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Car Accident Closes North Grand near 15th St.

The Springfield Fire Chief says two vehicles collided near a rail crossing. No trains were involved.

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City Shows Off Consolidated Maintenance Garage

Springfield's new consolidated maintenance garage is, after a ceremonial ribbon cutting, open for business.

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 Reiterates Support for Illinois Farmers

The governor-elect sounded like he was still on the campaign trail at the annual meeting of the Illinois Farm Bureau.

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Quinn Appoints Campaign Manager to Run Sports Facilities Authority

Lou Bertuca, 30, was hired by the agency's board on a 4-3 vote.

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Farm Bureau Wants Rauner’s Ag Director to Be a Farmer

The new director of the Illinois Department of Agriculture should be a farmer, according to the Illinois Farm Bureau.

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Asian Carp Processing Coming to Pekin?

Pekin is deciding whether to conduct a study to determine if there would be a local market for Asian carp.

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State Workers/Retirees: No Rush on Supreme Court Pension Consideration

Attorney General Lisa Madigan asked the court last week to hasten its schedule for considering the case.

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Getting Your Kicks in an Electric Car

Charging stations are coming to the Mother Road

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Support Fades for Early Childhood Education

Fewer kids enrolled in Preschool for All

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State Rep: Wait until new governor takes office

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Illinois’ Safe Haven Law: More Than 100 Newborns Saved

Nearly 100 newborn babies have survived because of Illinois' Safe Haven Law.

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Benedictine University Layoffs: First Round Begins

The first round of layoffs begin at Benedictine University in Springfield.

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Police Dogs Receiving Protective Vests

More than 350 police dogs across the country will be getting protective vests to wear while on duty.

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Governor-Elect Rauner Meets With President Obama And V.P. Biden

Governor-Elect Bruce Rauner meets with President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden at the White House.

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Derrick Rose Wears “I Can’t Breathe” T-Shirt During Bulls Warmups

Chicago Bulls Point Guard Derrick Rose wore an "I Can't Breathe" T-shirt during warmups Saturday night.

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Museum to be Renamed after Late Congressman

The Senate adopted a resolution Thursday to name the museum building on the state Capitol grounds in Springfield for former U.S. Sen. Alan Dixon.

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Christmas Card Drive for Troops Underway

Illinois students make cards for troops also in military and VA hospitals.

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Durbin Says We Still Have a Long Way to Go in Race Relations

Durbin is convening a hearing Tuesday in Washington on “The State of Civil Rights in America.”

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From joy to outrage, Cuba-Americans greet new U.S. policy

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The U.S. will restore diplomatic relations with Cuba for the first time in more than a half century.

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TODAY’S MUST SEE: Fallon & Timberlake are awkward teens at camp

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The boys are back at summer camp and they can't stop singing "Jumper" by Third Eye Blind.

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Ebola fears speed changes in U.S. hospitals

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By Susan Kelly CHICAGO (Reuters) – The worst Ebola outbreak on record, and its spread beyond West Africa, has accelerated…

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Poll: Majority of Americans back higher military spending

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More than two thirds of U.S. voters back increased military spending given growing threats to America's security.

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U.S., Cuba to restore diplomatic relations after 50 years

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The major policy shift will end decades of hostile ties with the communist-ruled island.