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 2021-12-04 18:03 

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2 dead after crash in Piatt County...

Two people are dead after a 2 car crash in Piatt County on Friday. 76-year-old Dawn Duncan and 74-year-old Trucilla Enz-McLaughlin were both pronounced dead at the Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana. Duncan and McLaughlin were in a car traveling through ...

 2021-12-04 17:54 

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Illinois State Police to investigate officer involved shooting...

Sheriff Clinton J. Perzee of the Iroquois County Sheriff's Office (ICSO) has requested that the Illinois State Police investigate a non-fatal officer involved shooting. On Friday, ICSO responded to a domestic disturbance call at a home in Danforth. A ...

 2021-12-04 16:26 

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Governor Pritzker signs in new law aiming to protect students from sexual abuse...

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WICS) —A new law is aiming to protect your student from sexual abuse. Governor JB Pritzker signed in Faith's Law today, named after Faith Colson, who was sexually assaulted while in high school in Schaumburg, Illinois. Faith&#...

 2021-12-04 16:22 

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Springfield Police Department makes progress with hiring new officers...

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WICS) —There are new faces at Springfield Police Department. SPD, like other businesses, have been struggling to hire and keep employees but they're set to welcome new officers soon. Earlier in the Fall we told you how SPD was...

 2021-12-04 16:22 

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Schools with higher graduation rates spend less per student...

Graduation rates at local high schools continue to be below pre-pandemic levels. Local schools that are spending less money per student have higher graduation rates. It's a trend we're seeing when looking at District 186, Ball-Chatham, Williamsvil...

 2021-12-04 16:20 

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More high school students taking college courses...

The pandemic has pushed more high school students to take early college courses. For District 186 and Ball-Chatham they are seeing more students enrolled in 2021 than in 2020. For Ball-Chatham they are also seeing more students taking one or more advanced...

 2021-12-04 00:49 

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Should positive antibody test or COVID-19 vaccination card be used as proof?...

A bill filed in the Illinois House in November would allow you to submit proof of having COVID-19 antibodies in the place of a vaccination card. For local health experts, they say the two actions aren't comparable in terms of the protection they offer...

 2021-12-04 00:36 

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Car thefts in Springfield surpass total number of thefts last year...

Car thefts are up in Springfield compared to the same time last year, according to police. In 2020, a total of 376 cars were stolen from their owners across the entire city. With a month left to go until the end of 2021, Springfield Police say we've a...

 2021-12-04 00:27 

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Groups speak out against CWLP's coal ash pond closure plan...

Local groups are speaking out in response to City Water, Light and Power's proposal to cap off two coal ash ponds in Springfield. The ponds hold the toxic byproduct left over from burning coal to generate your electricity. City Water, Light and Power ...

 2021-12-04 00:23 

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Advocates say Illinois schools missing billions of dollars in funding...

Lawmakers and education officials are calling for more cash to be sent into the classroom through an evidence-based funding formula. It sends millions of dollars into Illinois schools to help meet students' needs, but as of right now, it's not ful...

 2021-12-03 23:55 

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Indiana man, 19, identified as 1982 victim of serial killer...

RENSSELAER , Ind. (AP) — A 19-year-old Indiana man who was last seen alive in 1982 has been identified by authorities as a victim of the late serial killer Larry Eyler. The remains of William Joseph Lewis of Peru, Indiana, were found by a hunter in ...

 2021-12-03 22:50 

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Carle seeing hospitalizations continue to rise...

The Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana said it has seen a sharp rise in COVID-19 related hospitalizations in recent weeks. Hospital president Lynne Barnes said they have seen nearly double the cases they were seeing a few weeks ago. In mid-November, the ...

 2021-12-03 22:45 

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Two mental health and addiction facilities coming to Danville...

Step Up Vermilion County announced on Friday that two new mental health and addiction facilities will be coming to the area in the coming years. Step Up Board President Deanna Witzel said the resources are much needed locally....

 2021-12-03 19:57 

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Fights cause lockdown at Central High School...

Central High School is currently on a lockdown due to several fights. We're told students and staff are safe and secure. More details to follow....

 2021-12-03 19:06 

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Illinois reports 42,559 new COVID-19 cases in past week...

New data from the IllinoisDepartment of Public Health (IDPH) show more eligible Illinois residents are receiving boosters and more are testing positive COVID-19. Since Nov. 26, 2021, there have been 42,559 newly confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19, i...

 2021-12-03 18:11 

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'Weird Al' Yankovic coming to Springfield...

"Weird Al" Yankovic is coming to central Illinois next year. He is set to perform at theUIS Performing Arts Center on May 22, 2022. His performance is part of his...

 2021-12-03 18:04 

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Our School Pride Week 3: Karmen Goodrich...

We are recognizing local teachers around Central Illinois for the work they do. This week's featured teacher is Karmen Goodrich, a teacher at Southeast High School. He received a $500 grant from Security Bank. Congratulations Karmen!...

 2021-12-03 17:40 

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Jelani Day's mom hires prominent attorney...

CHICAGO (AP) — The mother of an Illinois State University graduate student who vanished in August and was later found dead in a river has hired a prominent civil rights attorney to investigate the Black man's death. A coroner determined in Octob...

 2021-12-03 17:30 

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Decatur names new police chief...

The City of Decatur officially has a new police chief. City Manager Scot Wrighton formally appointed Shane Brandel to the position on Friday, Dec. 3. He was serving as the city's interim chief. RELATED:Decatur names new interim Police Chief"Law En...

 2021-12-03 17:03 

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Champaign County installed license plate readers within last month...

The Champaign County Sheriff said that about a month ago, the county installed seven automatic license plate readers (ALPR). Sheriff Dustin Heuerman said that the readers will allow the county to see if they can make an impact on crime....

 2021-12-03 16:26 

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District 186 teachers to receive $1K stipends for pandemic work...

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WICS) — There is no doubt teachers have gone above and beyond to navigate through the challenges of COVID-19. Now that hard work is paying off for District 186 teachers with a $1,000 stipend in January and another in June....

 2021-12-03 15:22 

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Police at Mahomet-Seymour High after possible threat...

The Mahomet Police Department will be in and around Mahomet schools on Friday. This comes after a social media threat of possible violence at the high school came to light on Thursday. Police officers have been in contact with the parents involved and sch...

 2021-12-03 04:33 

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Beloved bird finds new home at Springfield autobody shop...

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WICS/WRSP) —Over at Bill Mathews Autobody Shop, they're combining car services with feathered friends....

 2021-12-03 04:21 

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State assessment reveals learning loss in local schools...

Proof of the pandemic's impact on student's education. State wide Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR) results are in and shows our local schools have more students under performing in every grade for English and Math. District 186 and Ball-Chat...

 2021-12-03 04:01 

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Menorah lighting ceremony held at White Oaks Mall...

The community came together for the Hanukkah menorah lighting at White Oaks Mall. Thursday marked the fifth night of Hanukkah. People were able to enjoy a Chanukah meal, complete with potato latkes and jelly doughnuts. Organizers say that the lighting of ...

 2021-12-03 01:02 

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Some Illinois hunters report issues checking-in their deer with IDNR...

The second week of firearm deer hunting in Illinois kicked off on Thursday statewide, but some hunters said they experienced issues with checking in their harvest. There's two weeks this year where hunters can go out with firearms and get themselves a...

 2021-12-03 00:21 

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CWLP debates the future of two coal ash ponds in Springfield...

Springfield City, Water, Light & Power is preparing to shut down two coal ash ponds that contain toxic chemicals. They're holding two public meetings on Thursday about the future of the waste that is currently layered there. These ponds hold the coal ...

 2021-12-03 00:16 

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Police expecting a rise in scam callers this holiday season...

If you get a call appearing to be from the police department, most people would choose to answer. But lately, more and more people are falling victim to intricate phone scams, some even spoofing the police's dispatch line. After a close call this week...

 2021-12-02 23:50 

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Attorney to demand FBI take over Jelani Day investigation...

The family of Jelani Day is continuing its fight for justice. On Friday, attorney Benjamin Crump and co-counsel B'Ivory LaMarr say they will demand the FBI have exclusive control over the Jelani Day investigation. The Danville native went missing back...

 2021-12-02 23:22 

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New details on converting Springfield one-way streets to two-ways...

New details are coming to light on the City of Springfield's plan to convert one-way streets into two-ways. The city is going to spend almost $4 million to change the flow to parts of 4th Street and Adams Street. The project is a part of the Illinois ...

 2021-12-02 22:47 

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Threat found in Mt. Zion High School restrooms...

The Mt. Zion Police Department is investigating after threatening graffiti was reportedly found in the Mt. Zion High School bathrooms. Police responded to the school around 11 a. m. Thursday, Dec. 2. The graffiti was found in three restrooms. After interv...

 2021-12-02 22:45 

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Salvation Army of Springfield needs more bell ringers...

The Salvation Army of Springfield says it's facing a major shortage of red kettle bell ringers for the holiday season. During a good year, The Salvation Army says they need 15-20 bell ringers to collect community donations at the red kettles, but this...

 2021-12-02 22:39 

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Illinois man charged in Jan. 6 Capitol riot...

Another Illinois resident is facing charges for his alleged involvement in the Jan. 6, 2021 insurrection at the United States Capitol. Lawrence Ligas, 62, was arrested on Wednesday, Dec. 1. He is facing four counts in connection with the Capitol riot: Ent...

 2021-12-02 22:07 

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Mall to light Grand Hanukkah Menorah...

White Oaks Mall is celebrating Hanukkah with a public menorah lighting. It is happening from 5:30 p. m. to 7 p. m. Thursday, Dec. 2 in the Dick's Sporting Goods wing of the mall on the lower level. Visitors can enjoy a Chanukah buffet of jelly doughnu...

 2021-12-02 21:58 

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Rep. Halbrook running for 107th District...

State Representative Brad Halbrook, R-Shelbyville, announced on Wednesday, Dec. 1 he is running for reelection in the newly drawn 107th district. "There are many challenges facing our state right now," Rep. Halbrook said. "We have not addresse...

 2021-12-02 21:52 

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Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport gets $3 million for improvements...

Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport is one of the dozens of airports across the state that has been awarded funding through the state's Rebuild Illinois capital program. The airport will get a little more than $3 million in state funding that will be allo...

 2021-12-02 21:35 

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HSHS keeping staff vaccine requirement in place...

Hospital Sisters Health System is moving ahead with its COVID-19 vaccine requirement for its staff. This comes despite a federal judge inLouisiana granting a preliminary injunction to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) mandate on Tuesday,...

 2021-12-02 21:19 

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Big changes for Springfield Sliders...

Capital City Baseball LLC announced Wednesday a new baseball team and new game experience is coming to Springfield. The group is taking over the old Springfield Sliders franchise and will play their home games at Robin Roberts Stadium. However, they may n...

 2021-12-02 18:36 

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$300 million in new relief grants to Illinois child care providers...

The state of Illinois is providing $300 million in new relief grants to child care providers across the state. The state is also extending a previous grant program by providing nearly $50 million to previous grant recipients. This brings the state's c...

 2021-12-02 18:29 

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Southeast students helping through principal's council...

We're highlighting local schools across central Illinois as a part of Our School Pride. Some of the top students at Southeast High School are finding ways to make improvements, all while listening to their fellow classmates. Southeast High is giving t...

 2021-12-02 17:57 

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4 people plead guilty to defrauding more than $1 million from child care subsidy program...

Four people have pleaded guilty over the past three months to mail fraud, wire fraud, and money laundering charges that were related to schemes involving the submissions of fraudulent claims for childcare services to the Illinois Department of Human Servi...

 2021-12-02 17:11 

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Man at center of 'rape email' denies knowledge of alleged coverup...

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A former campaign worker for the Illinois governor who is featured in an explosive email that surfaced last year says he has no knowledge of the alleged government criminal coverups it mentions. Forrest Ashby told The Associ...

 2021-12-02 14:20 

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Southeast teachers and staff show support to students, colleagues...

Teachers at Southeast High School are the most unsung heroes, according to Principal Cody Trigg. "The one thing I think that's getting lost in the return to school is how much the teachers have really stepped up to the plate to support each other,...

 2021-12-02 03:47 

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Sangamon County is vaccinating the most people it has since April...

Springfield, Ill. (WICS)-Sangamon County Department of Public Health is vaccinating the most people it has against COVID-19 since April. Gail O'Neill. the Director of the health department, says they've been quite busy the past few weeks between a...

 2021-12-02 03:42 

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Pro-life and Pro-choice groups in Illinois react to Supreme Court hearing...

The Supreme Court may overturn Roe v. Wade based on comments and questionsjustices9; made in court Wednesday. The case involves a Mississippi law banning abortions after fifteen weeks of pregnancy. All six conservative justices appear poised to uphold ...

 2021-12-02 03:23 

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Remembering three years since the Taylorville tornado...

The city of Taylorville is remembering the three-year anniversary since the city saw an EF-3 tornado tear through town leaving hundreds homeless. Community leaders have said that progress has been made since the tornado caused the devastation....

 2021-12-02 02:55 

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Springfield successful Small Business Saturday...

The 12th annual Small Business Saturday was a success. The day was started by American Express and the majority of small businesses reported they are expecting a bigger holiday this year even with supply chain shortages. Alderwoman Lakeisha Purchase said ...

 2021-12-02 02:50 

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Ball-Chatham gets new insurance provider...

A local school district is changing its insurance provider. It's in response to the insurance change-up at Springfield Clinic. Ball-Chatham School District says they're going with different insurance. In a statement, they said:...

 2021-12-02 02:34 

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Emergency room capacity in Springfield...

Almost 90-percent of ICU beds are in use in Region 3. , but visits to the emergency room aren't increasing. According to HSHS St. John's, they haven't seen an increase over the past two weeks, and they've only had one case of flu this seas...

 2021-12-02 02:27 

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Taylorville remembers destructive tornado three years later...

Taylorville residents are remembering a destructive tornado that hit the city exactly three years ago. In less than five minutes, the ef-3 tornado damaged over 400 homes. Of those 400 homes that were damaged nearly 34 of them were destroyed. three years l...

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