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Former Prison Guard Sentenced to 43 Years

A former prison guard has been sentenced to over 43 years in prison for exploiting a minor and distributing child pornography.

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Geiger Withdraws Name from City Commission Consideration

Retired Deputy Police Chief Michael Geiger is withdrawing his name for consideration to sit on the Police Community Review Commission.

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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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New Americorp Grads Ready to Serve

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New class of Americorp volunteers make pledge during 20th year of program.

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IDNR Program to Make Women Outdoor Enthusiasts Going Strong After 20 Years

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Becoming An Outdoors Woman is a popular program offered by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

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IDOT Still Employs 173 Hired Improperly

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The IDOT document shows that 173 of the 245 people hired as "staff assistants" since 2002 still work for the state, including 161 at the transportation agency.

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“Welcome Home Veterans” Marks Milestone

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Illinois is marking progress with a program that helps military personnel and veterans buy homes

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Abused Women in Central Illinois Have Several Agencies Willing to Help

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Whether domestic violence is “trending” on social media or not, it’s going to hurt long after Ray Rice is forgotten