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Jeff Parsons appears defiant as he walks out of federal court in Springfield July 10, 2014

Attorney Wants Parsons to Pay $1.2 Million Now, $100,000 Monthly

An attorney representing former THR and Associates employees and creditors wants Jeff Parsons to pony up -- immediately.

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Fake IDs are Easy to Get

Fake IDs and driver’s licenses are the scourge of the Illinois secretary of state’s office

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Hope Institute Places CEO on Interim Leave

DCFS investigates abuse allegations

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Oberweis Courts Black Vote

"Pastor on the roof" backs Republican

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Obama Offers Quinn Help; GOP Says Quinn Needs It

Fund-raiser for the governor Thursday

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Springfield Aldermen Want to Keep Pay Flat

The Springfield City Council doesn't think it, or other elected officials, should get pay raises.

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Rail “Flyover” Planned Between Stanford & I-72, Though Work Still Years Away

The planning to alleviate a major freight rail traffic bottleneck is wrapping up.

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Appellate Court Agrees AFSCME Workers Owed Money

An Illinois appellate court has ruled that back wages owed thousands of state government workers from 2011 to 2013 must be paid.

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Boys and Girls Club Awarded Grant

Facility was close to shutting its door a few years ago

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Man Arrested for Domestic Stabbing

A Springfield man is in jail following a stabbing early Tuesday morning on Stevenson Dr.

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Ill. U.S. Senate Candidates Disagree on ISIS Strategy

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) says no to sending U.S. ground troops back to Iraq, but his Republican opponent in the Senate race says they shouldn’t have left in the first place.

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2014 Crop Harvest: Great Yields, Low Prices

The 2014 crop year might be best remembered as a year of great yields and short prices.

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Springfield Man Sentenced to 12 Years for Hiding Gun

A Springfield man has been sentenced to 12 years in prison after admitting he tried to hide a gun used in a fatal shooting.

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No Lame Duck Tax Increase, Says Rauner

Rauner does not want repeat of 2011

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Reverse Agriculture Trade Mission Kicks Off in Auburn

Illinois attracts international tourists. They are easy to spot along Michigan Avenue in Chicago. Downstate farm fields, not so much – except for this week.

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McFarland Enters City Council Race, Seeks Ward 4 Seat

A school board member is switching it up next year -- running instead for Ward 4 on the city council.

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Area Economic Health is Still in Poor but Guarded Condition

Some guarded optimism for area's business health

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Saturday Shooting Victim Identified; Still in Critical Condition

A man shot in the face late Saturday night is still in critical condition.

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Rauner Proposes Ban on Outside Employment for Legislative Leaders; Leaders Aren’t Sold

Republican governor candidate Bruce Rauner doesn't want state legislative leaders to hold outside jobs

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Senator Manar Still Pushing Education Funding Reform

A proposal to change the formula that determines how public schools in Illinois are funded faces an uphill battle

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A look at some of this week's biggest newsmakers.

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Student opens fire in high school north of Seattle

People embrace in front of school busses at a church, Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, where students were taken to be reunited with parents following a shooting at Marysville Pilchuck High School in Marysville, Wash.

A student opened fire at his Washington state high school on Friday, killing one person, and wounding at least four others.

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Evenflo recalls infant seats to fix sticky buckles

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More than 200,000 rear-facing car seats are being recalled.

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U.S.: Ground offensive against ISIS months away in Iraq

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Iraqi forces are months away from being able to start a sustained ground offensive against the Islamic State.

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Senator wants Internet companies to shun ‘fast lanes’

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U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy pressed Internet providers to not strike deals that may help some websites load faster than others.