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Doing Better by Young Offenders

Group says long sentences for teenage criminals aren't effective

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Father: Evidence Will “Convict or Exonerate” Schock

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

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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.

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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.

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More Reaction to Schock’s Resignation

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

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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.

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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.

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Local Unemployment Continues to Decline

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

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Arkansas governor urges changes to ‘religious objection’ bill

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

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Home prices rise modestly, affordability still an obstacle

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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

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

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Brew more beer!

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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

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