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 2021-04-30 00:15 

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Illinois launches COVID-19 educational outreach, vaccine access program...

A new state program aims to provide COVID-19 educational outreach and vaccine access to some of Illinois' most vulnerable communities. There's 11 organizations in the Springfield region (Region 3) that are participating in the new Pandemic Health ...

 2021-04-30 00:09 

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Springfield Police have recovered 91 firearms so far this year...

One month after establishing a gun violence task force, Springfield Police say they're making progress in getting guns off of the streets. These are just some of the guns and ammunition police have recovered so far this year, many from indicted gang m...

 2021-04-29 23:31 

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Shots fired in Champaign Thursday afternoon...

Shots were fired at the intersection of Kiler and Edgebrook Drives in Champaign. Police were called to the scene shortly after 2:30 p. m. on Thursday, April 29. At least five squad cars were in the area. Police officers placed tape near the road as they c...

 2021-04-29 22:45 

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Deputy saves suspected drunk driver from oncoming train...

A deputy with the Christian County Sheriff's Office is being recognized for saving a man from an oncoming train. At approximately 3 a. m. on Thursday, April 28, Christian County dispatch received a report of a vehicle parked on the railroad tracks nea...

 2021-04-29 22:36 

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Illinoisans' personal info may have been compromised in ransomware attack...

Illinois officials are notifying the public about a ransomware attack at the Attorney General's Office that may have compromised residents' personal data. On Thursday, Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul informed the public of a ransomware attac...

 2021-04-29 21:59 

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Weekend closures planned for part of Adams Street...

Adams Street in Springfield will be partially closed each weekend for the next several months. Starting Friday, April 30, Adams Street between Fourth and Fifth Streets will be closed to vehicular traffic. This closure will start at noon each Friday and wi...

 2021-04-29 21:41 

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4 new coronavirus cases n Menard County...

The Menard County Health Department says four more COVID-19 cases have been reported in the county. To date, Menard County has reported a total of 1,201 COVID-19 cases, including seven deaths. Three county residents are hospitalized with the virus at this...

 2021-04-29 21:37 

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30 new Macon County COVID-19 cases...

The Macon County Joint Crisis Communication Team reported 30 new COVID-19 cases in the area. Since the pandemic began, Macon County has reported a total of 10,480 COVID-19 cases. Of these, 9,929 have been released from isolation, 349 are in isolation at h...

 2021-04-29 21:32 

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

Five more COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in Morgan County. According to the Morgan County Health Department, these cases include: Two male teens. One female teen. One woman in her 20s. One woman in her 50s. Morgan County has now reported a total of 3,...

 2021-04-29 21:17 

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HSHS collects nearly 3,000 pounds of food for Catholic Charities...

HSHS Illinois Home Care helped collect food donations to feed people in need. HSHS Illinois Home Care held a food drive and collected donations from Central Illinois communities. In total, HSHS collected 2,973 pounds of nonperishable food items. The donat...

 2021-04-29 21:02 

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Willard Airport looks to offer direct flight to Washington, DC...

Willard Airport is hoping to soon be able to offer a direct route to Washington, D. C. The airport applied for a federal grant for $850,000. The money would be used to partially cover the minimum revenue guarantee fund to add a new flight to Washington, D...

 2021-04-29 20:45 

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Lawmakers push Congress to grant residency to nonresident essential workers...

A resolution filed in the Illinois Senate is urging the federal government to offer residency to nonresident essential workers. State Sen. Karina Villa, D-Chicago, is leading an effort to push President Joe Biden and U. S. Congress to grant residency to n...

 2021-04-29 20:39 

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Crews respond to Springfield gas leak...

Officials responded to a gas leak in Springfield on Thursday. According to Ameren Illinois, at approximately 3 p. m. Thursday, a third-party contractor struck a gas line near Wabash Avenue and Robinhood Lane. This individual is not an Ameren employee. Gas...

 2021-04-29 20:37 

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Another non-traditional year for Urbana Sweet Corn Festival...

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact the Urbana Sweet Corn Festival. Last year, the festival moved to a virtual format to accommodate guidelines. RELATED:Urbana Sweetcorn Festival goes virtual. This year, things are still up in the air about how the ...

 2021-04-29 20:15 

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With new bill, lawmakers look to prevent deadly opioid overdoses...

A new bill in Illinois aims to save people from opioid overdoses. Senate Bill 2535 was filed by State Sen. Melinda Bush, D-Grayslake. Under this legislation, people who are prescribed opioids could also receive opioid reversal medication. A prescriber wou...

 2021-04-29 20:07 

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Illinois National Guard major pleads not guilty to child porn charges...

An Illinois National Guard major who was arrested last month appeared in court on Thursday. Mason County Sheriff's deputies arrested Maj. Nathanael Love, 38, for allegedly having inappropriate photos of children. He's charged with six counts of ch...

 2021-04-29 19:36 

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Illinois House, Senate pass COVID-19 emergency rental assistance bill...

A bill regarding emergency rental assistance is heading to the governor's desk. The Illinois Senate passed House Bill 2877 in a 39-13 vote. This bill creates theCOVID-19 Federal Emergency Rental Assistance Program Act. If signed into law, it would cre...

 2021-04-29 19:18 

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2 more COVID-19 deaths in Sangamon County...

Two more Sangamon County residents with COVID-19 have died. Health department officials say two women in their 60s passed away. The Sangamon County Department of Public Health reported 39 new cases in the area. To date, Sangamon County has reported a tota...

 2021-04-29 18:57 

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Kidnapping suspect may be linked to Delphi double murder...

There may be a potential break in the unsolved murders of two young girls in Delphi, Indiana. Police are looking into whether a man recently arrested for another crime could be the suspect they've been searching for the past four years. The bodies of ...

 2021-04-29 17:55 

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White farmers sue seeking government loan forgiveness...

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Some Midwestern farmers are suing the federal government alleging they're ineligible for a COVID-19 stimulus loan forgiveness program because they're white. The group of farmers hails from Wisconsin, Minnesota, South Dak...

 2021-04-29 17:38 

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Millikin launches new music business degree program...

Music lovers have another degree opportunity at Millikin University School of Music. A new undergraduate degree will be available starting in fall 2021. The school plans to offera Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Arts in Music Business. No auditions ...

 2021-04-29 17:10 

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Illinois reports 3,394 new COVID-19 cases...

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today reported 3,394 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 38 additional deaths. Cook County: 1 male 30s, 2 males 40s, 2 males 50s, 3 females 60s, 3 female...

 2021-04-29 17:10 

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U of I to waive testing requirement if vaccinated...

Students at the University of Illinois will no longer be required to take a COVID-19 test if they're fully vaccinated. ChancellorRobert J. Jones made the announcement Thursday that in the future, the university will accept an individual's verified...

 2021-04-29 16:32 

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New CEO at Children's Museum of Illinois...

The interim president and CEO at Children's Museum of Illinois will now be taking over on a more permanent basis. TheChildren's Museum of Illinoisboard of directors officially selected Abby Koester as the President & CEO. Abby Koester was named in...

 2021-04-29 15:45 

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Attempted murder suspect at large...

A man has been identified as a suspect in the shooting of a Decatur woman Wednesday afternoon. At approximately 3:45 p. m. on Wednesday, April 28, Decatur Police responded to the 800 block of West William Street for a report of a person shot inside of a v...

 2021-04-29 15:32 

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Four people escape house fire, taken to hospital...

Four are in the hospital after a Champaign home caught fire Thursday morning. The Champaign Fire Department tells us all four were inside of the home located on West Beardsley Avenue at the time of the fire. Heavy smoke could be seen coming from the secon...

 2021-04-29 14:06 

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Black and Latino nursing home deaths linked to overcrowding...

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Overcrowding at some Illinois nursing homes caused a disproportionate number of preventable deaths among Black and Latino residents of those facilities. That is the conclusion of the Department of Healthcare and Family Servi...

 2021-04-29 08:03 

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Tornado Touchdown in Coles County Wednesday Evening...

After showers and thunderstorms moved through the region on Wednesday, the National Weather Service in Lincoln is confirming that a tornado did touchdown in Coles County, on Wednesday Evening. A Tornado Warning was issued for Douglas County as this storm ...

 2021-04-29 04:20 

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Construction workers save ducklings trapped in Chatham manhole...

A group of construction workers saved the day by rescuing ducklings that were trapped in a manhole in Chatham on Tuesday. Shana Joseph and her son were playing in their backyard in when they suddenly spotted a duck....

 2021-04-29 04:15 

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Sports complex was east side's idea, but is expected to be built in southwest...

Plans for a proposed $65 million sports complex have been put on hold as the the Springfield City Council is reviewing the details. But some aldermen and residents are wondering why the complex is going west when the east side needs more attention. The ci...

 2021-04-29 04:14 

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Governor meets with legislative leaders, but GOP says they were disappointed...

Gov. JB Pritzker, D-Illinois, met with legislative leaders from both parties Wednesday afternoon to discuss key issues like redistricting, the budget, and ethics reform. But, Republican leaders left the meeting disappointed. Both Senate Minority Leader Da...

 2021-04-29 03:56 

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Community input needed for 'Champaign Tomorrow' plan...

On Tuesday, the Champaign City Council moved forward with a plan which takes a look at a 20-year span of the city going forward. It has been 10 years since the plan was adopted, and city planners say Champaign has continued to grow unlike other communitie...

 2021-04-29 03:44 

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District 186 offering COVID-19 vaccine clinic for students...

District 186 is hosting COVID-19 vaccine clinics next week for high school students who qualify. Vaccines will be available Monday through Thursday of next week. Information was sent directly to families. Caption: WICS. The Pfizer vaccine is approved thos...

 2021-04-29 03:39 

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FOID card unconstitutional ruling could prompt change...

An Illinois judge has ruled that Illinois' Firearm Owners Identification (FOID) card law is unconstitutional. White County Circuit Court Judge T. Scott Webb ruled that if the right to bear arms and self defense are truly core rights, there should be n...

 2021-04-29 03:33 

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Illinois college enrollment impacted by pandemic...

Fewer people are going to college. The COVID-19 pandemic caused all college classes to be online for more than a year now, but all is not lost. Enrollment across all higher education institution in Illinois is down more than 7%. While overall numbers are ...

 2021-04-29 03:15 

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Advanced manufacturing training academies coming to Illinois...

The Pritzker administration announced its $15 million investment to build two advanced manufacturing training academies in Illinois. The goal is to prepare students for the workforce. Gov. JB Pritzker, D-Illinois, said making an investment like this will ...

 2021-04-29 02:45 

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Urbana woman sentenced for child sex crimes...

An Urbana woman was sentenced Wednesday for her role in attempting to entice a child to commit sex acts. Julie Snyder pleaded guilty to the charge of attempted enticement of a minor for an incident that occurred in July 2019. She will be spending 10 years...

 2021-04-29 02:37 

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Man gets 12 years in prison for Champaign bank robbery...

Dasheem Pickens was just 16 years old when he robbed a Champaign bank. Now, he has been sentenced for it. In October 2019, Dasheem Pickens and his older brother Dakir Pickens robbed the Regions Bank on State Street. Police say shots were fired inside the ...

 2021-04-29 01:41 

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Teens help raise awareness for drug, alcohol addiction...

A local organization —Marisa's Purpose: Faith, Hope, and Love — is focusing on education by creating an Addiction Awareness scholarship to award to area teens. Those scholarship winners have been selected. Avery Oberheim and Garrett Wilkin...

 2021-04-29 01:33 

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Woman wounded in Decatur shooting...

One person was injured in a Decatur shooting. At approximately 3:45 p. m. on Wednesday, April 28, Decatur Police responded to the 800 block of West William Street for a report of a person shot inside of a vehicle. At the scene, officers found a 22-year-ol...

 2021-04-29 01:21 

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Unit 4 School Board provides feedback on LIFT program...

LIFT is getting ready for lift-off. The Unit 4 School Board and the City of Champaign have taken the next step in partnering to create the LIFT program. LIFT stands for...

 2021-04-29 01:17 

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With doses expiring, pharmacy offers walk-in vaccinations...

COVID-19 vaccines have an expiration date, and a local pharmacy wants to get theirs in residents' arms before they expire. The pharmacy manager at Walgreens in Mahomet says the store has many Pfizer vaccines still available. Caption: WCCU. These vacci...

 2021-04-29 01:10 

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Springfield leaders support move to replace underground water lines...

Springfield's City Water, Light & Power (CWLP) is already working on a program to replace water lines suspected to contain lead. But some city officials say more resources are needed. A recent CWLP report showed no signs of lead contamination, but the...

 2021-04-29 00:50 

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Bill passes US House to let marijuana dispensaries use banking services...

Marijuana may be legal for recreational use in Illinois, but the federal schedule I classification — perceived to have no medical use and high potential for abuse — is causing major issues for dispensaries across the nation. New legislation ou...

 2021-04-29 00:39 

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Women's Justice Task Force looks to lower female prison population by 50%...

The Illinois Women's Justice Task Force, organized by the Women's Justice Institute, has a firm goal of cutting down the number of women incarcerated by more than half. This task force includes formerly and currently incarcerated women, plus offic...

 2021-04-29 00:17 

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MRAP vs. RG-31: Comparing Sangamon County's armored vehicles...

Many groups have voiced concern after Sangamon County Sheriff Jack Campbell proposed getting a new armored vehicle. The county got rid of a similar piece of equipment back in 2016. It was called an MRAP, or mine-resistant ambush protected vehicle, and was...

 2021-04-29 00:12 

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Questions linger over Springfield's planned sports complex...

A massive planned sports complex on the south end of Springfield is set to become a major regional destination. The open land next to Scheels could one day be the home to the 95-acre Legacy Pointe Sports Complex. With an expected cost of $65 million, city...

 2021-04-28 22:44 

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Explosion at Danville home leaves 1 injured...

A Danville resident was airlifted to an Indiana hospital after a fire and explosion at a home. Just before 8:30 a. m. on Wednesday, the Danville Fire Department was called to a residence in the 1600 block of Cleveland Avenue. Danville Fire Chief Don McMas...

 2021-04-28 22:22 

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Sangamon County Jail resumes J&J vaccine clinics...

As more people continue to get the COVID-19 vaccine, the Sangamon County Jail will resume its Johnson & Johnson vaccination clinics. Last week, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) said it will resume use of the J&J vaccine after the U. S. Food...

 2021-04-28 21:37 

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Police investigate death of Sangamon County Jail inmate...

Law enforcement officials are investigating the death of a Sangamon County Jail inmate. At approximately 11:40 p. m. on Tuesday, April 27, a correctional officer with the Sangamon County Sheriff's Office was conducting regular cell checks at the jail....

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