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Springfield on Hook for $1.7 Million Environmental Cleanup

Coal tar that exceeds regulatory levels is seeping into city right-of-ways from the site of an old factory, and the Environmental Protection Agency is putting the city of Springfield on the hook.

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NWS: Cool, Wet Weather to Kick Off Fall

It’s hot and dry, and it will likely be that way for a while — should central Illinois residents start to worry?

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Springfield Public Schools to Dismiss Early Thursday, Friday

Springfield Public Schools have announced they’ll continue to dismiss early for the rest of the week due to an ongoing heat wave, bringing temperatures in the mid 90’s with head indicies in the triple digits to central Illinois.

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MLK’s March on Washington Observed in Springfield

With the nation observing the 50th anniversary Martin Luther King Jr’s “I Have a Dream Speech” and the march to the National Mall in Washington, some think the nation has come a long ways from the days of race riots and unrest.

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McClean County No Longer Defendent in Beaman Suit

McLean County officials say they’re no longer defendants in a federal lawsuit filed by man whose murder conviction was overturned after he spent 13 years in prison.

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Cross Won’t Support Either Candidate for House GOP Leader

Cross, 55, considered running for attorney general, then thought about staying as minority leader, and now has decided to give up his position, and not run for re-election – but he says he won’t abandon his successor.

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Illinois Farmers Outline Big Priority at Farm Progress Show

Farm leaders in Illinois have a big item on their wish list for Congress: don’t just pass – but also fund – the Water Resources Development Act.

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Sangamon River as Partial Second Water Source Resurfaces

Outside groups are accusing the city of Springfield of not doing its due dilligence in its study of gravel pits, which could be used as a second source of water.

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Chatham Village President Downplays Water Rate Hike

Chatham won’t see the benefits of leaving CWLP and forming its own water district any time soon but Village President Tom Gray says turning off the CWLP spigots has given the village room to grow.

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First Superintendent Search Meeting Lightly Attended

The first of many Springfield Schools Superintendent Search Meetings has come and gone with less than a dozen people in…

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Rauner Repeats: Budget Can Still Be Passed

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Rauner: Keep up the good work and come to a compromise, lawmakers.

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Industry Reacts to Rauner News Conference

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner signs an executive order on criminal justice reform at the Sangamon County Courthouse Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, in Springfield, Ill. Rauner's executive order will create the Illinois State Commission on Criminal Justice and Sentencing Reform.

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Lawmaker: Stop Telling People “Illinois Sucks”

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Lawmaker says too many people say "Illinois sucks."

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No Appeal — Again — for Blago Corruption Convictions

Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, with his wife Patti at his side, speaks to the media Wednesday, March 14, 2012 in Chicago. The 55-year-old Democrat is due to report to a prison in Colorado on Thursday to begin serving a 14-year sentence, making him the second Illinois governor in a row to go to prison for corruption. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

The Supreme Court won't reconsider its decision to reject former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's appeal of his corruption convictions.

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SOS: No Extra Cost for Drivers License Changes

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The Illinois Secretary of State's office says a plan to issue driver's licenses and state identification cards in Illinois that are more secure won't require additional state funding.