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Raymond Cub Scouts Still Improving

Police say the condition of three Cub Scouts is improving after they were injured in a chemical explosion.

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Springfield Unemployment Numbers Show Decline

Unemployment dropped in all of Illinois' metro areas in September

Republican state Sen., Jim Oberweis, right, offers to give Democratic U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, more paper after Durbin joked about only getting one page of paper for notes before their first of two televised debates prior to the Nov. 4 election Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, in Chicago. Oberweis, a dairy entrepreneur from Sugar Grove, has acknowledged it will take a big GOP year to unseat Durbin, the second-ranking Democrat in the U.S. Senate who's represented Illinois on Capitol Hill for more than three decades.

Durbin: Sun-Times Reporter’s Departure “Worrisome”

Bruce Rauner’s campaign is being accused of bullying the Chicago Sun-Times, and U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) says that should be a troubling sign to voters.

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Sears Announcement Doesn’t Include Springfield Stores

Sears says it is closing more than 100 stores and laying-off more than 5,400 employees across the nation.

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Analyst: Debate for US Senate Doesn’t Reveal Much

One more debate scheduled for next week

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Oberweis Comes Out for Same-Sex Marriage

GOP challenger to Durbin insists this is not a change

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Springfield Based Reporter Resigns Following Rauner Complaint

Dave McKinney was the Chicago Sun-Times' Springfield bureau chief.

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Natural Gas Prices to Hold Steady This Winter

No wide price swings expected this winter

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Elkhart Mine Expansion Vote Delayed

Vote to extend waste site expected in November

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City Gives Attorney Additional $25k to Defend Police Officer

The Springfield City Council will allow a police officer facing a lawsuit to be represented by an attorney of his choice -- but not everyone is on board with it.

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Hiring Monitor Ordered at Illinois Dept. of Transportation

A federal judge has ordered a court-appointed monitor to investigate hiring at Gov. Pat Quinn's Department of Transportation.

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Durbin, Oberweis Prepare for Wednesday Night Debate

The candidates for U.S. Senate will face off in their first broadcast debate Wednesday.

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Congressional Candidates Debate in Springfield

Callis wants to unseat Davis

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City Council Green Lights Magro’s off Stevenson Dr.

Aldermen approved the variance on a 9-1 vote, Ward 3 Alderman Doris Turner was the lone no vote.

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Eastbound Monroe St. Reduced by Capitol

Public Works says multiple service valves have broken and they need to be repaired.

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Portions of Chatham Under Boil Order

Residents and businesses in the area on West Walnut St. from Route 4 to College might experience low water pressure or no water pressure at all.

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Barr, Regan Agree to Sheriff’s Race Debate on WTAX Oct. 31

The two candidates have sparred back and forth in recent weeks through press releases and, in some cases, have cancelled other debates due to perceived hostilities.

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State Rep. Raymond Poe Undergoing Stem Cell Transplant

State Representative Rich Brauer, others, say they'll step in while Poe is out.

National Headlines

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Thomas Menino, Boston’s longest-serving mayor, dead at 71

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The longest-serving mayor in Boston history who led the city after the 2013 marathon bombing, has died.

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U.S. economy grows 3.5% in third quarter

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A smaller trade deficit and a surge in defense spending buoyed U.S. economic growth in the third quarter.

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TODAY’S MUST SEE: Daniel Radcliffe ‘raps’ the alphabet

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The "Harry Potter" star performs the tongue-twisting "Alphabet Aerobics" and it's hilarious.

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Americans may still see some Ebola cases

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Americans could continue to see cases of Ebola in the U.S. until the outbreak in West Africa is contained.

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With selfies, tweets, politicians go vote-hunting on social media

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In 2014 a multifaceted digital strategy is seen as a prerequisite to getting out the vote.