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 2021-04-22 20:22 

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42 new COVID-19 cases in Sangamon County...

The Sangamon County Department of Public Health reported 42 more cases of COVID-19 in the county on Thursday. Since the start of the pandemic, Sangamon County has reported a total of 17,912 COVID-19 cases, including 229 deaths. At this time, 20 county res...

 2021-04-22 19:39 

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Illinois House unanimously passes term limit bill...

The Illinois General Assembly took the next step Thursday towards implementing term limits on House and Senate Leadership. By a unanimous 115-0-1 vote, the Illinois House passed HB 0642 which imposes 10-year term limits on the Speaker of the House, Senate...

 2021-04-22 19:25 

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VIDEO: Boy jumps out window as house catches fire...

A Coles County boy is lucky to be alive after leaping out of a window to safety. The Charleston Police Department says a body cam worn by Officer James Milton recorded the incident. Officer Milton, Officer Seth Bower, and Officer Jacob Huss were called to...

 2021-04-22 19:08 

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Paxton High student found with gun at school...

A Paxton High School school student was taken into custody Thursday morning after the school found out they had a gun. According to school officials, it all started as school officials were investigating a...

 2021-04-22 17:48 

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Bill to add Muslim history lessons in schools advances...

An Illinois lawmaker wants schools across the state to add in history lessons about contributions made by Muslims and Muslim Americans. A proposed bill would require all Illinois public schools to include such lessons. "This legislation is meant to ra...

 2021-04-22 17:40 

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Staind cancels Illinois State Fair performance...

Staind will no longer be performing at this year's Illinois State Fair. The group says the cancellation comes due to scheduling conflicts. "We are disappointed that Staind will not be a part of our 2021 grandstand lineup," said State Fair Mana...

 2021-04-22 17:04 

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Illinois sees 3,170 new COVID-19 cases...

For the first time since Saturday, April 17, Illinois reported more than 3,000 new COVID-19 cases. A total of3,170 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), including 33 additional deaths, was announced by the Illinois Department...

 2021-04-22 16:11 

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Lawmaker wants to make November Native American Heritage Month...

An Illinois lawmaker wants the month of November to be recognized asNative American Heritage Month. A proposed bill to make that happen cleared the Senate on Wednesday. State Senator Scott Bennett, D-Champaign, says the plan is to...

 2021-04-22 16:05 

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Decatur ExpressCare welcomes back patients...

Patients will soon be able to get medical care atDecatur Memorial ExpressCare-East clinic. The clinic will reopen to patients on April 25. Those with minor injuries and illnesses can be treated there without an appointment. If you don't want to just w...

 2021-04-22 15:45 

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ISP troopers injured chasing Missouri homicide suspect...

Two Illinois State Police Troopers are injured and a suspect is behind bars after a pursuit down I-55 on Wednesday. We're told Illinois State Police (ISP) District 9 Troopers spotted the suspect around 4:15 p. m. The suspect is wanted for a St. Louis ...

 2021-04-22 15:22 

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Bill would allow for mental health care closer to home...

A proposed bill would help northern Illinois residents get access to mental health care closer to home. If passed, the legislation would create theInterstate Contracts for Mental Health Disorder Treatment Act. The act would allow Illinois and Wisconsin re...

 2021-04-22 14:17 

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Be on the lookout for wandering black bears in Illinois...

It's that time of year again. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) is warning Illinois residents that they may see some American Black Bears wandering through the state this spring. Once the weather starts to warm, those bears are on th...

 2021-04-22 14:01 

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Driver injured in crash after falling asleep at the wheel...

A man was taken to the hospital early Thursday morning after a single-vehicle crash in Cumberland County. Illinois State Police (ISP) says the man from Casey, Illinois was driving eastbound on I-70 at milepost 115 when he fell asleep at the wheel. After f...

 2021-04-22 04:03 

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Bill would put menstrual products in boys' and girls' school bathrooms...

Students could soon find free menstrual products in their school bathrooms if a proposed bill passes. If passed, these hygiene products would be in all girls' and boys' bathrooms for grades fourth through 12th....

 2021-04-22 04:02 

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District 186 may offer saliva-based COVID-19 testing to students...

District 186 is being given the chance to participate in a program to provide saliva-based COVID-19 testing to high school students. The Illinois State Board of Education is offering them to be part of the SHIELD testing program. During the district's...

 2021-04-22 03:49 

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Foodbank helps feed people in need in Christian County...

Illinois residents came together to help those who are experiencing food insecurity. On Wednesday, April 21, the Central Illinois Foodbank held a drive-thru giveaway at the Christian County Fairgrounds. Organizers handed out pre-packaged boxes of meat, pr...

 2021-04-22 03:38 

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Springfield City Council adopts Shared Principles...

The Springfield City Council has adopted the Shared Principles from the IllinoisNational Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). The...

 2021-04-22 03:23 

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Langfelder still deciding whether to veto spending limit ordinance...

To sign or not to sign — that is the decision that Springfield Mayor Jim Langfelder has after the city council voted 6-4 Tuesday in favor of a controversial ordinance that will limit the mayor's spending power. Despite the city's good standi...

 2021-04-22 03:17 

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Urbana City Council welcomes new faces...

After the consolidated primary election, the Urbana City Council will welcome five new members to its seven-member council. The new aldermen have said they hope to bring in new ideas....

 2021-04-22 03:17 

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Urbana City Council welcomes new faces...

The consolidated election results for Champaign County have been finalized, and the Urbana City Council is welcoming five new members to its seven-member council. The new aldermen have said they hope to bring in new ideas....

 2021-04-22 02:57 

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House Republicans accuse Democrats of unfair redistricting practices...

The process of redistricting continues in Illinois, but not without plenty of disagreement between Democrats and Republicans. The main argument comes down to which data to use to draw new legislative districts. The Census data is late this year because of...

 2021-04-22 01:51 

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Mayor's Youth Council calls on Springfield to address homelessness...

A group of Springfield youth is calling on city officials to address homelessness amongst two important groups. The Mayor's Youth Council, a set of teens from different high schools across the city, addressed the Springfield City Council Tuesday night...

 2021-04-22 01:27 

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Cold temperatures impact spring crops...

The snow and freezing temperatures are causing stress for some farmers. Farmers in Central Illinois prepared their crops with coverings and sprayed them with herbicides. Sola Gratia Farms in Urbana has seen weather destroy crops. In July 2020, a hail stor...

 2021-04-22 01:21 

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3-foot passing signs being installed in Champaign County...

Change is being made by local bike activists and riders after one too many bikes versus vehicle accidents. New signs in Central Illinois are being installed in popular biking areas that aren't the safest to add extra precaution. Cars can pass a bicycl...

 2021-04-22 00:54 

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Bill would require liaison for homeless students on every college campus...

A bill (SB 190) that passed through the Illinois Senate on Wednesday, April 21, would require all higher education institutions in the state to hire a staff member that works directly with homeless students. The responsibilities of that new staff member w...

 2021-04-22 00:50 

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Bill passes in Illinois House to make birth certificate sex changes easier...

Lawmakers want to make it easier for you to change your sex on your birth certificate. A bill (HB 9) that passed the Illinois House on Wednesday, April 21, would allow you to change your sex on your birth certificate to reflect your gender identity or you...

 2021-04-22 00:38 

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Teen confronted by armed man at Champaign apartment complex...

University of Illinois Police are warning the community about an aggravated assault case that happened at a Champaign apartment complex. The incident happened at approximately 3:34 p. m. on Wednesday, April 21, at the Ashton Woods apartment complex, locat...

 2021-04-22 00:21 

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Sangamon County Complex to get a makeover starting this fall...

The Sangamon County Complex Building is getting a $16. 7 million makeover. Construction is expected to start in November. One of the major changes includes moving the current entrance on Ninth Street over to the north side of the building to improve heavy...

 2021-04-22 00:20 

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Springfield cannabis workers win election, join local union...

Cannabis workers at the Ascend dispensary in downtown Springfield are one step closer to potentially seeing better wages and benefits. After an election win on Tuesday, April 20, workers will now join Local 881 United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW). L...

 2021-04-21 22:59 

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Man wanted in string of robberies arrested in Springfield...

A man wanted for several robberies was arrested in Springfield. The Livingston County Sheriff's Office said 54-year-old John W. Beck, who was recently involved in a string of robberies, was taken into custody by U. S. Marshalls. A warrant was issued f...

 2021-04-21 22:43 

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Two college students killed in Illinois chain-reaction crash...

ELGIN, Ill. (AP) — Two college students were killed and two others injured in a multiple-vehicle accident near the entrance of a northern Illinois university. Dallas Colburn of Plano, Illinois and Nathanael Madison of Wernersville, Pennsylvania died...

 2021-04-21 22:31 

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East St. Louis extends school year at least a month...

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) — Public school students in East St. Louis will be attending class a month longer this year to make up for losses in educational progress due to COVID-19. East St. Louis School District 189 board voted late Tuesday to exten...

 2021-04-21 22:11 

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Illinois State Museum plans summer camp for children...

Illinois State Museum (ISM) is providing an entertainment option for children this summer. ISM is holding a summer camp for kids ages 5 and 6. It will take place from 8:30 a. m. to noon on Wednesday, July 7. The camp will be held at the museum, located at...

 2021-04-21 21:53 

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Man dies after being shot in Decatur...

A man has died after he was shot in Decatur. At approximately 12:15 p. m. on Wednesday, April 21, Decatur Police responded to Decatur Memorial Hospital for a reported gunshot victim in the emergency room. At the hospital, officers found a 37-year-old male...

 2021-04-21 21:49 

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Remains found at EIU baseball field not human...

Remains that were found at Eastern Illinois University (EIU) are not those of a human. An embryo was found laying on the ground at the EIU baseball diamond on Friday, April 16. RELATED:Remains found at EIU baseball field. On Friday, Coles County Coroner E...

 2021-04-21 21:40 

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14 more COVID-19 cases in Morgan County...

Fourteen new COVID-19 cases have been reported in Morgan County. The Morgan County Health Department says the new cases include: One male child. One female child. One male teen. Two female teens. One man in his 20s. One woman in her 20s. One man in his 40...

 2021-04-21 21:38 

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Another COVID-19 death in Macon County...

One more person with COVID-19 has died in Macon County. According to the Macon County Joint Crisis Communication Team, the deceased was a woman in her 80s. The county also reported 26 new cases of the virus. Since the start of pandemic, Macon County has r...

 2021-04-21 21:34 

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Illinois asks for help creating online system for Alzheimer's information...

The IllinoisDepartment of Public Health (IDPH) is asking for help creating an online system that will contain important information about the early warning signs of Alzheimer's disease and other related dementias. IDPH is providing a Notice of Funding...

 2021-04-21 21:02 

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I-57 construction at Mattis Avenue resumes...

Construction on Interstate 57 at Mattis Avenue resumed on Wednesday, April 21. The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) said the southbound lanes of I-57 will be closed on Thursday, April 22, and Friday, April 23. In addition, the northbound lanes...

 2021-04-21 20:56 

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Fire breaks out on roof of Decatur Walmart...

No one is injured after a fire started on the roof of a Decatur Walmart. At 1:01 p. m. on Wednesday, April 21, the Decatur Fire Department was called to Walmart, located at 4224 Prospect Dr. Black smoke was coming from the back of the store. Upon arrival ...

 2021-04-21 20:37 

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Illinois lawmaker looks to remove infertility treatment barriers...

A bill proposed in the Illinois General Assembly aims to get rid of infertility treatment barriers by increasing transparency in health insurance plans. State Sen. Julie Morrison, D-Lake Forest, is sponsoring Senate Bill 1905. The legislation would create...

 2021-04-21 20:16 

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Groups donate 4,100 pounds of pork to Eastern Illinois Foodbank...

Illinois groups made a large donation to help feed people in need. The Illinois Pork Producers Association (IPPA) worked with the Illinois Corn Marketing Board (ICMB) and the Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) Checkoff Program to donate 4,100 pounds of gr...

 2021-04-21 20:01 

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LLCC gets $431K in state funding to upgrade exterior doors...

Lincoln Land Community College (LLCC) in Springfield is getting a financial boost from the state. The Illinois Capital Development Board announced that LLCC is receiving $431,250 in state funding to upgrade its exterior doors. LLCC is receiving a total in...

 2021-04-21 19:40 

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DEA collecting unwanted prescription drugs in Sangamon County...

People will have the chance to turn in their expired, unwanted, or unused prescription drugs this weekend. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will hold its 20th Take Back Day from 10 a. m. to 2 p. m. on Saturday, April 24. It will take place at the...

 2021-04-21 18:34 

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Some Illinois hospitals running out of beds due to COVID-19...

CHICAGO (AP) — Several hospitals in northwest and central Illinois are running out of beds because of the coronavirus pandemic. OSF Healthcare chief operating officer Dr. Michael Cruz tells the Chicago Tribune that about a half dozen of its hospital...

 2021-04-21 18:21 

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Senate GOP staffer reprimanded for sending political email...

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A staff member for Senate Republican Leader Dan McConchie has been reprimanded for using a state government email account to remind colleagues of a political fundraiser. Leanne Bucci is personnel and fiscal manager for the S...

 2021-04-21 18:04 

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More money available for Illinois museums...

Public museums in Illinois have a chance to apply for funding to improve facilities and develop new exhibits. Applications are now being accepted by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) until July 16, 2021. Only qualifying public museums in...

 2021-04-21 17:57 

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64 new COVID-19 cases in Sangamon County...

The Sangamon County Department of Public Health reported 64 more cases of COVID-19 in the county on Wednesday. Since the start of the pandemic, Sangamon County has reported a total of 17,870 COVID-19 cases, including 229 deaths. At this time, 20 county re...

 2021-04-21 17:55 

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Mutliple fire departments respond to Pawnee house fire...

Multiple fire departments responded to a large house fire in the 10000 block of Cotton Hill Road in Pawnee Tuesday night. It happened around 9:30 p. m. ThePawnee Fire Department called in help from the Chatham Fire Department, Auburn Illinois Fire Protect...

 2021-04-21 17:29 

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2,765 new COVID-19 cases in Illinois...

On Wednesday, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) reported 2,765 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 28 additional deaths. Champaign County: 1 female 100+ Cook County: 1 male 40s, 2 females...

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