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Thursday, March 26, 2015 12:00 am

Bills seek to curtail drug abuses that lead to heroin

 For recovering addict Nick Gore, the cost of heroin abuse is all too real.“In my three years that I’ve been sober, I’ve lost 16 friends to overdose,” Gore said. “Those 16 people that d
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Thursday, March 26, 2015 12:00 am

Funding shortfall in current fiscal year could disrupt system

 More than 1,200 people signed up last week to testify in support of legislation to fund an important state child care program, expressing opposition to deep cuts proposed by Gov. Bruce Rauner.Th
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Friday, March 20, 2015 12:00 am

Decision will play large role in next state budget

The Illinois Supreme Court heard arguments last week on whether a controversial law cutting public pension benefits was constitutional.
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Thursday, March 19, 2015 12:00 am

Groups calling for higher taxes on wealthy

The Capitol dome echoed with chants of “We are the 99 percent,” “Whose money? Our money” and “Tax the rich.” Every so often, a hush fell over the crowd as they raised their fists in solida
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Thursday, March 12, 2015 12:00 am

Aldermanic candidates want fair share of gambling revenue

 Candidates for alderman in Springfield’s Ward 2 say they would fight for a residency requirement and to make sure their ward gets a fair share of money from video gambling.The two candidates s
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Thursday, March 5, 2015 12:00 am

Lawmakers move to update divorce, child custody law

 The patchwork quilt that is Illinois family and divorce law is getting restitched for the first time in nearly 40 years, with potential changes for divorce and child custody cases.The Illinois F
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Thursday, March 5, 2015 12:00 am

Lawmaker sets stage for legalization of marijuana

 As Illinois implements its long-awaited medical marijuana program, one state lawmaker is preparing for the next step: taxing and regulating recreational marijuana.Rep. Robyn Gabel, D-Evanston, s
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Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015 12:00 am

Prison reform advocate leading state agency

 Gov. Bruce Rauner wants to reduce Illinois’ use of incarceration. His commitment to prison and sentencing reform is evident in the person he hired to crunch the numbers.Until recently, John Ma
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Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015 12:00 am

Groups call for new policies to combat climate change, grow green economy

 Climate change is bad for business, according to concerned business owners who met in Springfield last week. Washington, D.C.-based Business Forward hosted a meeting of Springfield business lead

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