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Mayor Not in Favor of Springfield Minimum Wage Hike

The mayor says the man who proposed the minimum wage increase doesn't understand what voters want.

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Smoke Detector Creates SIU Bomb Scare

Springfield Police responded to a bomb scare overnight near the SIU School of Medicine.

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Downstate Farm Fields Serve as Classrooms

Big tour by Harvard students

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Taxing the Other Guy Is Popular

Survey: Millionaire tax and graduated income tax gain ground

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Butler Expects 18th to Stay Republican

Schock's last day in office is Tuesday

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Republicans Expect to Hang On to 18th Seat in Illinois

Only candidate to announce a run for Aaron Schock's seat so far is Darin LaHood.

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Rauner Stands By Right-To-Work Idea for Illinois

Governor Rauner stands by right-to-work zones in Illinois in spite of opinion issued by Lisa Madigan's office.

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Catholic Bishops Call for Bell Ringing to Mark End of Civil War

Archdiocese of Chicago officials say the plan arose out of the denomination's annual meeting.

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Eastern Ill. Lincoln Site to Commemorate 150th Death Anniversary

The presentations are scheduled for the weekend of April 10 to 12.

Earth Hour

Illinois Observes Earth Hour This Evening

Lights out from 8:30 to 9:30 this evening.

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Illinois Receives Federal Grant to Help SNAP Recipients to Greater Self-Sufficiency

$21.9 million dollars allocated over three years to teach SNAP recipients job skills and job etiquette.

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United Way Sees Increase in Giving

This year's annual campaign has raised more money.

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Sangamon CEO Program Touts Success

It's almost two years old, and the Sangamon CEO program says they've had more success than they could ever have imagined.

ROBERT STAHL

Three Arrested in Pawnee on Meth Charges

The Sangamon County Drug Interdiction Response Team, or DIRT, is reporting some meth arrests in Pawnee.

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39 Percent of Rural Illinois Without High Speed Internet Access

Thirty-nine percent of people in rural parts of Illinois have no access to high-speed Internet service.

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Reid Supports Schumer, Not Durbin, For Senate Minority Leader

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin is praising Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid as "one of the ablest leaders of the Senate Democratic caucus in modern history.''

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Kirk, Durbin Back Changes to Disaster Declaration Process

The measure has been introduced twice previously without success.

3-26-15 Mayoral Debate

Mayoral Candidates Debate on WTAX — And Ask Each Other Questions

Minimum wage, right to work zones, and other questions were posed.

3-26-15 Playground

Springfield Opens New Park

Children wasted no time Thursday morning running to play in the new "Bounties of Nature" playground at Center Park in Springfield, once it officially opened.

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Blue Bell Creameries recalls all of its products

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If you have any Blue Bell products in your fridge - like ice cream or cookie dough - they have been recalled for possible listeriosis contamination.

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Penalty phase of Boston Marathon bombing trial set to begin

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Jurors in the trial of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will decide what his punishment should be: life in prison or the death penalty.

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10 FOR TODAY: Tuesday, April 21

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

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TODAY’S MUST SEE: A proposal from the dog’s POV

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Who needs a selfie stick when you've got man's best friend?

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U.S. may talk to Iran about regional stability

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The U.S. State Department says it is open to including Iran in past efforts to achieve a Syrian peace deal.