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 2021-05-28 14:21 

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Brittany Hardaway says 'see you later'...

After three years brightening our days in Springfield, Illinois, Brittany Hardaway is moving on to her next big adventure. On Friday, May 28, she had her final time on-air with NewsChannel 20 and Fox Illinois. Instead of saying 'goodbye,' Brittany...

 2021-05-28 13:36 

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Child pornography arrest in Hillsboro...

A Hillsboro man is facing several counts of child pornography aft6er being arrested Wednesday night. Hillsboro Police say they received a tip on Sunday, May 23 about child pornography on someone's cell phone. An investigation led to a search warrant f...

 2021-05-28 05:01 

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1 injured in I-57 collision in Effingham County...

One person sustained injuries in a collision in Effingham County. The collision occurred at 8:04 p. m. on Wednesday, May 26, on I-57 northbound, just south of milepost 143 in Mason Township. According to Illinois State Police (ISP), aFreightliner Sprinter...

 2021-05-28 04:41 

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PHOTOS: Storms, damage seen in Central Illinois Thursday...

WRSP/WCCU Fox Illinois provides local news, weather forecasts, traffic updates, notices of events and items of interest in the community, sports and entertainment programming for Springfield and nearby towns and communities in the Decatur, and Champaign a...

 2021-05-28 04:13 

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Police investigate shots fired report in Taylorville...

Police are at the scene of a shots fired incident in TaylorvilleLaw enforcement officials could be seen at the Town Square at approximately 11 p. m. on Thursday, May 27. Taylorville Police confirmed this is a shots fired investigation, but could not provi...

 2021-05-28 04:10 

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Bill to limit hair discrimination in schools passes General Assembly...

A bill that would limit hair discrimination in schools is now headed to Gov. JB Pritzker's desk. Senate Bill 817 focuses on students of color whose hairstyles have been discriminated against in the past. It would protect the right of students to wear ...

 2021-05-28 03:50 

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Springfield sees damage from severe thunderstorms...

Multiple reports of storm damage were made in Springfield after Thursday's severe thunderstorms, Oberlin Avenue and the surrounding areas took the brunt of the damage. A tree on South Ninth Street cracked and fell. According to the homeowner, the 100-...

 2021-05-28 03:49 

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Graduate gets degree from Lincoln College at age 97...

Bill Gossett is setting an example to never give up by graduating from Lincoln College with his associate degree at 97 years old....

 2021-05-28 03:43 

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Illinois in possession of over 100 unclaimed veterans' medals...

Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs is calling attention to unclaimed veterans' medals in the state's possession. Frerichs said that with Memorial Day coming up, now is a great time to remind the public that officials have more than 100 uncl...

 2021-05-28 03:27 

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Menard County reports 1 new COVID-19 case...

The Menard County Health Department reported one new COVID-19 case in the area. Menard County has now reported a total of 1,241 COVID-19 cases, including seven deaths. At this time, no county residents are hospitalized with the coronavirus....

 2021-05-28 03:25 

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1 new COVID-19 case in Morgan County...

One new COVID-19 case has been reported in Morgan County. According to the Morgan County Health Department, the new case involves a man in his 20s. Morgan County has now reported a total of 4,017 COVID-19 cases. Of these, 3,902 have been released from res...

 2021-05-28 03:22 

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13 more COVID-19 cases in Macon County...

Health officials reported 13 new COVID-19 cases in Macon County. In addition, the Macon County Joint Crisis Communication said one previously reported case has been transferred out of the county and will no longer be included in its total. To date, Macon ...

 2021-05-28 03:18 

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Entries accepted for Let's Keep Decatur Bee-utiful Contest...

Decatur businesses can now enter the 2021 Let's Keep Decatur Bee-utiful Contest. The Beautify Decatur Coalition says this contest was created to emphasize curb appeal and public presence. Businesses and organizations can enter in one of four categorie...

 2021-05-28 03:06 

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Illinois Democrats revise proposed legislative map...

The Illinois Senate and House Redistricting Committees released a revision of the proposed legislative map. Democrats say these maps include changes suggested by community groups, advocacy organizations, and individuals at public hearings held this week. ...

 2021-05-28 02:51 

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Human skeletal remains found in Fayette County...

An investigation is underway after human skeletal remains were discovered in Brownstown. At approximately 3:30 p. m. on Wednesday, May 26, Illinois State Police (ISP) Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) Zone 8 was requested by the Fayette County Sher...

 2021-05-28 02:11 

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Dash cam footage shows crash involving ISP squad car...

Dash cam footage was released after an Illinois State Police (ISP) vehicle was hit by another car. The crash happened at approximately 8:07 p. m. on Monday, May 24, in Moline. ISP says a sergeant was stationary in their vehicle on John Deere Road at John ...

 2021-05-28 01:55 

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Springfield holds job fair to get people back to work...

The City of Springfield held a job fair on Thursday at the Salvation Army building in hopes of getting more people back to work. There were around 40 employers present and a little more than 100 people attended. But as the pandemic gets under control, bus...

 2021-05-28 01:43 

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Will a COVID-19 booster shot be needed?...

After months of rolling out the initial round of the COVID-19 vaccine, some are now wondering if a booster shot will be necessary. There's a lot that scientists and health experts are still learning about the vaccine, but from what we know so far base...

 2021-05-28 01:37 

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Monticello students, staff share how grief has hit community...

Central Illinois is mourning the loss of Champaign Police Officer Chris Oberheim, who died after being shot in the line of duty on Wednesday, May 19. Counselors say they are ready to listen and help those struggling with feelings that are difficult to pro...

 2021-05-28 01:17 

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Hang-ups, wrong number calls to DCFS abuse and neglect hotline triple...

The state's hotline for reporting child abuse is seeing more prank calls and hang-ups. That's according to data from the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS). If the hotline is bogged down with prank calls or hang-ups, it may...

 2021-05-28 01:13 

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City officials weigh raising costs, cutting services for fire protection districts...

Springfield City Council is considering raising costs or cutting services for nearby towns to use the city's fire department. It's a spending issue that's been around for years, but the fire department is now preparing for a million dollar bud...

 2021-05-28 01:10 

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Former Illinois senator pleads not guilty to new tax charge...

Former Illinois state Sen. Annazette Collins is facing new charges linked to an ongoing federal bribery investigation connected to Commonwealth Edison and state politics. A lawyer for Collins on Thursday entered a not guilty plea to a charge of filing a f...

 2021-05-28 01:06 

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Child sustains minor injuries in Springfield crash...

First responders were at the scene of a crash on Thursday evening. It happened at approximately 6:51 p. m. at North 11th Street and East Enterprise Street. Springfield Police told Newschannel 20 and FOX Illinois that a child was in one of the vehicles and...

 2021-05-28 00:48 

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Bill passes to allow early prison release of some terminally ill inmates...

Lawmakers are close to making to making it easier for some inmates to get an early release from prison. A bill (HB 3665) that has passed both chambers of the Illinois General Assembly would expand the powers of the state's Prisoner Review Board. That ...

 2021-05-28 00:47 

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Bill aims to warn parents about microtransactions in video games...

It was all fun and games for Springfield resident Kathy Madigan, until her credit card bill arrived the next day....

 2021-05-27 21:39 

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Chatham Police release footage from officer-involved shooting...

The Chatham Police Department has released footage from an officer-involved shooting that left a man injured. The shooting happened at approximately 1:52 p. m. on March 5 in the 1500 block of East Walnut Street. Illinois State Police said a Chatham Police...

 2021-05-27 20:57 

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Man who drowned in Springfield pond identified...

A man who drowned in a Springfield pond Wednesday night has been identified. At approximately 7:40 p. m. on Wednesday, police received a report of a person stripping and going into a pond in the 3000 block of Normandy Road. The caller said the man was dra...

 2021-05-27 20:32 

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Officer Creel's use of deadly force was justified, state's attorney says...

Champaign County State's Attorney Julia Rietz released the preliminary report for the deadly officer-involved shooting on Wednesday, May 19. Champaign Officers Chris Oberheim and Jeffrey Creel responded to a domestic disturbance around 3:24 a. m. on M...

 2021-05-27 20:08 

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Man accused of vandalizing Officer Oberheim's squad car...

A man has been charged after police say he vandalized the vehicle of fallen Champaign Police Officer Christopher Oberheim. Alonzo Miller was charged with the criminal defacement of a memorial. Court records indicate the incident happened on Friday, May 21...

 2021-05-27 19:43 

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More than 300 without power in Springfield...

City Water, Light and Power (CWLP) responded to more than one outage Thursday afternoon after storm clouds rolled through town. As of 2:40 p. m. on Thursday, 325 CWLP customers were without power. At least eight areas of Springfield are impacted, accordin...

 2021-05-27 19:28 

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1 injured after shots fired in Athens...

One person is in the hospital after a shots fired incident in Athens. A witness says it happened near South Adams Street and West Madison Street. Athens Police Department officials say they are still on the scene after receiving the call around 1 p. m. De...

 2021-05-27 19:07 

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Sangamon County sees 12 new COVID-19 cases...

The Sangamon County Department of Public Health reported 12 new COVID-19 cases in the area on Thursday. To date, Sangamon County has reported a total of 18,970 cases of the virus, including 234 deaths. Currently, 12 county residents are hospitalized with ...

 2021-05-27 18:54 

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State Fairs to highlight 'One Illinois'...

The Illinois State Fair and DuQuoin State Fair are celebrating unity among the state's residents. The theme for this year's fairs is...

 2021-05-27 18:20 

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Man guilty in 29-year-old woman's murder...

A man was found guilty Thursday in the murder of a 29-year-old woman from Paris, Ill. The victim, Kimberly A. Mattingly of Paris, Ill, was last seen alive on April 5, 2019. Mattingly's body was found in rural Beecher City on Wednesday, April 29, 2019....

 2021-05-27 18:15 

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Kidzeum to reopen this summer...

After a long hiatus, the Kidzeum in Springfield is set to reopen in July. "Kidzeum is poised to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic better, stronger, and more resilient than it was before, thanks to passionate people who believe in what Kidzeum can mean...

 2021-05-27 17:18 

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Illinois COVID-19 test positivity rate now 2.5%...

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) reported 891 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 in Illinois on Thursday, including 42 additional deaths. In addition, 66% of Illinois adults have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose and mor...

 2021-05-27 17:06 

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Blood drive in honor of young Mt. Zion girl...

A special American Red Cross blood drive is being held next week in honor or a Mt. Zion girl diagnosed with leukemia. What started out as complaints of leg pain turned out to be much more than simple growing pains. Shoni Anderson was diagnosedwith leukemi...

 2021-05-27 16:38 

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Online child sexual exploitation reports on the rise...

Reports of online child sexual exploitation are increasing across Illinois. Illinois State Police Director Brendan Kelly and Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul shone a spotlight on the rising problem at a press conference on Thursday, May 27. Caption: ...

 2021-05-27 15:25 

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Video of police shooting being released...

Illinois State Police (ISP) plan to release body camera video from the deadly shooting of a Champaign police officer. ISP says they hope to release new information and the video during the early afternoon hours on Thursday. The footage comes from police b...

 2021-05-27 15:06 

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Accused killer of Champaign Officer did not have FOID card...

Illinois State Police say the man accused of killing Champaign Police Officer Christopher Oberheim did not have a Firearm Owners Identification Card, or FOID, card. Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup identified the suspect as 24-year-old Darion M. La...

 2021-05-27 14:33 

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Strong storms aim for Central Illinois this Thursday...

As of 9:25 AM, a line of nonsevere thunderstorms is tracking through the region. This line will skirt past our northwestern counties this morning. More rounds of thunderstorms will be possible with some strong to severe storms developing by the afternoon....

 2021-05-27 13:40 

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Illinois making vaccine available to weekend travelers...

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — COVID-19 vaccines will be available to Memorial Day weekend travelers up and down Illinois. The state announced clinics at Union Station in Chicago and four TravelCenters of America locations in Mount Vernon, Troy, Effingham...

 2021-05-27 04:21 

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Springfield looks to get 80 license plate cameras...

Springfield could soon be installing license plate cameras around the city in an attempt to prevent crime. The city is looking to install around 80 license plate cameras on poles and street lights. But, while the Springfield Police Department is convinced...

 2021-05-27 04:15 

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IDES still trying to 'quantify' how much taxpayer money has been paid to fraudsters...

For months, our Project Illinois team has asked question after question to the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) and, normally, we get answers. But there is one question that has gone unanswered for months: How much tax payer has been paid...

 2021-05-27 03:47 

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Some say casino would not be a good fit for Springfield...

It's been talked about amongst Springfield City Council members: bringing a casino to the capital city. With a proposed ordinance, Springfield Mayor Jim Langfelder is making sure state legislators know the city is interested in getting a casino licens...

 2021-05-27 03:31 

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Downtown Danville sees more business since lifting restrictions...

It has been a long wait for businesses in Danville to start letting more people through their doors. Owners said everyone is ready for things to look the way they did before the pandemic....

 2021-05-27 02:57 

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Man drowns in pond at Lake Victoria Park in Springfield...

A 27-year-old man has died after drowning in a pond at Lake Victoria Park in Springfield. At approximately 7:40 p. m. on Wednesday, police received a report of a person stripping and going into the pond and being dragged under the water. Springfield Park ...

 2021-05-27 02:17 

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Law enforcement from across the US honor Officer Oberheim...

From the church to the cemetery, Wednesday afternoon was an emotional one for the community and the loved ones of fallen Champaign Police Officer Chris Oberheim. Oberheim died after he was shot in the line of duty last week. On Wednesday, May 26, his wife...

 2021-05-27 02:06 

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Hundreds gather to mourn at Officer Oberheim's funeral...

Law enforcement from all over the country came together Wednesday to honor one of their own. Officer Chris Oberheim of the Champaign Police Department died last Wednesday after he was shot while responding to a domestic disturbance. While media wasn't...

 2021-05-27 01:44 

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Flights added at Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport...

As Illinois continues to reopen, more flights are being added at Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport in Springfield. Allegiant Air extended its summer flight schedule from mid-August to October between Springfield, Illinois and Punta Gorda/Ft. Myers, Florida....

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