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With the spring city elections looming, you can learn about the candidates in your community by clicking here.

Investigative series: Violation of Trust

Rape victims in Southern Illinois rarely get justice. Read our "Violation of Trust" series here.


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How to get BND's new iPhone app, other mobile products

The News-Democrat has launched a redesign of our iPhone apps that will heighten the interactivity of your local news experience.

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Who gets paid what?

Check out our public salaries database here.

The searchable database includes salaries for local elected officials, other city government workers, school administrators and teachers.

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