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3-26-15 Mayoral Debate

Mayoral Candidates Debate on WTAX — And Ask Each Other Questions

Minimum wage, right to work zones, and other questions were posed.

3-26-15 Playground

Springfield Opens New Park

Children wasted no time Thursday morning running to play in the new "Bounties of Nature" playground at Center Park in Springfield, once it officially opened.

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Legislature Passes Budget Fix, Governor Says He’ll Sign

The Illinois Legislature has approved a plan ending weeks of negotiations over plugging a $1.6 billion hole in this year's state budget.

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Schock Leaves Congress with “Humility, Sadness”

Congressman Aaron Schock says he is leaving Congress with sadness and humility.

3-26-15 National Guard

National Guard Talks More About Guardsman Accused of Terrorism

An Illinois National Guard soldier is one of two people arrested for allegedly providing support to ISIS.

FILE - In this March 9, 2012 file photo, Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. , D-Ill., and his wife, Chicago Alderman Sandi Jackson, ask each other for their support and votes as they arrive at a polling station for early voting in Chicago. The sweep of Jesse Jackson Jr.'s life, from golden boy who could be president to broken politician, will be laid out for a federal judge in Washington, D.C., Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013, as she sentences him and his wife for misusing $750,000 in campaign money on a gold-plated Rolex watch, mink capes, mounted elk heads and other personal items.

Former U.S. Rep. Jackson Leaves Prison

Jackson will serve the remainder of his sentence at a Washington, D.C., halfway house.

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Macoupin County Man Arrested on Child Porn Charges

Madigan's office says the arrest of Timothy Saxton, 37, is the 75th since her office started what's called "Operation Glass House".

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Measures Related to Down’s Syndrome and Vaccines at Capitol

The health of young people and their families is the subject of a pair of bills which Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno (R-Lemont) shepherded through committee Wednesday.

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Ill. National Guard Member, Cousin Charged With Helping ISIS

A suburban Chicago man and an Illinois National Guard member have been arrested and charged with conspiring to try and provide support to ISIS.

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Pull Kids from PARCC?

Bill would allow parents to opt kids out of standardized tests

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Home Care Is Preferred, Say Advocates

$337 M savings per year

3-25-15 Sam Cahnman

Cahnman Wants City Minimum Wage Increase

Springfield Fifth Ward Alderman Sam Cahnman says if the Legislature won't act, the City Council should.

3-25-15 Springfield ICON

Springfield ICON Endorses Candidates

A Springfield advocacy group for older neighborhoods and a political action committee has done something it's never done before -- endorse candidates.

3-24-15 Sierra Club

Sierra Club Reiterates: Shut Down Dallman 31, 32

The local Sierra Club chapter hosted a forum to reiterate to the public the myriad concerns it says it still has with City Water Light and Power.

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Lollapalooza Acts Announced

Organizers say Paul McCartney and Metallica are headliners along with pop star Sam Smith.

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Heinz to Buy Kraft Foods

Illinois-based Kraft Foods is being bought out by H.J. Heinz.

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University of Illinois to Help Minority Ph.D. Candidates

The University of Illinois says it's using its share of a $3 million grant to help minority students seeking doctoral degrees.

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Springfield Man Rolls Vehicle, Crashes Into House

A Springfield man is in custody following a rollover crash on south 3rd street early Wednesday morning.

3-24-15 Springfield Police Hostage

Springfield Hostage Taker Identified

Springfield Police have responded to a hostage situation on Seven Pines Road.

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Ed Sheeran surprised a pair of newlyweds at their wedding reception by singing Thinking Out Loud for their first dance.

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‘Downton Abbey’ to end after season six

This photo released by PBS and Carnival Film and Television Limited shows, from left, Lesley Nicol as Mrs. Patmore, and Sophie McShera as Daisy, in a scene from season four of the Masterpiece TV series, "Downton Abbey." As it returns for its much-awaited fourth season, it remains a series about elegance, tradition and gentility, and the pressures of preserving them. The show premieres Sunday, January 5, 2014 at 9 pm ET on PBS.

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Chris Daughtry heading back to TV

Chris Daughtry arrives at the American Music Awards at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Los Angeles.

Former American Idol contestant Chris Daughtry is heading back to the small screen for the new TV series "Studio City."