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ISF Trophy Named After Arenzville Native, Fair Enthusiast

The Illinois State Fair has renamed a trophy in honor of the late Wilbur "Webb" Parlier.


U.S. Sen. Kirk Says His Visit to MMC More Important Than GOP Rally

Kirk says Memorial offers better stroke care than Chicago-area hospitals


Illinois Unemployment Rate Dips to 6.8 Percent

The state’s unemployment rate is now down to 6.8 percent.


Illinois Republicans: We’re Fired Up and Ready to Win

Rauner pledges financial support to candidates statewide


Fall Sports Season Here; Concussions a Serious Health Threat

Symptoms don't always show up immediately


Another Night, Another Shooting

Wednesday night shooting leaves one wounded


Term Limit Fight Returns to Court

Campaign attempts to return to ballot


PCB Landfill Plan Is Blocked

Concerns about Mahomet Aquifer

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Dems Rally The Troops at State Fair

A refugee from a Monopoly game provided the comic relief Wednesday during a brief Governor's Day program on the Director's Lawn at the Illinois State Fair


Plans Nixed for Esquire Theater Site

A developer who wanted to turn the site of the old Esquire Theater at South Grand Ave. East and MacArthur Ave. into a strip mall has pulled his plans off the table.


Springfield Police Seek Tips on Sno Bizz Robbery

Springfield Police are looking for help solving a robbery at a west side shaved ice stand.

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July Home Sales Down Slightly, Up for the Year

Springfield-area home sales dipped slightly in July after flirting with record territory in June.

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Health Professionals: Hopeful Williams’ Death Spurs Conversation

Mental health experts hope the death will spur more open conversation


Illinois GOP: NRI Still Active and Getting Money

Republican state lawmakers believe the troubled Neighborhood Recovery Initiative is alive - and still getting millions in state funds.

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Dem Day at the State Fair

Thursday is GOP Day

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Illinois State Museum May Get a New Name

Governor expecting lawmakers to take up the resolution this fall


Central Illinois Chopper Crash Is Fatal

Paul Reynolds, 47, of Mansfield, is the vitcim


Top Steer Sets Record; Rauner Buys a Champion

The Republican candidate for Illinois governor placed a winning bid on a champion steer at the Illinois State Fair.

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Missouri racial unrest mounts; U.S. leaders call for calm


Lawmakers are calling for calm and a change in police tactics as the St. Louis suburb continues to be rocked by racially charged clashes.

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Google considering YouTube, Gmail accounts for kids


Google is considering online accounts for children under 13, giving parents control over how the service is used.

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White House wants ‘crash-proof’ cars


The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will begin drafting rules to require anti-crash technology in new vehicles.

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Thousands evacuated ahead of California wildfires


Firefighters from throughout California are being dispatched to protect homes from a wildfire burning in the foothills near Yosemite National Park.

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Advocates urge Supreme Court not to block gay marriage


Gay marriage supporters want the Supreme Court not to block a court ruling that would allow same-sex couples to wed in Virginia.