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 2021-04-24 15:42 

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Prosecutor: Man knew toddler was in car when he opened fire...

CHICAGO (AP) — A prosecutor says the Chicago man charged with attempted murder in a road-rage shooting that left a toddler critically wounded opened fire on the vehicle even after he was told there was a child inside. At a Friday bond hearing, Cook ...

 2021-04-24 03:25 

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Rantoul church distributes boxes of food to community...

First United Methodist Church in Rantoul held a food giveaway in its parking lot on Friday, April 23. The church gave away nearly 150 boxes filled with produce, dairy products, and chicken. Anyone who came to the church was given a box. Caption: WCCU. Com...

 2021-04-24 03:09 

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U of I graduate students speak out about disiplinary process...

Two students have been dismissed from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in regards to COVID-19 testing non-compliance. One has been reinstated, while the other is forced to leave by the end of the semester. Those students have come forward an...

 2021-04-24 01:39 

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Health departments requesting fewer vaccine doses from state...

COVID-19 vaccine supply in Illinois is almost to the point where it's exceeding the demand, so much that local health departments aren't ordering any more until they use what they have in stock. With 28% of the state's population being fully v...

 2021-04-24 00:56 

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Springfield Police get more power to impound cars after drivers flee from officers...

Springfield Police will soon have more power to impound cars that flee from them. This comes after increased reports of people continuing to drive away from officers when they get pulled over. Springfield Police Chief Kenny Winslow told city council that ...

 2021-04-24 00:49 

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Senate, House bills would make changes to Capital Township...

The Illinois Senate passed a bill on Thursday, giving Capital Township residents the right to vote for their own officials. That bill is sponsored by State Sen. Doris Turner, D-Springfield, but State Rep. Tim Butler, R-Springfield, has other ideas in mind...

 2021-04-24 00:49 

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Rep. Butler explains impassioned plea on House floor Thursday...

A Thursday night session in the Illinois House of Representatives turned explosive when State Rep. Tim Butler, R-Springfield, gave a passionate plea for bipartisanship. The Republican, who represents the 87th district, even threw his calendar across the H...

 2021-04-24 00:11 

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Illinois resumes use of J&J COVID-19 vaccine...

Illinois will start administering Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines once again. The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) said it will resume use of the J&J vaccine. This comes after the announcement from the U. S. Food and Drug Administration (FD...

 2021-04-23 23:20 

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Vehicle drives through Carpet Weavers in Champaign...

A vehicle has driven through a showroom window at Carpet Weavers in Champaign. The entire car crashed into the business on Friday, April 23. Caption: WCCU. The cause of the incident has not been released at this time. This is a developing story. We'll...

 2021-04-23 22:53 

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Schnucks recalls bakery items over packaging concerns...

Schnucks is recalling several bakery items due to possible packaging problems. Schnucks said their container manufacturer, Genpak, notified them that loose particles of plastic may be included in the packaging. As the result, the plastic particles could b...

 2021-04-23 22:36 

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Man stabbed in leg in Springfield...

An investigation is underway after a man was stabbed 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 Illin...

 2021-04-23 22:19 

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ACLU urges Effingham schools to change headwear policy...

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Illinois is pushing Effingham Community Schools Unit 40 to change its headwear policy. In March, Newschannel 20 and FOX Illinois reported that an Effingham student wore a durag to school and was asked to take i...

 2021-04-23 22:03 

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Specialty Crop Block Grant Proposals being accepted...

The Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) is now accepting Specialty Crop Block Grant Proposals. State officials said these grants will help expand the availability of fresh, locally-grown produce, as well as strengthen the competitiveness of Illinois...

 2021-04-23 21:52 

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4 more coronavirus cases in Morgan County...

Four new COVID-19 cases have been reported in Morgan County. According to the Morgan County Health Department, the new cases include: One female teen. One man in his 20s. One woman in her 20s. One woman in her 30s. Morgan County has now reported a total o...

 2021-04-23 21:45 

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Macon County reports 19 new COVID-19 cases...

The Macon County Joint Crisis Communication Team reported 19 new cases of COVID-19 in the county. To date, Macon County has reported a total of 10,338 COVID-19 cases. This includes 9,749 who have been released from isolation, 385 who are in isolation at h...

 2021-04-23 21:41 

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Macon County at warning level for COVID-19...

Macon County is at a warning level for COVID-19. The Macon County Health Department (MCHD) is informing residents of the county's standing. Macon County reached warning level status because the number of cases per 100,000 people has been greater than ...

 2021-04-23 20:44 

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UIS presents awards during virtual 50th anniversary celebration...

The University of Illinois Springfield (UIS) honored two people with awards for service and alumni achievement. The awards were presented during the university's virtual 50th anniversary celebration on Thursday, April 22. The award recipients are Naom...

 2021-04-23 20:00 

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Walk-in COVID-19 vaccination clinics coming to Macon County...

Appointments will not be needed to attend upcoming COVID-19 vaccination clinics in Macon County. The Macon County Health Department (MCHD) will administer the Pfizer vaccine at walk-in clinics over the next two weeks. Doses will be administered from 1 to ...

 2021-04-23 19:01 

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Carle reaches COVID-19 vaccine milestone...

Carle Health has hit another COVID-19 vaccine milestone this week. As of Friday, Carle Health has administered more than 100,000 COVID-19 vaccines. Shelby Morris, 17 of Clinton received the 100,000th dose at the Carle BroMenn Outpatient Center in Blooming...

 2021-04-23 18:20 

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88 new Sangamon County COVID-19 cases...

The Sangamon County Department of Public Health reported 88 more cases of COVID-19 in the county on Friday. Sangamon County has now reported a total of 18,000 COVID-19 cases, including 229 deaths. At this time, 22 county residents are hospitalized with th...

 2021-04-23 17:31 

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1 dead, 1 in custody in Lincoln Street shooting...

LIVE VIDEO: Title: WICS_EVENT. Start time: 04/23/2021 01:15:49 PM. End time: 04/23/2021 03:15:49 PM. UPDATE (1:03 p. m. ): The Sangamon County Coroner has arrived on the scene. Caption: Springfield Assistant Chief of Police Ken Scarlette breaks down the d...

 2021-04-23 17:03 

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3,369 new COVID-19 cases in Illinois...

A total of 3,369 new and probable cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the last 24 hours in Illinois, including 22 additional deaths. Bureau County: 1 male 70s. Champaign County: 1 male 40s. Cook County: 1 female 40s, 1 male 40s, 2 females 50s, 2 males...

 2021-04-23 16:28 

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Paxton teen charged after loaded gun found at school...

A Paxton High School school student now faces two counts of unlawful use of a weapon. This comes after the 15-year-old from Clarence, Illinois was found with a loaded handgun at the school Thursday morning. RELATED:Paxton High student found with gun at sc...

 2021-04-23 16:21 

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Lawmaker throws mic, papers during heated debate...

Some Representatives in the Illinois House are upset about a perceived lack of bipartisanship. The new term limits bill received bipartisan support Thursday night, but a heated exchange came after much debate over House leadership....

 2021-04-23 14:50 

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Champaign County man gets life in deaths of girlfriend, her daughter...

URBANA, Ill. (AP) — A central Illinois man convicted of fatally shooting his live-in girlfriend and her adult daughter last year in their rural home has been sentenced to life in prison. A Champaign County judge sentenced 30-year-old Jonathon Perry ...

 2021-04-23 13:49 

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Suspect in fatal shooting of Chicago girl, 7, shot, captured...

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police exchanged gunfire with a suspect believed to be connected to the fatal shooting of a 7-year-old girl as she sat in a car with her father in a McDonald's drive-thru. Illinois State Police Trooper Kyle Barrett says th...

 2021-04-23 03:33 

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Students exceed school's reading goal of 100,000 minutes...

After reading countless pages,students at Iles School in Springfield exceededtheir Read-a-Thon challenge of 100,000 minutes read. The reading program was open to all 400 students at the school from grades first through eighth. Students like 8-year-old Ind...

 2021-04-23 03:21 

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Fewer hospital, ICU beds available in Central Illinois...

Across Central Illinois, multiple hospitals are running out of beds due to COVID-19. St. Francis in Peoria sits at 97% capacity and St. Joseph's in Bloomington has no intensive care unit (ICU) beds available. According to the Illinois Department of Pu...

 2021-04-23 03:13 

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Capital Township gets right to vote for officials with new Senate bill...

The Illinois Senate passed Senate Bill 826 Thursday, giving Capital Township residents the ability to vote for their own officials. Bill sponsor, former Springfield alderman and now Senator Doris Turner, D-Springfield, said there are 1,432 townships in Il...

 2021-04-23 03:05 

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Senate passes journalism task force bill to help rural communities...

A bill designed to change the way rural communities get their news passed the Illinois Senate Thursday. Senate Bill 134 creates a journalism task force made up of key stakeholders around the state to help rural communities receive news. State Rep. Steve S...

 2021-04-23 02:35 

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Family members react after Paxton student found with gun...

The Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School was put under lockdown Thursday after administrators and police discovered a student was in possession of a handgun. Parents and family members say they received messages about it from their students that they have only...

 2021-04-23 02:18 

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Bill aimed at DCFS transparency passes Senate...

The Illinois Senate unanimously passed a measure that requires the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) to report how many youth are stuck waiting for permanent placement. Reports show that finding placement for youth has been a long...

 2021-04-23 01:26 

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Ceremony will honor police officers killed in line of duty...

Police officers who died in the line of duty will be recognized in a special ceremony. The annual Illinois Peace Officers Memorial Service will take place at 11 a. m. on Thursday, May 6. It will be held at the Illinois Peace Officer Memorial sculpture at ...

 2021-04-23 00:38 

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Program in the works to help 'LIFT' families in Champaign...

Champaign Unit 4 Schools and the City of Champaign have drafted plans to help support local families. It's a plan that was put on hold during the pandemic, but now, forces are coming together to get the ball rolling on making a difference in the lives...

 2021-04-23 00:25 

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Students call on District 186 to change homeschool participation rules...

High school students are speaking out about District 186's extracurricular guidelines. The conversation started at Springfield High School, when a member of the show choir was asked to leave. The student was homeschooled and had been involved with the...

 2021-04-23 00:24 

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'Shackle bill' banning restraints on DCFS youth passes Senate...

Reports shocked the nation when it was revealed that the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) was keeping kids in handcuffs and other restraints while being transported. A new bill just passed by the Illinois Senate bans the use of t...

 2021-04-23 00:10 

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Springfield's first west side marijuana dispensary opens...

The Maribis recreational cannabis dispensary opened Thursday, April 22, on Springfield's west side, and developers have big plans in store. The new dispensary is located in a former AMC Theatre that closed at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, and is...

 2021-04-22 23:58 

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Vaccine clinics target outreach towards African-American neighborhoods...

Health departments are partnering with community organizations to help with COVID-19 vaccine outreach and education. FirstFollowers of Champaign-Urbanawanted to reach the Champaign community along with leaders from Bethel AME Church. A clinic was held to ...

 2021-04-22 23:17 

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Catalytic converters stolen from U of I vehicles...

Catalytic converters have been taken from some University of Illinois vehicles. The U of I Police Department said a university employee reported that catalytic converters had been stolen from three university-owned vehicles. The thefts happened sometime b...

 2021-04-22 23:12 

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Pritzker issues executive orders to recognize Earth Day...

To recognize Earth Day on April 22, Gov. JB Pritzker, D-Illinois, has signed executive orders relating to the environment. Pritzker signed two executive orders that his office says will further advance the administration's commitment to transition to ...

 2021-04-22 22:51 

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3 more COVID-19 cases reported in Menard County...

The Menard County Health Department says three more COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in the county. Menard County has now reported a total of 1,191 COVID-19 cases, including seven deaths. Currently, four residents of the county are hospitalized with the...

 2021-04-22 22:48 

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Morgan County sees 4 new COVID-19 cases...

Four new coronavirus cases have been reported in Morgan County. According to the Morgan County Health Department, the new cases include: Two male teens. One man in his 30s. One woman in her 70s. To date, Morgan County has reported a total of 3,871 COVID-1...

 2021-04-22 22:46 

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23 more COVID-19 cases in Macon County...

The Macon County Joint Crisis Communication Team reported 23 new cases of COVID-19 in the county. In addition, one case that was previously reported in the county has been transferred out of it and will no longer be included in its total. Since the start ...

 2021-04-22 21:59 

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National Clydesdale Sale returns to Springfield...

The National Clydesdale Sale is back in Springfield this year. Local residents can come out to the Illinois State Fairgrounds and possibly bring home a new horse. The sale is going on throughout the weekend, but horses will not be sold until Saturday at 1...

 2021-04-22 21:50 

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USDA celebrates Earth Day with investment in Illinois...

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is celebrating this year's Earth Day by investing more than $23. 2 million into infrastructure across illinois. The funds would go toward helping the state build itself back better and stronger while ...

 2021-04-22 21:44 

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Illinois unemployment up compared to last year...

The unemployment rate across the state is up compared to this time last year, according to the U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Every metro area in Illinois has seen an increase in the unemployment rate since March of 2020 and a decrease in the number of...

 2021-04-22 21:37 

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Man who threatened Illinois senator pleads not guilty...

The man accused of threatening a state senator at gunpoint has pleaded not guilty. Michael Hoyle was arrested in March. RELATED:Senator reportedly threatened at gunpoint, chased in Springfield. Police say Hoyle pulled a gun on Senator Elgie Sims of Chicag...

 2021-04-22 21:33 

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Chicago man charged in road-rage shooting that wounded child...

CHICAGO (AP) — Attempted murder charges have been filed against a suspect in a road-rage shooting on Chicago's Lake Shore Drive earlier this month that critically wounded a toddler. RELATED:Toddler out of medical coma after Chicago road rage sho...

 2021-04-22 21:05 

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2 men in a car injured with same bullet...

What started out as a call about a large fight Wednesday night, led police to two shooting victims. Now, the Urbana Police Department is investigating after two men in a vehicle were injured by the same bullet. Officers were called around 7 p. m. to the 2...

 2021-04-22 20:41 

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2 officially charged in Shelby County woman's death...

Charges have officially been filed against two men in connection with the death of a Shelby County woman. Shelby County State's Attorney Nichole Kroncke said Clayton Anderson faces eight counts and Thomas Miller faces a two. This comes after the body ...

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