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City Council Candidates Propose Pillsbury Solution

The two candidates for Ward Four alderman in Springfield disagree on how important it is to do something with the former Pillsbury plant.

3-31-15 Springfield City Council

Springfield Aldermen Avoid Pension Fix

The Springfield City Council has essentially punted on eliminating a city retirement incentive that allows unused vacation and sick time to be counted toward their pension contribution.

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Girl Found, Jail Escapee Still Wanted

A 15-year-old girl who was thought to be with a man who escaped from a Kankakee jail Wednesday morning after allegedly beating a jailer has been found.

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Davis Visits Clinton Power Plant, Talks Gifford Tornado

The nuclear power plant at Clinton is an important economic engine for Downstate Illinois, says U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis.

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Illinois: 2,000 Legal for Medical Marijuana

There are now officially 2,000 people in Illinois who will be allowed to use medical marijuana when it becomes available.

Illinois Republican gubernatorial candidate businessman Bruce Rauner participates in a Republican gubernatorial candidate debate Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, in Springfield, Ill. The four Republican gubernatorial candidates said that they’ll be willing to work with unions if elected but differed on how to approach the relationship during a downstate debate that largely focused on pension reform, taxes and just briefly on personal issues that have dogged some of the candidates.

Rauner, Kirk Criticize Indiana Religious Freedom Law

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner says Indiana's religious objections law may open the door to discriminatory behavior.

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Durbin vs. Schumer in Senate Leadership Fight

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid's decision to retire has sparked a feud between the No. 2 and No. 3 Senate Democrats.

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Want to Buy a Plane? Nearly No One Does

Apparently no one wants the state's fleet of airplanes.

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USDA: More Soybeans, Less Corn in 2015

More soybeans and less corn are expected to be planted in Illinois this growing season.

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Lawmakers Want More Police Training Regarding Mentally Ill

Lawmakers debate police training when dealing with the mentally ill.

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Houston Won’t Endorse Mayoral Candidates

Springfield's sitting mayor won't say who he wants to replace him in a few weeks.

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Rail Interest Group Seeks to Save Amtrak Dollars

Governor proposes big cut in state subsidy

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Durbin Is Upset Human Trafficking Bill Is Stalled

Abortion-related diversion could be at work

3-10-15 Springfield City Council

Springfield City Council Continues Food Truck Debate

The Springfield City Council will continue discussions on whether or not to place more regulations on food trucks, and will do so with Ward Six Alderman Cory Jobe's amendment reducing how far away a truck must be from a brick-and-mortar restaurant down to 500 feet.

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Springfield Unemployment Continues Decline

The Illinois Department of Employment Security says unemployment continues to decline in Springfield and Sangamon County.

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Durall Named Acting Circuit Clerk

A temporary replacement has been named for retiring Sangamon County Circuit Clerk Tony Libri.

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Duckworth Stops in Springfield for Senate Candidacy

More than nineteen months out, we know the name of one Democrat who wants to be elected to the U.S. Senate, to the seat now held by Republican Mark Kirk.

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Should Clearlake Dissolve?

There may be one less community in Sangamon County a week from today.

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Proposal: No More Frivolous Lawsuits from County Jails

County jail inmates who abuse the court system with lawsuits a judge deems "frivolous" would be penalized with loss of their "good time" credit, under a bill being considered at the Capitol.

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