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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, 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. 20, 2014 12:01 am

A tribute to the bluesman with ties to Springfield

 As our country continues somehow to confuse the constitutional right to bear arms against a tyrannical enemy with an individual right to use weapons when the mood arises for pleasing personal pa...
Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013 02:01 am
 Illinois lawmakers are considering an increase in minimum prison time for carrying a weapon under certain circumstances, but opponents say that won’t reduce crime. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel i...
Thursday, April 4, 2013 11:04 am

Randy Steidl won his lawsuit, but he remains unpardoned for murders he didn’t commit

After more than 26 years of fighting, Randy Steidl is ready to put the past behind him.The Paris, Ill., man spent 17 years on Illinois’ death row for a double murder he didn’t commit, but ...
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, July 21, 2011 05:42 pm

After a life of abuse, Terry Payton, 16, is charged with murder

By all accounts, Terry Payton is a quiet, shy 16-year-old with a brilliant mind and a penchant for Pokémon. Family, friends and neighbors in the Edgar County community of Paris say Terry is mee...
Thursday, May 19, 2011 03:58 pm

Illinois native explains close call with serial killer

Bonney Hogue Patterson saw her neighbor’s killer twice in the days surrounding a brutal sexual assault and murder that in 1978 shook the town of Marion, where Mt. Vernon native Patterson had mov...
Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2010 12:44 pm

Coalition addresses hate expression in Springfield

No more nooses, says the Springfield-based Coalition to Promote Human Dignity and Diversity. No more swastikas, KKK marches or hate-inspired arson. It’s time to stamp out hate expressions in Springfield.That was the message at the coalition’s Nov. 15 public forum on hate activities and hate crimes at Union Baptist Church, 1405 East Monroe St. in Springfield. Featuring speakers from the...
Thursday, Aug. 12, 2010 02:57 pm

No charges for second assailant, victim’s sister seeks closure

On a mild November night in 1993, three young men  went into a below-ground stairwell at Ridgely Elementary Schoolm 2040 N. Eighth St., in Springfield. Two of them left on foot; the third left in...

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