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FILE - In this Jan. 22, 2014, file photo, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Chancellor Phyllis Wise talks with university President Timothy Killeen in the provost's office at the Swanlund Administration Building in Champaign, Ill. Wise said Thursday. Aug. 6, 2015, that she is resigning, citing a range of "external issues" she says have become a distraction for the school. Her resignation is effective Aug. 12. (AP Photo/The News-Gazette, John Dixon, file) MANDATORY CREDIT

U of I to Dismiss Wise, Panel Rejects $400k Bonus

President Timothy Killeen says he intends to offer her a faculty position in which she would report directly to him.


Decatur, Springfield Near Top of “Highest Real Minimum Wage” List

More evidence the cost of living in Springfield and parts of central Illinois isn't that bad.


City to Commission Members: Pay Up, or Get Kicked Out

Aldermen will consider making every city commission member get city-owed debts worked out.


USDA Declares Most Illinois Counties Disaster Areas

The USDA says farmers in the eligible counties have eight months to apply for loans.


House Passes Federal Spending Bill Without State Money

Illinois House Democrats have relented and sent Gov. Bruce Rauner a federal spending plan that doesn't include state dollars.


Police Arrest Two in Unrelated Shooting Investigations

Springfield Police say two people are in custody following two unrelated shooting incidents.


Refinery Outage in NW Indiana Sends Gas Prices Soaring

Some Springfield stations jumped 50 cents in the last two days.

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U of I Names Interim Chancellor for Urbana-Champaign Campus

University of Illinois President Timothy Killeen has named Barbara J. Wilson, dean of the school's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, as interim chancellor in Urbana-Champaign.

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Social Services Shorted; State Fair Set to Begin

Advocate: The debate does not have to be either / or


House Panel Amends Federal Funding Bill

House vote expected today on bill the governor promises to veto

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Subletting Leased Lake Springfield Land Concerns City Council

The Springfield City Council is being asked to put the brakes on short-term rentals of already leased property around Lake Springfield.


Central Illinois Foodbank Ranks High for Fiscal Responsibility

The Central Illinois Foodbank is once again near the top of the heap when it comes to charities.


Sherman Mayor Clarifies Proposed Sales Tax

Mayor Trevor Clatfelter wants to make sure people know it's not for every business in the village.

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Decatur Mayor Pro Tem to Become Permanent Mayor

Julie Moore-Wolfe would replace Mike McElroy, who died last month.


Downtown Springfield Inc.: Change Panhandling Ordinance

The head of Downtown Springfield Inc. says the city needs to look to more cities to try and curb panhandling and make an enforceable ordinance.

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Madigan Makes Change to Federal Spending Proposal; Rauner Opposes

A plan before the Illinois House to distribute more than $5 billion in federal funds despite a budget impasse has been changed by the Democrats to add state money.


Summertime, and the Driving Is … Cheap?

AAA: Oversupply keeps prices low


Growing Season Approaches Milestone

Conditions disappointing; yield forecast Wednesday


Rauner Tiptoes into Chicago Teacher Pensions

He wants to change what can and cannot be collectively bargained


Federal Prison for Environmental Company Owner

Five years in prison and then three years of supervised release.

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