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 2021-05-27 01:29 

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14 new Macon County COVID-19 cases...

The Macon County Joint Crisis Communication Team reported 14 new COVID-19 cases in the area. To date, Macon County has reported a total of 10,923 COVID-19 cases. Of these, 10,275 have been released from isolation, 437 are in isolation at home, 10 are hosp...

 2021-05-27 01:27 

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Family of boy killed by Chicago officer plans home for at-risk teens...

Family members of a 13-year-old boy who was fatally shot by a Chicago police officer announced plans Wednesday to build a home in rural Wisconsin where at-risk boys could go to escape the dangers of the city streets. Adam Toledo's mother stood in fron...

 2021-05-27 01:21 

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Basement of Springfield bar catches fire...

No one is hurt after a fire began in the basement of a Springfield bar. At approximately 5 p. m. on Wednesday, Springfield firefighters were called to Converse Street Bar, located at 1601 Converse St. At the scene, crews saw heavy smoke and heavy flames i...

 2021-05-27 00:57 

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Health officials work to bring COVID-19 vaccines to unvaccinated people...

COVID-19 vaccines have been available for over six months, but now, the new challenge is reaching those who currently don't want to get the vaccine or don't have access. Springfield residents like Amy Mayberry say the community can't move forw...

 2021-05-27 00:49 

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New outdoor food court coming to Springfield...

A new urban dining hotspot called the Railyard is coming to the Land of Lincoln this summer. The food venue is located on 2242 S. Sixth St. in Springfield and will be operating out of three shipping containers. The concept is something different and one-o...

 2021-05-27 00:42 

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3 families displaced after Springfield house fire...

Three families are displaced after a fire broke out at a Springfield home. On Wednesday afternoon, the Springfield Fire Department responded to a fire at a multi-family residence at Glenwood Avenue and Governor Street. The person who reported it said the ...

 2021-05-27 00:22 

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What Officer Oberheim means to the Central Illinois community...

Champaign Police Officer Chris Oberheim was loved by so many. Wednesday was the final goodbye to Oberheim. People from all over Central Illinois came to the funeral processional route to show their support. While the cars were driving through Monticello, ...

 2021-05-26 22:25 

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Police search for driver who crashed into 2 mailboxes...

Farmer City Police are searching for the person involved in a hit-and-run crash. It happened between 8 p. m. on Tuesday, May 25, and 7 a. m. on Wednesday, May 26, in the 1200 block of West Clinton Avenue. Authorities say the suspect vehicle was traveling ...

 2021-05-26 22:17 

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Hy-Vee recalls Chicken Street Taco Kit...

Hy-Vee is voluntary recalling its Chicken Street Taco Kit. This comes after a recall issued by Hy-Vee's supplier, Reser's Fine Foods. Hy-Vee said it received bulk Chicken Taco Kits from Reser's Fine Foods, then repackaged them into Hy-Vee Chic...

 2021-05-26 21:56 

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Durbin, Duckworth push to make June 'National Gun Violence Awareness Month'...

Some U. S. lawmakers are pushing for new measures to recognize victims of gun violence. U. S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, and U. S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Illinois, introduced a resolution in the Senate on Wednesday. This resolution wou...

 2021-05-26 21:30 

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Decatur families receive free car seats...

Some Decatur families were recently gifted new car seats. Empowerment Opportunity Center (EOC) and United Way of Decatur & Mid-Illinois (UWDMI) partnered to give new car seats toAnna Waters Head Start families in Decatur. With many buses not running due t...

 2021-05-26 21:08 

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Madigan's former chief of staff indicted for allegedly lying to grand jury...

The former Chief of Staff to former Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan has been indicted. Timothy Mapes, 66 of Springfield, was charged with one count of making false declarations before a grand jury and one count of attempted obstruction of justice....

 2021-05-26 19:38 

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Illinois Secretary of State warns of text, email scams...

State officials are warning Illinoisans of recent scams looking to defraud residents. Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White said there have been multiple text and email scams that claim to be from the Secretary of State's Office. In some cases, the ...

 2021-05-26 19:11 

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PHOTOS: Funeral, funeral procession for Officer Oberheim...

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...

 2021-05-26 18:37 

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8 more coronavirus cases in Sangamon County...

The Sangamon County Department of Public Health reported eight new COVID-19 cases in the area. To date, Sangamon County has reported a total of 18,958 cases of the virus, including 234 deaths. Currently, 14 county residents are hospitalized with COVID-19....

 2021-05-26 17:05 

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Chicago's Lake Shore Drive might change to honor Black man...

CHICAGO (AP) — An iconic Chicago road could be getting a new name in honor of a Black man who is recognized as a key settler of the city. The city council on Wednesday is expected to consider renaming Lake Shore Drive for Jean Baptiste Point DuSable...

 2021-05-26 17:05 

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1,139 new COVID-19 cases in Illinois...

On Wednesday, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) reported 1,139 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 27 additional deaths. In addition, 66% of Illinois adults have received at least one COV...

 2021-05-26 16:38 

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Final farewell to Champaign Police Officer Oberheim...

From Decatur to Champaign and Monticello, the community is coming together to say a final goodbye to Champaign PoliceOfficer Christopher Oberheim. Oberheim was killed in the line of duty on Wednesday, May 19 while responding to a domestic disturbance at T...

 2021-05-26 15:44 

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Strong storms are possible for Thursday...

Dry conditions continue for Central Illinois ahead of our next weather maker. As we end our Wednesday with sunshine, a low pressure system sets up over the Plains. This will allow for a warm front to lift into the region by Thursday afternoon which will c...

 2021-05-26 14:25 

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Man who shot up tavern with paintball gun still at large...

Springfield Police are still searching for the person responsible for shooting four people inside a tavern with a paintball gun. Crime Stoppers of Sangamon and Menard Counties is asking for the public's help with information on the suspect. We're ...

 2021-05-26 13:47 

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Graduating SHG senior wins Holiday Classic scholarship...

A senior at Sacred Heart-Griffin (SHG) is one of four winners of the 2021 Holiday Classic Scholarship award. Each winner received a $1,500 scholarship to go directly to their college of choice for tuition. Samuel Antonacci played both baseball and basketb...

 2021-05-26 13:29 

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Endangered missing elderly woman...

Illinois State Police have activated an endangered missing person advisory for 79-year-old Alicia Flores. Alicia was last seen in Summit, Illinois with Francisco Flores, 74. They were traveling in a silver 2018 Jeep Cherokee SUV with an Indiana license A ...

 2021-05-26 03:40 

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Journey to all 50 states stops in Springfield to promote mental health...

From coast to coast, Battle of the Gains is traveling to all 50 statesto start a movement and help others with their mental health struggles. Billy Gains started the nonprofit, Battle of the Gains, in 2015 to spread awareness on mental health and the reso...

 2021-05-26 03:24 

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Hundreds come out to support family, friends of Officer Oberheim...

On Tuesday in Decatur, family and friends gathered at a visitation for fallen Champaign Police Officer Christopher Oberheim. Oberheim was gunned down while responding to a domestic disturbance call in Champaign last week, giving his life to protect others...

 2021-05-26 03:11 

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Marijuana mayhem: Black market cannabis still going strong...

Illinois decriminalized marijuana in 2016. Then, in 2019, the state legalized it for recreational use. As of Jan. 1, 2020, that legalization kicked in. Some thought legalizing it would reduce the black market and, in turn, stop illegal drug deals. But, in...

 2021-05-26 03:00 

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Blood donors needed during National Trauma Awareness Month...

May is National Trauma Awareness Month, and blood centers are looking for blood and platelet donors. ImpactLife, formerly known as the Central Illinois Community Blood Center, said donations of all blood types are needed, but there is an increased need fo...

 2021-05-26 02:49 

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OSF Heart of Mary Medical Center gets new helipad...

A local healthcare center is receiving a new helipad. An OSF Life Flight helipad is being added to the campus of OSF HealthCare Heart of Mary in Urbana. OSF officials say the helipad will offer quicker access to patients in need of urgent care. The 100-fo...

 2021-05-26 02:31 

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Illinois General Assembly passes bill to decriminalize HIV transmission...

Illinois lawmakers have passed legislation that would decriminalize HIV transmission in the state. In 1989, the state made it a crime to spread HIV to another person if you knew you were infected, even in consensual relationships. But, if signed into law,...

 2021-05-26 00:50 

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DCFS sees hotline progress, use of online abuse reports rising...

The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) says the abuse and neglect hotline is working better than ever. The hotline operates 24/7 for people wanting to report suspected abuse or neglect, and it has been a longtime struggle for DCFS....

 2021-05-26 00:47 

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DCFS tracks youth complaints, but hotline only runs during business hours...

A recent audit revealed the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) wasn't tracking recommendations made by youth or the experiences of youth in care that have reported violations. The department told lawmakers Monday that they upgr...

 2021-05-26 00:43 

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Illinois uses wastewater to detect COVID-19 outbreaks...

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is using another tool — wastewater — to detect COVID-19. IDPH will be working with the Discovery Partners Institute (DPI) to monitor potential outbreaks on a county by county basis, which will co...

 2021-05-26 00:43 

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Illinois uses wastewater to detect COVID-19 outbreaks...

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is using another tool — wastewater — to detect COVID-19. IDPH will be working with the Discovery Partners Institute (DPI) to monitor potential outbreaks on a county by county basis, which will co...

 2021-05-26 00:33 

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College enrollment down for African-American students in Illinois...

Enrollment is down for colleges and universities in the state, specifically for African-American students. Experts at the University of Illinois Springfield (UIS) say if enrollment for Black students and other students of color continues to drop, it could...

 2021-05-26 00:21 

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Carle launches virtual COVID-19 support group...

The first meeting for a new virtual support group was held Tuesday, May 25. It's called...

 2021-05-26 00:16 

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Mentor program helps teens land summer jobs...

Many places are looking to hire workers after losing staff during the COVID-19 pandemic. One local organization is taking the time to bring teens into the job market. The DREAAM Opportunity Center is offering teenagers work for the summer through the summ...

 2021-05-26 00:06 

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Illinois bill aims to ban hair discrimination in schools...

Illinois lawmakers want to ban all school dress codes from including policies on hairstyles. A proposed bill (SB 817) says school uniform and dress code policy shall not include or apply to hairstyles, including hairstyles historically associated with rac...

 2021-05-26 00:00 

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Bill would require Illinois public schools to donate unused food to children in need...

Lawmakers are looking to tackle food insecurity by getting rid of food waste in schools across the state. A new Senate bill (SB 805) could soon require the Illinois State Board of Education to create a food donation plan for everything uneaten throughout ...

 2021-05-25 21:57 

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Nominations still accepted for 2021 Senior Hall of Fame Awards...

There's still time to nominate senior citizens to be recognized for their contributions to Illinois. The Illinois Department on Aging (IDoA) announced its last call for nominations for the 2021 Senior Illinoisans Hall of Fame Awards. The Senior Illino...

 2021-05-25 21:34 

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Urbana introduces new Human Rights and Equity Officer...

The City of Urbana has a new Human Rights and Equity Officer. At the Urbana City Council meeting on Monday, May 24, Carla M. Boyd was appointed to the position....

 2021-05-25 21:19 

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2 new coronavirus cases in Morgan County...

Two more COVID-19 cases were reported in Morgan County. The Morgan County Health Department said these two cases involve a man in his 20s anda man in his 30s. Morgan County has now reported a total of 4,012 COVID-19 cases. Of these, 3,893 have been releas...

 2021-05-25 21:17 

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3 more COVID-19 deaths in Macon County...

Three more deaths related to COVID-19 have been confirmed in Macon County. According to the Macon County Joint Crisis Communication Team, the deceased include: One woman in her 60s. One woman in her 80s. One man in his 90s. The county also reported 16 new...

 2021-05-25 20:59 

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2 fires reported at abandoned Decatur home; 1 deemed suspicious...

Officials are investigating after firefighters put out two fires at an abandoned Decatur home. At approximately 7:36 p. m. on Monday, May 24, the Decatur Fire Department responded to a residential fire in the 1200 block of East Leafland Avenue. At the sce...

 2021-05-25 20:30 

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Springfield food giveaway set ahead of Memorial Day weekend...

Just in time for the holiday weekend, local officials and organizations are holding a meat bundle giveaway. Capital Township Trustee Lakeisha Purchase, Molina Healthcare, and Operating Engineers Local 965 are hosting the giveaway on Friday, May 28, from 4...

 2021-05-25 20:21 

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Bill to require shelters to offer menstrual products passes General Assembly...

Homeless shelters in Illinois could soon have to offer free menstrual products to the people they serve. The Illinois House and Senate have passed a bill that would require all homeless shelters to provide free feminine hygiene products for their resident...

 2021-05-25 20:11 

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Springfield man arrested, woman injured in crash...

A Springfield man was behind bars Monday after a two-vehicle crash in Jacksonville, according to our media partners WLDS Radio. Police say 31-year-old Jessie A. Williams allegedly didn't yield at a stop sign on East Douglas Avenue, hitting a car drive...

 2021-05-25 19:54 

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IL National Guard returns from Washington DC...

Approximately 100 members of the Illinois National Guard are finally back home. The soldiers spent months in Washington D. C. supporting the Capitol Security Mission. Governor JB Pritzker activated a total of 500 soldiersat the request of the Department o...

 2021-05-25 19:48 

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Sangamon County reports 7 more COVID-19 cases...

Seven more COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in Sangamon County, according to the Sangamon County Department of Public Health. To date, Sangamon County has reported a total of 18,950 COVID-19 cases, including 234 deaths. Currently, 14 county residents ar...

 2021-05-25 19:47 

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Illinois State Police squad car hit...

More than a dozen Illinois State Police (ISP) squad cars have been hit so far this year. The most recent incident happened Monday night in Moline. ISP says a sergeant was stationary in his vehicle on John Deere Road at John Deere Place. He had just comple...

 2021-05-25 19:45 

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Monticello schools to be dismissed early for Oberheim funeral procession...

Students in Monticello CUSD #25 will be dismissed one hour early on Wednesday, May 26. Superintendent Vic Zimmerman said this is to allow for preparation around town for the funeral procession of fallen Champaign Officer Chris Oberheim, who was shot in th...

 2021-05-25 19:35 

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Danville Police respond to 2 shootings within 15 minutes...

Early Tuesday morning was busy for theDanville Police Department, as officers responded to two separate shootings within 15 minutes of each other. North Beard Street Shooting. At approximately 1:54 a. m. on Tuesday, May 25, Danville Police responded to th...

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