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 2021-05-07 00:43 

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Illinois lawmakers look to study carbon capturing across state...

Illinois lawmakers are trying to limit how much carbon the state releases into the atmosphere. Carbon capturing is a very expensive technology, but one that could lead the fight against climate change. That's why legislators want to study how ready Il...

 2021-05-07 00:38 

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Lawmakers propose election reform bill to increase voters' trust in process...

Between the contentious election this past November and concerns over mail-in voting, Illinois Senate Republicans want to ensure voters can trust the election process in Illinois. A new Senate bill (SB 1325) aims to provide more transparency about the ele...

 2021-05-07 00:22 

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Springfield considers license plate reader cameras to solve crimes...

The City of Springfield is considering installing license plate readers. The little cameras would sit on top of streetlights, facing the road. The city says this could help in lowering gun violence. The license plate pictures can help police collect evide...

 2021-05-07 00:11 

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Springfield Police say ShotSpotter is helping recover evidence, save victims...

After concerns about repeat alerts and false alarms, we got an inside look at how Springfield Police use the ShotSpotter system. We used a public records request to track every ShotSpotter alert from May 2020 to January 2021. After plotting them out, we n...

 2021-05-06 22:25 

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

A new COVID-19 case has been reported in Menard County, according to the Menard County Health Department. The county has now reported a total of 1,220 COVID-19 cases, including seven deaths. Two county residents are currently hospitalized with COVID-19....

 2021-05-06 22:16 

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Macon County reports 2 more COVID-19 deaths...

Macon County reported two more deaths related to COVID-19. According to the Macon County Joint Crisis Communication Team, the deceased were a woman in her 70s and a man in his 80s. The county also reported 29 new cases of COVID-19. One case previously rep...

 2021-05-06 22:16 

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9 new Morgan County COVID-19 cases...

Nine more coronavirus cases have been reported in Morgan County. According to the Morgan County Health Department, these cases include: One male infant. One male toddler. One male teen. One woman in her 20s. One woman in her 30s. One man in his 30s. One m...

 2021-05-06 22:08 

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Old Capitol Farmers Market to reopen next week...

A local farmers market will soon kick off its 22nd summer season. The Old Capitol Farmers Market in Springfield will reopen on Wednesday, May 12. The first Saturday market of the season will happen on Saturday, May 15. Officials say the market, presented ...

 2021-05-06 21:50 

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IDOC correctional officer charged with aggravated battery...

A correctional officer with the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) has been arrested. Chris Koziol, 40 of Bourbonnais, was charged with one count of aggravated battery. According to Illinois State Police (ISP), Koziol works at the Stateville Correc...

 2021-05-06 21:28 

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1 killed, 1 hurt in Champaign County collision...

One man is dead and another was injured after their vehicles collided in Champaign County. The collision happened at approximately 2:15 p. m. on Thursday, May 6, on Route 45 at Leverett Road. According to Illinois State Police (ISP), a Toyota Sedan was tr...

 2021-05-06 21:22 

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Lake Land College plans virtual commencement, graduate parade...

Lake Land College's Class of 2021 will be celebrated in a different way this year. The college will hold a virtual commencement ceremony at 7:30 p. m. on Friday, May 14. This event will honor the Spring and Summer 2021 graduates. The virtual ceremony ...

 2021-05-06 20:39 

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PHOTOS: Tornado, funnel clouds, storm damage in Central Illinois...

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...

 2021-05-06 20:17 

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Tornado confirmed, storm damage reported in Christian County...

Damage has been reported due to storms in Christian County. The National Weather Service (NWS) said a confirmed tornado briefly touched down just south of Assumption at approximately 2:11 p. m. on Thursday. Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp told N...

 2021-05-06 19:56 

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Illinois doctors' offices allowed to give COVID-19 vaccines...

Doctors' offices in Illinois are now authorized to administer COVID-19 vaccines. Gov. JB Pritzker, D-Illinois, and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) made the announcement on Thursday, May 6. Private doctors' offices and small medical...

 2021-05-06 19:25 

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Woman, young daughter die after Champaign house fire...

A woman and her daughter have died following a house fire in Champaign. At 9:06 a. m. on Thursday, April 29, the Champaign Fire Department responded to the 900 block of West Beardsley Avenue. Two women and two female children were found on the second floo...

 2021-05-06 18:46 

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Illinois to move into Bridge Phase of reopening plan...

Illinois is moving one step closer to fully reopening. During a press conference on Thursday, May 6, Gov. JB Pritzker, D-Illinois, announced the state is moving into the Bridge Phase of the Restore Illinois plan. This move will take effect on Friday, May ...

 2021-05-06 18:24 

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

On Thursday, the Sangamon County Department of Public Health reported 39 new COVID-19 cases in the area. Since the start of the pandemic, Sangamon County has reported a total of 18,530 COVID-19 cases, including 234 deaths. Currently, 22 county residents a...

 2021-05-06 18:06 

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Man, teen arrested on weapon-related charges after traffic stop...

Two people are facing weapon-related charges following a Champaign traffic stop. At approximately 5:15 p. m. on Wednesday, May 5, the Champaign County Street Crimes Task Force conducted a traffic stop in the 1600 block of North Market Street. The vehicle ...

 2021-05-06 18:02 

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Champaign man arrested after allegedly pointing gun at woman...

A Champaign man is facing charges after he reportedly pointed a gun at a woman. At approximately 1:27 a. m. on Thursday, May 6, Champaign Police responded to a business in the 2300 block of West Springfield Avenue for a reported domestic disturbance. A wi...

 2021-05-06 17:36 

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40 new COVID-19 deaths in Illinois...

On Thursday, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) reported 1,778 new confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases in the state, including 40 additional deaths. The 40 deaths include: Adams County: 1 male 70s. Cook County: 1 female 60s, 1 male 60s, 3 f...

 2021-05-06 17:16 

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Pritzker urges drivers to 'Start Seeing Motorcycles'...

Gov. JB Pritzker, D-Ill. ,proclaimed May as Motorcycle Awareness Month in Illinois, and he's reminding drivers to...

 2021-05-06 16:55 

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Illinois city set to pay reparations, but not all on board...

When Teri Murray tried to buy her first home in 1968, searching this leafy college town for the perfect place, she thought she was an ideal candidate: married, steadily employed, ample savings. But banks rejected her, offering dubious excuses that they ha...

 2021-05-06 16:52 

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Man found guilty of murder at former Long John Silver's...

A man was found guilty of the murder of an 18-year-old in Decatur. On Thursday, a jury found Matthew A. Anderson Jr. guilty on all four counts of first-degree murder. Anderson was convicted of shooting Curtis T. Hairston of Decatur multiple times inside o...

 2021-05-06 16:17 

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Tilton officer out of the hospital after shooting incident...

The officer involved in Wednesday's shooting in Tilton has now been released from the hospital. A suspect and the officer were both injured in an officer-involved shooting in Vermilion County. The incident happened at approximately 3 p. m. on Wednesda...

 2021-05-06 16:13 

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Auburn native receives achievement medal...

An Auburn man received special recognition on Wednesday. Information Systems Technician (Submarines) 1st Class James Maynard, an Auburn native, was awarded theNavy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal. It comes after the complettion of a successful tour. Th...

 2021-05-06 13:50 

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Chicago launches concert series for fully vaccinated people...

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago leaders are planning the return of cultural events this summer, including a concert series only for people who are fully COVID-19 vaccinated. The concerts, called the Protect Chicago Music Series, begin later this month and wi...

 2021-05-06 13:42 

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Body found in car submerged in Illinois-Indiana lake...

HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) — Police say a dead person has been was found inside a car submerged in a lake straddling Northwest Indiana and Illinois. Hammond police Lt. Steve Kellogg says officers responded about 11 p. m. Tuesday to a report of a vehicle in ...

 2021-05-06 03:50 

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Illinois is top state for most gun background checks this year...

Americans are buying more guns than ever. Firearm background checks are soaring this year, and Illinois is making up a good chunk of those background checks. Doug Schmidgall, the owner of Aim 2 Shoot, a firearm training business, said he's swamped wit...

 2021-05-06 03:48 

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NAACP holds vaccine clinics to help increase minority vaccination rate...

The Springfield NAACP will be holding two free COVID-19 vaccination clinics over the next month. President Teresa Haley said bringing the vaccine to communities that minorities trust is extremely important. According to numbers from the United States Cens...

 2021-05-06 03:36 

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SCDPH vaccine clinic costs taxpayers more than $1 million...

The Sangamon County Department of Public Health (SCDPH) COVID-19 vaccine clinic has cost the county more than $1 million to operate this year. All of that money is coming directly from county taxpayers — paying for the tent, the staffing, and even s...

 2021-05-06 03:32 

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District 186 in-person learning plan could include remote options for fall...

District 186 plans to go back to fully in-person learning this fall. Right now, only 6,000 of District 186's more than 13,000 studentshave returned to learn in person. With the majority coming back in the fall, the district knows they have a long way ...

 2021-05-06 03:17 

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Champaign-Urbana prepares to transition into Phase 5...

With the mayor of Chicago saying the city is expected to reopen in early July, cities like Champaign and Urbana have also shared they are preparing for a full reopening....

 2021-05-06 02:57 

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Renovations begin at Grant Middle School...

Grant Middle School in Springfield is getting ready for an upgrade to its facilities. A groundbreaking ceremony for the renovations was held at the school Tuesday. Caption: WICS. The improvements will include new classrooms and more cafeteria space, and w...

 2021-05-06 02:56 

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US Army to host virtual career fair...

People interested in joining the U. S. Army can learn more during a virtual career fair. Army recruiters will host the five-week virtual fair from May 10 through June 14. The Army National Hiring Days campaign includes up to $40,000 in signing bonuses or ...

 2021-05-06 02:35 

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Addicted Illinois: Battling mental illness...

For this edition of Addicted Illinois, we explore how mental health is taking a toll on people during this pandemic. JoAnn O'Rourke, licensed clinical professional counselor at Quincy Medical Group, says there's definitely been an increase of peop...

 2021-05-06 02:33 

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4 more COVID-19 cases in Menard County...

The Menard County Health Department said four new COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in the county. To date, Menard County has reported a total of 1,219 COVID-19 cases, including seven deaths. Two Menard County residents are hospitalized with the coronavi...

 2021-05-06 02:30 

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5 new COVID-19 cases in Morgan County...

Five new coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Morgan County. The Morgan County Health Department says these five cases include: Two female teens. Two men in their 30s. One woman in her 50s. Since the start of the pandemic, Morgan County has reported a...

 2021-05-06 02:28 

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Macon County reports another COVID-19 death, 23 more cases...

Macon County has reported another death related to COVID-19. According to the Macon County Joint Crisis Communication Team, this individual was a man in his 60s. In addition, 23 new COVID-19 cases were reported in the county. Macon County has now reported...

 2021-05-06 01:25 

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Volunteers needed to help Champaign County homeless population...

New data from Recent Point-in-Time completed by Continuum of Services Providers to the Homeless (CSPH) helped identify new ways to improve the lives of those without an address. During the homeless count in Champaign County, which took place in late Janua...

 2021-05-06 01:16 

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Champaign County plans for youth COVID-19 vaccine distribution...

The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD) is preparing for the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to get approved by the FDA for youth ages 12 to 15 years old. The district said it started saving doses about a week ago, setting them aside for teens not abl...

 2021-05-06 01:11 

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Top 5 Springfield intersections with most crashes named...

In our special report, we looked into some problem intersections in Springfield with the most crashes. According to Springfield Police, the top five intersections with the most crashes in 2020 are: South Veterans Parkway and Wabash Avenue: 61 crash report...

 2021-05-06 00:51 

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Report: Illinois' pension crisis is getting worse, especially for municipal governments...

Illinois' pension crisis isn't good, but the other, lesser talked about side of the problem is the pension crisis in our cities, including in Springfield....

 2021-05-06 00:44 

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Mobile Museum of Tolerance visits Springfield...

The Los Angeles-based Mobile Museum of Tolerance made a stop in Springfield this week. The museum is traveling all around Illinois, educating people on tough topics like racism, homophobia, and anti-Semitism. The goal is to teach and have respectful conve...

 2021-05-06 00:32 

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Langfelder defends use of ShotSpotter system in Springfield...

Community groups in Chicago have asked a judge to determine if a gunshot detection system, known as the ShotSpotter, is reliable. They say the piece of equipment, meant to make neighborhoods safer, is sometimes doing the opposite. The groups and the MacAr...

 2021-05-06 00:19 

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Illinois continues legislative trend to diversify school curriculums...

A series of bills aims to increase diversity in school curriculums across Illinois. Some have already taken effect, while others are still making their way through the legislative process. The first bill (HB 2170) is an omnibus education package signed by...

 2021-05-06 00:18 

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DCFS reform law renamed in honor of Ta'Naja Barnes...

A sweeping reform bill for the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) is getting a new name. House Bill 1551 from the previous General Assembly will now be called Ta'Naja's Law. Ta'Naja's death sparked our Project Illin...

 2021-05-05 22:55 

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Officer, suspect injured in Vermilion County shooting...

Two people are injured after an officer-involved shooting in Vermilion County. The incident happened at approximately 3 p. m. on Wednesday, May 5, in the 500 block of East 14th Street in TIlton. According to Illinois State Police (ISP), the officer and th...

 2021-05-05 22:55 

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Officer, suspect injured in Vermilion County shooting...

Two people are injured after an officer-involved shooting in Vermilion County. The incident happened at approximately 3 p. m. on Wednesday, May 5, in the 500 block of East 14th Street in TIlton. According to Illinois State Police (ISP), the officer and th...

 2021-05-05 22:48 

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Attempted homicide suspect shot himself in head after police chase...

New information is available about a police chase with an attempted homicide suspect who was found dead afterward. At approximately 9:40 p. m. on Monday, May 3, Illinois State Police (ISP) and the Clark County Sheriff's Office were informed about a po...

 2021-05-05 22:17 

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Lawmaker wants state agencies to only buy American, Illinois flags made in US...

New legislation in Illinois would ensure flags flying at state agencies are American-made. A bill has been filed in the Illinois House that would only allow state agencies and institutions to purchase American and Illinois flags made in the United States....

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