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 2021-06-21 23:44 

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Vaccine incentives working, boosting local vaccination rates...

Vaccine incentives are becoming very popular across Illinois but how successful are these efforts locally in boosting local vaccination rates? Health officials at the Sangamon County Department of Public Health say incentives like free admission to local ...

 2021-06-21 23:37 

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New Macon County Sheriff sworn in...

Almost three years later, Macon County can finally look past the unresolved Macon County sheriff's race from 2018. Sheriff Jim Root was officially sworn in on Monday morning. "It's been a little taxing on my family, but it's time to put th...

 2021-06-21 23:05 

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403 Urbana residents onboard with additional neighborhood security...

Four-hundred -three residents signed a petition requesting the installation of cameras, increased lighting, and additional security to be put in high crime areas. Residents of Ward 3 say they shouldn't have to be scared to walk out of their homes....

 2021-06-21 23:02 

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Public Works eliminates middle lane on Green Street...

Public Works is removing the middle lane on Green Street near Campustown. Varsity Striping began restriping on Green Street between Fourth Street and Wright Street on Monday morning. Previously, we reported vehicles were parking in the middle lane causing...

 2021-06-21 22:57 

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Man shot in the back dies, another injured...

A man is dead and another is injured during a Sunday morning shooting in Champaign. Police say that before the shooting a large group of people was setting off fireworks in the 2500 block of West Springfield Avenue. Shortly after midnight officers receive...

 2021-06-21 22:45 

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Former Illinois governor to settle robocall lawsuit...

People who were targeted by a robocalls from former Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner dating back to his first campaign in 2014 may be eligible to receive a portion of a $1 million settlement as part of an agreement that was reached last month in a class action ...

 2021-06-21 22:34 

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Woman charged with giving fake conceal carry certification...

An Illinois man is facing charges after Illinois State Police (ISP) say she wasn't teaching conceal carry license (CCL) classes properly. Terry Lumma, 60, of Shipley, was charged with forgery, Class 3 felony, and providing false conceal carry weapon c...

 2021-06-21 22:32 

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

Nine more COVID-19 cases were confirmed in Sangamon County on Monday, according to the Sangamon County Department of Public Health. The county has now reported a total of 19,103 COVID-19 cases, including 234 deaths. One Sangamon County resident is current...

 2021-06-21 21:52 

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Vandals target Mattoon park bathrooms...

The park bathrooms at Lytle Park and Pool in Mattoon are closed temporarily after they were vandalized. The park posted several photos on its Facebook page, which show the facilities trashed from one end to the other. Toilet paper, boxes, and plastic are ...

 2021-06-21 21:01 

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New rural vaccination clinics in Illinois...

Downstate Illinois is getting four new rural vaccination clinics. The additional clinics will help efforts to get more Illinoisans vaccinated against COVID-19. As of Friday, June 18, 70% of adults in Illinois have received their first COVID-19 vaccine. Go...

 2021-06-21 17:10 

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Chief remembers Officer Oberheim's sacrifice one month after his death...

It has been a little over a month since Champaign Police Officer Chris Oberheim lost his life in the line of duty. RELATED:Champaign officer, suspect killed in shootout. On May 19, Champaign Police Officers Oberheim and Creel responded to Town Center Apar...

 2021-06-21 17:02 

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COVID-19 vaccine required at U of I campuses...

The University of Illinois System sent the following message to students, faculty and staff Monday regarding vaccination guidelines for the fall semester. To continue our commitment to collective safety, the University of Illinois System will require that...

 2021-06-21 16:49 

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8 arrested for gun-related activity in Springfield...

Eight guns found, eight people arrested, and one busy night for the Springfield Police Department over the weekend. Springfield Police were investigating gun-related activity within the city Saturday night and into Sunday morning. The following people wer...

 2021-06-21 16:14 

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Body armor to help protect Hillsboro Police K9...

K9 Lil Darryl will soon be better protected. The Hillsboro Police Department will receive a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to the non-profit Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. The vest is sponsored byCyndi Brown of Fort Collins, CO. It will feature embr...

 2021-06-21 14:05 

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Illinois boy honored for helping save his mother's life...

CHICAGO (AP) — A 7-year-old Chicago boy has been honored and showered with gifts for helping save his mother by calling 911 and calmly providing information on her condition as she was suffering a seizure. Daniel Armani and his family got a tour Fri...

 2021-06-21 13:56 

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Tornado sweeps through suburban Chicago, causing damage...

CHICAGO (AP) — Officials say a radar-confirmed tornado swept through communities in heavily populated suburban Chicago, damaging more than 100 homes, toppling trees, knocking out power and causing multiple injuries. Naperville city spokeswoman Linda...

 2021-06-21 13:52 

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Man dies after car hits tree...

A Danville man is dead after a car he was riding in crashed Sunday night on Georgetown Road. Illinois State Police (ISP) say the car was traveling north on Georgetown Road near Lete Lane in Vermilion County. Around 7 p. m. , the driver left the roadway an...

 2021-06-19 14:01 

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Man arrested for predatory criminal sexual assault...

An Illinois man is now awaiting is first court appearance after being arrested on charges ofpredatory criminal sexual assault. Illinois State Police (ISP) arrested Terry Eisenburg, 50, of Barry, on Friday. The arrest came after more than six months of inv...

 2021-06-19 13:48 

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Juneteenth flag raised at Illinois State Capitol...

As of 5:32 a. m. Saturday, it's official. A Juneteenth flag is now flying above the Illinois State Capitol Building. RELATED: Juneteenth is an official Illinois state holiday. Juneteenth commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. The Junete...

 2021-06-19 13:28 

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Police officer shot at in church parking lot...

A Decatur Police Officer was shot at Friday night as he was parked in a church parking lot. Police say it happened around 10:45 p. m. in the 300 block of East Leafland Avenue while the officer was completing paperwork. We're told that the suspect drov...

 2021-06-19 03:22 

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Panel discusses breast reconstruction, cancer...

A special panel was held at the Danenberger Family Vineyard in New Berlin on Friday. The event, called...

 2021-06-19 03:01 

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Controversy over deer hunting near Lake Springfield...

There's controversy over the Springfield City Council's decision to allow deer hunting around parts of Lake Springfield. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources will oversee the bow hunting program. RELATED:City Council legalizes archery deer...

 2021-06-19 02:52 

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Springfield Fire Department plans to deal with high winds...

With severe weather expected on Friday, the Springfield Fire Department says it's the high winds that are the main concern. Springfield Fire Chief Brandon Blough says battalion chiefs will be employing extra resources if there are any structure fires....

 2021-06-19 01:56 

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Juneteenth rally held in Springfield...

Juneteenth celebrations kicked off in the capital city on Friday. Juneteenth, Inc. is hosting the multiple-day celebration. They say they're partnering with the Springfield Black Chamber and Downtown Springfield Inc. as part of the Levitt Amp Concert ...

 2021-06-19 01:51 

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17 new COVID-19 cases in Macon County...

On Friday, the Macon County Joint Crisis Communication Team reported 17 new COVID-19 cases in the county. These cases have been reported since Friday, June 11. However, four of these cases have been transferred out of Macon County and will no longer be in...

 2021-06-19 01:47 

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Illinois woman released from prison after wrongful conviction...

An Illinois woman is no longer behind bars after officials say she was wrongfully imprisoned for more than 19 years. The Illinois Innocence Project (IIP) at the University of Illinois Springfield (UIS) said its client Jennifer McMullan was released after ...

 2021-06-19 01:30 

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Rochester schools may offer saliva COVID-19 testing to students...

Rochester students may soon be able to get tested for COVID-19 at school. The Rochester CUSD #3a Board of Education is considering approving an intergovernmental agreement with the University of Illinois. This agreement is in regards to rapid saliva COVID...

 2021-06-19 00:11 

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IDPH director gives Illinois 'A' rating for COVID-19 response...

In a one-on-one interview with the director of the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), Newschannel20 and FOX Illinois asked how the state would grade their handling of the pandemic and whether they're ready for the next one. IDPH Director Dr....

 2021-06-18 23:09 

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'Put the guns down': 40 Days of Peace starts Saturday...

Saturday starts the beginning of 40 Days of Peace and Community Building, hosted by HV Neighborhood Transformation (HVNT)....

 2021-06-18 23:01 

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IDPH director shares plan to get rest of population vaccinated...

More than 70% of adults in Illinois have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. This makes Illinois the first state in the Midwest to achieve President Joe Biden's vaccine goal. "We've had a very robust vaccination plan that invol...

 2021-06-18 22:29 

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Illinois reaches Biden's 70% vaccination goal; some counties lag behind...

Illinois is the first state in the Midwest with 70% of adults now having received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, but not every county is succeeding at the same rate. Out of the 102 counties in Illinois, seven have yet to break past 25% fully v...

 2021-06-18 22:25 

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Gov. Pritzker signs election reform bill into law...

Gov. JB Pritzker, D-Illinois, signed a major election reform bill (SB 825) into law on Thursday, June 17. The new changes going into effect immediately expand curbside voting and allow polling places in county jails for those waiting on their trial. RELAT...

 2021-06-18 21:54 

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Cooling on wheels for Champaign homeless...

Volunteers in Champaign are providing a way for the homeless to stay cool during the dangerous heat hitting Illinois hard this week. Volunteers from the Canteen Run are providing a stationary cooling center using the Salvation Army bus. This came together...

 2021-06-18 21:41 

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A stormy end to the work week...

It is boiling hot outside as temperatures soar into the mid to upper 90s. Factoring in the humidity, feels-like temperatures are in the lower 100s. The Heat Advisory continues until 7:00 PM, so remain vigilant as heat exhaustion can occur even into the ev...

 2021-06-18 21:21 

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Part of 6th Street to close for construction...

Part of Sixth Street in Springfield will temporarily be closed next month. Starting at 10 a. m. on Friday, July 9, Sixth Street from Wellesley Avenue to Broad Place will be closed. The roadway is expected to reopen at 6 a. m. on Monday, July 12. The City ...

 2021-06-18 21:01 

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Shots fired in downtown Champaign...

Champaign Police are investigating after shots were heard in the downtown area Thursday night. Officers were called to the area of Taylor and Market Streets just before 10:30 p. m. after people reported hearing gunshots. Police found shell casings at the ...

 2021-06-18 21:01 

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3 teens arrested on weapon, drug charges...

Three juveniles were arrested Thursday on numerous gun and drug charges. The Springfield Police Department Street Crimes Unit started working with the Riverton Police Department after learning about juveniles living in a Riverton apartment. During the inv...

 2021-06-18 20:15 

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13 more COVID-19 deaths in Illinois...

On Friday, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) reported 102 new confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases in the state, including 13 more deaths. To date, IDPH has reported a total of 1,388,688 COVID-19 cases in Illinois, including 23,133 deaths. ...

 2021-06-18 20:02 

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Kidzeum to reopen July 3...

After being closed for over a year due to COVID-19, the Kidzeum of Health and Science in downtown Springfield will reopen to the public. The Kidzeum, located at 412 E. Adams St. in Springfield, plans to reopen on Saturday, July 3. On July 3 and 4, it will...

 2021-06-18 19:41 

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2 more coronavirus cases in Sangamon County...

Two more COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in Sangamon County, according to the Sangamon County Department of Public Health. The county has now reported a total of 19,094 COVID-19 cases, including 234 deaths. One Sangamon County resident is currently hos...

 2021-06-18 18:15 

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Bear sighting at Rend Lake...

Residents are being warned about a bear spotted out near Rend Lake. Officials with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Rend Lake Army Corps of Engineers, Franklin County Sheriff's Office, and Franklin County Emergency Management Agency say t...

 2021-06-18 17:38 

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1 injured in I-70 Freightliner crash...

A 78-year-old Missouri woman was injured in a two-vehicle crash Thursday on I-70. Illinois State Police (ISP) say the vehicle she was a passenger in and a semi were traveling eastbound on I-70 around 4:30 p. m. According to ISP, the driver of the vehicle ...

 2021-06-18 17:24 

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Ryan Held going for Olympic gold again...

Springfield native and 2016 gold medal Olympian Ryan Held is competing in this year's U. S. Olympic Trials. RELATED:Olympian Ryan Held Gets Key To The City. Held is leading the way in the men's 100 freestyle Olympic team trials. On Wednesday, Held...

 2021-06-18 16:22 

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Recent Champaign fires investigated as arson...

Champaign Police and Fire Departments are investigating two recent residential fires as arson. The first fire happened around 11 p. m. on Friday, June 11 at 8 Sherwood Court. Crews were able to put out the garage fire quickly without any injuries. The nex...

 2021-06-18 16:15 

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Juneteenth flag to be flown at Illinois Statehouse...

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White announced that his office will raise the Juneteenth flag on Saturday, June 19 at sunrise, 5:32 a. m. , in accordance with Governor JB Pritzker's proclamation to have the flag flown over the Illinois State Capito...

 2021-06-18 15:33 

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Teen accidentally shoots girlfriend in chest, police say...

A 16-year-old was arrested Thursday evening after his girlfriend was shot in the chest. Danville Police were called around 5 p. m. to the 1000 block of Clay Street. There they found an 18-year-old woman from Danville with a gunshot wound to the chest. She...

 2021-06-18 03:22 

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IDOT prepares for construction work in the heat...

With a heat advisory Friday and the possibility for severe winds, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) explained how they're preparing. IDOT says it's up to the contractors on those projects to decide when conditions are too severe to ...

 2021-06-18 02:41 

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Foam containing 'forever chemicals' used against chemical plant fire...

Government officials say a company hired to extinguish a fire that gutted a northern Illinois chemical plant used foam containing toxic compounds that have contaminated many U. S. waters. The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency says the company sprayed ...

 2021-06-18 02:37 

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New skate park opens in Springfield...

If you have a skater in the family, you may want to head over to Iles Park. The Springfield Park District held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday for a new skate park. Caption: WICS. Officials say it's just the first step in updating parks. The skate ...

 2021-06-18 02:35 

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Algal bloom seen on parts of Illinois River...

After testing water samples from the Illinois River, experts have confirmed the presence of microcystin, an algal toxin. These samples were collected on Thursday, June 10, along the northern bank of the Illinois River at the Starved Rock Lock and Dam. The...

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