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Memoir sheds light on love between late state Sen. Penny Severns, journalist

Before gays and lesbians could legally marry in Illinois, there was a state senator and a political reporter in Springfield who fell in love. The hidden marriage of the late state Sen. Penny Severns, D-Decatur, and former Associated Press statehouse bureau chief Terry Mutchler ended when Severns, after campaigning for secretary of state, died in 1998 of cancer.

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Murderer's Row: Slayings on 79th Street have some residents scared to go outside

When the weather is nice, Ehrick Harper likes to sit outside of the Chatham Great Choice apparel store where he works. Harper, 38, knows the store is on a particularly violent stretch of East 79th Street, but says he makes the two-hour commute from the West Side because he needs work. “I have to feel safe — it’s my job,” Harper says with a smile as he glances over his right shoulder at his co-worker.

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