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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…


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.


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.


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.


Corn Harvest Still Slow

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


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.


Sangamon County has Large Gap in Animal Control Expenses

Sangamon County has been taking a financial hit when it comes to Animal Control, according to a new report. Maximus…


McMenamin Tired of Interim Fixes on Key Positions

Springfield Alderman Joe McMenamin believes Mayor Mike Houston is not moving fast enough on finding permanent solutions to technically vacant…

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87 Springfield Students Still Out Due to Immunization Records

87 Springfield Public School students have missed nearly three weeks of school because they don’t have proper immunizations.

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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.

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Food Pantries Thankful for Contributions

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Donations at Illinois food pantries during the holiday season helps them stay open year round.

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Businesses Get EDGE Tax Credits


The deals through the EDGE tax-credit program, though, would not provide tax incentives until Rauner and Illinois lawmakers agree on the overdue state budget.