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Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013 11:38 am

Hanson’s global experience gets rail consolidation rolling

What does the future hold for Springfield? That depends largely on what happens with the proposal to consolidate rail traffic on the 10th Street rail corridor.If the project withers without funding, d...
Thursday, May 12, 2011 06:04 pm
As Illinois does the annual legislative dance this time of year, all sorts of ideas get tossed around, ranging from the austere to the ridiculous. Sen. Shane Cultra, a Republican from Onarga, tossed out an idea in the latter category this week when he said that parents of obese children should lose their tax deductions for those kids. It was said in the context of a bill to tax sugary beverages in...
Sunday, May 12, 2013 07:36 pm
May 11-12, 2013 turned out to be a gorgeous weekend! It did not rain the Saturday before Mother's Day as weather forecasters had predicted. Dr. Dolittle Day at Henson Robinson Zoo was sunny and warm (with just the right touch of wind, notice the flag above) -- a perfect day for folks in central Illinois to be treated to a free day of wildlife at the zoo. Thanks, zoo! This little guy (...
Thursday, May 16, 2013 09:46 am
Flip-flops are on my mind. And no, I don’t have a shoe or foot fetish. My feet just love to be comfortable and naked; my toes just love to be free. And warm weather means I can break out the flip-flops and sandals. Thanks be to the Egyptians. Thanks to America for falling in love with them – a huge variety are for sale everywhere. AND thanks be to Illinois Times -- we staffers can do the fl...
Thursday, March 21, 2013 11:04 am

Relief for Medicaid’s financial ills?

Illinois faces two challenges in providing decent medical care for the many among us who stubbornly refuse to follow the example of our social betters by getting rich. One, endlessly “debated,&r...
Thursday, April 4, 2013 11:04 am

Why so little public interest in serving the public interest?

The nation laughed when Clint Eastwood debated an empty chair at the Republicans’ national convention, but it wasn’t funny in Illinois. More and more of the seats on Illinois’ town c...
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, April 4, 2013 11:04 am

Gov. Quinn commutes Peggy Jo Jackson’ life sentence for her husband’s murder

When the Springfield-based Illinois Innocence Project hosts its annual fundraising banquet this weekend, they’ll have a fresh victory to celebrate. Peggy Jo Jackson of Shelbyville was released f...
Thursday, March 14, 2013 12:31 pm

Governor’s proposal cuts billions from elementary and higher ed

Illinois’ public pension costs will eat up nearly a fifth of state spending in the coming fiscal year, with education largely absorbing the impact. “This is the most difficult budget I hav...
Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013 06:10 pm

IDOC adopts reformed program to lower prison population

Certain Illinois inmates have started to receive early release credits under administrative rules adopted this month by the Illinois Department of Corrections. The move follows a state law passed last...

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