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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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T-Mobile Customers May Be Eligible for Refunds

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Court ruling says cellphone company illegally charged customers

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Quinn Appoints Former Budget Director as Comptroller

FILE - In this March 6, 2013 file photo, Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka gestures on the House floor at the state Capitol in Springfield, Ill. Topinka, who won a second term in November 2014, died early Wednesday morning, Dec. 10, 2014, less than 24 hours after having a stroke, according to her office. She was 70. Topinka previously served three terms as Illinois state treasurer, was a former Illinois GOP chairwoman and ran for governor in 2006.

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is scheduled to announce the successor to late Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka at a Friday event in Chicago.

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Deputies to Be More Visible in Rural Areas

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Barr wants his department on the country roads more

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Durbin: New Budget Acceptable, Needs Tweaking

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Says some provisions need to be changed