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Ball-Chatham Teachers, School Board Approve New Contract

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

Rep Tim Butler

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Butler Supports Rauner’s Refugee Move

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

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.

Jason Van Dyke

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Durbin, Rauner Urge Calm in Chicago

Politicians from both parties are hoping for calm after a video showing a Chicago police officer shooting a black teenager 16 times is released.


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The first word of the new ‘Star Wars’ movie is …

Director J.J. reveals the first word spoken in "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," which hits theaters next month.


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Hollande says U.S., France to step up strikes in Syria, Iraq

French President Francois Hollande said the U.S. and France have agreed to step up strikes in Syria and Iraq to target Islamic State militants after the deadly Nov. 13 attacks in Paris.


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Jennifer Lawrence named entertainer of the year

The star is one of the biggest and bankable actresses in Hollywood and has featured in a number of blockbusters including the "X-Men" franchise and "The Hunger Games" films.


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U.S. Steel to Temporarily Close IL Plant

U.S. Steel will temporarily idle its Granite City Works steelmaking and finishing operations.


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Collinsville to Allow Backyard Chickens

Up to 75 residents will get to keep chickens.

Jason Van Dyke

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Chicago Cop Charged with Murder in Shooting Death of Teen

Jason Van Dyke allegedly shot Laquan McDonald, 17.


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PHOTOS: Turkeys who got a presidential pardon

Ever wonder what happened to those turkeys that got a Thanksgiving reprieve from the President?


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‘Rocky’ successor ‘Creed’ highlights Philadelphia’s revival

Adonis Johnson, the son of Balboa rival-turned-mentor Apollo Creed, leaves behind a life of privilege to walk in the footsteps of a father he never knew.


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Texas police arrest man in ‘Cookie Monster’ robberies

Houston-area police have arrested a man dubbed the "Cookie Monster" robber who is suspected in holdups at more than 30 fast-food restaurants, often demanding that a cookie be handed over along with the cash.


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NFL ‘Deflategate’ appeal to be heard March 3, after Super Bowl

The federal appeals court in New York will hear the NFL's appeal of the lifting of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's four-game suspension in the "Deflategate" controversy.


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FanDuel NFL entries have fallen sharply after New York shutdown

Entries at daily fantasy sports site FanDuel's NFL contests have fallen sharply since New York's attorney general declared the games to be illegal gambling in the state and the company stopped taking money from New Yorkers.


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FIFA ethics committee seeks life ban against Michel Platini

Michel Platini's lawyer says the FIFA ethics committee has requested a life ban for the UEFA president.


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Retailers give shoppers new reasons to use mobile phones in stores

Retailers are using apps for smartphones to help drive shoppers to their stores, and make shopping easier.


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Crops Unaffected by Rain, Snow

Winter wheat 95 percent emerged

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Butterball is Ready to Help With Turkey Dinner

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If you're the type of person that "could make a TV dinner taste like radio," perhaps cooking a turkey isn't exactly in your wheelhouse.

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City Council May Do Away with Ethics Committee

6-30-15 Springfield City Council

The Springfield City Council may do away with

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Springfield Jobless Rate Drops — And More

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Springfield-area Unemployment: 5.1%

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Rauner Issues Pardons

Illinois Republican gubernatorial candidate businessman Bruce Rauner participates in a Republican gubernatorial candidate debate Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, in Springfield, Ill. The four Republican gubernatorial candidates said that they’ll be willing to work with unions if elected but differed on how to approach the relationship during a downstate debate that largely focused on pension reform, taxes and just briefly on personal issues that have dogged some of the candidates.

Rauner granted 10 and denied 200 clemency petitions.

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Springfield Man Convicted of Sexual Assault


Christopher Westfall was convicted in August.