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The Browning of the Green Partynew

Despite conflict between environmentalists and the immigrants' rights movement, congressional candidate Omar Lopez thinks the Greens could supplant the Democrats as Latinos' party of choice.
Chicago Reader  |  Kari Lydersen  |  08-18-2008  |  Politics

Cop Charged with 49 Felonies Pleads Guilty to Two Misdemeanors, Goes Freenew

Was David Lewis a pervert who used his police powers to terrorize vulnerable young women? Or was this case coldly concocted -- as Lewis insists -- in retaliation for his sniffing around the a strip club for information possibly linking the state's attorney's office with gangs, prostitution, and cocaine?
Illinois Times  |  Dusty Rhodes  |  08-14-2008  |  Crime & Justice

Some Illinois Residents Push to Get State to Overturn a Mine Permitnew

Richard Fuller, who described himself as a "75-plus-year-old" farmer, suggested that Capital Resources Development Co.'s plan to strip-mine a 430.6-acre tract near Banner -- a village 25 miles southwest of Peoria in Fulton County -- would destroy the area's topsoil and make future planting nearly impossible.
Illinois Times  |  Amanda Robert  |  07-31-2008  |  Environment

Illinois' Three-Headed Monster Continues to Battle Itselfnew

The state's most vulnerable citizens suffer as the state's leaders feud.
Illinois Times  |  Rich Miller  |  07-31-2008  |  Commentary

Springfield, Ill., Was an Important Station on the Underground Railroadnew

Part of the intrigue of the Underground Railroad is its mystery -- we'll never know the whole story. Its activists tried to keep their work secret, so they kept no official records; many African-American participants couldn't read or write, which prevented them from leaving records. What we know comes from oral histories, journals, and memoirs sometimes found by luck.
Illinois Times  |  Tara McClellan McAndrew  |  07-21-2008  |  History

Illinois Gov's Cuts to Drug-Treatment Programs Will Have Wide-Reaching Effectsnew

Under Blago's ax, drug-treatment centers around the state will lose $55 million in state funds. This amount might sound like pocket change in the context of the state's big fat coffers. To the network of drug-treatment service providers, however, it's about half of their budget -- and that's just the first domino of many that will fall.
Illinois Times  |  Dusty Rhodes  |  07-21-2008  |  Drugs

Growing Green Party Aims to Gain Nationally What it Won in Illinois in 2006new

Although Cynthia McKinney pays lip service to the idea that she could overtake Barack Obama and John McCain, her goal is to win at least 5 percent of the national vote, which would establish the Green Party nationally, making it eligible for federal matching grants in future elections. Breaking through that canopy will be anything but a walk in the park.
Illinois Times  |  R.L. Nave  |  07-21-2008  |  Politics

Hell in a Cell: Inside Tamms Supermax Prisonnew

The prison near the southern tip of Illinois was built to punish disruptive inmates with temporary solitary confinement. Yet Reginald Berry spent the better part of eight years there -- and he was luckier than many.
Chicago Reader  |  Jeffrey Felshman  |  04-28-2008  |  Crime & Justice

Daniel Biss is Banking on the Netrootsnew

Online fund-raising has proved startlingly successful for the independent-minded Democrat who hopes to be an Illinois state representative.
Chicago Reader  |  Harold Henderson  |  08-20-2007  |  Politics

The Other Debatenew

The Illinois Green Party's gubernatorial candidate says he represents the state's majority.
Illinois Times  |  R.L. Nave  |  10-06-2006  |  Politics

Hard Way Outnew

Marty Dwyer didn't tell, and the Guard didn't ask -- until the day they listened to the wrong guy.
Illinois Times  |  Dusty Rhodes  |  04-19-2006  |  LGBT

Naming Names: A New HIV/AIDS Reporting Systemnew

On Jan. 1, Illinois will abandon its practice of reporting HIV cases by code and instead adopt a name-based system like that used by many other states.
Illinois Times  |  R. L. Nave  |  01-03-2006  |  Science

Justice Delayed Becomes Justice Deniednew

For more than a decade, Lisa Weisser pursued a claim against the state of Illinois, arguing the state should have protected her from a known sex offender who raped her. On Saturday, Dec. 3, she gave up.
Illinois Times  |  Bruce Rushton  |  12-12-2005  |  Crime & Justice

A Predator on the Loosenew

Michael Redpath is a danger to women and children, so why does he keep getting breaks?
Illinois Times  |  Bruce Rushton  |  12-12-2005  |  Crime & Justice

Fowl-Offal Plant Emits an Awful, Foul Odornew

Neighbors are complaining of the stench from a first-of-its-kind facility designed to convert turkey offal into oils, gas and minerals for use as fuel and fertilizer.
The Pitch  |  David Martin  |  11-30-2005  |  Environment

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