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GUEST EDITORIAL: Magic 8 Ball is a reckless Illinois policy tool

Twice last week we heard predictions about what we can expect from our leaders in Springfield, both of which left us scratching our heads and wondering whether the prognostications were actually made by the Magic 8 Ball.

September 02, 2014 12:00 am

Springfield project to overhaul Lincoln law office

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. | Plans are underway to overhaul the historic Lincoln-Herndon Law Offices site in downtown Springfield, including a working version of an 1840s dry goods store similar to one that was below Abraham Lincoln's law practice.

June 21, 2014 12:00 am

Push to expand video gambling comes as industry continues to grow

SPRINGFIELD | When it comes to video gambling, the majority of the most lucrative sites in Illinois are bars or restaurants.

March 30, 2014 12:00 am

Report: Ill. pension payments up in coming year

SPRINGFIELD | The amount Illinois must pay to keep pace with its pension systems should grow less than 2 percent next year but still total nearly $7 billion, according to a report released Tuesday.

December 31, 2013 8:15 pm

'Lincoln' movie exhibit opens in Illinois Jan. 17

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. | Costumes, furniture and other props used in Steven Spielberg's 2012 film "Lincoln" are set to go on display in Springfield next month.

December 27, 2013 12:00 am
How kids helped buy a copy of Gettysburg Address

How kids helped buy a copy of Gettysburg Address

SPRINGFIELD | As a boy in the 1940s, Gene Rubley got a nickel allowance every week — money that would pay for a 4-cent ticket to see a double feature at a Springfield movie theater, with a penny to spare for candy.

November 16, 2013 7:45 pm Photos


State capital prepares for anniversary of Gettysburg Address

SPRINGFIELD | Sunday marks the beginning of a week-long observance in Illinois’ capital city of the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address.

November 12, 2013 8:30 pm

Presidential museum set to get 'Lincoln' movie exhibit

SPRINGFIELD | A bit of Hollywood soon will be making its home in Illinois’ capital city as part of a new exhibit at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.

October 29, 2013 12:00 am

Sauk Village hires lobbyist in Springfield

SAUK VILLAGE | Sauk Village is hoping to see its share of state funds increase after officials approved an agreement with Alfred G. RonanLtd., a lobbying firm the village hopes can increase the flow of cash from Springfield.

September 29, 2013 11:00 am

Civil War diary donated to Springfield library

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. | Writing in tiny script in a leather-bound journal, a Civil War soldier from Springfield chronicled patrols and some of the war's deadliest battles and made mention of current events, including Abraham Lincoln's assassination.

September 25, 2013 7:30 pm
Lansing Police Cadets compete at conference

Lansing Police Cadets compete at conference

LANSING | On Aug. 4, the Lansing Police Cadets traveled to Springfield to compete in the 2013 Illinois Law Enforcement Explorers Conference. For the next week the Cadets would compete in a number of scenario-based events involving many different facets of law enforcement. These included team…

September 23, 2013 11:50 am Photos


State's highest court moving to Chicago

SPRINGFIELD | The Illinois Supreme Court is moving to Chicago.

June 06, 2013 11:00 pm
Poll: Fight obesity crisis but keep the junk food

Poll: Fight obesity crisis but keep the junk food

Everyone could use a little help keeping those New Year's resolutions to slim down. But if it means the government limiting junk food, the response is an overwhelming, "No."

January 07, 2013 12:00 am

Quinn's state police changes drawing concern

SPRINGFIELD | Although officials claim it could save money over time, Gov. Pat Quinn's plan to consolidate Illinois State Police communication centers will initially cost the cash-strapped state an estimated $15 million.

March 12, 2012 7:02 pm
Fall veto session under way in Springfield

Fall veto session under way in Springfield

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. | Illinois lawmakers zapped Gov. Pat Quinn on Tuesday as senators took a step toward overriding his veto on high-profile electricity legislation and House Speaker Michael Madigan criticized his no-layoff agreement with a major union.

October 25, 2011 8:30 pm Photos


Wrangling over state budget may not be over

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. | Depending on whom you ask, the new state spending plan either spends too much, spends too little or is just right.

June 27, 2011 11:12 am

Senate panel: No teens to darken tanning salon doors

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. | Illinois lawmakers are creating a line in the tan -- those 18 and younger dare not cross.

March 30, 2011 11:17 am

Senate moves to resolve jobless benefit cuts

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. | The clock is ticking for Illinois officials to avoid a potential mid-May cutoff in federal unemployment benefits for 32,000 out-of-work Illinoisans.

March 30, 2011 10:19 am

Illinois nuke plants under review

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. | A review of the state's fleet of nuclear power plants is under way.

March 29, 2011 11:11 am

Ready to pack a concealed handgun? Not so fast

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. | Even though supporters may believe this is the year concealed carry will become law, it may take at least a year before Illinois residents can pack a pistol.

March 09, 2011 11:52 am
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