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Chicago’s new mayor will have to succeed in Springfield immediately

When Gov. J.B. Pritzker was asked recently about his pick in Chicago’s contentious race for mayor, he kept mum, rightly noting that “you’ve got to have the governor and mayor speaking regardless who becomes mayor.”


2018 home sales: Grandview price history

Historical home sales data show whether price appreciation has outpaced inflation and tax rates. BlockShopper.com has calculated cities' median sales prices for the past 10 years, adjusting for inflation.


Springfield mayor candidates clash over second lake

In their first head-to-head matchup, Springfield Mayor Jim Langfelder and his opponent, Frank Edwards, made clear they disagree on one thing: whether the city should build a second lake.


Lincoln Memorial Garden tree tapping

SPRINGFIELD, Il — Each year, The Lincoln Memorial Garden celebrated a gift from nature by inviting the public to take part in the tradition of collecting sap from sugar maple trees.


Russell: Increased minimum wage will result in 'significant net loss of income'

The six-year minimum wage spike signed by Gov. J.B. Pritzker earlier this week will be unlike any other such increase in Illinois, a Saline County official and businessman said during a recent interview.


Springfield begins 4- to 6-month process toward 24/7 train quiet zone

With rail crossings upgraded and fencing in place, Springfield will enter the next phase of getting trains to lay off the horns as they go down Third Street. The city council passed an ordinance this week that would signal to agencies the city will apply for a 24-hour "quiet zone" along the Third St


State trooper involved in overnight southern Illinois crash

Effingham — AnIllinois State Police trooper was struck early Saturday morning by a driver who was under the influence of alcohol, according to a state police news release. The crash occurred about 2 a.m. Saturday at the intersection of Raney Street and Fayette Avenue in Effingham.


Downtown Wyndham bids farewell to Starbucks

STARBUCKS’ familiar star-crowned, green siren no longer has a home in downtown Springfield. The Wyndham Springfield City Centre at 700 E. Adams St. rebranded its in-house coffee shop Thursday, forgoing the ubiquitous national brand to operate as RISE AND GRIND CAFÉ.


Snoop Dogg to headline Illinois State Fair

SPRINGFIELD (WLS) -- Rap icon Snoop Dogg is set to headline the 2019 Illinois State Fair. Snoop Dogg is the third act announced for the 2019 Illinois State Fair; he will perform on the Grandstand stage on Friday, August 16. A capella group Pentatonix and country duo Dan + Shay will also perform at t


Judge sets $1 million bond for R. Kelly

An Illinois judge set a $1 million bond for R. Kelly on Saturday, a day after he was charged with 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse. The R&B singer turned himself in to Chicago police late Friday.


Flooding closes Ohio River “Cairo” Bridge between Kentucky and Illinois

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A bridge across the Ohio River between Kentucky and Illinois has been closed because of flooding. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet announced Friday that the U.S. 51 bridge connecting Kentucky to Cairo, Illinois would close Friday afternoon because land on the Kentucky side i


Viral challenge encourages teens to voluntarily go missing

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WICS/WRSP) — Right now, a dangerous challenge is trending on social media, which is encouraging your kids to go missing for hours on end. Imagine how one click could lead to days of panic and find out that it is all for a social media following.


Travel Advisory from the Illinois State Police

Due to a crash at Route 1 and Ernst Road, traffic is shut down in both directions. Please choose an alternate route for the time being.


Parents furious after only public Springfield preschool program is set to close

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WICS/WRSP) -- The only public preschool program in Springfield is planning to close and parents aren't happy. Thursday night they made their voices heard, after receiving a letter on Tuesday that said the preschool is closing on May 24th of this year.


Landlord seeks eviction of Midstate Gymnastics Academy over rent dispute

The owner of a popular Springfield gymnastics academy has been sued by her landlord, who is now seeking her eviction from the property and more than $75,000 allegedly owed in back rent.


Man charged in armed robberies at Check Into Cash stores

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - A man is facing charges for armed robberies in both Bloomington and Springfield. 39-year-old Toshiro Lutrell of Bloomington is charged with armed robbery, aggravated robbery, and robbery.


Hundreds of illegal guns could be in Sangamon County

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WICS/WRSP) — More than 75 percent of people who had their Firearm Owner’s Identification Card revoked in 2018 ignored the notices, according to Illinois State Police.


Woman transferred to Springfield hospital following fire

DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) – A woman injured during a fire that broke out in Decatur is now fighting for her life at a Springfield hospital. Officials with the Decatur Fire Department say the woman was transported from Decatur to a Springfield hospital for treatment. It's not clear what her condition is b


The Boutique Bed & Breakfast In Illinois That Has Been Standing Since 1909

History and luxury come together in the best ways at this boutique bed & breakfast in Springfield, Illinois. If you love vintage charm but don’t want to forgo modern amenities, this will be the getaway of your dreams.


R. Kelly due in court after turning himself in to police

Chicago — R. Kelly turned himself in to Chicago police late Friday, hours after Illinois prosecutors announced he had been charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse. Kelly is accused of abusing four victims, at least three of whom were allegedly underage, in incidents that date back