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 2020-10-06 01:28 

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Officials: Free meters worth the added cost...

Free meter parking has been extended in downtown Springfield through the end of the year, but at an approximate $600,000 hit to the city's corporate fund. However, multiple city officials we spoke with say this is good for the city despite the cost. U...

 2020-10-06 01:22 

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Officials encourage submitting mail-in ballots early...

Over 2 million voters in Illinois have chosen to vote-by-mail. Now some are wondering if voting this way could delay results on election night. Matt Dietrich with the State Board of Elections said Illinois can process ballots as soon as local election off...

 2020-10-06 01:19 

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Who's tracking COVID-19 within unsheltered communities?...

With so many people living in the tent city in downtown Springfield, some are wondering how officials are tracking COVID-19 cases among the homeless. The Sangamon County Health Department tracks positive COVID-19 tests and numbers, but they don't actu...

 2020-10-06 01:09 

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IDES sends Pennsylvania man unsolicited debit card...

Alan Silberlight, a Pennsylvania man who has never worked or lived in Illinois, received an unsolicited debit card from the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES). This happened just months after IDES accidentally deposited $11,760 into Califor...

 2020-10-06 00:29 

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Memorial made for geese harvested at Crystal Lake...

An international animal protection organization and Dr. Patch Adams are working to save the remaining geese at Urbana's Crystal Lake Park, while also honoring those that were harvested. The Urbana Park District (UPD) moved forward with its plan to red...

 2020-10-06 00:09 

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Family questions missing funds raised after homeless man's death...

A family is asking questions after a community member started a fundraiser and did not donate the funds to the proper place. Todd Ledbetter, a local homeless man in Champaign-Urbana, was beaten to death in early July. After Ledbetter's death, a commun...

 2020-10-05 23:34 

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Champaign County leaders want county to be its own region...

Several organizations and city leaders in Champaign County wrote and signed a letter addressed to Governor JB Pritzker, D-Illinois, and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) asking to make Champaign County its own region. If Region 6, the region...

 2020-10-05 23:31 

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2 men killed in crash near Kincaid Lake...

Two people are dead after a car crash in Christian County. It happened on Illinois 104 west of the Kincaid Lake entrance. Police say it happened on Saturday, Oct. 3 when a 59-year-old man drove into the other lane crashing into another car head-on. We'...

 2020-10-05 22:47 

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New kiosk to boost crime-fighting efforts...

Crime Stoppers and the Champaign County Sheriff's Office are teaming up for a new high tech way to boost crime-fighting efforts. A kiosk will be placed at the Champaign County Courthouse in Urbana that will aim to bring more awareness to unsolved Crim...

 2020-10-05 22:23 

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Illinoisans asked to join world's largest earthquake drill...

Illinoisans are being asked to take part in the World's Largest Earthquake Drill. More than 50,000 Illinois residents have already signed up to participate. The drill is set for 10:15 a. m. on Oct. 15, 2020. The Illinois Emergency Management Agencies ...

 2020-10-05 21:54 

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Firefighter injured in Walgreens dumpster fire...

Sherman Firefighters battled a dumpster fire at a Sherman Walgreens Monday afternoon. Employees and customers were evacuated due to a chute that connects the dumpster to the inside of the building. One firefighter was injured and taken to an area hospital...

 2020-10-05 21:24 

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Get the snow blowers ready! Early NOAA winter forecasts call for above average snowfall...

Over the past few weeks Storm Team 3 Meteorologist Matt Gunn has broken down the winter forecast for two different Farmer's Almanacs. Recently, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration or NOAA released weather maps for the upcoming winter s...

 2020-10-05 21:21 

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Deputies: Teens knock down, rob elderly man...

Three teens were taken into custody Monday after allegedly robbing an elderly man in Urbana. The Champaign County Sheriff's Office says the robbery was reported in the 1500 block of North Broadway Ave. in Urbana Township. The 88-year-old victim told o...

 2020-10-05 21:14 

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COVID-19 case at Pana Animal Hospital...

An employee at the Pana Animal Hospital has tested positive for COVID-19, the Christian County Health Department reports. Contact tracing is being done to find anyone the individual may have come into contact with. The Pana Animal Hospital will remain for...

 2020-10-05 19:25 

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3 more dead, 78 new COVID-19 cases in Sangamon County...

The Sangamon County Department of Public Health reported three more Sangamon County residents with COVID-19 have died as of Monday, Oct. 5. The individuals are as follows: A man in his 50's that tested positive on September 25. A man in his 60's t...

 2020-10-05 19:22 

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3rd COVID-19 death in Logan County...

Another person with COVID-19 in Logan County has died. The Logan County Department of Public Health and Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital officials made the announcement Monday, Oct. 5. The individual was in their 80's and had been hospitalized since ...

 2020-10-05 18:45 

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Pre-cut fruit sold at Walmart recalled...

Walmart is recalling several of its pre-cut fruit containers due to possible Listeria. The Food and Drug Administration says the affected Country Fresh products are sliced apples, grapes, mangos, pineapple, and cantaloupe. The containers will have "be...

 2020-10-05 18:45 

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Danville trick-or-treating hours, guidelines...

The City of Danville revealed its plans on Monday for trick-or-treaters this year. Those who wish to go trick-or-treating this year will be able to do so in Danville from 5 p. m. to 8 p. m. on Saturday, Oct. 31. Danville Police and the Illinois Department...

 2020-10-05 18:12 

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Man killed at gender reveal party, suspect still at large a year later...

Decatur Police are still searching for the person responsible for firing shots at a gender reveal party, killing a man. Officers responded to the shots fired call around 5 p. m. on Sept. 14, 2019 in the 1100 block of East Cantrell. Christopher Stone was f...

 2020-10-05 18:02 

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Macon County man killed in ATV crash...

A Macon, Illinois man has died after an ATV crash Sunday afternoon. Macon County Coroner Michael Day reports Bobby Hammond, 68, suffered severe blunt force trauma as a result of the crash. The crash happened around 3 p. m. Sunday near the intersection of ...

 2020-10-05 17:49 

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Pekin man re-sentenced in 1978 killings of 3 family members...

PEKIN, Ill. (AP) — A central Illinois man has been re-sentenced to life in prison in the 1978 killings of his mother, stepfather and brother. Jimmy Childers was 17 when convicted in three murders. Childers, now 59, petitioned for the hearing in 2018...

 2020-10-05 17:07 

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More than 303,000 COVID-19 cases in Illinois...

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today reported 1,853 new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 14 additional confirmed deaths....

 2020-10-05 15:54 

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Illinois' trout-fishing season opening soon at 50 sites...

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois' fall trout fishing season opens on Oct. 17 at more than 50 ponds, lakes, and streams across the state. For those who can't wait, the catch-and-release trout season opens Oct. 3 at select locations. The Illi...

 2020-10-05 02:58 

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Springfield residents share views on President Trump's diagnosis...

President Donald Trump's diagnosis of testing positive for COVID-19 has left many Americans re-evaluating their own thoughts on wearing a mask. Many Springfield residents we spoke with said they could care less about the President's health. While ...

 2020-10-05 02:54 

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Vistra Energy to close coal power plants in Illinois, Ohio...

A Texas-based company has announced the closure of its remaining coal-fired power plants in Illinois and three in Ohio as part of a plan to transition to renewable energy and reduce the company's carbon footprint. Vistra Energy had already shuttered f...

 2020-10-04 21:02 

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Macon County reports 16 new COVID-19 cases...

Macon County Joint Crisis Communication Team reported 16 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday. There are 1,743 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Macon County. There are 47 reported deaths in Macon County....

 2020-10-04 19:56 

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1,453 new COVID-19 in Illinois...

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) reported 1,453 new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois on Sunday, including 17 additional confirmed deaths. Cook County: 1 female 30s, 1 female 50s, 1 male 50s, 2 males 60s, 4 males...

 2020-10-04 16:55 

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Champaign police investigate shooting...

The Champaign Police Department is investigating a shooting that happened near Hickory St. and Bellefontaine St. on Oct. 4 around 12:30 a. m. On the scene, police found a 31-year-old man with a non-life-threatening gunshot wound in the lower body. The vic...

 2020-10-04 16:38 

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Matton police investigations stabbing...

The Mattoon Police Department is investigating a stabbing that happened near the 2300 block of Champaign Ave. on Oct. 4 around 5:00 a. m. Police found a 27-year-old man who had been stabbed in the chest. The victim is in stable condition and was taken to ...

 2020-10-04 16:11 

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Getting children outdoor gear when they need it the most...

The COVID-19 Pandemic has more and more children finding new ways to still get outside, and enjoy the outdoors. The not-for-profit organization, Gear Forward saw this need and started collecting donations of outdoor gear and equipment for kids who like to...

 2020-10-04 15:51 

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Coles County reports 2 new COVID-19 cases...

Coles County Health Department is reporting two new COVID-19 cases for Sunday. The total number of cases is 1,617, with nine currently hospitalized. There have been 1,437 cases recovered....

 2020-10-04 15:48 

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McLean County reports 13 new COVID-19 cases...

McLean County Health Department is reporting 13 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, bringing the total to 3,405 cases. At this time 187 individuals are isolating at home. Eight individuals are currently hospitalized, two of which are currently in Intensive C...

 2020-10-04 03:07 

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Reactions of two SPD officers that rescued a man from a burning home...

A car crashed into a home, and turned into a devastating house fire. Which lead to a heroic rescue by two Springfield Police Officers. We have the exclusive reaction from those two officers. This was the scene Wednesday night on 19th and East Laurel Stree...

 2020-10-04 02:47 

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President of Helping the Homeless raises concerns at Tent City...

Springfield's Tent City continues to grow in size day by day despite Mayor Jim Langfelder recently announcing he wants tent city gone, by the start of November. While no one knows for sure what will happen to the homeless community here in Springfield...

 2020-10-03 19:27 

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Macon County reports 33 new COVID-19 cases...

Macon County Joint Crisis Communication Team reported 33 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday. There are 1,727 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Macon County. There are 47 reported deaths in Macon County....

 2020-10-03 17:14 

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2,442 new COVID-19 cases in Illinois...

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) reported 2,442 new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois on Saturday, including 31 additional confirmed deaths. Christian County: 1 male 80s. Cook County: 1 male 40s, 1 female 50s, 2 ...

 2020-10-03 16:34 

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Coles County reports 7new COVID-19 cases...

Coles County Health Department, (CCHD) is reporting on Saturday seven new COVID-19 cases. The total confirmed COVID-19 laboratory case count for Coles County is 1,615. Currently, 10 cases are hospitalized, 1,428 cases have recovered, and 32 people have di...

 2020-10-03 16:02 

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McLean County reports 46 new COVID-19 cases...

McLean County Health Department is reporting 46 new cases of COVID-19 Saturday, bringing the total to 3,392 cases. At this time 176 individuals are isolating at home. 11 individuals are currently hospitalized, two of which are currently in Intensive Care....

 2020-10-03 03:26 

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Garage sales return to neighborhoods...

The COVID-19 pandemic isn't stopping some residents from going about their normal activities. Florence's family held a garage sale Friday saying they felt safe despite the COVID-19 pandemic and an approaching flu season. While they believe the pan...

 2020-10-03 03:15 

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A local woman's way to save money goes nationwide...

A native Champaign woman's way to save money goes nationwide. Karen Frame grew up in Champaign, her fathers a University of Illinois professor, and she would later comeback to be a prosecutor for the Champaign County State's Attorney's Office....

 2020-10-03 02:46 

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Saint Joseph preparing to hold trick-or-treat...

The mayor of Saint Joseph said that the village plans to still have trick-or-treating in late October while following strict guidelines. MayorTami Fruhling-Voges said that the village will limit trick or treating to two hours while following guidelines si...

 2020-10-03 00:20 

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Dow Jones takes a dip...

News of President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump testing positive for COVID-19 was released late Thursday night. This update impacted the stock market Friday morning when the Dow Jones took a significant drop. However, the markets did rebound l...

 2020-10-03 00:18 

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Athens teacher resigns over controversial BLM survey...

Leonard Jenkins is an Athens High School parent whose daughter came to him in tears two weeks ago about a questionable Black Lives Matter survey she was given in class. The survey included questions like : Do Black lives matter? Is BLM a domestic terroris...

 2020-10-03 00:07 

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STEP Recovery Center raising funds for new building...

The mission of STEP Recovery Center in Danville is to helps those in need battle their addiction and get to the other side. They've outgrown their current place. Now, they need a new building to help address all the needs of a struggling addict. They&...

 2020-10-02 23:59 

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Fourth person receives call-back from IDES after we reported their story...

UPDATE: Shortly before 5 p. m. on Friday, we received a call from Cannon saying she had received a call-back IDES and was provided service. This call occurred within two hours of Newschannel 20 providing her contact information to IDES while reaching out ...

 2020-10-02 23:52 

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International Wrongful Conviction Day hosted at UIS...

Friday, Oct. 2, is Wrongful Conviction Day, an internationally recognized movement to raise awareness about the thousands of now-innocent people who once faced punishment for crimes they did not commit. "We see first-hand what happens to people that a...

 2020-10-02 23:46 

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Local haunted hayrides open with safety precautions...

It's time again for fall festivities in central Illinois. At first, the state said...

 2020-10-02 23:17 

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Suggestions wanted for Douglas Park's new name...

Springfield's Douglas Park will soon have a new name, and you can help decide what that new name will be. The Springfield Park District is accepting name suggestions for the park through Friday, Oct. 30. On Sept. 17, the Springfield Park District Boar...

 2020-10-02 23:16 

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ALPLM displays new painting...

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum (ALPLM) unveiled its newest painting, which memorializes a story about the nation's 16's president. The painting shows Lincoln cutting rails for a fence in exchange for fabric for a new pair of p...

 2020-10-02 23:01 

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October is Manufacturing Month...

October is known as Manufacturing Month. The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) said it's all in an effort to show the important role manufacturing plays in the state's economy. Gov. JB Pritzker recognized nearly 1,000...

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