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Doing Better by Young Offenders

Group says long sentences for teenage criminals aren't effective


Man Who Bit SPD Officer Found Guilty of 9 of 10 Counts

A man who assaulted a Springfield Police officer during a domestic dispute has been found guilty on 9 of the 10 charges against him.


Meeks Faces Opposition in ISBE Confirmation

The question's out there of whether James Meeks, a Baptist minister and former senator, can be fair as chairman of the Illinois State Board of Education.


Rauner Orders Diversion of “Fair Share” Fees; Creation of Separate Accounts

A memo obtained by The Associated Press directs departments to create two sets of books to do it.


Ex-Lobbyist Sues Over Pension Earned as Teacher for a Day

A retired lobbyist is suing an Illinois retirement board over benefits that he qualified for by subbing at a school for one day.


SPD Looking for Assailants of 89-Year-Old Woman

Sangamon and Menard County Crimestoppers says two men broke into a home in the 1700 block of east Ash St.


Durkin On Board with Rauner Pension Ideas

Illinois House Republicans are on board with the governor's idea of moving teachers and state workers to a 401(k)-type retirement system, at least philosophically.


Former State Rep. Gets Prison Sentence for Child Porn

Eight years in prison for terminally-ill former lawmaker.

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“Style of Hope” Fashion Show Tonight

"Style of Hope" Fashion Show helps cover money the state doesn't pay out.

3-19-15 Mayoral Debate

Race, Diversity Come Up in Springfield Mayoral Debate

Race and diversity came up a number of times in a debate Wednesday night.


Legislation Slows Proposed Minimum Wage Hike

Legislation in the Illinois House to increase the minimum wage at a slower rate than the Senate proposes has received committee approval.


Father: Evidence Will “Convict or Exonerate” Schock

Congressman Aaron Schock's father says the facts will "convict or exonerate" his son.


Gun Owners Lobby for Updates to Concealed Carry Rules

Gun owners used their lobby day in Springfield to make sure they have a friend in the governor's office.


Saving “The Mill” on Historic Route 66 in Lincoln

A group needs help raising $94,000 to convert an old restaurant along route 66 into a history museum.


More Reaction to Schock’s Resignation

Two experts say it's like the problems with former Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr., all over again.


Discussions Continue on Illinois’ FY15 Budget Problems

The governor has said Democrats, led by ousted Gov. Pat Quinn, spent a year's worth of money in six months.

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Expert: Social Media to Blame for Schock’s Downfall

Aaron Schock's Instagram account may have contributed to his political downfall.


CWLP Likely Won’t Hit Technical Default

It looks like City Water Light and Power will avoid technical default for the fiscal year that just passed.


Local Unemployment Continues to Decline

Another month of declines in unemployment for both Springfield and Sangamon County.

National Headlines

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Arkansas governor urges changes to ‘religious objection’ bill


The religious-objection laws have sparked fears that they could allow discrimination.

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Home prices rise modestly, affordability still an obstacle


Few Americans have listed their homes for sale, with the tight inventory keeping prices higher.

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10 FOR TODAY: Wednesday, April 1


Your daily look at the stories that will be talked about today.

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Brew more beer!


Legislatures around the country are passing laws to allow microbreweries with restaurants to increase production of craft beer.

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Iran nuclear talks extended; Russia says deal within reach


Major powers and Iran are closer to a preliminary accord on reining in Tehran's nuclear program.