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Oak Ridge Cemetery Privatization Appears to be DOA

The much debated topic of privatizing Oak Ridge Cemetery seems to be dead for now.    Cemetery Director Michael Lelys told…


Obama Signs Disaster Declaration for 15 Ill. Counties

President Barack Obama has signed a disaster declaration for 15 counties in Illinois after severe storms and tornadoes struck the state.


Legislative Leaders Meet Tuesday; Try Hashing Out Pension Deal

Illinois’ legislative leaders met Tuesday to try to put the finishing touches on a pension restructuring plan. The Illinois House is scheduled…


Sen. Kirk Tours Tornado Damaged Washington, Ill.

Local and state leaders took U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) around tornado-ravaged Washington, Ill. Tuesday afternoon, adding the senator, hobbled by a stroke almost two years ago, even got out and walked.


We’re Number One… in Soybean Production

It’s Illinois’ turn to wear the soybean crown.

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You’ve Been Warned-Police Out in Force During the Holidays

Ticket-or-click-it. It is not just a slogan.


Attempted Murder Sends Springfield Man to the Hospital

Springfield Police are investigating a shooting that injured one man.


DeRyke Murder Trial Pushed Back Again

The Watson man accused of killing his seven-year-old niece won’t go to trial until next year.


Macon Bar Destroyed by Fire

A restaurant that’s been a stalwart in Macon for half a century has been destroyed by a fire.


2013 Growing Season: Pretty Good

On the farm, it was a decent year.

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Renovation of Historic Properties Grows in Springfield

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Credit given to low interest rates, federal historic tax credits and more awareness of the significance of historic buildings.

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Divisions Continue on Government Consolidation

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A task force the Republican governor named to put that idea in motion is preparing its final recommendations.

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Chicago Police Expand Body Camera Testing

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Chicago says it's expanding a program to provide police officers with body cameras.

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Federal Grant Means More Research for Peoria Doctor


A medical school professor in Peoria will continue his research into Alzheimer's Disease thanks to a $440,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health.

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John Deere Plans Layoffs


Deere and Company is laying off about 220 workers from its Seeding and Cylinder operation in its hometown as agricultural machinery sales slump.