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Budget Chill for 128,000 Illinois Homes

State to drop its participation in LIHEAP; federal dollars remain

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Measure Decriminalizing Marijuana Passes Illinois House

The support is diverse, if not overwhelming, for a bill to decriminalize marijuana, making possession of a small amount - about a half-ounce - a civil offense.


Springfield Metro Unemployment Drops From March 2014

Rate falls from 6.9 percent last year to 5.3 percent this year.


Lawmakers Fast Track Obama Library, Lucas Museum Proposals

The legislation clarifies state law to expressly allow Chicago to construct museums on public park land or "formerly submerged lands."

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V.P. Biden Addresses Sexual Assault Prevention at U of I

Vice President Joe Biden is urging college students to speak up about sexual assaults on campuses.

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Salvation Army Moving Springfield HQ, Shelter Services Affected

The Salvation Army in Springfield is moving out of its 6th Street headquarters on Tuesday.


Sangamon Co. Business Owners Optimistic About the Future

Sangamon County businesses say they expect sales -- and their optimism about the economy -- to increase.

FILE - In this June 10, 2014 file photo, Illinois state Rep. Derrick Smith, center, speaks to reporters at the federal building in Chicago after a jury convicted him for pocketing a $7,000 cash bribe. Listening at left is his attorney Victor Henderson. Smith is scheduled to be sentenced Thursday, April 23, 2015.

Former State Rep. Sentenced to Five Months

A judge has sentenced a Chicago Democrat to 5 months in prison for pocketing a $7,000 bribe from a purported day care for his backing of a state grant application.


IEMA Assessing Fairdale Damage to Determine Possible Aid

The April 9 storm killed two people in Fairdale, a small community of about 150 people.


Wait Continues for Medical Marijuana

Nobody's taken a legal dose yet

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Meet Tony Smith

New ISBE superintendent starts May 1.


Economic Development, Historic Sites, and the ALPLM – Oh, My

Public-private partnership for Illinois DCEO, which would absorb Historic Preservation; presidential library / museum would become its own agency.


Senate Votes to Restore $26m in Human Service Cuts, House Approval Questionable

The State Senate has voted overwhelmingly to restore $26 million in grant money the governor froze.

4-22-15 Bicycle Repair Station

1st Springfield Bicycle Repair Station Installed

Springfield bike trails will soon have seven bicycle repair stations along them.

Photo Courtesy Sangamon County Historical Society

Springfield’s Condell House on Endangered Historic Sites List

This year's list of Illinois' most endangered historic places includes a Lincoln-era home in Springfield.


Area Disposal Drops Idea for PCB Storage at Clinton Landfill

PCB's are chemical compounds once used in products such as paints and fluorescent lights.


Food Bank Needs Help Winning More Wal-Mart Money

The Central Illinois Food Bank says after getting $60,000 from Wal-Mart last year through a competition, they're going to try again.

4-22-15 Springfield City Council

Zoning for West Side Apartments Approved Despite Objections

The Springfield City Council is green-lighting an apartment complex going up on the west side, years after it was first proposed.


Rauner to Citizens Club: Stop “Fair Share” Teachers Fees

Rauner tells the Citizens Club of Springfield "we'll deal with that later."

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New Voter Registration Law May Complicate Schock Special Election

The law, taking effect June first, allows voters to register at polling places on Election Day, and then vote.

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