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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
Wednesday, March 11, 2009 12:00 am

Former party chair says leadership needs to lead

The Sangamon County Evening Republican Club, declared disbanded and dead about a year ago, will be resurrected just in time for Easter, according to several former party officers. Irv Smith, who cha
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Wednesday, March 11, 2009 12:00 am

Taxpayers seeking quick cash may end up trading their big check for a high-interest loan

Last week, my younger son lost two teeth in the same day. We all know what that means: he was in for windfall from the Tooth Fairy. At a dollar per tooth, he was due two bucks minimum. He
Wednesday, March 4, 2009 12:00 am

Scouting for diversity among the troops

Last summer, while William Ferguson was working as a junior counselor at the Urban League’s Freedom School, a child fell and broke his arm. Ferguson used two sticks and a bandana to
Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2009 12:00 am

Even good causes involve legal clauses

For most worker bees, the annual on-the-job charity drive means a chance to make a painless payroll-deduction pledge to a worthy cause and then celebrate with a pizza party in the company
Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2009 12:00 am

Quinn didn’t like Trent’s 2004 gag order

The installment of Pat Quinn as governor may give new meaning to the old phrase “changing of the guard.” For starters, Quinn prefers the minimalist approach to security —
Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2009 12:00 am
In February 2006, a resident of Howe Developmental Center died from having a pap smear. For most women, such a test is somewhat uncomfortable. For this woman — blind, profoundly retarded, non-v
Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2009 12:00 am

Why Lisa Madigan leads the political pack

“So how was the inauguration?” If you had asked Lisa Madigan that casual question on Barack Obama’s third day in office, you would’ve been treated to a 15-minute rha


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