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Springfield Housing Authority plans for long government shutdown

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WICS/WRSP) — The Springfield Housing Authority is planning for the next couple months if the partial government shutdown continues. Springfield Housing Authority provides help to about 3,000 low income families with the help of federal money.


New Gov. Pritzker signs oft-rejected gun-dealer licensing

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Gov. J.B. Pritzker has authorized state licensing of firearms dealers after his Republican predecessor rejected the idea. The Democrat signed the law in Chicago on Thursday, his fourth day in office. It attempts to crack down on illegal gun purchases by requiring inventory contro


Illinois Emergency Management Agency warns residents to brace for weekend storm

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - The Illinois Emergency Management Agency is urging residents to prepare for this weekend's blast of winter weather, which is forecasted to dump between 4"-8" of snow on northern Illinois, followed by cold arctic air that will bring single digit temperatures to the state.


New approach to solving Springfield's homelessness

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WICS) — The Springfield Police Department is taking a new approach to help reduce chronic homelessness in Springfield. Police said what the city’s currently doing now to address homelessness isn’t working and more long-term solutions are needed.


City of Springfield appealing panhandling ordinance ruling

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The city of Springfield says it will appeal a federal judge's ruling that the city's anti-panhandling ordinance is unconstitutional. The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reports the city gave the appeal notice Wednesday. The ordinance banned requests for immediate donations w


Another round of cold, snow takes aim at northern, central Illinois

SPRINGFIELD –The Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) is encouraging all Illinoisans to prepare today for another blast of winter weather. The National Weather Service is forecasting accumulating snow for northern and central Illinois, followed by a blast of cold arctic air that will bring si


Illinois State Police conducting roadside safety checks in February

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WICS/WRSP) — Illinois State Police announced scheduled roadside safety checks for the month of February. Troopers will be on the lookout for drivers to stop what they call the fatal four violations:


Plains girls shut down Auburn for county crown

AUBURN -- They say defense travels, meaning that good "D" can be a constant that gives a basketball team a chance wherever it goes. That's why Pleasant Plains High School, even after mustering just two points in the second quarter, always was in control against Auburn.


He's a furloughed federal employee. So he's driving Uber in Springfield.

The snow on the ground in central Illinois this week would have made it “prime time” for reseeding prairie lands. The seeds need to go through a thawing cycle before they are ready to germinate.


Texas Man Sentenced For Sextortion Case Involving Illinois Girls

PEORIA, IL — A Texas man was sentenced to 35 years in federal prison Jan. 9 for an online sextortion case involving dozens of underage victims in nine judicial districts across eight states, including Illinois , as the result of an investigation by the U.S. Secret Service -Springfield Electronic Cri


The city is in for another snowstorm. What the plowing plan?

With the National Weather Service predicting four to six inches of snow for Friday and Saturday, the city of Springfield is preparing for a second weekend of snow removal and sticking to the same game plan.


Illinois parents get 25 years in death of boy, 6, who weighed 17 pounds when he died

JERSEYVILLE, Ill. -- An Illinois father and stepmother will spend decades in prison in the starvation death of their 6-year-old son, who authorities say weighed just 17 pounds when he died.


St. Martin de Porres Center hosting Spirit of Giving food drive

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - St. Martin de Porres Center is hosting a Spirit of Giving food drive at the Boy's City Basketball Tournament. Donations of money and non perishable food can be brought to 1 Convention Center Plaza in Springfield.


PHOTOS: Springfield girls snap MacArthur's 14-game win streak


Police investigating battery between Lanphier High basketball players

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WICS/WRSP) — Peoria police is actively investigating an incident regarding players on the Lanphier High School basketball team. The investigation comes after a possible battery incident between players on the team.


Springfield Police look to lower the number of shots fired calls

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WICS/WRSP) — Springfield Police saw a major reduction in the number of shots fired calls they received in 2018, compared to 2017. Now, they look to continue that trend by trying to invest in technology that they said despite the cost is well worth it.


The Polar Vortex Has Fractured, Illinois Will Get Hit Hard

Illinois residents had it very easy in December and the first half of January, but severe and punishing weather changes are ahead, that may last up to six to eight weeks, thanks to a fracture in the Polar Vortex.


Illinois State Museum and Collections Center hosting program on firefly research

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - The Illinois State Museum and Collections Center is hosting a Brown Bag program on firefly research. On Wed., Jan. 16 from noon to 1:00 p.m., ISM adjunct researcher Dr. Tracy Evans will present recent research on fireflies.


City Tournament: Southeast clinches share of title

For the second night in a row, Southeast High School found itself locked in a battle early in the fourth quarter. But Terrion Murdix knows exactly what to do in those situations — dominate. And dominate he did, scoring 12 of his game-high 30 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Spartans past Spr


Ways to stay safe when winter weather strikes

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WICS/WRSP) — The American Red Cross of Central and Southern Illinois is releasing tips on how to stay safe when winter weather strikes. Here are the 15 ways the American Red Cross says you can use to stay safe when old man winter hits.