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 2021-05-02 02:47 

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U of I System VP heads to new job in Iowa...

The University of Illinois System's vice president is leaving. Barbara Wilson has been serving the U of I System since 2016. She will now be the president at the University of Iowa. Caption: WICS. The University of Iowa's Board of Regents said tha...

 2021-05-02 02:32 

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Illinois eviction moratorium extended until end of May...

Governor JB Pritzker, D-Illinois, has extended the moratorium on evictions until the end of the month. The eviction moratorium in the state now expires on May 29, 2021. The proclamation came early Saturday morning in a flurry of reissued executive orders....

 2021-05-01 22:15 

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Man arrested after crack cocaine, gun found...

A man is behind bars after law enforcement found drugs, a gun, and ammunition inside a Springfield home. Members of the Springfield Police Department Street Crimes Unit and the Great Lakes Regional Fugitive Task Force responded on April 28 to a home in th...

 2021-05-01 20:32 

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Ducklings trapped in storm drain saved...

Eight little ducklings are now free after being rescued from a storm drain. Some local firefighters teamed up with City Water, Light and Power (CWLP) and Sangamon County Animal Control to save their little lives. RELATED:Construction workers save duckling...

 2021-05-01 20:23 

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1 dead after train hits pedestrian in Auburn...

One person has died after being hit by a train in Auburn Friday night. Sangamon County Coroner Jim Allmon says the coroner's office was called tothe railroad crossing at Illinois State Route 104 and Kennedy Street for a report of a pedestrian being hi...

 2021-05-01 15:43 

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Check for tick bites often while outdoors, officials say...

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois officials are urging residents to check themselves and their children carefully for ticks after spending time in wooded areas this spring. The Illinois Department of Public Health announced that May is Lyme Disease ...

 2021-05-01 03:53 

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Springfield mask mandate will continue through at least May...

As cities across the country loosen or lift their mask mandates, city officials say Springfield's won't be going anywhere. Springfield's mask mandate will definitely continue through the end of May. That's according to Springfield Mayor Ji...

 2021-05-01 03:49 

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Youth COVID-19 cases rising due to sports, but District 186 not worried...

Sangamon County officials told us there has been a large uptick in COVID-19 cases in youth from 0-19 years old, with one of the main reasons being youth sports. But District 186 Superintendent Jennifer Gill said they have not seen a large portion of their...

 2021-05-01 03:48 

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Illinois lawmakers revisit collegiate sports betting...

Betting on Illinois college sports team could soon be legal within the state. When the original gaming bill was passed in 2019, college sports betting was taken out to appease Illinois universities....

 2021-05-01 03:37 

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Businesses hope to get people back to work...

Across the country, businesses are seeing a shortage in employees and people applying for jobs. This has led to Indiana Congresswoman Jackie Walorski co-sponsoring a bill to help get people back to work. It would include pulling money from the unemploymen...

 2021-05-01 03:32 

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Humane Society moving after expansion plans fall through...

The Champaign County Humane Society will be moving across town after initial expansion plans fell through. The organization said after property and construction, the expansion would have costed around $3. 5 million. Instead, the humane society will be mov...

 2021-05-01 01:28 

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Students raise money for local nurses...

Students have raised hundreds of dollars for local nurses through an 'action project'. Fifth-grade students at Owen Marsh Elementary School presented HSHS St. John's Hospital with $500 to support Nurse Appreciation Week, which is May 6-12. The...

 2021-05-01 01:19 

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Police share tips to stay safe this summer...

This week, Sangamon and Menard County Crime Stoppers wants to remind you of a few basic summer safety tips for your home. Crime Stoppers says that you should leave your porch lights on at night and use timers. They say you should lock your car doors even ...

 2021-05-01 00:30 

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Springfield Police resume community events after pandemic halt...

Coronavirus concerns have sidelined police efforts to interact with Springfield residents, but Friday afternoon, officers took to the playground to connect with their community. They grilled hot dogs, mingled with residents, and at one point, taught a gro...

 2021-05-01 00:17 

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Lawmakers push to make school buses safer...

State lawmakers want to make school buses safer. There are two bills making their way through the Illinois General Assembly, with the main focus of making sure drivers can see the stop signs on school buses better. Senate Bill 1808 and House Bill 2584 are...

 2021-05-01 00:11 

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Bill aims to legalize mass livestock killings to help avoid future meat shortages...

Illinois lawmakers are one step closer to legalizing mass livestock mortality events. It may sound extreme, but State Sen. Darren Bailey, R-Louisville, says there's an important reason for doing so....

 2021-04-30 23:55 

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Anonymous donation will help plant 200 trees in Urbana...

On Friday, Urbana Mayor Diane Marlin shared that an anonymous donation was given to help plant new trees in the city. The donation is nearly $100,000 and will help plant trees throughout Urbana and in public spaces. Over 200 trees will be planted in the n...

 2021-04-30 23:47 

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Hero award given to Champaign nurse for retention pond rescue...

A Champaign woman is being recognized for her heroic efforts after a woman crashed her car into a retention pond. That incident occurred in October 2020. Lori Camacho was at her home in Champaign when a woman's car drove into a retention pond behind h...

 2021-04-30 22:38 

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Champaign County Sheriff's Office connects with residents...

The Champaign County Sheriff's Office is working to connect with the community it serves. On Friday afternoon, nine deputies with the Sheriff's Office spoke with residents in the Dobbins Downs (Champaign and Hensley Townships) and Scottswood (Urba...

 2021-04-30 22:03 

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Menard County sees 5 new COVID-19 cases...

The Menard County Health Department reported five new coronavirus cases in the county. To date, Menard County has reported a total of 1,206 COVID-19 cases, including seven deaths. Three county residents are currently hospitalized with COVID-19....

 2021-04-30 21:59 

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8 new COVID-19 cases reported in Morgan County...

Eight more COVID-19 cases have been reported in Morgan County. According to the Morgan County Health Department, these cases include: One male teen. One female teen. Two men in their 20s. Two men in their 30s. One woman in her 40s. One woman in her 50s. M...

 2021-04-30 21:57 

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Macon County reports another COVID-19 death...

Another death related to COVID-19 has been confirmed in Macon County. The Macon County Joint Crisis Communication Team says the deceased was a woman in her 60s. The county also reported 32 new cases of the virus. To date, Macon County has reported a total...

 2021-04-30 21:51 

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Rantoul launching Community Public Safety Task Force...

Residents in Rantoul are launching the Community Public Safety Task Force. It's starting with honest dialogue, and the leaders are inviting the community to speak up on issues and concerns....

 2021-04-30 21:27 

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National Guard soldiers from Central Illinois return from Ukraine...

Some Illinois Army National Guard soldiers from Central Illinois returned to the Land of Lincoln following an 11-month deployment to Ukraine. On Friday, April 30, approximately 165 soldiersassigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 33rd Infantry B...

 2021-04-30 21:10 

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The Family Room raises awareness for children in foster care...

The Family Room, a nonprofit group focused on foster children and their families, is holding its second annual Little Blue House Campaign. This year, the group will be raising awareness for foster children through a chalk walk and charity drive, and by po...

 2021-04-30 20:57 

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Salvation Army Community Center gets $15K for computer lab...

The Salvation Army Community Center in Springfield has a new computer lab, thanks to Horace Mann. The Horace Mann Educators Corporation donated $15,000 to the Salvation Army for a new computer lab. It will provide a place for people to receive tutoring, s...

 2021-04-30 20:20 

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J&J vaccine clinic to be held in Macon County next week...

The Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine will be administered at an upcoming clinic in Macon County. The Illinois National Guard will administer 600 doses of the J&J vaccine from 9 a. m. to 6 p. m. on Friday, May 7. The clinic will be held at the Macon Coun...

 2021-04-30 20:09 

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Champaign Kohl's Plaza will soon offer walk-in vaccinations...

Champaign County residents will soon have another place to get the COVID-19 vaccine without an appointment. Carle announced that starting Sunday, May 2, walk-in vaccinations will be accepted at the Kohl's Plaza clinic, located at 1901 N. Market St. in...

 2021-04-30 19:57 

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LLCC launches free program to prepare high schoolers for college...

Lincoln Land Community College (LLCC) is working to help high school seniors prepare for college. LLCC is launching a free program to help graduating high schoolers improve their writing and math skills. LLCC Summer Boost classes will be offered Mondays t...

 2021-04-30 19:36 

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LaSalle virus crisis response 'reactive and chaotic,' report says...

An investigative report by an Illinois inspector general found a chain of miscommunication, lax policy, and missed opportunities leading up to and during a COVID-19 outbreak last fall at the LaSalle Veterans' Home. The report on the deaths of 36 resid...

 2021-04-30 18:56 

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

COVID-19 cases are on the rise in Sangamon County. On Friday, the Sangamon County Department of Public Health reported 72 new COVID-19 cases in the area. Since the start of the pandemic, Sangamon County has reported a total of 18,303 COVID-19 cases, inclu...

 2021-04-30 18:51 

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Man dies after crash in I-55 construction zone...

A man was killed when his car crashed in a construction zone on Interstate 55. The crash happened at approximately 5:48 p. m. on Thursday, April 29, on I-55 northbound at milepost 54 in Montgomery County. According to Illinois State Police (ISP), a Toyota...

 2021-04-30 18:43 

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Cause determined for Champaign house fire that injured 4...

A cause has been determined for a Champaign house fire that left four people in critical condition. 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 w...

 2021-04-30 18:25 

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2 arrested after drugs, weapons recovered by police...

On Wednesday, April 28, the Springfield Police Department conducted a search warrant in the 100 block of Natchez Trace. Police said they recovered approximately 18 grams of crack cocaine, 16 grams of suspected heroin, a . 40 caliber Glock 23 handgun with ...

 2021-04-30 17:14 

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Illinois reports 33 deaths from COVID-19...

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) reported Friday, 3,207 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 33 additional deaths. - Christian County: 1 female 80s. - Cook County: 1 male 40s, 1 female 50...

 2021-04-30 15:16 

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Lincoln Presidential libarary offers free admission for vaccinated...

Getting vaccinated against COVID-19 protects you, your family and your community. It also gets you free admission to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. Throughout May and June, anyone who has received at least one shot can obtain a free ...

 2021-04-30 15:06 

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Free COVID-19 vaccine walk-in clinic...

The Champaign-Urbana Public Health Department is hosting free walk-in vaccine clinics every Friday. No appointments are needed. You must be 18 years and older to be eligible. The clinic is located at 201 West Kenyon Road in Champaign. It's open every ...

 2021-04-30 15:00 

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Heartland Community College students win money in competition...

Two Heartland Community College students have emerged as savvy business minds and scored seed money for their entrepreneurial ambitions. The Heartland STEM & Business department conducted the Elevating Entrepreneurs competition as the Spring semester came...

 2021-04-30 14:57 

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Real ID deadline extended to May 3...

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White is reminding the public that the U. S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has extended the federal REAL ID deadline to May 3, 2023. With the extended federal deadline of REAL ID, current Illinois driver's lic...

 2021-04-30 03:31 

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Illinois family stays 100 days at Ronald McDonald House...

An Illinois couple is getting a helping hand for a charity as their twins fought for their lives in the NICU. The Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Illinois let Lindsay and Schuyler Rossi stayat their Peoria location for 100 days after their 28-w...

 2021-04-30 03:26 

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Thousands report COVID-19 vaccine side effects in Illinois...

There was a medical emergency at the Sangamon County Department of Public Health on Thursday after a person received their COVID-19 vaccine. Paramedics were called to the waiting area around 1 p. m. The health department, which is currently administering ...

 2021-04-30 03:12 

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IDPH looks into virtual COVID-19 vaccine confirmation...

If you or a loved one does not want to carry around your COVID-19 vaccination card, there may soon be a virtual option. Officials at the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) are working to create an electronic vaccination certification for individu...

 2021-04-30 02:47 

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SMTD hosts COVID-19 vaccination clinic...

The Sangamon Mass Transit District (SMTD) offered a walk-up COVID-19 vaccination clinic. The clinic was held Thursday at the SMTD Transfer Center in downtown Springfield. Caption: WICS. SMTD worked with the Sangamon County Department of Public Health and ...

 2021-04-30 02:43 

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ALPLM prepares for opening of music exhibit...

Illinoisans have the chance to learn more about the state's impact on music, thanks to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum (ALPLM). ALPLM has created a new exhibit called...

 2021-04-30 01:34 

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Springfield urges restaurants to apply for relief funding...

The City of Springfield is using social media to tell bakeries, food trucks, and restaurants alike that funding is here and up for grabs. The program is called the Restaurant Revitalization Fund. It aims to keep restaurants from closing shop due to the CO...

 2021-04-30 01:29 

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Upcoming vendor fair highlights local Black-owned businesses...

Springfield's Park District is teaming up with the Springfield Black Chamber of Commerce to highlight Black-owned businesses. This weekend, over a dozen Black-owned businesses will be showcasing themselves at Erin's Pavilion, located at 4965 S. Se...

 2021-04-30 01:21 

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Local health departments prepare for J&J vaccine hesitancy...

Local health departments are rolling out the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine again, but because of the recent vaccine pause, are people hesitant to get it? Health departments say it's a little too early to tell if people are hesitant to get the J&J...

 2021-04-30 00:45 

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District 186 plans for fully in-person learning this fall...

Springfield District 186 is planning to fully return to in-person learning in the fall. "We all want to get back as close to normal as possible,...

 2021-04-30 00:38 

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Legislators look to tackle Illinois' teacher shortage crisis...

A shortage of teachers continues to be a problem across Illinois, but new legislation at the Capitol aims to begin addressing the issue. "This is crisis mode....

 2021-04-30 00:23 

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Urbana Business Association closing its doors...

The Urbana Business Association is permanently closing its doors on Friday, and with the closing comes the cancelation of the Urbana Sweet Corn Festival. Chairwoman Tina Stover said the pandemic and current restrictions made it hard for the festival and t...

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