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Prosecution Rests in Harris Trial

The prosecution rested its case Friday at the Christopher Harris murder trial in Peoria and Harris took his turn testifying shortly afterwards.


Gas Prices Flattening After Sharp Rise

Why is the price of gas so high right now?


Concealed Carry Bill Passes House

The concealed carry bill has cleared the House.


Senate Passes Ban on Driving with Handheld Phones

It could soon be the law in Illinois to go “hands-free” when using a cell phone in the car. But,…


Another Hiccup for Pension Reform

The University of Illinois system is, like all other publically-funded entities, is waiting for lawmakers to craft a budget for…


Springfield Unemployment Rate Falls

Springfield’s unemployment rate has dropped dramatically. The Illinois Department of Employment Security released the not seasonally adjusted unemployment numbers for…


Lawmakers Seek Illinois Amtrak Expansion

Amtrak’s friends in the Illinois legislature are pushing for a feasibility study to add even more passenger miles in the state.


U of I Takes Action to Stop Quinn’s Proposed Reductions

In a letter to the alumni association, President of the University of Illinois, Robert Easter is asking everyone to take action against the governor’s proposed reductions.


Rural Bicycle, Pedestrian Path Plan Ready for Public Inspection

The Springfield-Sangamon County Regional Planning Commission has released the final draft of the rural bicycle and pedestrian plan.

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United Way of Central Illinois Donates $1.7 Million

39 local programs received about $1.7 million from the United Way. The United Way of Central Illinois invested the money in programs that…

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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

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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.