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City’s Checkbook Now On-Line

Springfield Budget Director Bill McCarty briefed the city council on the new website that will allow anyone to see where Springfield resident’s tax dollars are going.

Springfield School Board Looking into County Sales Tax for Revenue

Sangamon County residents would be taxed an additional one percent under a measure being discussed by the Springfield School Board.…

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Gas Prices Down

The price of gasoline is down. The statewide average for gas in Illinois stands at $3.29, down 13 cents from…

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African American Lawmakers Speak Out Against Business Bill

Illinois’ Black Chamber of Commerce, and other small-business leaders, are speaking out against a business bill. Under the proposal, “responsible…

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Illinois Legislature Passes Same Sex Marriage Bill

Some of the state’s top elected leaders watched as lawmakers debated a bill that adds Illinois to 14 other states allowing same-sex marriage.

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Tainted Treats in Chatham?

It may be difficult to determine the sources of two pieces of tainted Halloween treats.

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Rutherford: I Can Win

One of the Republican candidates for governor is making it sound like he’s winning, and his claims are largely true.

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Man Shot Near 5th and North Grand

A Springfield man was shot in the leg late Monday night, and police think there may be a connection to another recent shooting.

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Corn Harvest Still Slow

We’re into November, and there’s still some corn left to harvest.

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They’re Back — What’s Going On?

The fall legislative session resumes today in Springfield, and the latest pension proposal is in the hands of the four legislative leaders and the actuaries who are calculating the projected savings.

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New Illinois Schools Chief Says Funding Fix Could Take Years

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Smith also says charter schools should be part of the mix.

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Debate in General Assembly over Civics Class Requirement

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Bill also passed to use e-learning in Illinois schools during inclement weather.

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Autism Programs Hopeful Lawmakers Will Come to Their Rescue

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Providers say some programs may not survive if funding is not restored.

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DeWitt Co. Settlement OK’d in Dispute to Put Toxic Waste Over Aquifer

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DeWitt county has approved a settlement with a landfill company.

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Kankakee Co. Sheriff Describes Security Lapses that led to Inmate Escape

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Sheriff Tim Bukowski says investigators found no inmate count had been done.