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“Police Shredding” Lawsuit Can Continue

Springfield’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit over destroyed police files has been denied, and it will continue.

Lawmakers, Citing Other Income, Balk at “Suspension”

Lawmakers under pressure to solve Illinois’ pension crisis say their progress is tied less to their pay than the process of calculating savings for the state’s coffers.

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Rutherford: Quinn Winning “P.R. War”

One of the Republicans running for governor of Illinois in 2014 is giving incumbent Gov. Pat Quinn, a Democrat, some credit for his decision this week to veto lawmakers’ pay as retribution for inaction on pensions.

State Asks Judge to Dismiss Concealed Carry Lawsuit

The state of Illinois is asking a federal court to reject a push by gun-rights advocates to let the state’s residents start publicly toting weapons as soon as next week.

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Decatur Correctional Center Briefly Evacuated

An investigation is underway after a suspicious, powdery substance was found at the Decatur Correctional Center.

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Jacksonville Lottery Winner Still a Mystery

Lottery officials are still holding on to an unclaimed prize from Jacksonville.

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SMTD Runs Busses to Knights Action Park

The Springfield Mass Transit District is extending one of its lines for the summer.

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Home Sales Up in First Half of Year, Down in June

Foreclosures appear to be holding down home prices in the Springfield area, according to the Capital Area Association of Realtors.

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“Granite Guy” Accused of False Income Tax Returns

The U.S. Department of Justice has charged a Springfield businessman with filing false income tax returns.

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Ill. Supreme Court Ends Challenges to Abortion Law

A lengthy legal battle over an abortion notification law appears to be ending, clearing the way for Illinois to begin enforcing a 1995 measure requiring doctors to notify a girl’s parents before she undergoes the procedure.

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Truck, Freight Train Collide Near Blue Mound

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A truck driver was injured after he was hit by a freight train on Route 48 near the Macon/Christian County line.

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Florence Sentenced to 72 Years

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The man who attacked a Springfield police officer responding to a dropped 911 call has been sentenced to 72 years in prison.

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Former U.S. House Speaker Hastert Indicted

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Federal prosecutors have announced bank-related charges against former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert.

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State Rep. Questions Payroll Practices for Education Secretary

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At least one Illinois lawmaker is asking for an explanation – why is the governor’s Education Secretary being paid from the Human Services budget?

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Springfield Unemployment Rate Drops to 4.3%

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The rate fell to 4.3 percent this April, compared to 5.3 percent last April.