judges in the Seventh Judicial Circuit Court will keep cases from the beginning to the end of a trial. Juveni...

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