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Study: Kids take 100-plus required tests through 12th grade

A new study says the typical student in the nation's big-city public schools spends between 20 and 25 hours a school year taking standardized tests — and roughly 112 mandatory exams from preschool through high school.


Poll: GOP says Trump tops list of electable

WASHINGTON (AP) — A majority of Republican voters view only four of their party’s presidential contenders as potential general election…


Oklahoma parade crash suspect charged with four counts of murder

Adacia Avery Chambers, 25, allegedly drove a gray Hyundai Elantra into a crowd watching Saturday's parade in Stillwater, about 65 miles southwest of Oklahoma City.


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Springfield Jobless Rate Drops — And More

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Springfield-area Unemployment: 5.1%

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Rauner Issues Pardons

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 granted 10 and denied 200 clemency petitions.

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Springfield Man Convicted of Sexual Assault


Christopher Westfall was convicted in August.

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Food Pantries Thankful for Contributions

Food Pantries

Donations at Illinois food pantries during the holiday season helps them stay open year round.

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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.