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 2020-10-15 18:02 

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'Thriving Thursday' movement leads to change at Southeast HS...

On Thursdays at Southeast High School, no one knows what to expect. Before COVID-19 shut the school down, Southeast staffers Todd Zentefis and Matt Lauber started a movement called...

 2020-10-15 17:42 

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Waverly board meeting fuels controversy, but doesn't solve it...

At Wednesday night's Waverly School District board meeting, now-former principals Tammy Hermes and Brian Cook got an opportunity to address the board, the public and Superintendent Dustin Day. They used the opportunity to say final goodbyes to a commu...

 2020-10-15 17:18 

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Illinois reports highest 1-day total for new COVID-19 cases...

After reporting 67,000 COVID-19 tests, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) reported the state's highest one-day total for new COVID-19 cases. On Thursday, IDPH reported 4,015 new COVID-19 cases in the state, including 53 additional deaths....

 2020-10-15 15:23 

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Auburn, Dawson boil orders in effect...

A boil order was issued on Thursday, Oct. 15 for the following areas in the City of Auburn: On 4th Street from Jackson to Adams. On Jefferson Street, including the north side of the square, Auburn Public Library, Auburn Utility Office and Brandt's Ser...

 2020-10-15 14:55 

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Sub-freezing temperatures expected Friday...

Central and Southeast Illinois residents should prepare for sub-freezing temperatures Friday morning. Temperatures are expected to get as low as 30 degrees. The freeze warning lasts from 1 a. m. to 9 a. m. Friday. Frost and freeze conditions could kill cr...

 2020-10-15 14:36 

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Decatur mayor tests positive for COVID-19...

The mayor of Decatur has tested positive for COVID-19. Mayor Julie Moore Wolfe confirming the test results with NewsChannel 20 and Fox Illinois Thursday morning. Moore Wolfe says she only has mild symptoms right now that are similar to seasonal allergies....

 2020-10-15 03:59 

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Immunizations and physicals deadline is October 15...

The deadline for your children's physicals and immunizations is October 15. This is the state deadline for families to turn in the forms certifying each child has had the proper immunizations and annual physical exam. The Illinois State Board of Educa...

 2020-10-15 03:53 

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State health officials want you to plan ahead for holiday travels during pandemic...

The holidays are coming, and many of you may already be thinking of what you want to do or where you want to go. For a lot of people, holiday plans include traveling. Traveling during the festive season is always busy. With the pandemic still in full swin...

 2020-10-15 02:00 

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3 injured in Coles County collision...

Three people were taken to the hospital following a collision in Coles County. At approximately 12:27 p. m. on Tuesday, Oct. 13, the Coles County Sheriff's Department, Wabash Fire Units, and Mattoon Fire Units responded to a two-vehicle crash. The cra...

 2020-10-15 00:41 

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More COVID-19 rental relief could come to Springfield residents...

More COVID-19 rental relief funds could be on the way to Springfield residents soon. The total grant amount would be $765,000 from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act, though only some of that is likely to be allocated for re...

 2020-10-15 00:26 

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Substitute teacher shortages occurring across Illinois...

Across Illinois, school districts are seeing a shortage of substitute teachers. Some may wonder: Is the number of substitute teachers really dwindling since the majority of students are remote learning? Based on the most recent survey from 2017, the Illin...

 2020-10-15 00:25 

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Lawsuits involving Pritzker's stay-at-home order heard in court...

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WICS/WRSP) — On Wednesday, Oct. 14, the court heard multiple lawsuits involving Gov. JB Pritzker's stay-at-home order, which has led to months of back and forth with attorneys. The main issue they're argued on was whether ...

 2020-10-15 00:17 

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Local testing sites see increased demand for COVID-19 tests...

More people are being quarantined in Champaign County. The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD) is recording a spike of 250 new people being labeled as a close contact of someone with COVID-19 and put in quarantine. Currently, 1,051 people are ...

 2020-10-15 00:01 

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2020 Census deadline changed to Oct. 15...

The deadline for the U. S. Census is changing once again. It will now close on Thursday, Oct. 15. The deadline has changed over three times now. The most recent end date to fill out the census was at the end of October, but it's been cut short. The U....

 2020-10-14 23:38 

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Waverly Schools: The allegations and controversial resolution...

There's controversy in the Waverly School District. The school board is meeting in the evening of Wednesday, Oct. 14, where they plan to accept resignations from the district's two principals. This comes as the immediate aftermath to the superinte...

 2020-10-14 22:15 

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Heavy smoke from grass fire leads to I-72 crash...

A woman was injured after two cars crashed on I-72 Wednesday afternoon. Illinois State Police says the two vehicles were traveling eastbound on I-72 near milepost 180 when one of the vehicles slowed down due to smoke in the area. The heavy smoke that was ...

 2020-10-14 21:58 

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Champaign man charged with controlled substance possession, fleeing police...

A Champaign man is facing charges relating to cocaine possession and fleeing police. At approximately 1:43 a. m. on Tuesday, Oct. 13, a Charleston Police officer conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle in the 1500 block of Division Street. Initially, police...

 2020-10-14 21:29 

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Police investigate Springfield residential burglary, criminal damage case...

Police are seeking information from the public about a residential burglary and criminal damage case. The incidents took place at 160 Forrest Ave. Lot #1 in Springfield between Sept. 25 and Sept. 30. According to police, several windows were broken and nu...

 2020-10-14 20:57 

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City of Springfield getting more COVID-19 relief money...

The City of Springfield is getting more money from the federal government for COVID-19 relief. Springfield's Office of Planning and Economic Development Director Val Yazell said she received notice that Springfield will get over $700,000 in more fundi...

 2020-10-14 20:54 

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2 more COVID-19 deaths in Sangamon County...

Two more people with COVID-19 have died in Sangamon County. According to the Sangamon County Department of Public Health, the first death involves a man in his 70s who tested positive for the virus on Sept. 16. The second death involves a man in his 70s w...

 2020-10-14 20:44 

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Decatur Police arrest man on weapon, meth possession charges...

A man was arrested in Decatur and is facing multiple charges relating to meth and weapon possession. In the early morning of Tuesday, Oct. 13, Decatur Police made a traffic stop on a Chevrolet Equinox for a traffic violation. The vehicle had two occupants...

 2020-10-14 20:36 

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Several field fires reported across central Illinois...

Several field fires were reported across central Illinois Wednesday afternoon, according to the Illinois Department of Transportation. A large fire was reported in a farm field in Champaign around 3 p. m. Wednesday. Our crews tell us it happened near Risi...

 2020-10-14 20:26 

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Health inspector closes Decatur restaurant...

A Decatur restaurant had its business permit suspended by the Macon County Health Department after failing a health inspection. The health department found Gabby's, located at1385 E. Pershing Rd. in Decatur, to be in violation of numerous health codes...

 2020-10-14 19:56 

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Boil order issued in Dawson...

A boil order has been issued for the Village of Dawson. It affects Rural Water customers in the village. The order is in effect until further notice....

 2020-10-14 19:25 

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Suspect in Champaign CVS armed robbery at large...

Police are looking for the suspect who reportedly robbed CVS in Champaign at gunpoint. At approximately 9 p. m. on Tuesday, Oct. 13, Champaign Police responded to CVS on Green Street for a reported armed robbery. Police said upon arrival, they learned tha...

 2020-10-14 17:58 

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IDPH shares how to celebrate holidays safely...

The COVID-19 pandemic has already changed so much over the past year, and the holidays are no different. Ahead of the big upcoming holidays, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is releasing recommendations on how to celebrate safely during the...

 2020-10-14 17:43 

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Nearly 2,900 new COVID-19 cases in Illinois...

On Wednesday, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) reported 2,862 new COVID-19 cases in Illinois, including 49 additional deaths....

 2020-10-14 16:58 

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New email service for driving privileges...

There's a new way to get the information you need about driving in Illinois. Secretary of State Jesse White says a new email service is available to the public if they need more information aboutreinstating driving privileges, obtaining driving relief...

 2020-10-14 16:00 

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Four District 186 schools receive new white boards for students...

Four schools in District 186 will receive new white boards, dry erase markers, and erasers for each of their students. This is thanks to a joint project of the five Rotary Clubs of Springfield. These supplies will be available to students at Iles, Lindsay...

 2020-10-14 15:53 

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Anthony Myers sentenced to 30 years behind bars...

Anthony Myers was sentenced to 30 years in the death of 2-year-old Ta'Naja Barnes. That sentence must be served at 100%. He will be given credit for time previously served in custody from Feb. 22, 2019 through Oct. 13, 2020. Myers must also serve 3 ye...

 2020-10-14 15:32 

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Illinois woman guilty after fooling people in cancer hoax...

HIGHLAND, Ill. (AP) — A woman in southwestern Illinois has pleaded guilty to fraud in a cancer hoax that tricked people who gave her money and other benefits. Sarah Delashmit of Highland acknowledged she didn't have breast cancer or muscular dys...

 2020-10-14 15:30 

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Accused Kenosha gunman won't face charges in Illinois...

WAUKEGAN, Ill. (AP) — Prosecutors say a 17-year-old accused of killing two protesters days after Jacob Blake was shot by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin, won't face charges in his home state of Illinois. The Lake County State's Attorney's O...

 2020-10-14 14:45 

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Bicyclist in hit-and-run with semi passes away...

A Mahomet man who was hit by a semi has passed away. Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup says Dr. William K. Schuh, 58, died from injuries sustained when he was hit by the semi on Route 150 on Oct. 11, 2020. Another bicyclist was also hit, but the inj...

 2020-10-14 03:50 

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Springfield gives bars, restaurants helping hand after new rule on gaming machines...

Local restaurants and bars are getting a helping hand from the city of Springfield to meet a new rule from the Illinois Gaming Board. The city of Springfield said starting this upcoming January, the Illinois Gaming Board said bars and restaurants that hav...

 2020-10-14 03:18 

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District 186 special needs students will head back to the classroom...

After nearly two months, District 186 special needs students will finally get the chance to go to school in person. Starting Oct. 20, students will attend in a hybrid model for two days each week. Parents have been pulling for this return since the decisi...

 2020-10-14 03:17 

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Students at ISU to face punishment over NELK Boys party in September...

Illinois State University students who participated in a party with a group of YouTube influencers could face punishment, according to the school. The influencers are YouTube pranksters called NELK Boys, social media stars from Canada. About a hundred stu...

 2020-10-14 01:02 

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20 more Jacksonville inmates test positive for COVID-19...

The Morgan County Health Department announced 37 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday. Of these, many involve inmates at Jacksonville Correctional Center. The cases are: 4 males, 20's. 1 male, 40's. 2 males, 70's. 1 female, 30's. 3 females, 50...

 2020-10-14 00:56 

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Springfield Urban League corrects city, says 113 people have received rental relief...

The Springfield Urban League refuted the city of Springfield's claim on Friday, Oct. 9, that no COVID-19 rental relief had been distributed yet. The League says 302 applications have been filed and 113 people have been given aid. A total of $400,000 i...

 2020-10-14 00:53 

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Springfield's first food hall, rooftop bar is one step closer to reality...

A new food hall and rooftop bar is one step closer to reality in Springfield. On Tuesday, Oct. 13, developers behind the "Public Market" asked the city's Office of Planning and Economic Development for $1 million in Tax Increment Financing (TI...

 2020-10-14 00:37 

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IDES fraud targets government workers, garnishments possible...

Springfield resident and Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) worker Derek Williamson said someone used his name to get unemployment benefits, and he was on the hook for the money. Williamson has been deducted more than $1,000 over the last three w...

 2020-10-14 00:21 

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Group pushes to divorce Chicago from Illinois, form new state...

A group called New Illinois is pushing to form a new state in hopes of separating southern Illinois from northern Illinois. There's been a push for Illinois to become the 51st state, making Chicago its own state, because activists and state representa...

 2020-10-14 00:04 

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Brother James Court reports resident deaths due to COVID-19...

Three people from Brother James Court, a long-term care facility in Springfield, have died from COVID-19. The Sangamon County Department of Public Health said as of Tuesday, 16 employees and 71 residents at the facility have tested positive for COVID-19. ...

 2020-10-13 23:52 

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How COVID-19 is affecting election polling data...

If there is an outbreak of the coronavirus, will that stop people from going to the polls? If someone requests a mail-in ballot, will they submit it? These are questions that pollsters are taking into consideration this year for the 2020 polls. There is a...

 2020-10-13 21:34 

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35 new COVID-19 cases in Macon County...

The Macon County Joint Crisis Communication Team reported 35 new COVID-19 cases in the county. Macon County has reported a total of 2,117 COVID-19 cases. Of these, 1,134 have been released from isolation, 924 are in isolation at home, 11 are hospitalized,...

 2020-10-13 21:22 

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COVID-19 outbreak in Ford County long-term care facility...

A COVID-19 outbreak has been confirmed at a long-term care facility in Ford County. The Ford County Public Health Department did not confirm the facility affected. Health officials reported 38 new COVID-19 cases in the county, 26 of which are associated w...

 2020-10-13 21:10 

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Murrayville murder suspect pleads not guilty...

The suspect who was charged with the murder of a Murrayville man has pleaded not guilty. Morgan County Sheriff's Deputies arrested 35-year-old Kenneth J. Acree of Murrayville on Friday, Oct. 9, in the death of 32-year-old Robert...

 2020-10-13 20:58 

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Over $100M in cannabis revenue collected in Illinois...

Since the legalization of adult-use cannabis on Jan. 1, 2020, the Illinois Department of Revenue (IDOR) has collected $105. 8 million in tax revenue in connection to adult-use cannabis sales. IDOR said since Jan. 1, the state has collected $69. 7 million ...

 2020-10-13 20:49 

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Principals resign after Waverly Superintendent reinstated...

The Waverly School District Superintendent has returned to work after being placed on administrative leave for five weeks due to unspecified allegations. Superintendent Dustin Day was placed on administrative leave on September 4 after a formal complaint ...

 2020-10-13 20:38 

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216 new COVID-19 cases in Sangamon County since Friday...

The Sangamon County Department of Public Health reported 216 new COVID-19 cases in the area. This represents a four-day total: 89 new cases reported on Saturday, Oct. 10. 54 new cases reported on Sunday, Oct. 11. 29 new cases reported on Monday, Oct. 12. ...

 2020-10-13 19:55 

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3 seriously injured in Macon County collision...

Three people suffered life-threatening injuries in a two-vehicle collision in Macon County. The collision occurred at approximately 9:33 a. m. on Monday, Oct. 12, on US 51 at Elwin Road. According to Illinois State Police, a GMC straight truck was traveli...

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