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Illinois Facing Necessary Upgrades to State’s Drinking Water Systems

EPA stays state needs to make upgrades to continue providing safe drinking water.

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Major Agricultural Processor Hopes to Make the State a Major Shipping Hub

ADM CEO says innovation through the opportunities the Midwest Inland Port could provide is tantamount to improving the quality of life in central Illinois.


Activists Warn Budget Impasse May Mean More Landfill Garbage

The Illinois Environmental Council wrote a message to its members saying possible layoffs of workers in statewide recycling programs could force cancellation of the programs.


Struggling Southern Illinois Airport Gambles on Vegas Route

New service to Las Vegas is the latest gamble at the little-used Mid America airport once expected to lure millions of travelers annually.

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Paper Says State Still Owes State Fair Vendors Large Sum

The State warned vendors payment would be late this year due to the budget impasse. Payment is issued out of the State Fair fund; it cannot be made without a budget.


Durbin Impressed with Memorial Medical Center Expansion

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin toured Memorial Medical Center’s Center for Learning and Innovation, which opened this summer.

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Two Illinois Sites Lose Programs but Keep Employees

The Illinois State Museum and World Shooting and Recreation Complex in Sparta will close to the public Wednesday. But employees will still report to work while layoffs are pending in court.


Illinois State Museum, Sparta Shooting Range to Close Sept. 30 Anyway

The governor's office, as is its practice, would not answer questions.


Thursday I-55 Crash Victim Identified

No charges have been filed, the investigation is ongoing.

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Illinois Congressmen React to Boehner’s Departure

One word sums up the reaction to U.S. House Speaker John Boehner’s retirement announcement from Illinois Republicans: surprise.


Police Seek Tips on GameStop Armed Robbery

Springfield Police are looking for help solving an armed robbery.

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 Rep. Smith Wants to Delay Heading to Prison

Derrick Smith was sentenced in April after jurors convicted him last year of bribery and attempted extortion.

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Buchen Goes Down Swinging

Top staff "doesn't know the difference between a boar and a barrow"

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Durbin, Davis React to Pope Francis

Return to partisanship predicted


Save Chatham Depot

Halfway toward $10,000 goal


House Discusses Two Spending Bills

Neither is ready for final House passage

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Illinois Agriculture, State Fair Directors Resign

Gov. Bruce Rauner has accepted the resignation of the state's Agriculture Department director and the director of the state fair.


Rush Begins to Fill LaHood’s former IL Senate Seat

Deadline to apply is 11:59pm Monday.


Woman Killed in Springfield I-55 Crash

A woman is dead following a crash on I-55 shortly before noon Thursday morning.

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Man Wanted in Christian County Caught

Gregory Hays was caught in rural Shelby County.

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