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Springfield City Council Passes Several Measures At Final Meeting

Six Springfield aldermen bid farewell to city council, but not before making several final, important decisions for the capital city.Mayor Mike Houston presided over his last city council meeting tonight where aldermen passed several measures.    First up, aldermen approved a plan to give the Springfield Fire Department an extra $450,000 to buy new radios and equipment. ...  [Read more]

Tuesday, May 5, 2015, 10:50pm  |
Chatham Trustees Question Village Spending

Tracking spending in the Village of Chatham. Village trustees are asking, why a $9,000 water quality report was never brought to their attention.Some village trustees in Chatham are visibly frustrated that $9,000 was paid to a local engineering consultant without going out for a bid, and without approval by the village board. ...  [Read more]

Tuesday, May 5, 2015, 10:20pm  |
Langfelder Raised $250K for Elections

Springfield Mayor-elect Jim Langfelder said he raised about a quarter million dollars in his successful campaign. But he said the focus should be on how he campaigned, and not how much money he spent.Langfelder said he needed that $250,000, especially with the competitive primary earlier this year when five candidates vied for two spots. ...  [Read more]

Tuesday, May 5, 2015, 7:47pm  |
Schock Staffers to Testify Wednesday

The federal grand jury investigating former congressman Aaron Schock is back in session in Springfield and sources are telling News Channel 20 that staffers for Schock will be testifying Wednesday morning.The federal investigation comes in the wake of the many reports of Schock's questionable spending habits of campaign and taxpayer money. ...  [Read more]

Tuesday, May 5, 2015, 7:46pm  |
Bank Robbery Cases Remain Few and Far Between

The FBI says the number of bank robbery cases have dropped nationwide by almost a fifth since 2010, (the most recent year those crime stats are available). Here in the capital city, these cases remain few and far between.  Records from the Springfield Police Department show a total of 10 bank robberies over the span of five years, with 2010 and 2013 having the highest number of reported robberies at three a piece. ...  [Read more]

Tuesday, May 5, 2015, 7:26pm  |
House Hears Testimony On Workers Comp

Testimony on workers compensation reform started with those who had been injured on the job in other states.One Illinois woman told her story of working across the border in Indiana and dealing with their worker's compensation system. "I've listened to everyone's comments and everyone's questions and I'm really appalled when I hear people using Indiana as an example of what Illinois should be. ...  [Read more]

Tuesday, May 5, 2015, 7:22pm  |
Group Pushes For More Revenue

As lawmakers negotiate behind closed doors advocacy groups are taking their ideas for the state's budget crisis straight to the public.Voices for Illinois Children is calling on Governor Rauner and lawmakers to raise revenue in order to avoid massive budget cuts that they say will negatively impact families across the state. ...  [Read more]

Tuesday, May 5, 2015, 7:21pm  |
Ashley Furniture Store Comes to Decatur

Work has already begun on putting an Ashley Furniture Home Store in a new 35,000 square foot building at the Mound Center in Decatur.City research found Decatur residents spend almost $13 million a year on furniture. Of that, only about $5 million is spent at city stores, leaving an $8 million gap. ...  [Read more]

Tuesday, May 5, 2015, 7:20pm  |
Maroa-Forsyth School District Faces Defecit

After confronting an $800,000 deficit for the 2015 school year, the Maroa-Forsyth school district faces an almost $700,000 deficit in 2016.This comes after a referendum to raise local property taxes failed to pass. The proposal would have added 40 cents in taxes for every $100 of assessed property value, which would mean a $133 increase for a $100,000 home. ...  [Read more]

Tuesday, May 5, 2015, 7:00pm  |
Farmers happy to be in the fields

TOLONO -- Monday night's rain left the ground a little too wet for farmers in northern Champaign County. But some in other places say Tuesday was perfect weather for getting in the fields. Farmers we talked with say they're just about done with corn. And now they're working on beans. They say this is a busy, but exciting, time of the year. "You plant a little seed and in 100 days, with corn you get 600 kernels back," said Lin Warfel, who farms in Tolono. "That one yields 600 and you multiply that by 35,000 plants per acre, times the acres." Warfel has been farming here for more than 50 years. He plans to be done..."  [Read more]

Tuesday, May 5, 2015, 6:43pm  |
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