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Refinery Outage in NW Indiana Sends Gas Prices Soaring

Some Springfield stations jumped 50 cents in the last two days.

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U of I Names Interim Chancellor for Urbana-Champaign Campus

University of Illinois President Timothy Killeen has named Barbara J. Wilson, dean of the school's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, as interim chancellor in Urbana-Champaign.

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Social Services Shorted; State Fair Set to Begin

Advocate: The debate does not have to be either / or

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House Panel Amends Federal Funding Bill

House vote expected today on bill the governor promises to veto

6-30-15 Springfield City Council

Subletting Leased Lake Springfield Land Concerns City Council

The Springfield City Council is being asked to put the brakes on short-term rentals of already leased property around Lake Springfield.

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Central Illinois Foodbank Ranks High for Fiscal Responsibility

The Central Illinois Foodbank is once again near the top of the heap when it comes to charities.

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Sherman Mayor Clarifies Proposed Sales Tax

Mayor Trevor Clatfelter wants to make sure people know it's not for every business in the village.

8-11-15 Mike McElroy Mural

Decatur Mayor Pro Tem to Become Permanent Mayor

Julie Moore-Wolfe would replace Mike McElroy, who died last month.

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Downtown Springfield Inc.: Change Panhandling Ordinance

The head of Downtown Springfield Inc. says the city needs to look to more cities to try and curb panhandling and make an enforceable ordinance.

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Madigan Makes Change to Federal Spending Proposal; Rauner Opposes

A plan before the Illinois House to distribute more than $5 billion in federal funds despite a budget impasse has been changed by the Democrats to add state money.

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Summertime, and the Driving Is … Cheap?

AAA: Oversupply keeps prices low

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Growing Season Approaches Milestone

Conditions disappointing; yield forecast Wednesday

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Rauner Tiptoes into Chicago Teacher Pensions

He wants to change what can and cannot be collectively bargained

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Federal Prison for Environmental Company Owner

Five years in prison and then three years of supervised release.

8-10-15 Haz-Mat Drill

Fire Departments Take Part in Hazardous Materials Drill

Fire departments from Springfield and elsewhere were called to the ADM and Brandt plant area near Curran for a hazardous materials situation involving a tanker carrying ethanol which derailed.

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 Chancellor Replacement Could Come Wednesday

A committee of University of Illinois trustees is scheduled to meet Wednesday to accept Chancellor Phyllis Wise's resignation and appoint an interim replacement.

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Schock Court Records Unsealed

Schock was issued a federal grand jury subpoena seeking campaign and congressional records the day before he resigned his seat.

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Farm Bureau Group Endorses LaHood for Congress

The political arm of the Illinois Farm Bureau says it's endorsing State Senator Darin LaHood in the special election for the 18th Congressional District seat vacated by Aaron Schock.

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Push Continues for Reducing Sentences on Some Crimes

The long wait on reducing sentences for nonviolent drug crimes may end when Congress reconvenes next month.

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Does Continued Discussion About Budget Cuts Help?

The parade of providers, professionals, and clients continues during the now weekly “committee of the whole” in the Illinois House.

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