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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.

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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.

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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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Southern View Meets with IDOT on 6th Street Expansion

The Illinois Department of Transportation is moving forward with the expansion of 6th Street in Springfield. Southern View Village President…

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Springfield Man Gets 16 Years for Child Beating

Sixteen years in prison is the sentence given today to a Springfield man convicted of severely beating his infant daughter last year and causing permanent brain damage.

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“Mama’s Kitchen” Awarded Contentious Liquor License

Owners of a new restaurant on the city’s east side have scored a victory — the mayor has signed their liquor license and has compromised on a number of contentious issues.

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Feds to Investigate Western Ill. Pipeline Explosion

Federal officials and a Texas company are investigating a pipeline explosion in western Illinois that sent flames hundreds of feet in the air and left a 15-foot-deep crater in a cornfield.

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Moody’s Downgrades Debt of 7 Public Ill. Universities

Officials at the University of Illinois are not suprised by Moody’s debt rating downgrade.

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Another Year, Another Cool August

Central Illinois’ cool weather pattern this August is almost becoming tradition. This is the second year in a row the region has experiences cooler than average temperatures.

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State Fair’s Democrat Day to be Markedly Different This Year

Gov. Pat Quinn is not popular with state lawmakers and other officials. Governor’s Day activities Wednesday at the Illinois State Fair stand to be drastically different from previous years. Coincidence?

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New Illinois Schools Chief Says Funding Fix Could Take Years

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Smith also says charter schools should be part of the mix.

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Debate in General Assembly over Civics Class Requirement

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Bill also passed to use e-learning in Illinois schools during inclement weather.

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Autism Programs Hopeful Lawmakers Will Come to Their Rescue

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Providers say some programs may not survive if funding is not restored.

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DeWitt Co. Settlement OK’d in Dispute to Put Toxic Waste Over Aquifer

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DeWitt county has approved a settlement with a landfill company.

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Kankakee Co. Sheriff Describes Security Lapses that led to Inmate Escape

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Sheriff Tim Bukowski says investigators found no inmate count had been done.