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“Safe Passage” Is Subject of New Bill

1.5-mile radius would be waived

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Southern Illinois Town Investigating Suspicious Fires

Historical building gutted by fire Friday night.

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Helpful Hints for Healthful Superbowl Snacking

MMC Registered Dietician Christina Rollins has ideas to slim down Superbowl snacks.

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Accountability of Charter Schools in Illinois Raises Questions

A new report alleges fraud up to $27 million.

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Illinois State Police Urge Caution on Roads

Illinois State Police say it's best to slow down and leave plenty of room between vehicles on the roads today.

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Illinois Basketball Museum to Open in Pontiac

A museum dedicated to Illinois basketball glory will open to fans by 2016.

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Effingham Cross Draws Nearly 10k Visitors

9,479 people visited the Cross at the Crossroads.

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Illinois Threatens to Withhold Funds if School Districts Don’t Test

Chicago Public Schools have already declined to offer the PARCC assessment tests.

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Springfield Teen Taken Charged in Tuttle Murder

A 16 year old Springfield youth has been charged with First Degree Murder in Tuttle's death.

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Durbin Introduces Bill to End Cuban Travel Ban

The travel ban has been in effect since 1960, ostensibly as a way to prevent Americans from supporting the Castro communist regime.

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Lincoln Funeral Reenactment Could Be Economic Boon

As Springfield prepares for the re-enactment of Abraham Lincoln's funeral in May, officials say the 150th anniversary could be an economic windfall for the city.

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Suspect in Wednesday Shooting Arrested

Springfield Police have arrested the man they believe is responsible for a non-fatal shooting near King and Stuart earlier this week.

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Springfield Declares Snow Emergency, 5-7″ Expected

The City of Springfield has declared a snow emergency ahead of this weekend's weather.

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Springfield PD Plans Sunday Saturation Patrols

Drinking and driving in Springfield is a bad idea every weekend, but it'll be especially bad this weekend as area agencies prepare for Super Bowl parties.

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 Defends Higher Staff Pay

Gov. Bruce Rauner is paying top staff members significantly more than those who worked for his predecessor.

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Davis: Super Bowl Sunday = Human Trafficking

Unforgettable story from a survivor

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Redfield: Local Right-to-Work Zone Sounds New

Could be diversion from Rauner's real remedy, professor suggests

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8 dead in Missouri shooting spree

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Investigators say the attacks took place in multiple locations.

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U.S., Cuba meet for second round of talks

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Cuban and U.S. officials meet in Washington on Friday for a second round of talks aimed at restoring diplomatic relations.

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House Republicans advance plan for Homeland Security funding extension

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The temporary funding extension is aimed at allowing Republicans to continue their fight against President Barack Obama's immigration orders.

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TODAY’S MUST SEE: 2-year-old sings National Anthem, makes America better

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Adorable Trent Harris singing the "Star Spangled Banner" before the start of a high school basketball game will make you proud to be an American.

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10 FOR TODAY: Friday, Feb. 27

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Your daily look at the stories that will be talked about today.