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A La Carte: Renovations at former Vic's Pizza to start soon

Work crews will soon begin refreshing the shuttered VIC'S PIZZA building, two years after the beloved north-end parlor was sold piecemeal on the auction block. Building owner Min Liang Si said the work is aimed at reopening the spot at 2025 Peoria Road as a restaurant by next spring. But specifics a

THE STATE JOURNAL - 2017-09-23 20:00:00

Organizers warn drivers before 'Route 66' festival

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - People planning to attend a festival in Springfield this weekend should be aware of road closures. The 16th annual International Route 66 Mother Road Festival is coming to the city's downtown area. Classic car displays, food and drinks, live music and other entertainment w

WAND TV - 2017-09-22 19:30:00

Annual event brings thousands to Springfield

Friday kicked off the 16th annual 'Mother Road Festival'. The event is a car show that celebrates the historic route 66. "People here travel from all over, if you look at the license plates people come from Tennessee and all over," said Ray Lumbert. Organizers estimate around 2,000 cars participated

FOXILLINOIS.COM - 2017-09-22 22:36:08

Forgery manhunt underway in Springfield

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - Police are searching for people accused of stealing from an elderly woman. The manhunt is focused on Joann Johnson and Tia Taylor, Springfield women who police believe forged checks belonging to a woman in their care. Police say the checks came from her personal account. P

WAND TV - 2017-09-21 19:49:00

Lake Springfield reaches 75 year low

Lake Springfield's level is now below its 75-year average. At last check, the water level is 2 feet below full pool. Since the lake is the city's water source, residents voiced concern about a drought and whether they need to start rationing their water use. Springfield Water Division Manager Tad Ma

FOXILLINOIS.COM - 2017-09-21 18:55:20

Springfield police seeking mother and daughter in forgery, theft case

A mother and daughter suspected of forging checks and stealing cash from an elderly woman is featured in Crime Stoppers this week. Police are seeking help from the public finding Joann Johnson, 55, and Tia Taylor, 22, both of Springfield. Arrest warrants for theft and forgery have been issued for bo

THE STATE JOURNAL - 2017-09-21 17:43:51

Sr. Beth Murphy: How do we stop the hate?

A challenging question has been threading my days, a sharp needle piercing my consciousness: How do we stop maiming each other with hate? On Sunday I met a friend at the DACA rally. He attended another event that morning, one commemorating the World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks. "These two grou

THE STATE JOURNAL - 2017-09-23 23:06:00

Bernard Schoenburg: Sen. McCann takes on Cellini in tiff with Bruner

A rift has formed between two former allies: JAMES P. BRUNER and state Sen. SAM McCANN. This was illustrated last week when 50th Senate District candidate STEVE McCLURE announced his candidacy at the Springfield office of United Contractors Midwest. It was the same place that McCann, R-Plainview, ma

THE STATE JOURNAL - 2017-09-23 21:34:33

Local business notes: H.D. Smith leases Wabash Avenue space

More than 180 H.D. SMITH CO. employees will begin moving from White Oaks Drive to new offices on Wabash Avenue next month. About half of the company's Springfield workforce of 375 works in the White Oaks Drive office. The corporate headquarters is part of the Park South development at Sixth Street a

THE STATE JOURNAL - 2017-09-23 20:00:00

Legal assistance helps SIU patients deal with non-medical challenges

A social worker had suggested several times before that Sadie Lewis contact a nonprofit legal assistance group to help her get out of a bad marriage. But Lewis, 32, a single mother of a young daughter, never took action to seek a divorce until social worker Meghan Golden, an employee of Southern Ill

THE STATE JOURNAL - 2017-09-24 01:00:37

Route 66 festival brings back memories

For awhile there, it didn't look like John McQuinn was going to finish the restoration work on his 1965 Chevelle Malibu SS in time for this year's International Route 66 Mother Road Festival in downtown Springfield. McQuinn, 69, a Springfield resident, bought the Chevrolet new his senior year of hig

THE STATE JOURNAL - 2017-09-24 01:44:21

Memories -- and some junk -- cleared out at BOS Center

Surplus goods from the Bank of Springfield Center -- from letters that spelled out its old name to an old boxing ring, a well-worn stage, and kitchen equipment that's gone unused for decades -- were recently sold at auction. "We've been saying for a long time that we needed to get rid of stuff," sai

THE STATE JOURNAL - 2017-09-24 01:12:54

Annual Governors Ride for the Honor Flight

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - The annual governors ride for the honor flight took place Saturday. The event is hosted by Abate Illinois and all the proceeds benefit the honor flight. The honor flight is a charity that takes World War II and Vietnam veterans from Illinois to Washington D.C. to see the

WAND TV - 2017-09-24 00:51:00

A.B.A.T.E. of Illinois calling for more charges in deadly crash

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - One local motorcycle rights group is calling for additional charges in connection with a deadly motorcycle crash in Springfield earlier this year. Springfield police say that crash happened near the intersection of North Dirksen Parkway and East Linden Avenue on May 6, whe

WAND TV - 2017-09-22 02:37:00

Drought makes Hunter Lake a vital priority

With the dry weather creating lower water levels for Lake Springfield, the pressure is on to make Hunter Lake more than a preferred option for the city's second water source. Creating the lake, which would produce about 12 million gallons of water per day, has been talked about since 1987. And it fa

FOXILLINOIS.COM - 2017-09-22 19:02:44

Friday Night Rivals Recap - Week 5

Another exciting week for high school football. Check out all the highlights from week 5:CENTRAL STATE 8: Glenwood defeats Springfield High 21-18 SHG over Lanphier 47-6 MacArthur tops Normal U-High 21-7 Rochester soars over Jacksonville 47-6 Southeast slips Eisenhower 30-28 _________________________

FOXILLINOIS.COM - 2017-09-22 23:05:54

More Wheaton College Players In Hazing Case Turn Themselves In | PatchPM

Share-worthy stories from the Illinois Patch network to talk about tonight: Lawyer of football player accused in hazing incident says, "the fact is they were punished; it was handled internally." PLUS: More players turn themselves in to authorities.Amazon Could Take Over McDonald's Old Digs In Oak B

PATCH - 2017-09-22 21:16:21

Added TIF funds aid church-to-housing project downtown

Conversion of a former downtown church to residential and commercial space should begin in a matter of weeks after Springfield aldermen increased assistance from a tax increment financing district to nearly $1.7 million, the project developer said Thursday. "Now, we can go to work on all the other f

THE STATE JOURNAL - 2017-09-21 18:14:00

Making sure your child seat is installed correctly

Seat check events kicked off Thursday at Green Hyundai in Springfield. (WRSP) It's National Child Passenger Safety Week. Did you know 60% of car seats are installed incorrectly? That's one of the many reasons the Illinois Department of Transportation is teaming up with AAA and child safety advocates

FOXILLINOIS.COM - 2017-09-21 22:50:10

Local unemployment tied for lowest in Illinois

Local unemployment at 4.2 percent in August, down from 4.7 percent in August 2016, tied Bloomington-Normal for the lowest jobless rate in the state, the Illinois Department of Employment Security reported Thursday. Employment increased by 500 jobs in the last year, primarily in professional and busi

THE STATE JOURNAL - 2017-09-21 18:38:44