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Yearly Unemployment Drops Slightly in Springfield, Decatur Soars Again

Unemployment fell in seven of Illinois’ 12 metro areas in July. But some of the increases were sharp and driven by manufacturing declines.

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Former Gov. George Ryan Readjusting to Private Life

Former Gov. George Ryan says he’s still adjusting to private life in the weeks since his release from home confinement.

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Farm Progress Show Host Prepares Despite Crop Demonstration Cancellation

More than 100,000 guests are coming by. No pressure.

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Renters Earn More Protection Through New State Law

A new Illinois law will protect renters when the buildings go into foreclosure.

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State Fair Attendance Soars

More than 961,000 people passed through the gates this summer.

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Arrests Made in Spaulding Burglaries

Police have made a couple arrets in connection with a rash of residential burglaries north of Spaulding.

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Cross Steps Down as Ill. House Minority Leader, Poe Renews Interest

State Rep. Raymond Poe (R-Springfield) has indicated his interest in the leadership position in the past, and Wednesday renewed that interest in a written statement.

District 186 HR Director: All Teachers Now in Compliance

Springfield Public School teachers are now all in compliance with Illinois State Board of Education standards.

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Federal Judge Dismisses Motion to Disqualify Noll from Representing City

It was a small victory but, a victory nonetheless for the City of Springfield.

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Gunfire Damages North End Home

Gunfire damaged a north end home late Tuesday night and police don’t have anyone in custody.

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Hundreds Turn Out in Chatham to Talk Water

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Complaints about water quality in Chatham pour in

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Some Want Rail Crossing “Quiet Zones”

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3rd Street corridor too noisy for some residents

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Lincoln Library Receives Sizable Gift

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Estate of local icon provides large gift to public library for upgrades

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Topinka Honored, Remembered in Memorial Service

FILE - In this Nov. 3, 2002 file photo, Illinois state Treasurer Judy Baar Topinka participates in a Republican campaign rally in Springfield, Ill. Topinka, who won a second term for state comptroller in November 2014, died early Wednesday morning, Dec. 10, 2014, less than 24 hours after having a stroke, according to her office. She was 70. Topinka previously served three terms as Illinois state treasurer, was a former Illinois GOP chairwoman and ran for governor in 2006.

Friends, family, and politicians bid their final farewell to Judy Baar Topinka.

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Deliberations Begin in IDPH Grant Fraud Case

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A federal jury has started deliberating on whether a Chicago businessman and his wife stole $3.4 million they received in Illinois state grant funds.