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 2020-02-27 04:39 

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Refugee Center gearing up for annual fundraiser...

A local organization wants to continue its mission of helping clients who move from across the world to call Central Illinois home. The Refugee Center is hosting its 13th Annual Fundraiser Banquet next month to celebrate accomplishments from the past year...

 2020-02-27 01:07 

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Sheriffs concerned over new prison release policy...

Starting this year, once someone has served their sentence, they must be released from prison. However, this bypasses the old procedure of alerting immigration enforcement when felons were released and continuing to hold them until a hearing. Immigration ...

 2020-02-26 19:54 

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2nd Riverton officer resigns after headbutting incident...

The Village of Riverton has confirmed that a second police officer has resigned after an alleged headbutting incident last week. Officer Tricia Langon wassuspended after Monday night's Village Trustee's meeting, pending a hearing. On Tuesday, she ...

 2020-02-26 17:49 

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Dectaur Starbucks burglarized...

Decatur Police are hoping someone can help identify a suspect in a recent burglary. The suspect was caught on surveillance video during a recent burglary at the Starbucks located at 255 W. Mount Rd. If you have any information on this individual's ide...

 2020-02-26 13:04 

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Weather leads to multiple crashes...

7:11 A. M. UPDATE: 5:37 A. M. UPDATE: Illinois State Troopers are responding to multiple weather related traffic crashes and motorists assists in Sangamon and Logan Counties on Interstate 55, Interstate 72, and State Routes. Motorists are urged to use cau...

 2020-02-25 23:37 

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Senators react to coronavirus funding request...

Senators on both sides of the aisle are questioning whether the White House's request for $2. 5 billion is enough to prepare the nation for a possible coronavirus outbreak. As President Donald Trump said, the virus is...

 2020-02-25 17:13 

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Study: Illinois has 2nd highest property taxes in nation...

A new study says Illinois' property taxes are higher than most states in the country. The study by WalletHubcompared the 50 states and the District of Columbia by using U. S. Census Bureau data to determine real-estate property tax rates. For real-est...

 2020-02-25 14:46 

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Jerome shooting victim released, another still in critical condition...

One of the victims in a weekend shooting has been released from the hospital. Police say two men were shot near the 1100 block of West Iles Avenue around 10 p. m. Saturday. One of the men suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was released from the ho...

 2020-02-25 13:32 

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Numerous crashes in Sangamon, Morgan, Logan counties...

Troopers are handling numerous crashes throughout Sangamon, Morgan and Logan counties. Roadways are slick and hazardous. Motorists are urged to slow down and use caution. I-72 and I-55 are especially hazardous at this time....

 2020-02-25 03:14 

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One injured in Springfield shooting...

One person is injured following a shooting in Springfield on the evening of Monday, Feb. 24. The Springfield Police Department confirmed the shooting, which took place at 36 Glen Aire Dr. The victim has non-life threatening injuries and is receiving medic...

 2020-02-24 21:15 

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Police officer involved in headbutting incident resigns...

A Riverton Police officer accused of grabbing a man in custody by the neck and headbutting him has now resigned. On Wednesday, Feb. 5, Grant D. Peterson allegedly grabbed Jacob Melton by the neck and headbutted him. Peterson resigned on Friday, Feb. 21. P...

 2020-02-24 01:29 

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2 people shot in Springfield...

On Feb. 23rd, around 6 p. m Springfield Police Department received a call on a shooting. This happened on E. Stuart Street in Springfield. Springfield Police confirmed two people were shot and transported to seek medical attention. We'll bring more in...

 2020-02-22 17:53 

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Law enforcement investigating shooting in Jerome...

Law enforcement is investigating a shooting in the Village of Jerome. We've reached out to Jerome Police and the Sangamon County Sheriff's office for more information. As soon as we know more we'll let you know....

 2020-02-21 23:05 

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Police: Couple forced boys off road, angered by Trump flags...

HOBART, Ind. (The Times) — Police say a northwestern Indiana couple allegedly used a car to force two teenage boys off a road, angered that the twin brothers were riding bicycles adorned with flags supporting President Donald Trump. Hobart police sa...

 2020-02-21 13:08 

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TV analyst? Spokesman? Freed ex-governor goes job hunting...

CHICAGO (AP) — Job wanted: Ex-governor and ex-con with strong speaking skills and good hair seeking employment. Fresh out of prison thanks to a commutation this week from President Donald Trump, former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is in the hunt fo...

 2020-02-21 04:29 

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Skyrocketing cyber attacks could cripple small communities...

Your Social Security number, your tax records, even your ability to call for help in an emergency can be stolen in seconds. More and more hackers are targeting local governments in hopes of getting personal data and cash. Analysts said it led to $7. 5 bil...

 2020-02-21 00:12 

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Illinois woman charged after girl, 7, shoots her brother, 11...

CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago woman faces child endangerment charges stemming from a shooting in which a 7-year-old girl accidentally shot her 11-year-old brother in the neck. Chicago police said Tuesday that 39-year-old Lucreshia Curtis was charged with...

 2020-02-20 21:00 

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Protest planned after alleged racist remarks by Kam's employee...

A protest is being planned at Kam's on Green Street in Champaign on Thursday at 9 p. m. after a screenshot of a text exchange between employees allegedly showed racism against the Hispanic community. The owners of Kam's have responded saying that ...

 2020-02-20 04:24 

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Vehicle crashes into home, teen driver arrested...

Two Urbana residents said they're lucky to be alive after a vehicle crashed into their home early Wednesday morning. The house is still boarded up and some of the windows are broken. The residents can't stay in the house. Despite the incident, the...

 2020-02-20 02:31 

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Rod Blagojevich maintains innocence, calls criminal justice system corrupt and racist...

After nearly 8-years in prison former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich. This comes after President Donald Trump commuted his sentence. Blagojevich was serving a 14-year sentence after a jury found him guilty of 20 corruption charges in 2011. Those charge...

 2020-02-19 22:16 

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Second flu wave sweeping the U.S....

A second wave of the flu is dominating the U. S. and its threat is more harmful than the first wave. Officials warn that children are the most at risk this flu season. St. John's Children's Hospital Medical Director Douglas Carlson said the flu is...

 2020-02-19 03:15 

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Commuting vs. Pardoning: What's the difference?...

After spending nearly eight years in prison, ex-Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich is now free. Blagojevich was convicted of political corruption in 2010 and sentenced to 14 years. Tuesday, President Trump commuted the former governor's sentence, along...

 2020-02-19 02:34 

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Ex-Gov. Blagojevich released from prison after Trump commuted his sentence...

Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is out of prison hours after his sentence for political corruption was commuted by President Donald Trump. Reporters and onlookers were on hand Tuesday as the now silver-haired Blagojevich left the gates of the Federal...

 2020-02-19 02:26 

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President Trump commutes former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich's sentence...

Former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich will soon be free. This is after President Donald Trump commuted his 14-year sentence. Blagojevich was convicted on several corruption charges, including trying to sell an appointment to the U. S. Senate seat, once...

 2020-02-18 23:46 

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Jacksonville inmates quarantined for flu-like symptoms...

A large number of inmates at the Jacksonville Correctional Center are presenting flu-like symptoms. Four housing units are currently quarantined due to these symptoms. In an effort for the correctional center to contain the virus, visits and commissary op...

 2020-02-18 22:39 

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15 Illinois men facing attempted enticement of a child charges...

URBANA, Ill. Central District of Illinois U. S. Attorney John C. Milhiser and FBI Special Agent in Charge Sean M. Cox, Springfield Division, announced that 15 Central Illinois men were arrested over the weekend related to an FBI Operation conducted in Kan...

 2020-02-18 20:19 

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Ohio man charged with mass shooting threat to Illinois town...

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio man is accused of making an online threat to shoot up an Illinois village and causing a panic that prompted school lockdowns. Federal authorities say a 22-year-old man from the Toledo area made the threat about Shorewood,...

 2020-02-18 18:03 

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Trump to commute Blagojevich sentence, reports say...

President Donald Trump is set to commute the sentence of former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, according to ABC News. ABC News is quoting multiple senior-level sources....

 2020-02-17 23:47 

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Illinois universities advocating for international students...

Illinois universities are urging members of the state's congressional delegation to address obstacles that international students and scholars are facing. Nearly 30 public and private universities are claiming that federal immigration policy damages t...

 2020-02-16 02:03 

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Teen dating violence awareness month...

Shocking statistics, one in four women and one in seven men will be the victim of domestic abuse according to the CDC. A reason why February is teen dating violence awareness month. Domestic abuse experts and parents both say it's important to educate...

 2020-02-15 00:50 

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Not all students gets a 'heads up' before shooting drills...

Schools across the nation are remembering the 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, which killed 17 students and staff....

 2020-02-15 00:07 

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Police: Man arrested for a shooting home invasion in Danville...

The Danville Police Department has arrested a man in connection with a home invasion that resulted in one of the suspects being shot and killed. The homeowner of the residence shot one of the suspects that forcibly entered into the residence. The man died...

 2020-02-14 22:34 

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Danville man gets pulled over, accidentally shoots self...

A man accidentally shot himself in the leg during a traffic stop by the Danville Police Department. Police attempted to pull over the driver, 61, on Jan. 23, but the driver refused to stop. Police followed him to the 1200 block of Grant Street, where the ...

 2020-02-14 13:47 

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1 year after Illinois shooting, police push gun-fee hike...

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois State Police Director Brendan Kelly is commemorating the one-year anniversary of an Aurora warehouse shooting that killed five employees and wounded five police officers. He said Thursday that the state police has b...

 2020-02-14 04:02 

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Illinois State Police actively fixing loopholes in FOID card system...

Illinois State Police are cracking down on who's eligible for a firearm owner's identification card This comes almost a year after a gunman killed five people in an Aurora factory shooting. During a press conference on Thursday, ISP Director Brend...

 2020-02-14 00:58 

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Sangamon County crash numbers...

The Sangamon County Sheriff's Office is reminding everyone to use caution. Between 11 a. m. Wednesday and 9:15 Thursday morning, they responded to 6 property damage crashes. A person was injured in one crash. They also assisted nine motorists....

 2020-02-13 22:13 

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Alleged drug dealer crashes car, runs from police...

The Decatur Police Department arrested a suspected marijuana dealer after he crashed his car into a pole and ran from officers. Police attempted to pull over 25-year-old Randy T. Wheeler for failure to signal Wednesday, Feb. 12. When officers initiated th...

 2020-02-13 17:54 

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Experts warn flu is greater risk than coronavirus...

New information about the spread of the novel coronavirus continues to come out. While many are worried about contracting the virus, experts say you should worry about something else. Medical experts are warning that the flu continues to pose a much great...

 2020-02-13 00:26 

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Police responding to many weather-related car crashes...

Illinois State Police officers are responding to multiple car accidents and slide-offs due to inclement weather. The City of Springfield and the Village of Jerome are under a snow advisory, with meteorologists expecting 3 to 5 inches of snow to hit the ar...

 2020-02-12 20:16 

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Illinois allowed to continue testing for novel coronavirus...

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) authorized the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) to continue in-state testing for the 2019 novel coronavirus. This comes following the CDC's verification that the testing performed by Illi...

 2020-02-12 18:39 

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Mattoon man guilty of attempted murder, home invasion...

A Mattoon man was found guilty of attempted murder and home invasion in relation to an incident from Feb. 2019. Authorities say Alvan Booths, 33, unlawfully entered the home of Otha Phillips and Holley Simmons in Sullivan. Booths shot Phillips in the neck...

 2020-02-11 19:58 

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5 women arrested at gunpoint for mob action...

Five women were arrested after allegedly harassing a victim and tampering with the victim's vehicle. The suspects are 20-year-old Geonna N. Parker, 24-year-old Rakya C. Hill-Williams, 25-year-old Tymoneshia L. Oliver, 29-year-old Tyeshia L. Oliver, an...

 2020-02-11 18:51 

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Suspect in Danville drive-by shooting arraigned...

The suspect in a Danville drive-by shooting from January was arraigned on Tuesday. The suspect, 23-year-old Arturo Chavira, made his appearance remotely and entered a not guilty plea. He is charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and obstructing ...

 2020-02-11 17:36 

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Illinois first state able to test for novel coronavirus...

Illinois is now the first state in America to do in-state testing for the 2019 novel coronavirus. Right now, testing is being done at theChicago IDPH laboratory. The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) hopes to bring testing for the virus to its S...

 2020-02-11 01:03 

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Police: Man shot in the back in Danville...

Danville Police are investigating a shooting that took place on Sunday after 2 a. m. in the 500 block of Grant Street. Police say a 38-year-old man was shot in the lower back while walking into his home. He is expected to be okay. Police currently do not ...

 2020-02-10 20:23 

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Danville man shot while riding bicycle...

On 02/08/20 around 8:36 pm, Danville Police responded to the area of the 800 block of Hazel St in reference to a report of shots fired. Upon arrival, officers located a 35-year-old Danville man who had been shot in the legs. The victim stated he was ridin...

 2020-02-10 20:05 

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First Chief judge from DuPage County announces retirement...

Chief Justice Robert R. Thomas has announced his retirement from the Illinois Supreme Court effective Feb. 29th, 2020. Justice Thomas was elected by his colleagues on the Supreme Court to serve as Chief Justice from 2005-2008. 67-year-old Justice Thomas b...

 2020-02-10 15:33 

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Bill would allow for new gas tax...

Some Illinois residents may end up paying more taxes on gas if a proposed bill is signed into law. Senator Bill Cunningham, D-Chicago, filed the bill on February 4, 2020. The bill would allow all municipalities to impose a motor fuel tax. Right now, onlym...

 2020-02-10 14:19 

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Unique Illinois privacy law leads to $550M Facebook deal...

CHICAGO (AP) — Adam Pezen, Carlo Licata and Nimesh Patel are among millions of people who have been tagged in Facebook photos at some point in the past decade, sometimes at the suggestion of an automated tagging feature powered by facial recognition...

 2020-02-10 14:16 

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Missouri man wounds girlfriend, kills her teen daughter...

A St. Louis area man has been charged with wounding his girlfriend and fatally shooting her 17-year-old daughter before fleeing the scene with two young children. Forty-one-year-old Gino Branch, of St. Louis, was charged Sunday with second-degree murder, ...

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