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Wednesday, April 22, 2009 12:00 am

ISO gets new exec as musicians vote no-confidence in their maestra and move to unionize

After almost a year with no one officially at the helm of the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, the board of directors has hired a new interim executive director, Elizabeth Hare. She joins the
Dusty Rhodes: Fresh Ink
Wednesday, April 22, 2009 12:00 am

Deidre Lockhart, now a professional with a master’s degree, reflects on her colorful past

Ask Deidre Lockhart how tall she is, and she will tell you she’s just under 5-foot-10. You don’t even have to verbalize the follow-up question. With a tone that says “I ge
Feature
Wednesday, April 15, 2009 12:00 am

Karen Hudson has become a reluctant expert on the consequences of concentrated animal feeding operations

Karen Hudson didn’t know what to think when she first learned that factory farming was coming to her town. Elmwood, Ill., is a small but prosperous bedroom community about 20 miles
News
Wednesday, April 15, 2009 12:00 am

New rules allow Timoney and Davlin to “stack the deck”

In a move that has party veterans scratching their heads, Patrick “Tim” Timoney, outgoing chairman of the Sangamon County Democrats, has appointed almost 40 new precinct committeemen over
Dusty Rhodes: Fresh Ink
Wednesday, March 25, 2009 12:00 am

Quinn appoints 29-year-old to direct Illinois State Police

Ask Jonathon Monken how he got the job as director of Illinois State Police — at the tender age of 29, with no law enforcement experience — and he’ll start with a story ab
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Wednesday, March 18, 2009 12:00 am

Tax increase depends on definition of “habitable”

As bridges go, this one is deluxe. It’s built on a vintage single-span construct donated by the township of Island Grove, and topped with a newly-made pitched roof that, once complet
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Wednesday, March 18, 2009 12:00 am

Courts may decide whether “new” facility remains in operation

Last month, Bob and Sandy Young hosted a ribbon-cutting and open house at their hog farm a few miles east of Rochester on Buckhart Road. About 350 people showed up to listen to a few spee

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