Bill Clutter


The co-founder of an Illinois prisoner advocacy group is calling for a statewide effort to investigate claims of innocence.

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In the late 1980s, coal tar dust left behind by an abandoned gas plant was exposed in the central Illinois town of Taylorville. Several children were soon diagnosed with neuroblastoma – a rare form of childhood cancer. Bill Clutter, a private investigator from Springfield, helped a group of mothers take the cases to court.

Curtis and Cory Lovelace were two Quincy natives who met in high school and went on to marry and have four children. Referred to as pillars of the community,  Cory's death sent shock waves throughout the small town over a decade ago.