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Springfield firefighters respond to building fire

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WCIA) – Springfield firefighters said they responded to a building fire Friday afternoon. In a Facebook post, officials said the fire was near East Cook Street and South Dirksen Parkway. The fire caused crews to shut down Dirksen. When firefighters got there around 2 p.m., they found heavy fire in the building and […]
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Police Chief: Many Panhandlers At Intersections Are Scamming Donors

Springfield’s police chief says local drivers need to know that when they hand money to people panhandling at busy intersections or in median strips, they may be falling victim to a fraud. Police have begun to implement Mayor Jim Langfelder’s order to move panhandlers away from those busy and...
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Police Investigate Fatal Stabbing In Springfield

Springfield police are investigating a fatal stabbing. A 26-year-old man was brought to HSHS St. John’s Hospital around 10:30 Thursday night with multiple wounds to his upper torso. He died there a short time later. Police believe the stabbing took place in the 15-hundred block of East Cook Street.

Fire crews battle structure fire in Springfield

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND)- The Springfield Fire Department responded to a structure fire at 704 S Dirksen Parkway, Friday afternoon. Seven units responded to the fire, and upon arrival Engine 5 reported visible smoke in the sky while en route and heavy fire on the front side of a 1 1/2 story commercial building.
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Luft, Stoller, Godron-Booth react to Roe v. Wade ruling

PEORIA, Ill. – Some of the area’s local representatives in Springfield are, so far, praising the Supreme Court’s decision on Roe versus Wade, effectively turning the matter back to states. State Representative and Pekin Mayor Mark Luft, in a statement, says he would like to see Illinois...

Sports & Imports damaged in afternoon fire

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WICS/WRSP) — Springfield firefighters responded to a large fire Friday afternoon at a business on South Dirksen Parkway. We're told it happened at Sports and Imports Specialties at 704 S. Dirksen Parkway. The call for the fire came in around 1:53 p.m. Friday. In total, it took...

What's next for Planned Parenthood, Right to Life in Illinois after court's Roe decision

Brigid Leahy said Planned Parenthood Illinois Action officials had been preparing for the end of the Roe v. Wade case for years. While Leahy didn't find herself surprised by Friday's U.S. Supreme Court decision, which said the Constitution does not protect the rights of women to choose abortion and instead leaves those decisions in the hands of state lawmakers, she was "shocked, outraged and terribly upset."

Officials React To Decision Striking Down Roe V. Wade

Reaction to the Supreme Court ruling striking down the landmark Roe v. Wade decision is falling along party lines. Democrats in the state are outraged by the decision. U.S. Senator Dick Durbin says the ruling makes America “less free and more dangerous,” while Senator Tammy Duckworth says she’s “horrified” by a decision that will put women’s lives at risk. But Republican Congressmen Darin LaHood and Mary Miller call the Dobbs decision a “victory for the sanctity of life.”

Abraham Lincoln Stares at You from Everywhere in Springfield, IL

Departing the Gateway Arch and St. Louis and heading for Chicago, we faced the drive across flat farmland with dread. Then we realized our oldest daughter had made this drive many times. So we called and inquired about potential stops along the way. Her empathetic and informed response: “Well, duh, you could stop in Springfield – home of Abraham Lincoln!”

Vape shop owner weighs in on Juul sale ban

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WCIA) — The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) ordered a stop of sales of Juul products. Health officials said the company largely caused an underage vaping epidemic and could not meet public health standards. Juul removed its fruit flavors from store shelves in 2018. One vape shop owner said he has questioned Juul’s […]

Candidate interview: Alexi Giannoulias looking to reclaim statewide office

Former state treasurer Alexi GIannoulias is pictured at a Democratic County Chairs' Association event in Springfield last year. He is running for the Democratic nomination for secretary of state in 2022. (Capitol News Illinois photo by Jerry Nowicki) Capitol News Illinois. Illinois voters might know Alexi Giannoulias as the state’s...

Downtown Washington Street closed on Saturday

The Office of Public Works announced that Washington Street between 4th and 7th Street will be closed at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 25. Fifth and Sixth Street will remain open to traffic. The closure is for the Springfield Art Association’s Paint the Street event. Washington Street will reopen...

Champaign County abortion-rights advocates protest Supreme Court decision

CHAMPAIGN COUNTY, Ill. (WCIA) – Large groups gathered Friday protesting the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. Dozens were outside the Champaign County Courthouse. Others – also protesting at the capitol in Springfield. But, it wasn’t all protesting. Many in support of the decision said they’ve been waiting for this day for decades. […]

Supreme Court's ruling on gun rights will not impact Illinois

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WICS/WRSP) —While much of the nation focused on the overturning of Roe versus Wade on Friday, a separate Supreme Court decision is also leading to controversy about gun rights. "This right to bear arms can't be conditioned in a way in a subjective factor in this case...

‘Lead dog’ Cross the Thunderbirds’ respected leader

In the last eight-plus months, 92 games have been crossed off the calendar. Players have practiced more times than they wish to count. Video has been watched, rewound, and then watched one more time. Head coach Drew Bannister’s pre-scout talking points have been discussed: Protect the puck. Put the puck...