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Moody’s Downgrades Illinois’ Credit Rating; Quinn Calls Special Session

The state has suffered its second credit rating downgrade in less than a week.


Crimestoppers Seeks Tips on Suspicious Enos Park Fires

A series of fires in the Enos Park neighborhood last month is this week’s Sangamon and Menard County Crimestoppers Crime of the Week.

Now What? 3rd Street Could Be An Economic Boon

With the 10th Street corridor rail solution almost a done-deal, businesses in downtown Springfield are turning their attention to what could become an opportunity for the current 3rd Street rail line.


Concealed Carry Bill Faces Criticism From Journalists

A portion of the concealed carry bill that’s in the governor’s hands is coming under criticism. The seven-person panel that…


Illinois Economy Showing Signs Of Improvement

The Illinois economy continues to improve. This is according to the University of Illinois Flash Index, which comes in this month at 105.9, up from 105.8 a month ago.


Gun Bill Sent to Governor For Review

The concealed carry bill has been sent to the governor on Wednesday.


Petersburg Comm. Fire Protection District Paying 3x Fair Market Value for New Building

Petersburg Mayor John Stiltz told WTAX’s Ray Lytle Show that the building, purchased by the Petersburg Community Fire Protection District for $320,000, is valued at far less than that.


State Treasurer Not Surprised by Illinois Credit Downgrade

The recent decrease in Illinois’ bond rating is the result of legislators failing to restructure pensions before the end of the legislative session on May 31, says State Treasurer Dan Rutherford, now a Republican candidate for governor.


Bruce Rauner Running For Illinois Governor

Now we have two Republican candidates running for governor. Bruce Rauner entered today (Wednesday) with a video on his website.


GOP Candidate for 13th Congressional District Announces Bid

A onetime Miss America from Urbana wants to take her skills to Washington, D. C. Erika Harold is doing it…

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Opponents Upset Chief Illiniwek Merchandise Still Available Online

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Assistant Athletic Director Marty Kaufmann says the items are available because there wasn't "any edict to wipe all history or tradition from our books."

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Lisa Madigan Calls for More Compassion Towards Victims of Sex Crimes

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The state's Attorney General says a shift in attitude toward victims of rape, sexual assault, and other such crimes will lead toward more of these crimes being reported.

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Arrest Made in the Murder of a Former Pleasant Plains Woman

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One suspect is in jail and another is being sought in the murder of a former Springfield area woman.

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Alleged Improprieties Force Out Two Parole Board Members

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Two members of the Illinois Prisoner Review Board have been removed in the wake of published reports of erroneous filings with the state and the federal government.

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Rauner Addresses Concerns of State’s University Presidents


The Governor was in Urbana Friday to address the concerns of nine presidents over universities in Illinois.