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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.

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Macon Bar Destroyed by Fire

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

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2013 Growing Season: Pretty Good

On the farm, it was a decent year.

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Gay Couple to Get Illinois Marriage License Early

A federal court ruling means a same-sex Chicago couple will be allowed to marry before the state’s gay marriage law takes effect.

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Special Session Scheduled for Dec. 3

The Illinois House will convene for a special session next week on the state’s roughly $100 billion pension crisis.

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Mayor Nixes Oak Ridge Privatization Idea; Aldermen React

Springfield Mayor Mike Houston has taken off the table an idea to defer Oak Ridge Cemetery operations to a private company.

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Illinois AG Investigates Tornado Scammers; Gov. Requests Federal Aid

The Illinois Attorney General is investigating several scams tied to tornado recovery and relief efforts.

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Nearly $2,000 Stolen from West Side Wendy’s

Nearly $2,000 was stolen from the Springfield Wendy’s on Lindbergh Boulevard early Monday morning — police are looking for leads.

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DIRT Bust Lead to Drugs, Arrest

$2,000 worth of marijuana is off the streets after a Sangamon County Sheriff’s Office Drug Interdiction Response team search.

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“Smart Grid” Progressing in Illinois

Utility companies are plowing millions into the so-called “smart grid,” and a consumer group is pleased.

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Manar: Budget Unlikely by May 31

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"Cutting vital services, banking $2.2 billion of... just... fictional pension savings that aren't going to occur, we're going to claim to be balanced?"

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Illinois Bill Penalizes for Leaving Pets in Extreme Weather

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Offenders could face up to a year in jail and fines of up to $2,500.

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Mt. Zion High School to Randomly Drug Test Some Students

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Students will be randomly selected for urinalysis tests to detect alcohol or marijuana, among other drugs.

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Measure Banning Electronic Cigarettes for Minors Passes Legislature

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Vaping's not for kids. At least, that's what Illinois lawmakers say.

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Lawmakers Could Consider “Turnaround Agenda” Items Wednesday

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner delivers his inauguration address Monday, Jan. 12, 2015, in Springfield, Ill., after being sworn in as Illinois' 42nd governor.

Proposals addressing workers compensation, changes to the civil legal system and a freeze on properties taxes are on the agenda today in Senate committees.