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Thursday, June 5, 2014 12:01 am

Legislation would have sidestepped rulemaking process

 Illinois is taking too long to approve regulations for a controversial oil and gas drilling method, according to a coalition of businesses. They simply asked lawmakers to speed things up with le...
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, 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, April 11, 2013 11:04 am

Young transgender Springfield woman pushes for nationwide change

Around age six, Emma Todd of Springfield began to feel like something wasn’t right. Born genetically male, Emma says she wasn’t comfortable growing up with her assigned sex....
Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014 12:01 am

Dragooning jurors to serve justice is unjust

 The United States ended military conscription in 1973, but draft-dodgers still roam the land – ordinary citizens drafted involuntarily into service as trial jurors by the courts. Many objectio...
Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013 12:01 am

Opponents look to delay approval of regulations

 Illinois is preparing to allow the use of a controversial method of extracting oil and natural gas, but environmentalists are hoping to delay the official go-ahead from state regulators while pu...
Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013 12:01 am
 A state law aimed at helping municipalities deal with abandoned houses has generated nearly $4 million by taxing banks that foreclose on homes, but the slice of that pie available for Springfiel...
Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012 01:55 pm

Illinois could soon change drastically

When Illinois lawmakers return to Springfield early next year, they’ll face three issues more divisive than even the ongoing pension battle.  But like the pension issue, these battles have ...
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, June 7, 2012 06:36 pm

Lawsuit seeks to overturn state definition of marriage on constitutional grounds

Randy Walden did everything right, but it wasn’t enough.When Walden’s partner of nine years, Curt Sills, was diagnosed with cancer in 2002, Walden and Sills drew up documents giving Walden...

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