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Springfield Jobless Rate Drops — And More

Springfield-area Unemployment: 5.1%

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 Issues Pardons

Rauner granted 10 and denied 200 clemency petitions.


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.

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Trump drops 12 points in poll: Reuters/Ipsos


Donald Trump's support among Republicans has dropped 12 points in less than a week according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll.

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Police name suspect in Colorado Springs shooting


Police on Saturday identified the suspect in a deadly shooting at a Planned Parenthood clinic.

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Black Friday crowds thin in subdued start to holiday shopping


America's annual Black Friday shopping extravaganza was short on fireworks this year.

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Making headlines this week

Santa Claus participates in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Scott Roth/Invision/AP)

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

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Smartphones may have role in rise of U.S. traffic deaths


The number of deaths from traffic accidents jumped 8.1 percent in the first half of 2015, suggesting smartphones and other driving distractions could be making America's roadways more dangerous.