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State lawmaker says Illinois' concealed carry law is 'complicated'

SPRINGFIELD - One of the lawmakers who sponsored a bill that allows Illinois residents to carry concealed weapons is suggesting that the law may be too hard on gun owners from other states. More>>

Lawyers asking for Supreme Court ruling to be factored into pensions case

SPRINGFIELD - Lawyers representing Illinois retiree groups are planning to use a recent Supreme Court decision on health care benefits to expedite their case on challenging the state's pension legislation. More>>

FutureGen financing plan approved by Illinois Appellate Court

SPRINGFIELD - According to a decision by the Illinois Appellate Court on Tuesday, state regulators can force Illinois electricity customers to help pay for the $1.6 billion FutureGen project. More>>

Rule changes announced for 2014-2015 deer season

SPRINGFIELD - A number of changes for the upcoming deer hunting season has been announced by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. More>>

Mobile Home Park Lock Down

SANGAMON COUNTY- A lock down at a mobile home park near Riverton ended without any injuries Tuesday night. More>>

Illinois State Board of Education looking for volunteers for bilingual council

SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois State Board of Education is seeking seven new members to serve on its bilingual education advisory council.
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Wind turbine repairs being considered by Springfield Park District

SPRINGFIELD - Steps are being taken by the Springfield Park District to fix a dysfunctional Southwind Park wind turbine. More>>

Lincoln Tomb documentary to be made by Iowa filmmaker

SPRINGFIELD - An Iowa filmmaker is partnering with the Lincoln Monument Association to make a documentary about Abraham Lincoln's tomb in Springfield, Illinois. More>>

Corn and soybean crops in Illinois faring well

SPRINGFIELD - In a weekly crop-status update, the United States Department of Agriculture says Illinois' corn crop is faring well, and is maturing faster than normal. More>>

Early morning fire in Springfield closes Illinois state building

SPRINGFIELD - A small fire has caused the Illinois Secretary of State's office to close its Howlett Building for the day. More>>

Consolidation of Regional Offices of Education not easy

SPRINGFIELD - According to Illinois state education officials, the details of coming mergers of Regional Offices of Education around the state are still being worked on. More>>

Stores across central Illinois raise over $155,000 for St. John's Children's Hospital

SPRINGFIELD - During a six-week campaign involving 22 Walmart and Sam's Club stores across Illinois, over $155,000 was raised for St. John's Children's Hospital.
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Ashmore receives $18,750 rural development grant

SPRINGFIELD - United States Senator Dick Durbin has announced that a central Illinois rural development project received a grant worth nearly $19,000. More>>

Over 300 cellphone citations issued by Springfield police since January 1

SPRINGFIELD - Although an Illinois law banning the use of cell phones while driving took effect six months ago, Springfield police have issued hundreds of citations to people using cellphones while driving. More>>

Kayakers Rescued from Sangamon River

High water levels in rivers can be dangerous. When the water rises, it collects tree branches and other debris from along the river bank. On  More>>

EPA says Illinois landfills have enough capacity to last 21 years

SPRINGFIELD - According to the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, municipal landfills in the state have a combined life expectancy of 21 years. More>>

Bill placing new restrictions on RTA and CTA signed by Quinn

SPRINGFIELD - Legislation barring members of major transit agencies from holding other government offices has been signed by Governor Pat Quinn. More>>

Springfield man dies of injuries sustained in ATV crash

SPRINGFIELD - A Springfield man who sustained critical injuries in a all-terrain vehicle crash on July 3 has died. More>>

Springfield Police release drunk driving/seat belt violation statistics

SPRINGFIELD - Law enforcement agencies throughout Illinois participated in the Independence Day "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over/Click It or Ticket" effort, and one local police department is releasing their statistics gathered for that campaign. More>>

Overtime costs for Illinois prisons top $60 million for second year in a row

SPRINGFIELD - For the second year in a row, the Illinois Department of Corrections has paid over $60 million in overtime costs. More>>

Flag thefts at Springfield insurance agency

SPRINGFIELD - Multiple flags were stolen from R.W. Troxell Insurance Agency in Springfield, and you can help catch the person behind this crime. More>>

Houston Seeks 4 More Years

Springfield – He was the mayor of Springfield in 1979. He is the mayor of Springfield in 2014 and wants to serve another 4 years.
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According to Quinn, Illinois bill backlog at lowest level since 2010

SPRINGFIELD - According to Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, the amount that the state owes on its overdue bills has dropped to $3.9 billion. More>>

Job prep event being held at Springfield Public Library

SPRINGFIELD - State Representative Sue Scherer is partnering with Lincoln Land Community College to host a free job prep event at the Springfield Public Library from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Monday, July 14. More>>

American Legion Department of Illinois holding hiring event for veterans

SPRINGFIELD - A hiring event targeting military veterans and spouses will be hosted by the American Legion Department of Illinois Friday, July 11. More>>

Former head teller of State Bank of Lincoln pleads guilty to embezzlement

SPRINGFIELD - A Lincoln woman has pleaded guilty to embezzling nearly $2 million from the State Bank of Lincoln. Nancy J. Huskins, 62, pleaded guilty to one count of bank embezzlement during her court appearance Thursday. More>>

Insurance premium refunds to be issued to state retirees

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Supreme Court has ruled that nearly $23 million in insurance premiums belong to state retirees, but there’s no established timetable for the return of that money.
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Springfield man sues Illinois State Police after FOID card denial

SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois State Police faces a lawsuit from a Springfield man who says he was denied a Firearm Owner's Identification card even though he received a gubernatorial pardon for previous felony convictions. More>>

Deadline to file claims in computer settlement approaching

SPRINGFIELD - Consumers who may have overpaid for computerized equipment containing dynamic random access memory, a type of memory chip used in electronics, have until August 1, 2014 to file a claim to get some of their money back. More>>

Springfield in Running for Dog Park Prize Money

Springfield - Barker Park is nothing more than an empty field right now, but when you look around the neighborhood, you'll see support for turning this into Springfield's newest dog park. More>>

Repairs expected to patch leaks in Executive Mansion roof

SPRINGFIELD - Multiple leaks in the roof of the Executive Mansion in Springfield are being patched by workers. More>>

Illinois Housing Development Authority sees record number of buyers

SPRINGFIELD - According to the Illinois Housing Development Authority, over 4,500 home-buyers have reserved more than $500 million in mortgage financing, and officials say that's a record in the agency's 30 years of mortgage lending. More>>

Resolution honoring Alan Dixon passed by U.S. Senate

SPRINGFIELD - A resolution honoring the late U.S. Senator Alan Dixon has been approved by the U.S. Senate. More>>

3 administrators fired by Illinois treasurer

SPRINGFIELD - According to letters obtained by the Associated Press, Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford fired three top administrators after an investigation by the treasurer's inspector general. More>>

Identities of 2 killed in weekend motorcycle crash released

SPRINGFIELD - The identities of two people from central Illinois who died in a holiday weekend motorcycle crash have been released by authorities. More>>

Two People Die in Motorcycle Crash on I-55

Two people are dead in a motorcycle crash on I-55 near the Stevenson Drive exit in Sangamon County. As traffic was slowing down for a crash, police said, a motorcyclist lost control and slid onto the left shoulder. State police said, the 48-year-old man of Normal died at the scene. His 35-year-old female passenger was transported for medical injuries, but later died at the hospital. More>>

Military support expansion plan signed by Quinn

SPRINGFIELD - The expansion of a program that assists military families in Illinois during conflicts or wars has been approved by Governor Pat Quinn. More>>

Police Gearing Up for Holiday Travel Video included

Springfield - Alcohol and driving, two things that just don't mix. More>>

Former eastern Illinois township supervisor indicted for wire fraud

SPRINGFIELD - According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, a former eastern Illinois township supervisor has been indicted for allegedly stealing over $60,000 from the township. More>>

Road work in Illinois suspended over holiday weekend

SPRINGFIELD - Motorists should expect fewer delays for the holiday weekend, as the Illinois Department of Transportation says it is suspending non-emergency roadwork where possible starting Thursday afternoon and continuing through the end of the day Sunday. More>>

Law enforcement agencies team up to keep Illinois roads safe

SPRINGFIELD - Officials on the state and federal level are teaming up to enforce safe driving this holiday weekend. More>>

Lower kindergarten age among several new laws effective this week

SPRINGFIELD - Children will be required to attend school at a younger age and young adults seeking driver's licenses must complete training, as several new laws take effect in Illinois this week. More>>

Illinois Emergency Management Agency warns of heat-related hazards

SPRINGFIELD - On average, more people die from heat-related causes each year than any other weather hazard, yet many still don't take heat dangers seriously.
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Free meal program for children to continue through August

SPRINGFIELD - A free meal program designed to provide children with healthy lunches and breakfasts while school is not in session will continue through August, according to Illinois State Board of Education officials. More>>

The Magic House is recruiting reading volunteers

SPRINGFIELD - The Magic House is partnering with Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church' summer food program in Springfield, and they are asking for volunteers to read with children on Tuesdays this summer, beginning July 1. More>>

Springfield hosts 5th annual Music in the Park concert series

SPRINGFIELD--Sunday afternoon in Springfield’s Douglas Park was a bit more musical than most.
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Pension ruling may not be available until next year

SPRINGFIELD - A ruling on whether Illinois' pension overhaul law is constitutional could be delayed until next year, as a Sangamon County judge wants to consider all the issues raised in multiple lawsuits. More>>

New driver training course required starting July 1

ILLINOIS - A new law takes effect July 1, requiring people ages 18 to 20 who didn't take driver's education to complete a six-hour training course before applying for a driver's license. More>>

Mass Construction Project to Relocate Over One Hundred Springfield Homeowners

More than one hundred Springfield residents will be forced to relocate within the next few years because of a massive railroad construction project.
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IEPA seeks enforcement action for fuel leak

SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency will seek enforcement action against a gas station that leaked fuel into sanitary sewers in Lisle, Illinois. More>>

Soccer Fans Cut Work; Watch Team USA Thursday

Springfield - For workers at Buffalo Wild Wings, Thursday was another day on the job, but for many of the soccer fans in attendance, it was a day away from the office. More>>

Illinois senator to resign in July

SPRINGFIELD - An Illinois lawmaker says he will resign his position in July before becoming chairman of the Regional Transportation Authority. More>>

Springfield residents can "Meet the Mayor," discuss municipal issues

SPRINGFIELD - Springfield residents will get the chance to voice their opinions on municipal issues as Mayor J. Michael Houston will hold his next "Meet the Mayor" event on June 26 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. in the Mayor's office.
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Flashing yellow arrow traffic signals to be installed in Springfield

SPRINGFIELD - New flashing yellow arrow traffic signals are being installed at several Wabash Avenue intersections in Springfield, according to the Illinois Department of Transportation. More>>

Woman sentenced to 78 years for murder, dismemberment

SPRINGFIELD - A woman who was convicted of killing and dismembering her husband received her sentence today. More>>

Historic sites in Illinois expected to reduce hours

SPRINGFIELD - While historic sites in Illinois aren't expected to close because of budget cuts, they are expected to shorten visiting hours after Labor Day. More>>

Organic farmers may receive reimbursement for certification

SPRINGFIELD - The cost of federal certification for organic farmers in Illinois will be partially reimbursed, according to the Illinois Department of Agriculture. More>>

Company chosen for Carpenter Street underpass construction

SPRINGFIELD - The first stage of the $315 million Springfield Rail Improvements Project is set to begin, as Halverson Construction Co. Inc. of Springfield has been chosen to begin construction of the Carpenter Street underpass. More>>

Unclaimed items to be auctioned by Illinois treasurer

SPRINGFIELD - Nearly 9,000 pieces of unclaimed property, including vintage coins, jewelry, and presidential campaign buttons will be auctioned, according to Illinois' treasurer's office. More>>

Illinois' winter wheat harvest gets rolling

SPRINGFIELD - Illinois' harvest of winter wheat is in full swing, while the state's latest soybean and corn crops grow taller. More>>

Illinois community colleges promote electric vehicles with road trip

SPRINGFIELD - In an effort to promote electric vehicle charging stations, Illinois community colleges are participating in a three-day road trip. More>>

Former police chief's brother sentenced for money laundering

SPRINGFIELD - A former suburban Chicago police chief's brother has been sentenced to six months in prison for obstruction of justice and money laundering in a grant fraud scheme.
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Springfield police arrest man for unlawful use of firearm

SPRINGFIELD - Springfield police have arrested a man on Sunday who allegedly fired a gun, damaging a house in the process. More>>

Attorneys' fees in Illinois to increase 12 percent

SPRINGFIELD - On Monday the Illinois Supreme Court announced the annual registration fee for active state attorneys will increase 12 percent, from $342 to $382, beginning in January. More>>

Illinois lottery contractor $200 million short on profits

SPRINGFIELD - When the fiscal year ends next week, Illinois' lottery contractor will likely be $200 million short of the money it promised to the state this year. More>>

Minimum Wage Question on the Nov. Ballot

Illinois voters will get a chance to voice their opinion on raising the minimum wage under a ballot measure Gov. Quinn signed on Sunday. The question is to raise minimum wage to $10 an hour will be placed on the November ballot.Illinois' minimum wage is $8.25, which is one dollar higher than the national rate.Business groups oppose raising the rate, saying it'll kill jobs. More>>

Arrest made in Springfield shooting incident

SPRINGFIELD - The Springfield Police Department has made an arrest in regard to a shooting Tuesday night on East Monroe. More>>

Illinois Secretary of State's office experiences computer outage

SPRINGFIELD - The main computer at the Illinois Secretary of State's office briefly stopped working Thursday, stopping transactions for about three hours. More>>

Renovation of Lincoln-Herndon Law Offices planned

SPRINGFIELD - Plans to overhaul the Lincoln-Herndon Law Offices site in downtown Springfield are underway. More>>

Springfield municipal buildings and Lincoln Library available as cooling centers

SPRINGFIELD - In response to the hot weather, Springfield Mayor J. Michael Houston has announced the availability of three City facilities for use as cooling centers for citizens who might not otherwise be able to find relief from the heat. More>>

Springfield Police to begin drunk driving crackdown

SPRINGFIELD - Springfield Police announced plans on Wednesday for July 4th traffic enforcement, focusing on both drunk and unbuckled drivers, and is part of the statewide Independence Day "Drive Sober of Get Pulled Over" and "Click It or Ticket" effort.
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Panel may compel anti-violence director to answer questions

SPRINGFIELD - On Monday, Illinois lawmakers will decide whether to subpoena a former official in Governor Pat Quinn's administration to answer questions about his anti-violence program. More>>

Numerous Vehicle Burglaries on Springfield's North End

Springfield-Springfield police said they arrested three teens after the broke into numerous vehicles. Police told WAND that most of the vehicles the teens stole from were unlocked. Two of the teens are minors and one is Stephen Sullivan, 19.The three teens were seen opening up the doors of a vehicle on the 2300 block of North Cahokia Drive.Police Chief Dan Mounce said, "we received information through the investigation that they may have been involved upwards of 60 car burglaries although we ... More>>

Sangamon County Historical Society Unveils New Website

Springfield - It started with an idea from the north, then made it's way to the capital city. More>>

Illinois investors becoming active in medical marijuana business

SPRINGFIELD - Several investors around the state are jockeying for positions in the medical marijuana business as they wait for Illinois' new medical marijuana law to kick in, and some of those investors are politically connected. More>>

Springfield Police leadership positions reorganized

SPRINGFIELD - The police chief in Springfield has promoted four lieutenants as part of a restructuring plan.
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Sunbather injured after truck runs over her

SPRINGFIELD - A central Illinois woman was injured Saturday after a pickup truck ran her over while she was sunbathing near a Lake Springfield boat launch.
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Local convention center and bank team up with SOHO festival to raise money

SPRINGFIELD - The Springfield SOHO Music Festival is a community development project that promotes local music and assists local charities with public recognition and fundraising, and while Friday evening's festival was well attended, Saturday's rain put a damper on the event.However, The Prairie Capital Convention Center will assist SOHO's efforts to help raise funds for the charities. SOHO will be part of the Bank of Springfield ribbon cutting held Friday, June 13 at the Prairie Capital Con... More>>

Illinois departments to monitor prescription drug use in nursing homes

SPRINGFIELD - A program has been launched to help prevent the dangerous and inappropriate use of prescription drugs to subdue nursing home patients, according to Illinois officials. More>>

Quinn designates $7.4 million for Cook County construction

SPRINGFIELD - Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has designated about $7.4 million to go toward construction projects in Cook County. More>>

Illinois officials advise caution after bear sightings

SPRINGFIELD - State officials are advising residents to take commonsense precautions and to not panic after a recent increase of the number of bear sightings in northern Illinois. More>>

Lions Club offers free eye screenings for diabetic retinopathy

CHAMPAIGN - The Champaign Lions Club and the Lions of Illinois Foundation will provide free diabetic retinopathy screenings on Friday, June 13 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Promise Healthcare. More>>

Lt. Gov. Simon calls for Mississippi River sustainability plan

SPRINGFIELD - The lieutenant governor of Illinois is calling for a plan to make the Mississippi River more sustainable.
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GOP requests more time to collect signatures for redistricting proposal

SPRINGFIELD - The State Board of Elections is being requested by top Illinois Republicans to grant an extension to a group that's gathering signatures to take the political mapmaking process away from lawmakers. More>>

Illinois lawmaker loses House seat due to felony conviction

SPRINGFIELD - Elected officials are stripped of their seats following a felony conviction due to a law in Illinois, which means Derrick Smith will lose his state House seat after being convicted this week of taking a $7,000 bribe. More>>

CI Sports Report with Elise Menaker: Blind Bowling

CI Sports Report with Elise Menaker: Blind Bowling

In this week's Central Illinois Sports Report WAND's Elise Menaker shows you bowling from another perspective.
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Term limits legislation introduced by Illinois lawmaker

SPRINGFIELD - A proposal has been introduced by an Illinois lawmaker that would ask voters in 2015 if term limits should be imposed on leaders in the state Legislature. More>>

Illinois State Board of Education to honor top teachers

SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois State Board of Education, as well as the state's top teachers unions, will host a luncheon at the governor's mansion in Springfield on Wednesday to honor nearly 30 top teachers from around Illinois. More>>

Utility company cracking down on violations

SPRINGFIELD - Customers that have installed swimming pools too close to overhead power lines risk having their electrical service interrupted, according to City Water, Light and Power. More>>

Illinois Department of Corrections holds Summit of Hope expo

SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Department of Corrections is holding an expo that focuses on helping ex-offenders, parolees, and probationers get services and information for reentry into society. More>>

New recycling program started by Illinois Department of Agriculture

SPRINGFIELD - A new program that would help farmers recycle fertilizer and pesticide containers is set to begin in late July.
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Fun in the Sun: Be Prepared Video included

Springfield - When the temps go up, a trip to the pool can cool you off, but it can also put you at risk. More>>

An additional $1.8 billion in spending approved by Quinn

SPRINGFIELD - Illinois will be allowed to spend an additional $1.8 billion in the current budget year due to legislation that Governor Pat Quinn has signed. More>>

Girl Scouts of Central Illinois receive donation from ADM

SPRINGFIELD - Archer Daniels Midland Company has donated $50,000 to Girl Scouts of Central Illinois to support two empowering staff-led programs for girls in the Decatur area. More>>

Analysis shows Illinois has 22 fugitive escaped inmates

SPRINGFIELD - Prison data collected and analyzed by the Associated Press shows that nearly two dozen inmates who escaped from Illinois prisons or transition centers over the years have not been caught. More>>

Illinois lawmakers want easier firefighter hiring for state veterans

SPRINGFIELD - State lawmakers, including U.S. Senator Mark Kirk, have asked Governor Pat Quinn to make the firefighter certification process easier for military members in Illinois More>>

SOHO Music Festival Celebrates 10 Years of Giving Back

Rocking out for charity! It's been the main mission of the SOHO Music Festival for ten years. Usually all the proceeds go to one organization. But
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Two Apps Aim to Save Lives

Two applications are available to save lives in case of a school shooting.They are called Guard911 and Hero911. The Guard911 app is for school staff members and Hero911 is for law enforcement. They are linked together in case violence strikes at a school.The President of the Hero911 Network, Mike Snyders said, the motivation behind the creation of the two apps was Sandy Hook.Michael snyders spent a lot of time protecting people. Now that the colonel has retired from the state police force, ... More>>

Veterans commemorate D-Day at Springfield memorial

SPRINGFIELD - The 70th anniversary of the World War II D-Day invasion at Normandy, France was remembered by dozens of veterans and their families during a ceremony at Springfield's Oak Ridge Cemetery. More>>

Illinois to pay approximately $4 million to mail ballot measure information

SPRINGFIELD - Illinois officials say the state will spend approximately $4 million to print and mail educational materials about multiple efforts to change the state's constitution in the November election. More>>

Presidential museum receives slate that Abraham Lincoln likely used as a boy

SPRINGFIELD - The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield announced in a news release that a slate has been donated by descendants of a teacher who taught Abraham Lincoln and other children in a Kentucky cabin classroom. More>>

More than 200,000 Illinois jobs posted online in May

SPRINGFIELD - According to Illinois officials, advertisements for more than 200,000 jobs were posted in May, and 85 percent of them were for full-time work. More>>

Fifteen charged for allegedly defrauding Medicaid home services

SPRINGFIELD - Following investigations conducted by members of the Central Illinois Health Care Fraud Task Force, fifteen people face federal charges for allegedly defrauding the Medicaid home services program in Illinois. More>>

St. John's Hospital to lay off 43 managers

SPRINGFIELD - In an announcement on Thursday, St. John's Hospital says it will lay off 43 managers over the next few months. More>>

Live album from Chicago-based jazz trio wins award

SPRINGFIELD - An album recorded by a Chicago-based jazz trio during a live performance at a Springfield theater has earned an award. More>>

First avian case of West Nile virus in 2014 confirmed

SPRINGFIELD - The first positive tests for West Nile virus in mosquitoes and birds have been confirmed by the Illinois Department of Public Health. More>>

AT&T Relocates Up to 200 Jobs out of Springfield

AT&T has decided to consolidate the jobs at it's call center in Springfield into other facilities around the state. The main one being a call center in
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New dog park to be included in Barker Park development

SPRINGFIELD - The creation of a new dog park in Springfield Park District's new Barker Park development could be one step closer to a reality thanks to a local donor. More>>

Springfield may create inspector general position

SPRINGFIELD - A Chicago firm has been hired by the Springfield City Council to help the city create an inspector general's office to look into wrongdoing in government. More>>

Legislator sponsors resolution to honor former state senator

SPRINGFIELD - A resolution is being pushed by an Illinois legislator that would name a highway in Springfield after a former state senator.
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D-Day remembered at World War II Memorial

SPRINGFIELD - On the 70th anniversary of the Invasion of Normandy, a ceremony that is dedicated to the men who made D-Day a success will be held at the Illinois World War II Memorial in Springfield's Oak Ridge Cemetery on Friday, June 6.
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Lost tax revenue could hurt Illinois' financial rating

SPRINGFIELD - According to a statement released by a bond rating agency Tuesday, if lawmakers don't extend the temporary income tax increase, Illinois' financial rating could take a hit. More>>

Lincoln Home administrators want to build archives center

SPRINGFIELD - The Lincoln Home Historic Site in Springfield is running out of room to house thousands of documents and artifacts, according to officials at the site.
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Illinois Department of Human Services offers assistance in food program

SPRINGFIELD - Those in a need-based food program for women, children, and infants that use the program for fruits and vegetables will see an increase in how much the state of Illinois offers them.
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Company Shows Interest in Medical Marijuana Growing Center in Taylorville

Taylorville - Last fall, lawmakers passed legislation that would legalize medical marijuana for patients with one of 33 qualified illnesses. More>>

State Legislators sign Rail Community Benefits Agreement

SPRINGFIELD - State Senator Andy Manar and state Representative Sue Scherer will be in Springfield Monday to sign an agreement that would increase pressure on stakeholders to honor that agreement.
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Illinois trade group calls EPA emissions regulations 'unfair'

SPRINGFIELD - President Barack Obama's plans for decreasing greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fired plants is being panned by the head of an Illinois coal industry trade group. More>>

St. John's Children's Hospital to host golf challenge

SPRINGFIELD - St. John's Children's Hospital will host it's eighth annual Golf Challenge on Monday, June 2 at Panther Creek Country Club.
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Historic Chicago theater could receive $10 million

SPRINGFIELD - An appropriation measure passed by the Illinois legislature could give $10 million in state money to a historic theater on Chicago's North Side. More>>

Same Sex Marriage Predicted to Boost Illinois Economy

Cheerful and proud, almost a dozen same-sex couples signed marriage licenses in Springfield. "Three of them were here for a brand new marriage
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"Incomplete" budget passes the Illinois Legislature

SPRINGFIELD - A $35.7 billion budget that Democrats have acknowledged as "incomplete" has been approved by the Illinois Legislature.
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Jesse White breaks Illinois record

SPRINGFIELD - Secretary of State Jesse White has become the longest-serving secretary of state in Illinois history.
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Election day registration proposal approved by House committee

SPRINGFIELD - A bill that would allow election-day voter registration has been advanced by Democrats in the Illinois House.
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No vote for gambling expansion plan due to lack of support

SPRINGFIELD - The sponsor of a plan that would expand gambling in Illinois says he won't call the bill for a vote until the fall due to a lack of key support.
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Water damage at governor's mansion caused by leaking roof

SPRINGFIELD - Due to a badly leaking roof, the third floor of the Illinois Executive Mansion is closed. More>>

Sangamon County Clerk to issue marriage licenses early

SPRINGFIELD - Same-sex couples that wish to be married on June 1 can receive their marriage licenses today from the Sangamon County Clerk's office. More>>

Illinois Legislature participates in annual softball game

SPRINGFIELD - Illinois lawmakers are taking a break from the intense debates in the state Capitol, putting aside differences and picking up bats and gloves for their annual softball game. More>>

Nuclear power resolution approved by Illinois House panel

SPRINGFIELD - Following financial struggles at a major state energy provider, a plan that would urge environmental agencies to adopt nuclear power-friendly rules has been advanced by Illinois lawmakers. More>>

Measure allowing donation of items to Obama library passes Legislature

SPRINGFIELD - A measure that would allow furniture and other state-owned items linked to Barack Obama to be loaned or given to his presidential library and museum has been approved by the Illinois Legislature. More>>

School funding bill passed by Illinois Senate

SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Senate has approved a plan that would overhaul the way the state funds its schools.
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Volunteers removed 800 bags of trash from roadsides in April

SPRINGFIELD - During April more than 400 volunteers removed almost 800 bags of trash from state highway roads, according to Illinois officials.
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Overtime for state police increases during budget cut

SPRINGFIELD - Overtime costs for the Illinois State Police have jumped in recent years due to budget cuts and staff reductions. More>>

Illinois kicks off "Where Fresh Is" campaign

SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Department of Agriculture is starting a media and retail campaign this week that will utilize television ads, billboards, and social media to highlight Illinois-grown fruits and vegetables.
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"Cupcake" bill passed by Illinois Senate

SPRINGFIELD - Illinois lawmakers have shot down a proposal that would have placed new rules on home kitchen businesses that make less than $1,000 a month. More>>

Cook County pension changes approved by lawmakers

SPRINGFIELD - A plan to overhaul Cook County's pension system by increasing county payments and reducing some employee benefits was quickly advanced by lawmakers Tuesday.
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State budget for 2015 approved by Illinois House

SPRINGFIELD - A 2015 budget that lawmakers say will lead to layoffs and further delays in paying the state's bills has been approved by the Illinois House. More>>

Minimum wage ballot measure passed by Senate panel

SPRINGFIELD - A plan to put a non-binding question on the November ballot about whether the state should increase the minimum wage to $10 an hour was approved by an Illinois Senate committee Tuesday. More>>

"Soda tax" shot down by Illinois House committee

SPRINGFIELD - A proposed tax on sweetened drinks that supporters say would help fight obesity has been rejected by an Illinois House committee. More>>

Illinois House Speaker denies friends lobbied for Lincoln library plan

SPRINGFIELD - Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan's proposal to make the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum a separate state agency is coming under scrutiny.
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Illinois lawmakers to address budget in last week of session

SPRINGFIELD - During the final week of its session, the Illinois Legislature is resuming work and developing a scaled-back state spending budget plan.
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Springfield road closed for construction work

SPRINGFIELD - The City of Springfield Office of Public Works has announced that Rutledge Street will be under construction between Carpenter and Madison Streets for curb and gutter replacement along with accessible sidewalk ramps at the intersections.
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Protesters arrested at State Capitol Building

SPRINGFIELD - Secretary of State Police arrested several individuals who were protesting potential budget cuts at the state Capitol Monday.
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Proposal to create separate agency for Lincoln library approved by panel

SPRINGFIELD - Under a proposal approved by a House panel, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum would stand alone as an independent state agency. More>>

Rules for hydraulic fracturing approved by House committee

SPRINGFIELD - A plan sponsored by Representative John Bradley that would speed up hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas in Illinois has been approved by a House committee.
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Democrats to craft new budget without higher tax

SPRINGFIELD - Having given up on extending a temporary income tax increase, Illinois House Democrats have begun working on a scaled-back state spending plan. More>>

Disability rights advocates to host news conference at Capitol building

SPRINGFIELD - A grassroots disability rights group will host a news conference on the impact of cuts to home and community-based services Monday.
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Springfield Park District presents International Carillon Festival

SPRINGFIELD - A festival that features some of the world's leading carillonneurs will once again be held in Springfield this summer.
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Senate Republicans introduce rival school funding bill

SPRINGFIELD - An alternative education funding reform plan has been proposed by Illinois Senate Republicans.
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Lawmakers try to find middle ground between two budget options

SPRINGFIELD - Lawmakers are forced back to the drawing table this week as the Legislature tries to find a compromise between two unpopular budget options. More>>

Crumbling roof at state fairgrounds to receive repairs

SPRINGFIELD - As part of a $60,000 emergency contract, a Springfield company has been hired to make repairs to the grandstand at the state fairgrounds. More>>

A Chatham Car Garage Becomes an Unofficial Tourist Attraction

When Debbie Wolfe began painting the garage of her Chatham home, she never expected it to grab her community's attention. But with so much
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The MCA National Mustang Show comes to Springfield!

Car lovers get ready! The MCA National Mustang Show is in Springfield this year! The convention kicked off Friday afternoon.Jeff Wolfe has
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Operation Falcon Nets 60 Arrests

SPRINGFIELD- Over the past two days police arrested more than 50 people in the capital city, mostly wanted for drugs or weapons. More than 70 people have been indicted with charges ranging from drugs to weapons to armed robbery. WAND got to go along for the ride.  More>>

Illinois superintendents ask for balanced state budget

SPRINGFIELD - The state Legislature is being urged by superintendents from districts around Illinois to make a decision on an extension of the income tax increase so they can adopt stable budgets of their own.
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Concussion training bill passes Illinois Legislature

SPRINGFIELD - A measure the Illinois House passed a month ago that would require high school athletic coaches to take concussion training courses has passed the Illinois Senate. More>>

Equal Rights Amendment approved by Illinois Senate

SPRINGFIELD - A resolution calling for Illinois to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment has been approved by the Illinois Senate.
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Memorial Day weekend ice cream social and tree tour at Oak Ridge Cemetery

SPRINGFIELD - The Lincoln Tomb State Historic Site will observe Memorial Day weekend with a brand-new presentation on historic trees and an old-fashioned ice cream social on Saturday, May 24.
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Farmers' market safety standard legislation passes Illinois Senate

SPRINGFIELD - Both houses of the General Assembly have passed legislation that would allow the Illinois Department of Health to create a single set of food-safety standards for farmers' markets.
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Illinois House rejects potential budget

SPRINGFIELD - A $34.5 billion budget that would result in deep cuts to schools and social services next year has been dismissed by the Illinois House.
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Illinois millionaire tax idea reintroduced by lawmaker

SPRINGFIELD - Legislation at the heart of a renewed push to tax the state's millionaires has advanced in the Illinois Legislature.
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Illinois school funding bill revised to place cap on losses

SPRINGFIELD - A proposal to change the state's school funding formula is being revised once again in the hopes of gaining more bipartisan support.
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Michalowski asks for time to respond in Rutherford lawsuit

SPRINGFIELD - The former state employee who accused Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford of harassment has asked a federal judge for more time to respond to a motion to throw out the case. More>>

Legislation banning ticket quotas advances to governor

SPRINGFIELD - Legislation that would ban law enforcement agencies from issuing quotas on tickets in now waiting for the governor's signature. More>>

Free admission to presidential library and museum offered to military service members

SPRINGFIELD - Military service members and their families will be able to visit the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum for free this summer.
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Medicaid expansion discussed by Illinois lawmakers

SPRINGFIELD - As Governor Pat Quinn is laying out a massive budget that hinges on making a temporary individual income tax increase permanent, Illinois Democrats are quietly discussing expanding Medicaid spending. More>>

Legislation Could Let Schools In Illinois Opt out of Teaching Certain Subjects

The school funding bill, that's been shaking up the Illinois Senate for week, just got a little more complicated. On Tuesday, lawmakers approved
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State Leaders Looking for Ways to Fight Heroin Epidemic

Springfield - State representative Lou Lang has served at the Capitol nearly 27 years, and when asked if he's ever seen a drug problem as severe as the current heroin epidemic, he said,"no, nothing close to this. This is a problem that is severe and getting worse." More>>

Illinois lawmaker wants gas tax revenue to fund capital construction

SPRINGFIELD - An Illinois lawmaker is planning to file legislation that would use revenue generated by the state's sales tax on gas to pay for a capital construction program. More>>

Proposal to allow schools to opt out of teaching topics approved by committee

SPRINGFIELD - Legislation backed by an Illinois Senate committee could allow schools to opt out of teaching dozens of topics like drivers' education, physical education, and black history.
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Springfield holding public hearing on medical marijuana rules

SPRINGFIELD - Illinois health officials are holding the second of two public hearings May 21, on proposed rules that would affect patients who want to use medical marijuana.
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Law requiring students to learn defibrillator use passed by Legislature

SPRINGFIELD - A new law that would require Illinois high school students to learn how to conduct cardiopulmonary resuscitation and operate external defibrillators was passed by the Legislature Tuesday. More>>

Illinois not-for-profit organization defends financial records before House panel

SPRINGFIELD - An Illinois not-for-profit organization has defended its financial records before a panel of lawmakers. More>>

Illinois Republicans want voters to voice their opinions on tax hike

SPRINGFIELD - Republican members of the Illinois General Assembly introduced legislation Tuesday that would put a non-binding question about the tax hike on the November ballot.
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Memorial Rehab Services and Piper Glen Golf Course host golf clinic

SPRINGFIELD - Memorial Rehab Services and Piper Glen Golf Course is sponsoring a golf clinic May 20 for individuals who have experienced a major medical or traumatic physical change, such as from an accident, brain injury, or stroke.
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False credentials bill passes Illinois Senate

SPRINGFIELD - A measure sponsored by state Senator Chapin Rose that would make it a crime to present false credentials to obtain employment unanimously passed the Senate May 19, 2014.
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Property tax refund bill introduced to General Assembly

SPRINGFIELD -A proposal filed by House Speaker Michael Madigan Monday that would give Illinois homeowners a $500 property tax refund has been introduced in the General Assembly.
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Lawsuits over Ameren transmission line consolidated by court

SPRINGFIELD - Eight individual legal challenges to the planned route of Ameren's new high-voltage transmission line have been consolidated into one lawsuit by a state appeals court.
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Ground beef recalled by Coles County food company

SPRINGFIELD - Approximately 216 pounds of ground beef products that were not inspected prior to sale have been recalled by Morgan's Meat Market.
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Stephen Decatur Rose Society Helps Local Parks

DECATUR - The Stephen Decatur Rose Society is helping kick start the planting season by selling compost and fertilizer for a great cause! More>>

Paint The Town Purple to be held in Springfield

SPRINGFIELD - An annual initiative that's designed to promote Relay for Life in June is around the corner. More>>

Illinois lawmaker wants support for gambling expansion plan

SPRINGFIELD - Time may be running out on a gambling expansion measure that could boost revenue for the state, according to one Illinois lawmaker. More>>

Illinois House passes official misconduct measure for police dispatchers

SPRINGFIELD - A measure that makes it unlawful for police dispatchers to tip off criminals has been passed by the Illinois Legislature.
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Illinois GOP elects new party chairman

SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Republican Party unanimously elected a new leader Saturday. More>>

Fowl Deeds

State Capitol - An Illinois wildlife agency has offered details on its $520,000 program to import prairie chickens from Kansas to Illinois using state executive aircraft.
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Tax hike costs taxpayers $1,100 more in 2014

SPRINGFIELD - The typical taxpayer is paying about $1,100 more this year compared to last year due to the temporary tax rate increase, according to the Governor's Office of Management and Budget's calculations. More>>

Schools, veterans, and prisons get more money under new budget

SPRINGFIELD - Nearly 80 appropriations measures were adopted by the Illinois House Thursday. More>>

State lawyers say pension overhaul law is justified

SPRINGFIELD - A lawsuit over the state's pension overhaul was responded to by the Illinois Attorney General Thursday. More>>

Toxic waste disposal above aquifer opposed by Governor Quinn

SPRINGFIELD - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is being urged by Governor Pat Quinn to block a proposal to dispose of toxic waste at a landfill located above an aquifer. More>>

Minimum wage ballot question approved by Illinois House panel

SPRINGFIELD - House Speaker Michael Madigan's plan to ask voters whether the state should increase the minimum wage to $10 an hour has been approved by an Illinois House panel. More>>

Mitchell Blasts Chicken Aircraft Flights

State Capitol - A state lawmaker has grilled Democratic legislators about spending money to use a state plane to fly prairie chickens to south-central Illinois from Kansas.
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Quinn Silent On Support Of Budget

State Capitol - Gov. Pat Quinn won't say how he wants lawmakers to move forward with approving a budget that relies on revenue from the expiring income tax increase.
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NASCAR driver visits Illinois Capitol to promote ethanol fuel blends

SPRINGFIELD - An award-winning NASCAR driver made an appearance at the state Capitol Wednesday to promote higher blends of ethanol fuel. More>>

Education budget is passed by the Illinois House

SPRINGFIELD - A $6.7 billion budget for the state's schools has been passed by the Illinois House.
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Committee approves measure to donate items to Obama's presidential library

SPRINGFIELD - Illinois legislators hope to donate furniture and other state-owned items linked to Barack Obama's service in the state Senate when his presidential library is built. More>>

Criminal background check proposal advanced by lawmakers

SPRINGFIELD - Lawmakers have advanced a proposal that would restrict most businesses from asking job applicants about their criminal record until later in the hiring process. More>>

New Civil War exhibit to open in Presidential Museum

SPRINGFIELD - The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum will open a new Civil War exhibit on May 23. More>>

State pension overhaul law to be reviewed by court

SPRINGFIELD - An Illinois' state pension overhaul law has been stopped from taking effect by a Sangamon County judge until the court can rule on its constitutionality. More>>

Illinois House Begins Budget Moves

Illinois' powerful House speaker says a vote on Democrats' 2015 budget will help build support for an extension of the state's temporary income tax increase.
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Heroin Abuse Deaths on the Rise; Families Offer Advice

Springfield - Since 2007, heroin use has become a serious problem in our state. More>>

Senate committee approves home-baking regulation proposal

SPRINGFIELD - A home baking regulation proposal is one step closer to law. More>>

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