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Blame Rain for Weaker Crop Forecast

172 and 53, respectively, bushels per acre for corn and soybeans

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2015 Butter Cow Is BuMann’s Last

She's retiring to write a book about making cows out of butter

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Let the Fair Begin!

USS Illinois leaders are the grand marshals of the parade

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Skateboarders Want New Park

Something that's been in the master plan for Iles Park could finally become reality.

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Doctor’s Signature Required for Vaccine Exemption

Getting a religious exemption from immunizations will require a doctor’s signature.

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Do We Really Need a Budget Now?

Illinois didn't shut down, and still hasn't, even though lawmakers and the governor never got together on a budget.

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State Fair Food: Don’t Overdo It

Can you really be health conscious at a place that prides itself on frying whatever food it can get its hands on?

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Home Sales Improve Significantly in Springfield Area

Mike Buscher says, he's solidly in the "optimistic" column after homes sales for July reached their highest total for that month in a decade.

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Chatham Hills Apartments Ransacked, Police Looking for Leads

Burglars have targeted several apartments recently damaged by fire -- police want your help finding them.

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More Fighting Over Documents in Schock Investigation

There were earlier signs of an agreement, but there's fighting again.

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Twilight Parade Grand Marshals Named

Two U.S. Navy officers are serving as grand marshals for tonight's Illinois State Fair Twilight Parade.

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Traffic Changes for Illinois State Fair

Today's the day that traffic on the north end of Springfield is altered for the next few days to accommodate the Illinois State Fair.

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Kirk Caregiver Is Being Taken Care Of

Kirk campaign alleges smear

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Fatal Crash on I-55

SUV rollover

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Plans for Third Springfield Schnuck’s Store Delayed

Schnuck's would not be building on the east side near JC Penney's for at least a year or more

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Madigan Files Suit Against Pillsbury Mills Owners, Demolition Company

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has stepped in regarding the alleged improper disposal of asbestos during demolition at the former Pillsbury Mills site.

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.

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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.

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

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

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USDA Declares Most Illinois Counties Disaster Areas

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

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