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    Putting limits on Springfield

    Should Illinois limit terms, reduce the state Senate and increase the state House? Those are the questions we, and 600,000 petition signers, hope voters are asked in November.

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    Real clerks of Belleville

    Belleville City Hall felt a little like reality television on Monday, with alliances, political intrigue and a call to the police. And like reality TV, you know the players were trying to wring all the emotion they could from the situation.

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    Why they call it service

    A family friend who retired from the U.S. Air Force once told his son at the start of the son's new military life, "That's why they call it 'the service.'"

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    Seeking less bang for our tax buck

    Illinois lawmakers recognize that the flow of illegal guns to criminals is not being handled, and this week the Illinois Gun Trafficking Task Force held its first meeting. They heard for an hour from St. Clair County State's Attorney Brendan Kelly.

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    Cronyism running wild in St. Clair County

    Corruption and abuse of power is rampant in St. Clair County. Taxpayer dollars are being routinely doled out to "friends" of government officials. This results in great wealth for the County power brokers and their crony allies, all on the backs of St. Clair County taxpayers.

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    'Reset' button for students

    Our recent examination of student expulsions began with an announcement over the Belleville East High School intercom: There were 33 students kicked out of school last year compared to 14 five years ago. We were taken aback, and then a high-profile case involving an Airsoft gun at Belleville West...

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    Hear something, say something

    St. Clair County State's Attorney Brendan Kelly recently sent what was essentially a back-to-school message to local school superintendents. His letter was about paying serious attention to threats, regardless of how serious you think they might be.

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    What we want from Matt Mitchell

    For the sixth time, former Illinois State Police trooper Matt Mitchell was before a hearing officer asking that he again be allowed the privilege of driving. It was a contentious hearing, one unlike any of the roughly 5,000 his lawyer said he'd attended.

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    Waking up truants' parents

    Mother's Day came early in St. Clair County as prosecutors offered an unwanted but needed gift to the errant children of errant moms: misdemeanor charges.

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    First peace, then justice

    Our community is in the midst of a wrenching examination of an unarmed Ferguson, Mo., teen's death at the hands of a police officer. The conflicts in the story are troubling, and the involvement of a disinterested third party, in the form of the FBI, is a positive step.

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