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Illinois lawmakers looking at $5 fee on traffic tickets to pay for police body cameras

SPRINGFIELD — Answering calls to equip police officers with body cameras after a series of officer-involved deaths across the country, Illinois lawmakers are pushing a plan to add a $5 fee onto traffic tickets to pay for the equipment while also setting statewide standards for how the cameras and...

Rauner, Madigan, Cullerton: Stop courting catastrophe

As the budget season grinds on in Springfield, every Illinois citizen now sees up close the ugly reality: Our state government is in a financial crisis, and our elected leaders have so far responded with paralysis.

Hillary Clinton Is Taking Democrats Backward on Climate Change

When Barack Obama announced his Presidential campaign in Springfield, Illinois he spoke of climate change. Let's be the generation that finally frees America from the tyranny of oil. We can harness homegrown, alternative fuels like ethanol and spur the production of more fuel-efficient cars. Show More Summary

Connecticut Teacher Fired For Teaching Ginsburg Poem

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“The unceremonious dismissal of a beloved teacher has thrown the town of South Windsor, population 25,000, halfway between Hartford, Conn., and Springfield, Mass., into tumult. The local newspaper denounced him in editorials. Alumni, town residents, and Olio’s current students crammed into Board of Education hearings to testify on his behalf.”

The other showdown in Springfield

While the Democrats who run the Illinois House and Senate try to trick-bag Gov. Bruce Rauner and taxpayers with another phony budget, there's a negotiation going on that is very real — and critical to moving state government to be an efficient, cost-effective operation. This is worth your attention.

Donald H. Crosby, expert in German language and culture, dies at 88

Donald H. Crosby, a professor emeritus of German studies and comparative literature who lectured regularly at embassies, museums and opera societies throughout the Washington area, died May 16 while flying home to Springfield, Va., from a vacation in Europe. He was 88.Read full article >>

Donald H. Crosby, expert in German language and culture, dies at 88

Donald H. Crosby, a professor emeritus of German studies and comparative literature who lectured regularly at embassies, museums and opera societies throughout the Washington area, died May 16 while flying home to Springfield, Va., from a vacation in Europe. He was 88.Read full article >>

Senate Democrats block Rauner's workers compensation measure

SPRINGFIELD — Senate Democrats on Wednesday blocked Gov. Bruce Rauner's proposal to overhaul the workers compensation system for employees injured on the job, the latest rejection of the Republican's pro-business, anti-union agenda by Democrats who control the General Assembly.

Nineteen burglaries of Fairfax area homes may be linked, police say

Fairfax County police said they are investigating a series of break-ins at homes that may be linked. In a two-month span, authorities said, there were 19 break-ins at homes in the West Springfield, Fair Oaks and Mt. Vernon areas. No one was injured in the incidents, according to police.Read full article >>

Nineteen burglaries of Fairfax area homes may be linked, police say

Fairfax County police said they are investigating a series of break-ins at homes that may be linked. In a two-month span, authorities said, there were 19 break-ins at homes in the West Springfield, Fair Oaks and Mt. Vernon areas. No one was injured in the incidents, according to police.Read full article >>

Illinois looking to crack down on owners who leave pets outside in extreme weather

SPRINGFIELD — Leaving the family pet outside in extremely hot or cold temperatures could result in up to a year in jail and a hefty fine under a measure House lawmakers sent Gov. Bruce Rauner on Tuesday.

A final look at this year's Hoops HOF Class

As many of you know, the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame inducted their Class of 2014 in Springfield, Massachusetts this weekend. Rather than generate criticism on their process (which we have done often), and the ceremony itself (which we will do in a lengthy piece on the site next weekend), let’s take one final look at those who entered the Hall. Show More Summary

Dikembe Mutombo now #1 on our Basketball List

We here at Notinhalloffame.com are very pleased to unveil this year’s version of the Basketball List. This is for those who should be considered for the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts. This particular Hall, does not just focus on the Professional game, but encompasses the College, International and the Women’s game. Show More Summary

Is Everything Sold at a Dollar Store Really a Bargain?

Believe it or not, dollar stores have been around since at least 1955 when Dollar General opened its first one in Springfield, Kentucky. Granted, a dollar went a lot further back then — equivalent to almost $9 today. Even so, that inflation has done very little to reduce the size of my local dollar store’s […]

Etiquette for Painting Workshop Students

Teaching a workshop in Springfield, Illinois. Every student was perfect! Who hasn't been in a painting workshop where one student talks constantly without giving the others a chance to speak? I think we've all been there. I've been both student and instructor, and I've experienced workshops from each end. Show More Summary

Josh Duggar Not Guilty? Police Destroy Duggar Record of Molestation, Says It Doesn’t Exist

Springfield, AR, Police destroyed the record that Josh Duggar molested five girls, according to USA Today. Without a report, some believe Josh Duggar not guilty of the crime, despite his admitting to and apologizing for his actions Thursday. Show More Summary

Motorcyclist injured after colliding with mattress on I-495 in Springfield

A motorcycle collided with a mattress Saturday morning on the Capital Beltway in Springfield, Va., briefly shutting down southbound traffic, Virginia State Police spokesperson Corinne Geller said. Just after 10 a.m., police were called to the scene of a crash along Interstate 495, north of exit 57. Show More Summary

Intelligence Agency: opening up to a changing world

SPRINGFIELD, Va. (Reuters) - Much about the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency remains classified, but the U.S. spy agency that maps and analyzes the earth is opening up more than ever, from sharing computer source code on a public website to tapping new sources of intelligence.

Illinois Senate approves bill to decriminalize marijuana possession

SPRINGFIELD — Carrying small amounts of marijuana would result in a fine instead of an arrest under a measure approved Thursday by the Illinois Senate.

Rauner letter: 'Expect a very long extra session' if he doesn't get what he wants

Gov. Bruce Rauner has largely been out of the public eye this week as a May 31 deadline to pass a budget approaches, instead choosing to write an opinion piece in a Springfield newspaper published Thursday in which he warns that legislators may be forced to stick around the Capitol this summer...

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