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 2020-10-09 16:51 

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Williamsville High quarterback reflects on winning career, future...

As the quarterback of the Williamsville High School football team, Connor McCormick led them to a state championship title against Byron last year. Connor says it was one of the best experiences of his life. "We always wanted that," McCormick said...

 2020-10-09 16:12 

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Virden woman brings home big Illinois lottery prize...

A Virden woman took home a big prize from the Illinois Lottery. Ashley Kahl won a $20,861 jackpot playing the Illinois Lottery's newest game, Fast Play. Kahl bought her ticket at the Circle K located at 1000 N. Springfield. She plans to use her winnin...

 2020-10-09 15:49 

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Hoopeston temporarily goes remote after several COVID-19 cases...

The Hoopeston Area School District is temporarily suspending in-person learning. District officials say the suspension comes after several positive COVID-19 cases within the last few days. Some students and staff are now being quarantined. Classes will be...

 2020-10-09 15:41 

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Region 4 moving back to Phase 4...

Governor Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) are announcing that Region 4, the Metro East, will return to Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois Plan today, October 9, 2020 at 5 p. m. While the rate of testing in Region 4 has remained re...

 2020-10-09 03:50 

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Community mental health resources for the homeless...

The Fresh Hope for Mental Health group has a free weekly meeting at Harvard Park Baptist Church and Community Center. Pastor Mary Jean Sheets starts by picking up the homeless from around the community in a church van. Sheets stops by the library, the ten...

 2020-10-09 03:42 

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Local businesses say delayed stimulus package could help keep them afloat...

For months, Americans have been grappling with the economic effects of the pandemic. This week, President Trump announced the White House will halt all discussion about a second economic stimulus package until after the election. The President has said he...

 2020-10-09 03:38 

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Champaign still seeing spike in gun violence...

With two cases of gun violence over the course of the week, including one homicide, the Champaign Police Department is still seeing a large spike in gun violence over the course of 2020. Police have seen at least 146 cases of gun related incidents over th...

 2020-10-09 01:58 

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Williamsville senior golfer boasts successful career...

Girl's golf tee'd off at regionals Wednesday and one Williamsville girl's golfer looked to improve on her already successful career. "She's one that you always had your eye on, even as a freshman," Williamsville Girl's Golf Hea...

 2020-10-09 01:45 

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MJ's Fish and Chicken Express reopens months after fire broke out...

A popular and beloved Springfield restaurant had a soft reopening on Thursday, Oct. 8 after closing for almost three months after a fire broke out. The fire at MJ'S Fish and Chicken Express restaurant broke out in the garage and property directly behi...

 2020-10-09 01:45 

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You can track your ballot in Sangamon County ahead of election...

With the presidential election just weeks away, Sangamon County officials are trying to provide voters with more real-time information on their ballots. You can actually track and check the status of your vote with just a few clicks. With a couple pieces ...

 2020-10-09 01:34 

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New restrictions implemented at Hannibal Regional Hospital...

Nationwide we have seen changes in many restrictions and as new developments continue to grow on COVID-19 expect to see even more. The latest change is at Hannibal Regional Hospital when a mother comes in to deliver her baby nobody is allowed in the waiti...

 2020-10-09 00:56 

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Illinois man charged with price-gouging in mask sales...

A northern Illinois businessman is facing federal charges of price gouging customers seeking to purchase of protective masks at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. Krikor Topouzian of Winnetka was charged Thursday in a criminal information with violating...

 2020-10-09 00:53 

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Springfield Police help organize needs of Tent City residents...

The issue of homelessness continues to grow in Springfield, and nowhere was that more apparent than at Tuesday night's City Council meeting....

 2020-10-09 00:53 

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Ball Elementary student tests positive for COVID-19...

A student at Ball Elementary School has tested positive for COVID-19. The Ball-Chatham School District said those who were in close contact with the student have been notified. District officials said the affected areas have been closed off, and deep clea...

 2020-10-09 00:44 

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Sangamon County averaging almost 38 new COVID-19 cases per day...

Sangamon County is averaging almost 38 new cases per day over the last week, the highest average it has ever had. Sangamon County Department of Public Health Director Gail O'Neill summed up her feelings on the rising cases in one word: frustration. O&...

 2020-10-09 00:40 

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Illinois Republicans, Democrats call for hearings of IDES...

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are calling for public hearings of the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES). This comes as frustrations continue to mount from politicians and Illinoisans who can't get through to the department. Both ...

 2020-10-09 00:35 

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Christian County officials plead residents to follow COVID-19 guidelines...

Christian County has been at a COVID-19 warning level for weeks due to a current seven-day COVID-19 positivity rate of 14%, down from last week's 15. 9%. County officials warn those numbers could worsen if people's behavior does not change. The Il...

 2020-10-09 00:18 

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Snapping a picture of your ballot can get you into trouble...

Thousands of voters have already turned in their ballots, and while it's OK to share that you voted, snapping a picture of your ballot could get you into some trouble. While it isn't a federal crime to take a selfie with or a picture of your ballo...

 2020-10-09 00:04 

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Fire at vacant home does not delay Hedge Road demolition...

Wednesday night's fire at the vacant home on 1518 Hedge Rd. didn't affect the speed when it comes to the demolition happening up and down the street. Demolition started last Monday on homes along Hedge Road in Champaign that are lined up against t...

 2020-10-08 23:54 

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Local church raises money for house explosion victim...

A local church is helping raise money to help the elderly man whose home was destroyed during an explosion in Urbana. Faith Church in Urbana is raising money to help their neighbor whose house exploded last Friday. The man was in the middle of the home wh...

 2020-10-08 23:22 

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Pedestrian hit by vehicle in Vermillion County, Indiana...

A pedestrian was killed after being hit by a vehicle on I-74 in Vermillion County, Indiana. At approximately 9:25 p. m. on Wednesday, Oct. 7, Vermillion County 911 received a call from a 71-year-old Elizabethtown, Indiana man. He said he hit something in ...

 2020-10-08 23:11 

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Capri IGA employees test positive for COVID-19...

Three employees at Capri IGA,located at 1201 Vandalia Road in Hillsboro, have tested positive for COVID-19. According to the Christian-Montgomery Emergency Management Agency (Chris-Mont EMA), contact tracing was completed by the Montgomery County Health D...

 2020-10-08 23:06 

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Montgomery County Health Department employee positive for virus...

An employee at the Montgomery County Health Department in Hillsboro has tested positive for COVID-19. According to the Christian-Montgomery County Emergency Management Agency (Chris-Mont EMA), the employee was involved in the drive-thru flu clinics at the...

 2020-10-08 22:59 

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Local leaders discuss safety during pandemic, flu season...

As we enter flu season, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to loom over the nation and our community. That's why local healthcare professionals met with Springfield Mayor Jim Langfelder virtually on Wednesday, Oct. 7, to discuss the importance of keeping...

 2020-10-08 22:49 

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6 more COVID-19 cases in Morgan County...

Six more COVID-19 cases have been reported in Morgan County. According to the Morgan County Health Department, the new cases include: A man in his 20s. A man in his 40s. A man in his 60s. A woman in her 60s. Two employees at Cedarhurst of Jacksonville. Mo...

 2020-10-08 22:41 

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Educators want IDPH to disclose COVID-19 outbreaks in schools...

The Illinois Education Association (IEA) is calling for the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) to disclose information about verified COVID-19 outbreaks in schools. IEA said ProPublica Illinois published a story that said public health officials ...

 2020-10-08 22:18 

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Illinois takes measures to ensure safe voting during pandemic...

During Wednesday's COVID-19 update, Gov. JB Pritzker discussed what Illinois is doing to make sure residents can vote safely during the pandemic. Illinois expanded early in-person voting and access to vote-by-mail. More than 50 of the state's 102 ...

 2020-10-08 22:15 

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LLCC researches agricultural hemp production...

Lincoln Land Community College (LLCC) is researching agricultural hemp production. Researchers are looking at five types of hemp to learn more about the cultivation and harvesting process. CBD hemp bas not been grown in Illinois since before World War II....

 2020-10-08 22:11 

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Police respond to armed robbery in Urbana...

University of Illinois Police responded to an armed robbery on Thursday afternoon. Authorities said the robbery occurred at 2108 S. Orchard St. in Urbana. This is a developing story. We'll provide updates as they become available....

 2020-10-08 22:09 

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Oct. 8 is National Depression Screening Day...

Oct. 8 is a National Depression Screening Day. Nearly 40 million adults in the United States struggle with depression and anxiety. Health experts in Sangamon County are actively meeting people who are suffering from symptoms. According to local health exp...

 2020-10-08 21:48 

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Group continues push for Chicago to become 51st state...

There's a renewed push to make Chicago the 51st state in the nation. Representative Brad Halbrook, R-Shelbyville, filed Illinois House Resolution 101, calling to make Chicago the nation's 51st state. Other chief co-sponsors include Rep. Darren Bai...

 2020-10-08 21:05 

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Missing, endangered Sangamon County man...

The Sangamon County Sheriff's Office is searching for a missing man. They say, Ronald R. Buecker, 50, was last heard from Wednesday around 1:45 a. m. His vehicle was found in a cornfield in the 13300 block of Cotton Hill Road in Pawnee, Illinois. Buec...

 2020-10-08 20:53 

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Sangamon County announces poll changes...

The Sangamon County Clerk's Office announced a summary of poll changes prior to the November election. A list of the changes can be found below. To view the times and locations for early voting, click here. Sangamon County Poll Changes 2020 by NewsTea...

 2020-10-08 20:36 

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Capital City Cornhole questions positive COVID-19 result at Chillifest...

On Wednesday, the Christian-Montgomery County Emergency Management Agency (Chris-Mont EMA) reported that an employee at theGreater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest, which was held last weekend, tested positive for COVID-19. This individual helpe...

 2020-10-08 20:17 

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Woman accused of embezzling $600K from Champaign employer...

A grand jury indicted a woman on charges that she allegedly embezzled more than $600,000 from her former Champaign employer and filed false income tax returns. Joan L. Chenoweth, 57 of Tolono, is accused of embezzling money from Illini Contractor Supply f...

 2020-10-08 19:26 

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5 more COVID-19 deaths in Champaign County...

Over the past week, the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD) reported 310 new COVID-9 cases. The new cases were reported from Thursday, Oct. 1, through Thursday, Oct. 8. In addition, five more people have died in Champaign County. CUPHD said th...

 2020-10-08 19:10 

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Champaign man arrested in recent shooting...

A Champaign man is facing charges for his alleged involvement in a shooting from last weekend. At approximately 12:37 a. m. on Sunday, Oct. 4, Champaign Police responded to the area of Hickory and Bellefontaine Streets for a reported shooting. Upon arriva...

 2020-10-08 18:53 

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State Rep. plans to challenge Madigan for Speaker of the House...

Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan could face a new challenger for his position. This comes after the speaker was implicated in a federal bribery scheme involving Chicago utility company ComEd. Rep. Stephanie Kifowit, D-Aurora, plans on seeking the De...

 2020-10-08 18:31 

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45 new COVID-19 cases in Sangamon County...

The Sangamon County Department of Public Health reported 45 new COVID-19 cases in the area. Sangamon County has reported a total of 2,784 COVID-19 cases. Of these, 2,053 have recovered, 676 are in isolation at home, five are hospitalized, and 50 have died...

 2020-10-08 17:47 

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Indiana man arrested in 2014 killing of Illinois girl, 15...

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — An Evansville man has been arrested in the 2014 killing of a 15-year-old Illinois girl whose body was found nearly three years ago in a shallow grave in southeastern Illinois. Twenty-four-year-old Brodey Murbarger was arreste...

 2020-10-08 17:24 

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More than 3,000 new COVID-19 cases in Illinois...

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today reported 3,059 new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 32 additional confirmed deaths. Adams County: 1 male 90s. Champaign County: 1 male 30s, 1 female 90s. Clark C...

 2020-10-08 17:00 

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First human West Nile Virus death in Illinois this year...

An Illinois resident has become the first West Nile Virus-related death in the state this year. The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) says the individual lived in Chicago and became ill in mid-September. "Although we are already into fall, W...

 2020-10-08 15:36 

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Springfield Goodwill store temporarily closes after COVID-19 case...

The Land of Lincoln Goodwill store on Dirksen Parkway in Springfield has temporarily closed. The company says an employee at the store tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday and was told to stay home. We're told the employee reported no symptoms wh...

 2020-10-08 15:08 

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Man shot to death in Champaign...

A 29-year-old man has died after being shot early Thursday morning in Champaign. Police were called to the 3000 block of West Willam Street shortly after 2 a. m. There they found the man lying in the middle of the roadway suffering from multiple, life-thr...

 2020-10-08 14:39 

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Vacant home fire on Hedge Road...

Champaign firefighters spent some time Wednesday night battling a blaze at a home on Hedge Road. Fire crews arrived at the home in the 1500 block of Hedge Road around 10:10 p. m. The crews reported a heavily involved house fire. Caption: Vacant home fire ...

 2020-10-08 03:40 

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Families frustrated with nursing home virus protocols...

Imagine not being able to hug your parent or grandparent for over six months. This is the reality for people with family members in long term care facilities across the state. They've been closed to everyone but essential staff. With widespread testin...

 2020-10-08 03:39 

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Glenwood High School goes hybrid after school board vote...

The Ball-Chatham school board voted Wednesday evening to switch Glenwood High School from a remote learning plan to a hybrid learning model. All other schools in the district are currently using a hybrid learning model, except for the high school. The sup...

 2020-10-08 02:52 

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Vermilion county sees spike in cases over the last week...

Case numbers in Vermilion county have spiked over the course of the last week after public health experts have seen a spike in 'social gatherings'. On Tuesday the county saw a total case count of 79, which was more then 30 more then any other day ...

 2020-10-08 02:52 

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Vermilion County sees spike in cases over the last week...

Case numbers in Vermilion County have spiked over the course of the last week after public health experts have seen a spike in 'social gatherings'. On Tuesday the county saw a total case count of 79, which was more than 30 more than any other day ...

 2020-10-08 00:25 

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Springfield purchases more property for future rail project construction...

The City of Springfield continues to move forward with future planning for the Rail Reroute Project. The Springfield City Council voted to purchase 1921 S. Grand Ave. E. for a rail underpass project that won't begin construction for years. The amount ...

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