The WTAX Weekend Newswatch

The WTAX Weekend Newswatch

The Weekend Newswatch is Springfield’s premiere source for all things news, sports, weather, entertainment and business to get your weekend off on the right foot.

Launched in December 2012 by now News Director Alex Degman, the Weekend Newswatch has become a staple in the Springfield radio lexicon. Not only does it provide news at the top and bottom of each hour, weather on the 9’s and sports at :20 and :50, but you also get:

Entertainment with the Illinois Times at 7:10 — a weekly rundown of what you can see and do in the capital city this weekend. If you’re bored, you’re not looking hard enough!

The Springfield Business Journal Report at 8:10 — What’s going on in the local business community? New construction? New businesses opening? Big changes coming on the business scene? Be ahead of the curve and listen on Saturdays.

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Recent Headlines

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Ban on “Conversion Therapy” Passes Legislature

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The Illinois Senate has approved a ban on therapy designed to "convert'' gay young people to heterosexuals.

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Union Legislation Would Prohibit Strike or Rauner Lockout

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The House has approved a measure that changes government-employee contract negotiations just a month before the deadline for a new contract.

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Mark Hart Named Interim Springfield Fire Chief

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Springfield has an interim fire chief.

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Hastert Resigns from Wheaton College Board

FILE - In this Aug. 17, 2007, file photo, Rep. J. Dennis Hastert, front, R-Ill., announces that he will not seek reelection for a 12th term as he stands on the steps of the old Kendall County courthouse with, from left, his son Josh; wife Jean; and daughter-in-law Heidi, grandson Jack, in Yorkville, Ill. A newly unveiled indictment against Hastert released Thursday, May 28, 2015, accuses the Republican of agreeing to pay $3.5 million in hush money to keep a person from the town where he was a longtime schoolteacher silent about "prior misconduct."

The resignation was the latest fallout from a federal indictment accusing Hastert of violating banking laws.

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Rauner: No Special Session if No Agreement Reached by Sunday

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Gov. Bruce Rauner says he will not call lawmakers back into session if there's no agreement on a budget by Sunday.