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 2021-04-28 21:12 

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UIUC gets over $3.2 million for safety upgrades...

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) is getting millions of dollars in state funding. On Wednesday, the Illinois Capital Development Board announced more than $3. 2 million for safety upgrades at the university. The project includes sprin...

 2021-04-28 20:52 

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2 arrested after loaded guns allegedly found in vehicle...

Two people were arrested in Springfield on numerous weapon-related charges. At approximately 6:35 p. m. on Monday, April 26, Springfield Police conducted a traffic stop on a Dodge Durango in the 1700 block of East Edwards Street. While officers were exiti...

 2021-04-28 20:00 

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

The number of new COVID-19 cases in Sangamon County continues to rise. The Sangamon County Department of Public Health reported 51 new cases in the area. To date, Sangamon County has reported a total of 18,192 COVID-19 cases, including 231 deaths. Current...

 2021-04-28 19:55 

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2 injured in live streamed Champaign-Urbana shooting...

Two men driving in Champaign were injured early Wednesday morning in a drive-by shooting. Urbana Police Sergeant Tim McNaught says it started around 2:30 a. m. in Champaign while the two men were streaming on Facebook Live in the car. McNaught believes th...

 2021-04-28 19:52 

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2 charged in murder of Vermilion County man...

Two people have been charged after the remains of a missing Vermilion County man were found. On Dec. 28, 2020, Richard Truett was reported to be missing. He was last seen in the evening of Dec. 27, 2020, when he left his home near Westville with Michelle ...

 2021-04-28 19:43 

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Illinois General Assembly takes steps to combat unemployment fraud...

The Illinois legislature is taking steps to help prevent unemployment fraud in the Land of Lincoln. After being passed unanimously by the House last week, a bill is now heading to the Senate that would stop the Illinois Department of Employment Security (...

 2021-04-28 19:40 

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After disappointing census, GOP fears partisan redistricting will hurt state...

The state of Illinois is now set to lose a seat in Congress following census numbers showing a decline in population. Now with redistricting on the docket in Illinois, state Republicans are worried that a partisan map will result in further congressional ...

 2021-04-28 19:36 

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No appointment necessary for COVID-19 vaccines at all Hy-Vee Pharmacies...

Hyvee, Inc. announced Wednesday that all Hy-Vee pharmacy locations now offer free COVID-19 vaccines with no appointment necessary according to Christina Gayman, director of public relations for Hy-Vee, Inc. Gayman says this is to provide the option to wal...

 2021-04-28 17:06 

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2,728 new COVID-19 cases in Illinois...

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today reported 2,728 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 33 additional deaths. Cook County: 1 female 20s, 1 male 40s, 1 female 50s, 2 males 50s, 1 female...

 2021-04-28 16:52 

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Fire causes sweeping smoke damage to central Illinois church...

LEXINGTGON, Ill. (AP) — A fire has caused extensive smoke damage to a central Illinois church. Crews were called to St. Mary's Catholic Church in Lexington after a passerby discovered smoke coming from the building around 3:30 a. m. Wednesday. L...

 2021-04-28 16:00 

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Illinois' bill backlog shrinking...

Illinois' bill backlog has shrunk a lot over the past five years, according to Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza. In 2017, the state's bill backlog was $16. 7 billion. It's now down to $3. 5 billion as of this week. "This is a remarkable...

 2021-04-28 15:55 

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State, federal law enforcers unite to combat elder fraud...

Illinois and federal law enforcers are uniting to raise awareness and prevent the financial exploitation of elders, especially fraud related to COVID-19. Local, state, and federalare partnering with social service organizations and financial institutions ...

 2021-04-28 15:44 

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Fighting to make cancer a priority...

Cancer patients, survivors, and advocates aren't letting COVID-19 stand in the way of making their voices heard on Illinois Cancer Action Day. Instead of heading to the Capitol this year, they will use alternative methods to state their case. Virtual ...

 2021-04-28 15:13 

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Police: Drunk driver hit, killed man with ATV...

A Gillespie man is facing charges after reportedly fatally hitting another man with an ATV. Gillespie Police received a call about a man being hit by an ATV on Saturday. When officers arrived on the scene they found 69-year-old John Cooper lying on the gr...

 2021-04-28 13:18 

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2nd man charged in death of 7-year-old at Illinois McDonald's...

CHICAGO (AP) — A second man has been charged in the shooting death earlier this month of a 7-year-old girl who was sitting in a car with her father outside a Chicago McDonald's. RELATED:7-year-old girl killed outside Illinois McDonald'sTwent...

 2021-04-28 12:35 

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Stronger thunderstorms possible Wednesday afternoon & evening...

SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORM CHANCES RETURN TO THE FORECAST, SOME COULD BE STRONG TO SEVERE SOUTH OF SPRINGFIELD THIS AFTERNOON AND EVENINGGood Morning, Central Illinois! After plenty of sunshine and a summer-like preview as we worked through our Tuesday, we ...

 2021-04-28 03:31 

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Central Illinois high school recognized at top jazz festival...

The jazz band at Champaign Central High School is making the most of the pandemic by landing a spot at the Essentially Ellington Jazz Band Festival this year. The Ellington Festival is known to be one of the most prestigious programs for high school bands...

 2021-04-28 03:30 

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House passes bill to rename, revamp affirmative action policy in Illinois...

Illinois lawmakers are looking to revamp affirmative action policies in the state. Under a new bill (HB 3914), all references to affirmative action under Illinois law would be changed instead to be called...

 2021-04-28 03:25 

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Springfield Fire Department could get $565K to cover overtime costs...

Tensions have been high between Springfield city officials and the fire department recently. Now, the city could give the Springfield Fire Department more than half a million dollars to cover their overtime costs from the previous budget. On Tuesday, Apri...

 2021-04-28 03:05 

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Proposed sports complex for Springfield put on pause again...

After an hour-long discussion on Tuesday, April 27, Springfield's Committee of the Whole put the brakes on the plans for a 95-acre sports complex yet again. One of the reasons is a money issue that's stopping it from going forward. The Legacy Poin...

 2021-04-28 02:59 

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Action plan for affordable housing approved in Urbana...

The next step of a five-year action plan in Urbana was unanimously passed to move forward with improving and boosting affordable housing in the city....

 2021-04-28 02:45 

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Springfield officials kick off Arbor Week...

The City of Springfield's Urban Forestry Commission and the Boys and Girls Club of Central Illinois held an Arbor Week Celebration on Tuesday. The celebration was held at the Boys and Girls Club facilities in downtown Springfield. Officials gave remar...

 2021-04-28 02:34 

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Tip jar stolen from Springfield restaurant...

A local restaurant said someone stole its tip jar. The Taco Joint, located at230 S. Grand Ave. E. in Springfield, posted a video on Facebook that shows a man stealing the tip jar. It happened on Monday, April 26. In the caption, The Taco Joint said they w...

 2021-04-28 02:28 

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UIS begins planting 1,000 Japanese maple trees...

The University of Illinois Springfield is planting Japanese maple trees on its campus. On Tuesday, April 27, the university started planting the first of 1,000 trees. UIS plans to place the first 100 near the UIS-LLCC bike trail. Caption: WICS....

 2021-04-28 02:25 

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No appointments needed at Illinois State Fairgrounds vaccination site...

Appointments are no longer required to get the COVID-19 vaccine at the Illinois State Fairgrounds. Now, walk-ins will be accepted at the mass vaccination site at the Orr Building on the fairgrounds. Caption: WICS. According to the Sangamon County Departme...

 2021-04-28 01:24 

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Transforming a neighborhood: How Springfield plans to revamp downtown...

It's certainly been a tough year for downtown Springfield. The COVID-19 pandemic left some businesses shuttered and tourism practically nonexistent. As the world reemerges from this difficult time, the center of the capital city may get a new lease on...

 2021-04-28 00:54 

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Bill would lower criminal penalties for possession of small amounts of drugs...

A bill (HB 3447) recently passed through the Illinois House would lower criminal penalties for the possession of small amounts of illegal drugs. Possession for small amounts of some drugs would go from a felony to a misdemeanor. "That helps to get mor...

 2021-04-28 00:39 

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Private schools against bill regarding guidelines for in-person instruction...

A new bill passed in the Illinois House would require public and private schools to follow guidelines put into place by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH). But that's only if and when there's another declared public health emergency. ...

 2021-04-28 00:16 

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Springfield could still have nearly 10,000 lead service lines in water system...

A new bill passed in the Illinois House is aiming to lower lead contamination levels in our water. It would eliminate lead service lines, which are pipes that run underground connecting houses to their water source. The Illinois Environmental Council esti...

 2021-04-28 00:04 

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Bill would let Illinois school districts offer gun safety courses...

A bill is looking to help educate Illinois students on gun safety. House Bill 3173would allow school districts to offer firearm safety courses as part of the curriculum or as an after-school program. Caption: WICS. The Illinois State Board of Education wo...

 2021-04-27 22:07 

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4 new COVID-19 cases confirmed in Morgan County...

Four more COVID-19 cases have been reported in Morgan County. According to the Morgan County Health Department, these cases include: One male child. One female teen. One woman in her 40s. One woman in her 60s. Since the start of the pandemic, Morgan Count...

 2021-04-27 22:04 

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Another COVID-19 death, 23 new cases in Macon County...

One more death related to the coronavirus has been confirmed in Macon County. According to the Macon County Joint Crisis Communication Team, the deceased was a woman in her 70s. The county also reported 23 new cases of COVID-19. Macon County has now repor...

 2021-04-27 22:00 

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How to safely plant trees this spring...

Spring is upon us, and many people may be planting trees in their yards. As the result, Ameren Illinois is offering safety advice regarding tree planting and digging. Before digging, homeowners or contractors should call JULIE at 8-1-1 to have underground...

 2021-04-27 21:51 

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Suspects in Shelby County murder sign waivers of extradition from Nevada...

Two men who face charges in a Shelby County woman's death have signed waivers of extradition from Nevada. Clayton L. Anderson, 25 of Shelbyville, and Thomas M. Miller, 19 of Decatur, were charged for their alleged involvement in the murder of 72-year-...

 2021-04-27 21:39 

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Watch out for work crews this construction season...

It's getting warmer outside and that means construction zones are starting to pop up on Illinois highways. With more crews on the road, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) is reminding the public to stay cautious while driving in construc...

 2021-04-27 21:15 

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Federal REAL ID deadline extended to May 2023...

The federal REAL ID deadline has been extended due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The U. S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) extended the deadline to May 3, 2023. The previous REAL ID deadline was Oct. 1, 2021. Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White comm...

 2021-04-27 21:06 

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CWLP releases new water quality report...

City Water, Light and Power (CWLP) in Springfield said its newest water quality report is now available for viewing. The utility company said that as in years past, CWLP-produced drinking water met the health standards of the State of Illinois and theU. S...

 2021-04-27 20:59 

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Illinois judge rules FOID card 'unconstitutional'...

An Illinois judge has ruled that Illinois' Firearm Owners Identification (FOID) card law is unconstitutional. The 2017 case,The People of Illinois vs. Vivian Claudine Brown, comes after Vivian Brown was accused of possessing a firearm without a FOID c...

 2021-04-27 20:43 

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Central Illinois seniors win MTI welding competition scholarships...

Forty-four high school seniors across Illinois won big during a welding competition at Midwest Technical Institute (MTI). The competition was able to resume this year after last year's competition was canceled due to COVID-19 concerns. Students from s...

 2021-04-27 20:41 

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New bill would expand protections for dogs...

A bill recently proposed in the U. S. Senate would offer more protections for our furry friends. U. S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, and 11 others introduced the Puppy Protection Act on Tuesday. Durbin said this would set new standards for...

 2021-04-27 20:20 

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Man faces charges in Springfield stabbing...

A man has been arrested for allegedly stabbing another man in Springfield. At approximately 2:42 p. m. on Friday, April 23, police responded to the 900 block of East Enterprise Street for a reported stabbing. Springfield Police told Newschannel 20 and FOX...

 2021-04-27 20:10 

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Gov. Pritzker signs healthcare reform legislation...

A bill that focuses on healthcare reform in Illinois has become law. On Tuesday, Gov. JB Pritzker, D-Illinois, signed the Health Care and Human Services Reform Act. This is one of the four pillars from the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus. The Governor&#...

 2021-04-27 20:10 

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Gov. Pritzker signs healthcare reform legislation...

A bill that focuses on healthcare reform in Illinois has become law. On Tuesday, Gov. JB Pritzker, D-Illinois, signed the Health Care and Human Services Reform Act. This is one of the four pillars from the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus. The Governor&#...

 2021-04-27 19:17 

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35 new Sangamon County COVID-19 cases...

The Sangamon County Department of Public Health reported 35 more cases of COVID-19 in the county on Tuesday. Sangamon County has now reported a total of 18,141 COVID-19 cases, including 231 deaths. At this time, 17 county residents are hospitalized with t...

 2021-04-27 17:49 

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Illinois woman convicted in 'revenge porn' case from 2016...

WOODSTOCK, Ill. (AP) — A northern Illinois woman has been convicted in a "revenge porn" case stemming from sexually explicit photos of another woman she sent family and friends after her wedding was called off. A McHenry County judge found 4...

 2021-04-27 17:29 

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$2 million worth of meth, fentanyl seized on I-70...

Indiana State Police made a large drug bust on I-70 Monday afternoon. It all started when an Indiana State Police Trooper stopped a Chrysler van on I-70 near the 59 mile marker for unsafe lane movement. According to police, the trooper noticed...

 2021-04-27 17:22 

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Pay Champaign ordinance violations with community service hours...

The City of Champaign is now offering people that owe fines on municipal ordinance violations the opportunity to convert the fine to public service hours. It's been years since the city has offered this exchange for violation fines. There are three le...

 2021-04-27 17:01 

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2,556 new COVID-19 cases in Illinois...

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today reported 2,556 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 23 additional deaths. Champaign County: 1 male 60s, 1 female 70s. Cook County: 1 male 40s, 1 mal...

 2021-04-27 16:57 

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Urbana walk-in COVID-19 vaccine clinic Wednesday...

Carle Community Health Initiatives,the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD), andSalt and Light are set to host a walk-in COVID-19 vaccine clinic Wednesday. Those who still need to get the vaccine can visit the clinic anytime between 9 a. m. and...

 2021-04-27 16:42 

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Coles County Sheriff won't seek reelection...

Coles County Sheriff James Rankin will not be serving a third term as sheriff. Sheriff Rankin made the announcement Tuesday that he will not be running for reelection. Rankin plans to retire at the end of his term in 2022....

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