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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.


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?


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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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Springfield Micro-Lending Fund Gives $120K in 1st 2 months

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The city of Springfield’s new micro-lending program has given out a total of $120,000 in loans to small business owners…

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U of I Business Incubator has NSF Grants for Female and Minority Entrepreneurs

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The people trying to turn ideas into commerce at the University of Illinois have a $100,000 grant from the National Science Foundation in a program called AWARE.

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SAA Hopes to Restore Lincoln-Era Piano with Crowdfunding Help

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A crowdfunding campaign hopes to raise the final $7,500 needed to bring a possibly 180-year piano back to playable condition.

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Foul Play Not Suspected in Death of Southern Illinois Woman

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Authorities in southern Illinois say foul play is not suspected in the death of a 22-year-old Murphysboro woman whose body…

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Prosecutors: Man Eyed Targets After Brother Shot

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Investigators say a Chicago man suspected in the fatal shooting of a 9-year-old boy went looking for targets after his brother was killed during a months-long gang feud.