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Mt. Zion Man Gets 45 Years in Wife’s Drowning Death

Chad Cutler was sentenced Friday in Macon County court.

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Decatur Man Charged with Armed Robbery, Murder

Indictment says victim was driver of the getaway car during the robbery.

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Crash Sends Motorcyclist to Hospital with Serious Injuries

Police originally treated the accident as a fatality though the motorcycle rider suffered serious injuries.

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Illinois Housing Agency Offers Federal Down Payment Help

Program offered in ten Illinois counties could help as many as 4000 would-be homeowners.

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New Law Will Help Locate Missing Alzheimer’s Patients

Silver Search Program will work like Amber Alerts.

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Owners Could Face Charges For Leaving Pets Outdoors

Governor Rauner signed bill in to law that would punish pet owners for failing to safeguard pets during extreme weather.

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First Year to Honor Ag Ambassadors at Illinois State Fair

The Brandt Family of will be the first honored this year.

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Difficult Week for the University of Illinois

Illegally withheld e-mails the latest in a recent string of troubles at the U of I.

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Few Details on Motorcycle Crash on Clear Lake Avenue Friday Night

Driver was uninjured; claims hit-and-run caused crash. Police still investigating.

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EPA Alleges Improper Asbestos Removal at Pillsbury Mills

The demolition of a long-vacant north end eyesore has been put on hold for a little longer.

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Illinois Democrats Not Sold on Joe Biden

Illinois Democrats may like Vice President Joe Biden, and may even like the idea of him jumping into the presidential race. Endorsing him is another matter.

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Warrant Issued in Springfield Shooting

Springfield Police say they know who shot a man on east Cook street earlier this week -- they're looking for help finding him.

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Russell Dohner, Rushville’s $5 Doctor, Dies

The Illinois man who made national headlines for charging only five dollars for a doctor’s appointment has died.

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Illinois Sets Up Tax-Free Accounts to Care for Disabled

Illinois is among the states working on how to implement tax-free accounts for people with disabilities.

4-22-15 Springfield City Council

Springfield Finances Good, but Not THAT Good

Springfield's budget director says finances are much improved over the last several years, but the rumors of clear financial stability are greatly exaggerated.

8-7-15 Downgrade Worry

Rauner: More Credit Downgrades Possible

The threat of a credit downgrade isn't going to move Gov. Bruce Rauner to raise income taxes.

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Decatur Man Faces Federal Murder Charges

The U.S. Attorney's office says a federal grand jury has filed a five-count indictment against Kelton Snyder, 23.

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Pike Co. Man Accused of Traveling Across State Lines for Sex with Minor

Ralph Hathaway, 46. of New Canton faces four felony charges including Transportation of a Minor with the Intent to Engage in Illegal Sexual Activity.

8-6-15 Planned Parenthood Protest

Right to Life Protests Outside Springfield Planned Parenthood

A group of Springfield residents have officially entered the national debate over whether Planned Parenthood should have its federal funding yanked by Congress after videos regarding the harvesting of fetal organs surfaced.

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University of Illinois Chancellor to Resign

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Chancellor Phyllis Wise says she is resigning over concerns that what she called "external issues" involving her are a distraction to the university.

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Making headlines this week

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A look back at some of this week's biggest newsmakers and the headlines you may have missed.

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How low will gas go?

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AAA predicts gas prices could drop below $2 a gallon by the end of the year.

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Buzz Aldrin wants to colonize Mars

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The second man to walk on the moon is pushing for a Mars settlement by 2040.

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U.S. vaccination rates high, but pockets of unvaccinated pose risk

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The vast majority of U.S. kindergarten-age children are vaccinated against preventable diseases but sizable pockets of unprotected children still exist, posing a public health threat, according to a government study.

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Eying volatile markets, Obama urges Congress to pass budget

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President Barack Obama on Thursday urged the Congress to avoid contributing to global economic uncertainty and quickly pass a budget before a deadline at the end of September to prevent a government shutdown.