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Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019 12:00 am

Historians talk politics

 Abraham Lincoln was notoriously silent on his career in Illinois state politics.In an 1859 autobiographical statement sent to a Republican friend in Pennsylvania, the future president devoted ex
Upon Further Review
Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019 12:00 am

Politics, the Y block and puppies

 Last week’s forums for aldermanic candidates sponsored by Inner City Older Neighborhoods were equally bemusing, informative and maddening. Ward 1 Ald. Chuck “MIA” Redpath was the only incu
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Friday, Feb. 8, 2019 12:00 am

Prosecutors complete Purchase investigation

The Illinois State’s Attorney Appellate Prosecutor’s office has cleared Lakeisha Purchase, a Springfield aldermanic candidate who was the subject of a complaint alleging that she had omitted in
Upon Further Review
Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019 12:00 am

An open letter to the attorney general

Dear Kwame,I was there when you were sworn in. I saw you applaud when Comptroller Susana Mendoza called Secretary of State Jesse White the greatest politician in Illinois history.White told me to go a
Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019 12:00 am

City, county leaders spar over Capital Township

 Sangamon County board chairman Andy Van Meter and Springfield Mayor Jim Langfelder agreed on at least one thing during a debate last week sponsored by Citizens Club of Springfield.Capital Townsh
Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019 12:00 am

Schock prosecutor used emails in complaint about judge

 A legal mess involving U.S. District Court Judge Colin Bruce began in 2017, when the judge dressed down an assistant U.S. attorney who was then lead prosecutor in a corruption case targeting for
Upon Further Review
Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019 12:00 am

Prosecutors seek title to backhoe

 Mike Eyer of Jacksonville dug himself a legal hole in the spring of 2017, when he started driving his backhoe home.It began, Eyer recalls, when he got a call from a friend: I’ve got some concr
Friday, Jan. 25, 2019 12:00 am

Jury award comes after government fines

A Sangamon County jury has awarded $6.5 million to the family of Robert Folder, who died in 2014 after a mishap at Lewis Memorial Christian Village in Springfield. Folder, 78, was being loaded i
Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019 12:00 am

Mayor’s relatives join city payroll

At least four relatives of Springfield Mayor Jim Langfelder have gotten city jobs since the mayor took office in 2015.A nephew who worked a $10-per-hour temporary job at the public works department in


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