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Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019 12:00 am

Cleanest coal plants due to close

 That Vistra Energy would downsize its coal-fired power plant fleet in Illinois wasn’t a surprise.But environmentalists aren’t happy with the announcement last month that the company will clo
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Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019 12:00 am

Question haunts Hunter Lake application

 Springfield’s quest to build a second water supply appears bogged down as the Army Corps of Engineers, which must issue a permit, is demanding more studies of a project first proposed more tha
Upon Further Review
Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019 12:00 am

Esports arrive at District 186

 When I learned that esports have come to public schools for which I pay good money, I thought of Billy Mitchell.Not the father of the Air Force who got court-martialed shortly before World War I
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Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019 12:00 am

Raffle draws bettors, suspicion

 Terry Farmer doesn’t like being called a crook, but that comes with the territory when you run a raffle that’s grown like a major league ballplayer on steroids.Should someone get lucky in to
Upon Further Review
Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019 12:00 am

Strange days at ISP

 The ickiness started in 2013, when Christina Hibbert, an Illinois State Police employee assigned to the Firearms Service Bureau that issues firearm owners identification cards and concealed-carr
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Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019 12:00 am

Fitch picked to run Oak Ridge Cemetery

Springfield Mayor Jim Langfelder has tapped Lashonda Fitch to become the new executive director of Oak Ridge Cemetery after current executive director Michael Lelys retires in October. Fitch, a
Upon Further Review
Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019 12:00 am

Former cop is now a felon

 The most dramatic part of the trial came when the judge asked Samuel Rosario if he would testify. The former Springfield police officer stared into space for the better part of 30 seconds before
Upon Further Review
Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019 12:00 am

Remembering is fun

 Not long after learning to walk, I learned to wander.Once, I made it to one of the busiest streets in town, right off the freeway. Another time, while exploring a demolished laundromat, I stuck

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