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Decatur Man Hosts Twelfth Annual Easter Dinner For Homeless

Decatur -- Vinnie Barbee has a unique way of celebrating holidays.For Thanksgiving, he sponsors a toy drive, and during Christmas time, he dresses up as Santa to give those toys to sick children.Easter is no exception for Barbee, and this year, he got the grills going to serve the people he says are part of his extended family."They've got rib tips, smoked ham with pineapple glaze, yea," said Barbee. "They got that with baked beans, chicken taters, corn, dinner rolls."All part of the menu at ... More>>

Home buying season off to strong start in Champaign County

Champaign County -- Home buying season is off to a strong start in Champaign County. The number of houses sold in March was up a little more than eight percent from last year's sales. So far, the trend More>>

Man Arrested for Murder in Charleston

CHARLESTON - Charleston Police say Larry Steeples, 52, has been arrested and charged for the murder of Gina Giberson. More>>

Renovations completed for three Danville schools

Danville -- Construction on a Danville elementary school is complete, and on Monday evening, students and parents are invited to celebrate. East Park Elementary School began a $12.8 million renovation More>>

Four Charged in Connection with Methamphetamine Investigation

EFFINGHAM - Four people have been charged in connection with an ongoing methamphetamine investigation.Those arraigned Monday include:Cody Laue, 20, of Beecher City; Tara Devoe, 18, of Shumway; Stacey Beccue, More>>

Man Charged with Drug Induced Homicide

EFFINGHAM - A new charge came down Monday morning in the case against Jay C. Miller, 23, of Altamont. Effingham County State's Attorney Bryan Kibler filed a Class X felony charge of "Drug Induced Homicide" More>>

Pana's Kitchell Park Receives Grant

PANA - "This will be the largest revitalization of Kitchell Park since 1908," said Pana Mayor Steve Sipes. "When the grant is finished we can simply say we have the best all around park in downstate Illinois." More>>

Costly Road to Recovery for Tornado Stricken Towns

WASHINGTON, Illinois - The long road to recovery for tornado-torn Washington, Illinois is proving to be a costly one.Governor Pat Quinn announced $45 million in state aid would be going to tornado stricken More>>

Trout Fishing Season Underway

SPRINGFIELD - The spring trout fishing season is now underway.Each spring the Illinois Department of Natural Resources stocks more than 60,000 rainbow trout in bodies of water where fishing is allowed. More>>

Proposal to Lower Hunting and Fishing License Cost for Seniors Passes House

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- A proposal that would lower the cost of fishing and hunting licenses for seniors is moving through the Illinois Legislature. The House passed a measure on Friday that would More>>

Two Arrests Made in Connection with Springfield Murder

SPRINGFIELD - Police made yet another arrest in connection with a deadly shooting in Springfield last week.Jason Underwood, 28, is now facing first degree murder charges.Police say Anthony McGrone was More>>

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