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County Fairs a Boon to Illinois Economy, According to Report

County fairs celebrate agriculture, but they're also a harvest of cash, according to a new report.

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Uber to Offer “Panic Button” to Chicago Users, Springfield Not Affected

Uber says it will soon put a panic button in its mobile app that will allow Chicago users to alert police.

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CWLP Electric Division May Avoid Default

City Water Light and Power's finances could be in better shape than they've been for most of this fiscal year.

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Springfield National Guard Troops Heading to Afghanistan

The soldiers are a part of the 232nd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, which is based in Springfield.

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Springfield PD Wants Tips on Armed Robbery

Springfield Police need help figuring out who committed an armed robbery last weekend.

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Murphy: Pensions Are Still a Point

401(k)-style solution could still be in the mix, senator says

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Durbin Warns “Right to Work” May Not Benefit Workers

He's not surprised Gov. Rauner is pushing it

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Evidence-Based School Funding Bill Surfaces

Republican state Sen. Jason Barickman of Bloomington says he's filing legislation that would commission a study to develop a formula for state funding of schools based on local needs.

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IDOT Nominee Arrested for DUI in 2004

Gov. Bruce Rauner's nominee to head the Illinois Department of Transportation was arrested for drunken driving in 2004.

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Ward 2 Candidate: Hire City Planner

One of the candidates for Springfield's Ward 2 is making economic development a top priority.

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150th Anniversary Lincoln Funeral Train Trip Short $100,000

The group believes with corporate sponsorship the project is "entirely doable.''

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Galesburg Man Sentenced to 40 Years in 15-Year-Old’s Death

A Galesburg man accused of shooting a 15-year-old to death in 2013 has pleaded guilty.

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Houston: Time to Move On from Police Document Shredding Scandal

Houston says the information released late Wednesday is just a press release, and expects a full report to come forth soon.

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401(k) System Is a Failure, Says Sen. Biss

Many reasons not to move public pension plans into this format, he says

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Durbin: Expect Keystone XL Veto

Oil prices make project economically unfeasible, he says

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City Won’t Face Criminal Charges Over Police Document Shredding

The city of Springfield will not face criminal charges for its actions over the illegal shredding of police internal affairs files.

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Illinois Driver’s Licenses May Not Be Good to Fly By 2016

Illinois residents might not be able to use their driver's licenses at airports starting in 2016.

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United Way Celebrates “211 Day”

You've heard of Star Wars Day – May the Fourth. And CB Radio Day – Ten-Four. All kidding aside, February 11 is 2-1-1 Day.

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SPD Hosts First “Coffee With a Cop” Event

Springfield beat cops are trying to get more involved with the community.

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Gray’s Appointment Approved, Assumes County Clerk Position

Don Gray will serve as Sangamon County Clerk until at least 2016.

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Making headlines this week

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A look back on this week's biggest stories and the headlines you may have missed.

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8 dead in Missouri shooting spree

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Investigators say the attacks took place in multiple locations.

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U.S., Cuba meet for second round of talks

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Cuban and U.S. officials meet in Washington on Friday for a second round of talks aimed at restoring diplomatic relations.

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House Republicans advance plan for Homeland Security funding extension

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The temporary funding extension is aimed at allowing Republicans to continue their fight against President Barack Obama's immigration orders.

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TODAY’S MUST SEE: 2-year-old sings National Anthem, makes America better

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Adorable Trent Harris singing the "Star Spangled Banner" before the start of a high school basketball game will make you proud to be an American.