Springfield Man Convicted of Sexual Assault

Christopher Westfall was convicted in August.

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Food Pantries Thankful for Contributions

Donations at Illinois food pantries during the holiday season helps them stay open year round.


Businesses Get EDGE Tax Credits

The deals through the EDGE tax-credit program, though, would not provide tax incentives until Rauner and Illinois lawmakers agree on the overdue state budget.

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Historic Site Acquires Historical Portrait

Olof Krans depicted Bishop Hill in Henry County.

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History Professor to Lead U of I Chancellor Search

Antoinette Burton will chair the 15-member committee.


Protests in Chicago Expected to Continue

Protest groups were set to return to the streets of Chicago.

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Springfield City Council Waits to Establish Drone Policy

The Springfield City Council is apparently willing to wait a little while for further regulations from higher powers in government on drones.

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Rauner Stands by Refugee Stance

Gov. Bruce Rauner is defending his stance on temporarily stopping Syrian refugees from coming into Illinois, but doesn't explain why he believes he has the authority to do so.

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Morton, Illinois — Pumpkin Capital of the U.S.

When you enjoy your Thanksgiving dessert, take a moment to think about Morton, a village between Peoria and Bloomington.


Springfield Police Investigate Early Tuesday Shooting

Police are continuing to investigate a shooting early Tuesday morning that left one man injured.

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Somewhat Quiet Night in Chicago Following Police Shooting Video Release

Most protesters in Chicago seemed to honor pleas for restraint.


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

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.


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.


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

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.


U.S. Steel to Temporarily Close IL Plant

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


Collinsville to Allow Backyard Chickens

Up to 75 residents will get to keep chickens.

Jason Van Dyke

Chicago Cop Charged with Murder in Shooting Death of Teen

Jason Van Dyke allegedly shot Laquan McDonald, 17.

National Headlines

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WATCH: How holiday shopping can help charities


In the frenzy of holiday shopping, consumers are doing more than getting great deals, they’re also using coupons to help raise money for a number of worthy causes.

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Thanksgiving getaway: Cheap gas, high security


Millions of Americans embarked on their annual Thanksgiving travels on Wednesday, with security at airports, New York City's parade festivities and other venues expected to be heightened amid jitters after the Paris attacks.

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Somewhat Quiet Night in Chicago Following Police Shooting Video Release

Jason Van Dyke

Most protesters in Chicago seemed to honor pleas for restraint.

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2015 to be the hottest year in history


This year will be the hottest on record and 2016 could be hotter due to the El Niño weather pattern, the World Meteorological Organization said.

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Many House Republicans want refugee restrictions in spending bill


Nearly one-third of the Republicans in the House of Representatives signed a letter calling on party leaders to ensure that a must-pass spending bill block any use of federal funding to resettle refugees from Syria and nearby countries.