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 2021-05-05 21:51 

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Temporary road closures planned for police memorial...

The annual Illinois Peace Officers Memorial Service is set to take place in Springfield on Thursday, May 6. This memorial honors police officers who died in the line of duty in 2019 and 2020. A procession of squad cars will travel from the Illinois State ...

 2021-05-05 21:29 

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Woman hurt in Effingham County collision...

One person was injured after two vehicles crashed into one another in Effingham County. The collision happened at approximately 7:36 a. m. on Wednesday, May 5, on North 1775th Road, just south of Illinois Route 33 in St. Francis Township. Illinois State P...

 2021-05-05 21:23 

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Rural vaccination teams deployed to Macon County, others...

Rural COVID-19 vaccination teams will visit several Illinois counties in the coming weeks. The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is deploying more rural COVID-19 vaccination teams to Lawrence and Macon Counties. These teams will administer the s...

 2021-05-05 20:44 

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Hoopeston teen arrested for aggravated battery, armed violence...

A teenager is facing numerous charges after an altercation in Hoopeston. At approximately 5:35 p. m. Sunday, May 2, Hoopeston Police were called to Parkview Court for a reported injury from an altercation. By the time police arrived at the scene, the susp...

 2021-05-05 20:37 

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Mattoon man faces aggravated battery with weapon charge...

A man was arrested for aggravated battery with a weapon in Mattoon. On Saturday, May 1, police arrested 41-year-old Sisto J. Cowger of Mattoon. According to the Mattoon Police Department, earlier that evening, Cowger...

 2021-05-05 20:17 

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Police respond to shots fired call at Springfield Chick-fil-A...

Police responded to a shots fired report at Chick-fil-A, located at 2431 Wabash Ave. in Springfield. The call was received at 2:06 p. m. on Wednesday. The Springfield Police Department told Newschannel 20 and FOX Illinois that no injuries were reported an...

 2021-05-05 20:16 

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1 injured in Cook Street crash...

First responders were on the scene of a car crash Wednesday. Our crew was there as at least one person was taken away in an ambulance near 16th and Cook streets. It happened around 3 p. m. We'll bring you more information as it becomes available....

 2021-05-05 20:08 

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Champaign-Urbana police end prescription collection box program...

Law enforcement in Champaign-Urbana will not continue the prescription drug collection box program any longer. The Champaign, Urbana, and University of Illinois Police Departments chose to discontinue the program. Authorities said the decision was made du...

 2021-05-05 19:48 

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DSI's Lisa Clemmons Stott stepping down...

Downtown Springfield Inc. (DSI) is in need of a new executive director. DSI's Board of Directors announced Wednesday the Lisa Clemmons Stott is stepping down from the position at the end of May. Stott has served as the executive director of DSI for ne...

 2021-05-05 19:45 

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Springfield NAACP to hold COVID-19 vaccine clinic next week...

Another COVID-19 vaccine clinic is coming up in the capital city. The Springfield NAACP is hosting a Pfizer vaccination clinic from 2 to 6 p. m. on Friday, May 14. It will take place at the NAACP Office Building and Education Center, located at 810 S. 11t...

 2021-05-05 19:29 

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Sangamon County reports 54 new COVID-19 cases...

The Sangamon County Department of Public Health reported 54 new cases of COVID-19 in the county. Since the start of the pandemic, Sangamon County has reported a total of 18,491 COVID-19 cases, including 234 deaths. Currently, 21 county residents are hospi...

 2021-05-05 17:16 

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60% of Illinois adults have received COVID-19 vaccine...

Illinois hit another milestone on Wednesday. The Illinois Department of Public Health announced that 60% ofIllinois adults and 80% of seniors have now received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. IDPH also reported 2,410 new confirmed and probable ...

 2021-05-05 17:08 

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Man found guilty on all counts in Fair Oaks murder...

A suspect in the 2019 deadly shooting at Fair Oaks Housing Complex was found guilty Wednesday. Percy Freeman was the second person charged in the death of Roosevelt Anderson Jr. Anderson Jr. was shot in the head on April 24, 2019, and died the next day. R...

 2021-05-05 16:10 

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Shots fired between two vehicles, suspects at large...

Springfield Police continue to search for the people responsible for multiple shots fired on Friday, March 26. Witnesses reported hearing the shots and seeing people inside a gray SUV and those inside a small dark vehicle firing shots at each other. It ha...

 2021-05-05 16:06 

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Summer Skate School programs available...

If you're looking for something to learn over the summer, the Springfield Park District has some options. The Springfield Park District is offering Summer Skate School. The school is open to first-timers and those who are more advanced, ages 3 and up....

 2021-05-05 15:43 

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Chicago plans to fully reopen by July 4...

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot is making big plans for the Fourth of July holiday. Lightfoot announced this week that Chicago is on pace to fully reopen on July 4. However, it all comes down to the right pandemic metrics being met....

 2021-05-05 14:44 

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Statewide 911 network to get upgrade...

Illinois is on track to get an upgrade to the statewide 911 network. Illinois officials announced Wednesday that a Notice of Intent to Award was issued to AT&T for the network's development and implementation. The new Next Generation 911 (NG911) netwo...

 2021-05-05 14:02 

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US Marshals help capture fleeing suspect in Pana...

A Pana man is now behind bars facing numerous charges after fleeing from local police and U. S. Marshals. The U. S. Marshals were called in Tuesday to help find a man wanted on multiple warrants, including a parole violation. The suspect, 21-year-old Quen...

 2021-05-05 03:10 

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Local social media star reaches nearly 1 million followers through dance...

One little girl, Ty'Rhiona Holyfield, is inspiring others through her dancing and racking up nearly 1 million followers on social media. The 6-year-old is a first-grader at Sandburg Elementary School in Springfield while going viral through her popula...

 2021-05-05 02:50 

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With vaccine rates slowing, Sangamon County works to administer more doses...

The Sangamon County Department of Public Health just passed a huge milestone: They've given 100,000 COVID-19 vaccines. With 37. 74% of the population fully vaccinated in Sangamon County, the area is leading the state with the number of people fully va...

 2021-05-05 01:50 

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Urbana and French sister city release 'Let It Be' cover...
 2021-05-05 01:48 

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Community voices concerns on violence in Rantoul...

Saturday, May 1, was the first meeting of the Rantoul Community Public Safety Task Force, working to bring change to crime and violence. But hours after the meeting ended, there was a string of shootings blocks away from where that meeting was held. This ...

 2021-05-05 01:43 

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Settlement reached in former superintendent's lawsuit against Urbana Board of Education...

A settlement has been reached in a lawsuit against the Urbana School District 116 Board of Education. In November 2019, former USD 116 Superintendent Dr. Donald Owen filed a lawsuit against the Board and several board members. This lawsuit regarded Owen&#...

 2021-05-05 01:22 

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1 seriously injured in Springfield collision...

One person suffered serious injuries in a two-vehicle collision in Springfield. According to Illinois State Police, the collision happened at approximately 6:08 p. m. on Tuesday, May 4, at Veterans Parkway and J David Jones Parkway. The injured individual...

 2021-05-05 00:54 

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Morel mushroom foraging explodes in Illinois...

There's a special type of mushroom growing in the woods of Illinois, and the race is on to find them. Foraging for morel mushrooms is part of the culture in central Illinois, but this year is like no other. With restaurants shuttered for the COVID-19 ...

 2021-05-05 00:24 

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New bill hopes to help law enforcement attract new recruits...

Law enforcement agencies across Illinois are reporting difficulties hiring new officers. Some say the environment surrounding policing across the nation right now makes people more hesitant to apply. The other reason for the hesitancy, according to law en...

 2021-05-05 00:16 

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DCFS works to vaccinate youth 16 and older...

The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) is turning their attention to vaccinating youth in the state's care against COVID-19. DCFS is working to vaccinate the 16- and 17-year-olds in group home settings. Foster families can also...

 2021-05-04 23:00 

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Author, journalist gives hope to grieving mothers...

Mother's Day can be a difficult day for mothers who have experienced the devastating loss of a child. Author and journalist Carol Smith knows this heartache firsthand. Her son, Christopher passed away 27 years ago....

 2021-05-04 22:04 

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New coronavirus case in Menard County...

The Menard County Health Department reported one new COVID-19 case in the county. Since the start of the pandemic, Menard County has reported a total of 1,215 COVID-19 cases, including seven deaths. Two county residents are currently hospitalized with the...

 2021-05-04 22:00 

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Morgan County reports another COVID-19 death...

One more death related to COVID-19 has been confirmed in Morgan County. According to the Morgan County Health Department, the deceased was a man in his 60s. No new COVID-19 cases were reported in the county on Tuesday. Morgan County has now reported a tot...

 2021-05-04 21:57 

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12 new Macon County COVID-19 cases...

The Macon County Joint Crisis Communication Team reported 12 new coronavirus cases in the county. In addition, three cases of the virus that were previously reported in Macon County have been transferred out of it and will no longer be included in its tot...

 2021-05-04 21:53 

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Springfield car dealership donates to prevent child abuse...

A Springfield car dealership is working to help end child abuse in the state. S&K Buick GMC is donating $12,000 to the cause. During the month of April, which is Child Abuse Prevention Month, for every car that was sold, S&K donated $100 to the organizati...

 2021-05-04 21:47 

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Local newborn celebrates May 4th as Baby Yoda...

The Force was strong with two Star Wars fans from Lincoln on May 4. Also known as Star Wars Day, May 4 is now extra special forMatthew and Tamara Sokolowski. The couple welcomed a son, Luke Gray Sokolowski, at 9:59 a. m. Tuesday at Memorial Medical Center...

 2021-05-04 21:40 

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Police officer, good Samaritans save man from burning vehicle...

A local police officer and three good Samaritans are being recognized for saving a man after a crash. In the early hours of Sunday, May 2, Mattoon Police Officer Adam Jenkins — who was working part-time for the Lake Land College Police Department &m...

 2021-05-04 21:27 

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US 40 construction in Effingham County starts Wednesday...

Road work will soon begin in Effingham County. On Wednesday, May 5, construction will start on U. S. 40 from Henrietta Street in Effingham, west 4. 8 miles to west of Lake Sara Road. The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) said the work including...

 2021-05-04 21:16 

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Suspect in deadly Urbana shooting at large...

Police are looking for the person who shot and killed a man in Urbana last month. In the afternoon of April 11, Urbana Police responded to the 1100 block of South Webber Street for a shots fired report. At the scene, officers found 46-year-old Issah Musah...

 2021-05-04 20:59 

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COVID-19 vaccination clinic coming to Jerome...

A COVID-19 vaccination clinic will be held in Jerome next week. The clinic will begin at 9 a. m. on Tuesday, May 11. It will be held at the Jerome Civic Center, located at 2901 Leonard St. The Village of Jerome said the Pfizer vaccine will be offered to p...

 2021-05-04 20:06 

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U of I police dog de-escalates dangerous situation...

A University of Illinois Police therapy K9 is being recognized for helping to bring a dangerous situation to a safe conclusion. Officers responded to a 911 call Saturday of a man who hurt himself with a knife and threatening further harm. The man was insi...

 2021-05-04 19:56 

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Mayor Langfelder vetoes spending limit ordinance...

Springfield Mayor Jim Langfelder has officially vetoed Ordinance 2018-110, which would have reduced his immediate spending power from $50,000 to $10,000. Langfelder sites concerns over speed and efficiency in government as the key reasons as to why he vet...

 2021-05-04 18:29 

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1 more death, 50 new COVID-19 cases in Sangamon County...

Another Sangamon County resident with COVID-19 has died. The Sangamon County Department of Public Health reported Tuesday that a man in his 70s who tested positive for COVID-19 on April 4 had died. The number of new COVID-19 cases in Sangamon County also ...

 2021-05-04 18:22 

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Illinois selling James R. Thompson Center in Chicago...

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois says it's officially placed the James R. Thompson Center that houses state government offices in downtown Chicago up for sale. Gov. J. B. Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Central Management Services took a step...

 2021-05-04 18:20 

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Groups say gunshot detection systems unreliable, seek review...

CHICAGO (AP) — Community groups are arguing in a new court filing that the gunshot detection system that set in motion the recent fatal police shooting of a 13-year-old boy in Chicago routinely reports gunshots where there are none. They say that se...

 2021-05-04 18:13 

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Bill proposed to ban hair discrimination in schools...

An Illinois lawmaker wants to fight back against discrimination against ethnic hairstyles in schools. State Senate Mike Simmons, D-Chicago, says Senate Bill 817 will be on first hearing Tuesday in the Senate Education Committee meeting. SB 817 would prote...

 2021-05-04 18:07 

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Homicide suspect found dead in car after police chase...

A man is dead after a chase with law enforcement Monday night. Illinois State Police (ISP) and the Clark County Sheriff's Office were told around 9:40 p. m. about a pursuit on I-70 westbound that was heading into Illinois. According to preliminary rep...

 2021-05-04 17:27 

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Lawmaker asks residents to send thank you cards to police...

An Illinois lawmaker wants residents to show their support for law enforcement during National Police Week. Senator Dan McConchie, R-Hawthorn Woods, is calling it his "Appreciation for your Dedication" Card Drive. McConchie is asking residents to ...

 2021-05-04 17:17 

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Springfield man missing since late April...

Springfield Police are searching for a missing man last seen in late April. Police say 42-year-old Kenneth Paul Brown has been homeless in the past but also frequents hotels throughout the city. If you have any information on his whereabouts, you're a...

 2021-05-04 17:06 

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Illinois reports 2,211 new COVID-19 cases...

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today reported 2,211 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 19 additional deaths. Cook County: 1 male 50s, 1 female 70s, 2 males 70s, 1 female 80s, 3 males ...

 2021-05-04 16:42 

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Accused gang member arrested after police chase...

A man was arrested Saturday night after a foot chase with Springfield Police. Officers tried to make contact with the suspect in the 1300 block of South Grand Avenue East after receiving a tip he illegally possessed a firearm. When officers approached, 26...

 2021-05-04 16:11 

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Firefighter hurt in late night house fire...

A firefighter was injured and two people have been displaced after a late-night fire Monday. The Decatur Fire Department was called around 11:44 p. m. to a home in the2000 block of North Charles. Smoke could be seen coming from the home when fire crews fi...

 2021-05-04 15:45 

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IRS: deadline nears for $50 million in tax refunds...

Refunds totaling more than $50 million may be waiting for 49,000 Illinois taxpayers who did not file a federal income tax return for 2017, according to the IRS. The agency estimates that half of those who didn't file would receive$901 or more. "So...

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