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Fireworks: Not Much is Legal

Even though there seems to be a patchwork of laws regarding fireworks, Sangamon County Undersheriff Jack Campbell says that is…


Cameras Could be Placed on School Buses

Passing a stopped school bus is against the law, but not everyone agrees a bus-mounted camera to catch the scofflaws…


Jacksons to be Sentenced on Wednesday

Prosecutors in the case against former U.S. Representative Jesse Jackson Jr. are asking for permission to take control of his…

Judy Baar Topinka

Illinois Comptroller Gearing Up for Reelection

Illinois’ comptroller is ready for a battle to keep her job. Judy Baar Topinka is Illinois’ most successful Republican over…


Bike Trail Modifications Could Bring in State Money

Illinois’ off-road trails are poorly marked, an advocate says. Steve Buchtel of the group Trails for Illinois says the off-road…


Summer Food Programs Available for Low-Income Families

Homework and tests aren’t the only things students go without during the summer. For some, food can also be cut.…


Pekin Hopes Pipeline Will Produce Economic Benefits

Pekin and the surrounding communities are looking for an economic boost from the upcoming Enbridge pipeline project and the 600 workers it will employ.


Early Saturday Fire Displaces Five

The fire erupted about 3:45 a.m. at 1824 Hastings Road.


Illinois Roads Suffering Due to Spending on Bridges

The condition of Illinois roads has deteriorated in recent years.


Fireworks in Rochester Sunday Evening

Springfield area residents can enjoy fireworks ahead of next week’s Fourth of July holiday.

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Butterball is Ready to Help With Turkey Dinner

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If you're the type of person that "could make a TV dinner taste like radio," perhaps cooking a turkey isn't exactly in your wheelhouse.

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City Council May Do Away with Ethics Committee

6-30-15 Springfield City Council

The Springfield City Council may do away with

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Springfield Jobless Rate Drops — And More

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Springfield-area Unemployment: 5.1%

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Rauner Issues Pardons

Illinois Republican gubernatorial candidate businessman Bruce Rauner participates in a Republican gubernatorial candidate debate Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, in Springfield, Ill. The four Republican gubernatorial candidates said that they’ll be willing to work with unions if elected but differed on how to approach the relationship during a downstate debate that largely focused on pension reform, taxes and just briefly on personal issues that have dogged some of the candidates.

Rauner granted 10 and denied 200 clemency petitions.

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Springfield Man Convicted of Sexual Assault


Christopher Westfall was convicted in August.