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 2021-09-19 03:56 

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Certain industries are bouncing back better than others during pandemic...

With pandemic unemployment having ended earlier this month, some industries are seeing a return of their workforce, but that can't be said for all employers....

 2021-09-19 02:58 

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IL National Guard's role in Afghanistan withdrawal...

Illinois Air National Guard is helping transport Afghan evacuees. Members of the 182nd wing out of Peoria are flying them to different bases across Europe. For one major this mission brings the war on terror full circle. This story starts 20 years ago on ...

 2021-09-19 00:36 

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2021 Walk to end Alzheimer's...

Springfield residents worked to raise awareness and money for Alzheimer's on Saturday. 250 people participated in the Alzheimer's Association's...

 2021-09-18 03:22 

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Missing ISU student's mom speaks out...
 2021-09-18 02:15 

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Doctor: Youth COVID-19 deaths less likely, but impactful in Illinois...

After a Taylorville teen died after recently recovering from COVID-19, we looked into how common it is for youth to die from the virus. 17-year-old Alexia Garrison was a senior at Taylorville High School. Taylorville police say emergency crews were called...

 2021-09-18 01:03 

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Nominee for state watchdog steps down after controversial social media posts...

It's been a week of controversy under the state dome, after the man nominated to be the next treasurer inspector general withdrew his nomination over social media posts. Dennis Rendleman was slated to take over the watchdog position for the state trea...

 2021-09-17 23:14 

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District 186 parents pushing for a remote learning option...

Even as school districts require masks and testing for in-person learning, some parents just don't feel comfortable sending their kids to school every day. District 186 parent Alissa Smith is calling on her school district to offer remote learning as ...

 2021-09-17 23:11 

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COVID-19 is the leading cause of death in law enforcement nationwide...

COVID-19 is the leading cause of death for officers nationwide, according to a new report by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. The 2021 report shows from January 1st to June 30th, 71 officers nationwide died of COVID-19 related causes. ...

 2021-09-17 22:57 

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IDPH, lawmakers discuss nursing home COVID-19 deaths...

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WICS/WRSP) — Forty-six percent of COVID-19 deaths in Illinois were at long-term care facilities, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health(IDPH). Illinois lawmakers had a hearing on Wednesday with IDPH to see exactly w...

 2021-09-17 22:22 

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National Cleanup Day kicks off Saturday...

Saturday, Sept. 18 is National Cleanup Day. Organizations, groups, and individuals around the world will spend the day coordinating for community neighborhood cleanups. You can join or plan and create your own cleanup event by checking out the National Cl...

 2021-09-17 20:42 

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School restrooms vandalized in latest social media 'challenge'...

Schools around the country are dealing with a huge uptick in vandalism, specifically to bathrooms all tied to a social media challenge. The Taylorville Police Department is now asking parents to speak with their children about the challenge. They say the ...

 2021-09-17 20:06 

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Centennial High student accused of bringing gun to school arrested...

Champaign Police have arrested a Centennial High School student who reportedly displayed a gun inside the school. Police say Pereze Collier, 18, of Champaign, reportedly got into a verbal fight with other students on Wednesday, Sept. 8. RELATED:Centennial...

 2021-09-17 18:40 

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COVID-19 contributing factor in Taylorville teen death...

A Taylorville teen is dead and COVID-19 was a contributing factor in her death. The Taylorville Community Unit School District saidon Wednesday Alexia Garrison, 17, passed away on Tuesday. Dr. Dougherty said she collapsed at her home. She was pronounced d...

 2021-09-17 17:46 

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U-High's Speech and Debate Team finds national success amid pandemic...

The University High School Speech and Debate Team has seen major success at regional, statewide, and national levels. U-High has won their regional tournament for the past 11 years and has finished in the top 20 teams at nationals in three of the past fou...

 2021-09-17 17:07 

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Gun found during traffic stop...

A man is behind bars after a traffic stop turned into a gun arrest. Springfield Police pulled over 30-year-old Jonathan Barlow early Wednesday morning. It happened in the area of 15th and Monroe Streets. Barlow gave officers a fake name at first, but they...

 2021-09-17 17:02 

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Illinois woman charged with fraud in death certificate scheme...

CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago woman has been charged with taking advantage of the pandemic and the city's surging homicide count to defraud the government out of thousands of dollars in tax refunds and coronavirus stimulus payments. Katrina Pierce fa...

 2021-09-17 16:57 

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Springfield Police say speeding is likely number one complaint right now...

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WICS/WRSP) — The Springfield Police Department is working on more ways to keep drivers from speeding as well as decrease the number of accidents on our roads. Springfield Police Chief Kenny Winslow said with limited manpower it ma...

 2021-09-17 16:56 

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Illinois woman sues park district over son's lake drowning...

CHICAGO (AP) — The mother of a Chicago teenager who drowned in Lake Michigan last month is suing the Chicago Park District, alleging that his death could have been prevented if flotation devices had been available along the city's lakefront. Mar...

 2021-09-17 16:55 

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Illinois hopes 'better angels' prevail in Lincoln desk rehab...

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum has unveiled the hulking desk the president-elect used in 1861 to craft his first inaugural address. The desk was presented Thursday in the atrium of the library in Springf...

 2021-09-17 16:37 

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Search on for Casey's armed robbery suspects...

Two men are on the run after the Monticello Casey's General Store was robbed at gunpoint. Monticello Police say it happened around 9 p. m. on Wednesday, Sept. 15. The suspects walked into the store and one demanded money and cigarettes from the clerk....

 2021-09-17 16:04 

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EPA strikes deal for cleanup of battery site that burned...

CHICAGO (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency has reached an agreement with a northern Illinois battery company to clean up a warehouse where a June fire led to the evacuation of thousands of nearby residents. The agency said Thursday that Supe...

 2021-09-17 16:00 

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Robbery, shooting suspect captured...

On Thursday, September 16, 2021, at approximately 11:22 p. m. , Champaign Police were dispatched to the Blue Star 2 convenience store in the 900 block of West Bradley Avenue for the report of an armed robbery. Upon arrival, officers learned a male produce...

 2021-09-17 15:48 

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Springfield man accused of selling crack cocaine...

A Springfield man is facing charges, accused of manufacturing and delivering drugs. The Sangamon County DIRT team searched Alfred L. Jackson's home in the 2100 block of 17th Street on Thursday after multiple controlled buys of crack cocaine from him. ...

 2021-09-17 04:15 

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Springfield organization still pushing for answers on CWLP coal fly ash incident...

Springfield residents and advocates are continuing to push for answers on City, Water, Light & Power's handling of the coal fly ash incident at the Dallman power plant back in August. According to Mayor Jim Langfelder, officials at City Water, Light &...

 2021-09-17 04:06 

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Low vaccine rates plaguing high school football...

The vaccine rate among the 12-18-year-old age group in Sangamon County remains at 35% and it is having an enormous effect of the high school football season. Seemingly every day another high school football team announces a cancelation or a forfeit becaus...

 2021-09-17 03:44 

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Looking into the life of a panhandler...

Throughout the pandemic, more panhandlers are on the streets of Champaign-Urbana. We wanted to ask, does giving money to them actually help or hurt their issues. You see the panhandlers on the corners with a sign and not much else....

 2021-09-17 03:11 

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Local veteran shares therapy dogs with servicemembers with mental health issues...

A Springfield woman is being recognized nationally for her work with therapy dogs and veterans. Rosemary Connolly and her two therapy dogs, Amber and Sophie, travel as a pack to nursing homes and hospitals. It's all in hopes of bringing some positivit...

 2021-09-17 00:21 

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Sangamon County dispatchers working thousands of hours in overtime...

The people answering your 9-1-1 calls are working thousands of hours of overtime. In Sangamon County, combined overtime costs in 2019 and 2020 totaled more than $1. 3 million, and officials say the problem could get worse before it gets better. Dispatcher...

 2021-09-17 00:20 

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New homeless shelter could open later than originally expected...

The city is seeing setbacks in the opening of a new homeless shelter. The original goal was to open it in October, but officials say they no longer think that's possible. Mayor Jim Langfelder now estimates it could be November before the doors open. W...

 2021-09-16 23:58 

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How the city is preparing for Springfield Police Chief's exit...

Springfield's Police Chief is expected to depart in the coming months leaving many residents to wonder where the department's future stands. What are the city's plans to replace him and how are they preparing? Springfield Mayor Jim Langfelder ...

 2021-09-16 21:58 

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Pandemic heightening food insecurity for college students...

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WICS/WRSP) — The pandemic heightened food insecurity for families across Illinois. Now, research is showing students on college campuses are also feeling the impact. At the University of Illinois Springfield (UIS), they have a foo...

 2021-09-16 21:45 

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Sangamon County will offer flu shots starting Monday...

The Sangamon County Department of Public Health, SCDPH, will offer seasonal influenza immunizations to the public starting on Monday, September 20, 2021, at 2833 South Grand Avenue East, Springfield. The flu vaccination is no cost to all Medicare B and Me...

 2021-09-16 21:20 

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17-year-old girl shot while out walking...

A 17-year-old girl is recovering after being shot Thursday morning. Danville Police were called around 10:22 a. m. to Tillman Street for a person who had been shot. A 17-year-old girl was found with a gunshot wound to her lower leg. The girl told officers...

 2021-09-16 21:13 

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3 arrested in Springfield for illegal firearms...

Three men are now facing charges after Springfield Police found three loaded pistols inside a home. Around 7:15 p. m. on Tuesday, Springfield Police went to a home in the 800 block of South Douglas Avenue. They were there to search a home after getting an...

 2021-09-16 20:46 

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Suspect in US 51 standoff identified...

We have now confirmed the name of the suspect in Wednesday's standoff on US 51. Orsino Von Thurman, 36, was taken into custody Wednesday afternoon after he was in a standoff with authorities in Macon County between Decatur and Maroa. RELATED:US 51 sta...

 2021-09-16 18:24 

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Missing Edwardsville man...

The Edwardsville Police Department is asking for help trying to find a missing man. Grady Giger, 48, was last seen around 1 p. m. on September 15 walking in the 900 block of Esic Drive. We're told Giger often takes short walks near gas stations, resta...

 2021-09-16 17:31 

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Macoupin County man arrested on child pornography charges...

A Macoupin County man is facing multiple counts of child pornography possession. Robert C. Owens, 38, of Brighton, was stopped on Tuesday, Sept. 14 while he was driving. A search of the vehicle revealed evidence of child pornography and Owens was arrested...

 2021-09-16 16:49 

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Suspect in shooting near Centennial High on the loose...

Champaign Police continue to search for the person responsible for shots fired near Centennial High School. Officers responded to the area around 1:38 p. m. on Wednesday, Sept. 15. Both schools were then put on lockdown at the request of the police. The s...

 2021-09-16 16:16 

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Illinois will pay you $4,000 to buy an electric car...

CLARIFICATION: A previous version of this story did not include additional information that we received from Gov. Pritzker's Office that there's a plan to introduce a trailer bill in the future that will make the rebate available statewide. While ...

 2021-09-16 14:09 

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Ex-House Speaker settles child sexual abuse payments suit...

YORKVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Former U. S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert and a man who accused him of child sexual abuse reached a tentative out-of-court settlement Wednesday over Hastert's refusal to pay the man $1. 8 million — the outstanding ba...

 2021-09-16 13:18 

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Memorial raising minimum wage to $15 an hour...

Memorial Health System announced today (Thursday) that it is raising its minimum wage to $15 an hour for jobs at its five hospitals and dozens of other health care locations in central Illinois. The new pay rate will take effect this fall. Employees whose...

 2021-09-16 03:55 

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Springfield police chief looking to step down fairly soon...

After being passed over for a job in Bloomington, Springfield's police chief Kenny Winslow could still step down from his post within the next few months. Winslow has stated several times he's in the twilight of his career in Springfield and will ...

 2021-09-16 03:05 

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The great resignation: Getting to the root of the hiring issues in Champaign County...
 2021-09-16 01:47 

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Addicted Illinois: Drunk driving remains steady problem...

Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs has continued to be a problem in many communities. Law enforcement leaders said fewer tickets may be given out in some communities like Champaign, but they are seeing crashes more frequently....

 2021-09-16 01:36 

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METCAD 9-1-1 needs more dispatchers...

METCAD 9-1-1 in Champaign County is looking to fill positions after the pandemic caused a staffing shortage. On September 16, the emergency service is holding a virtual information session to learn about job opportunities. The organizations is looking to ...

 2021-09-16 00:07 

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Lawmakers asked ISBE for a rule about school recognition, but ISBE doesn't have to comply...

Lawmakers want the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) to be clearer about why and how they revoke a school's recognition. This comes after ISBE has stripped more than 60 schools and districts of their recognition or put them on probation for not...

 2021-09-16 00:04 

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Springfield will release plans for $16 million American Rescue Plan fund in October...

The City of Springfield has already received more than $16 million in funding from the American Rescue Plan. Another $16 million is on its way next year, but officials haven't publicly mapped out how it will be spent....

 2021-09-16 00:00 

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Baby safe after US 51 standoff...

A baby is safe and a suspect is behind bars after a standoff on US 51 in Macon County. The suspect was streaming part of the standoff on Facebook Live. The Facebook page, as well as the livestream, were promptly removed from the social media platform. Bef...

 2021-09-15 23:59 

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New rental assistance available for residents facing eviction lawsuit in court...

As the eviction crisis looms, the state is rolling out a new rental assistance program to help landlords and tenants in eviction court. Starting on Wednesday, residents, and landlords can apply for rental assistance through a new program run by the Illino...

 2021-09-15 23:56 

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City leaders still deciding where to put new fire houses...

City leaders are still deciding where to put Springfield's three new firehouses. The Springfield Fire Department along with city council members discussed this during the committee of the whole meeting Tuesday night....

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