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IDNR Proposes 60 Day Duck Hunting Season

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is proposing 60-day duck-hunting seasons for 2013 and 2014.


Authorities Report String of Bar Robberies

A rash of burglaries at local taverns has police looking for suspects.


Springfield Police Investigate Two Shootings

Springfield Police are investigating two shootings.


Governor’s Day at the State Fair

Illinois Democrats celebrated as much unity as they could during the county chairmen’s breakfast, the prelude to Governor’s Day at the Illinois State Fair.

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Mayor’s Appointment to Police Commission Generates Controversy

A little used commission has generated controversy over a potential appointment.

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Topinka Hopes New Commission Will Help Non-Profits Get Paid

Stand in line…that’s what many have to do to get a check from the state for services rendered and the comptroller says non-profit groups are hurting the most.

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Ag. Dept: No Added Butter Cow Security

Organizers of the Illinois State Fair say they’re not changing security procedures after vandals threw paint on a butter cow at the state fair in Iowa.


Local Farmers Agree with Crop Forecast

Farmers attending Agriculture Day at the Illinois State Fair say the optimistic corn and soybean forecast might prove to be true.


Mayor Asks for Another ISP Investigation; Downtown Parking Lot for $1.5 Million?

This time, Mayor Mike Houston wants to find out who leaked police internal affairs files, specifically the investigation of Deputy Police Chief Cliff Buscher’s 2008 Missouri arrest.


Former U.S. Sen. Dixon Recounts Days in Washington, Gives Advice to Current Lawmakers

A former Illinois. U.S. Senator says the government is missing bipartisanship.

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Ball-Chatham Teachers, School Board Approve New Contract


A total of six percent-plus pay raises over three years.

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Butler Supports Rauner’s Refugee Move

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State Representative Tim Butler stands behind Governor Bruce Rauner in temporarily halting the admission of refugees from Syria into Illinois.

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Pension Benefits Cut for New Firefighter Hires

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Firefighters hired from here on out for the Springfield Fire Department will not receive a perk that current firefighters get.

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Appeals Court Upholds Beason Murder Conviction


The Fourth District Appellate Court has upheld the convictions of a man for fatally beating five members of his ex-wife's family in their central Illinois home.

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Judge Will Not Reinstate Bloomington Murder Charges


A McLean County judge has turned down a prosecution request to reinstate murder charges against a Bloomington woman in the death of her young son.