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“Gut punch;” Taylorville leaders react to Davis’ loss

TAYLORVILLE, Ill. (WCIA) — Some Taylorville city leaders said they are shocked and upset by Tuesday’s election results after hometown favorite Rodney Davis lost in the primary. The race for the newly-drawn 15th congressional district was one that many people were keeping a close eye on. It pitted two incumbents against each other: Davis against […]
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SPD Makes More Gun Arrests

Springfield Police have made two more arrests in their ongoing crackdown on illegal firearms on city streets. Officers made a traffic stop late Monday in the 18-hundred block of South Second Street and determined that there was an illegal quantity of marijuana in the vehicle. They searched the vehicle and found 33 grams of suspected cannabis, a loaded pistol, and a rifle which had been reported stolen from East St. Louis. 21-year-old Baryon Whitley of East St. Louis and a 17-year-old juvenile from Belleville were arrested on weapons charges.

Springfield firefighters battle two-alarm fire

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WCIA) — More than 30 firefighters were needed in Springfield to extinguish a fire that broke out in mixed-occupancy building on Wednesday. Sangamon County Sheriff’s deputies were the first to arrive at 2936 South MacArthur Boulevard at 12:44 p.m. They reported that the rear of the building was fully engulfed in flames and […]

Two individuals displaced after building fire in Springfield

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND)- Fire crews in Springfield responded to report of a business on fire Wednesday afternoon. The Sangamon County Sheriff's Office was first to arrive on scene at 2936 S. MacArthur Boulevard and reported the rear of the building was engulfed in flames. Initial reports revealed two occupants were...

Taylorville Man Receives 8 Years In IDOC For Methamphetamine Delivery

A Taylorville man receives eight years in the Illinois Department of Corrections. 41-year-old Chism Haworth pleads guilty to an extended-term class 2 felony of Unlawful Delivery of Methamphetamine. This is based on an incident where he sold methamphetamine to an undercover source of the Taylorville Police Department. Judge Christopher Matoush...

City of Springfield Declares Kevin O’Dea Recognition Day

In honor of his 40 years of distinguished service, Thursday, June 30, 2022, has been declared “Kevin O’Dea Recognition Day” in Springfield, Illinois. Mayor James O. Langfelder issued the proclamation in celebration of O’Dea’s 40 years in the broadcast industry and Springfield community. Tuesday, June...

State Fire Marshal Retiring; Former Springfield Firefighter Named Acting Fire Marshal

Illinois’s top fire safety official has announced his retirement. State Fire Marshal Matt Perez says he will retire, effective Thursday, after seven years in that position and a total 37-year career in public safety. Perez is credited with developing programs to help fire departments obtain more vehicles and equipment, to bolster programs for volunteer firefighters, and to provide more help for physical and mental health hazards that firefighters face.

Ordinance On Panhandling At Busy Intersections Revived; Vote Possible Next Week

Springfield aldermen are headed toward a vote next week on that long-delayed ordinance on people asking for money from median strips at busy intersections. The ordinance has been on hold amid concerns that it could trigger a lawsuit against the city as a restriction on free speech. But Mayor Jim Langfelder is adamant that the practice needs to be prohibited on public safety grounds.

Man convicted for attempting to entice minor

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WCIA) — A 61-year-old man from Springfield was found guilty last week of attempting to entice a minor among other offenses. A federal jury found Stacey Furlow guilty of attempted enticement, use of interstate facilities to attempt to transmit information about a minor and attempting to transfer obscene material to a minor. Sentencing […]

Illinois launches gun-tracing platform to crack down on crime

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WICS/WRSP) — The Illinois Attorney General's Office and Illinois State Police on Wednesday announced a new resource for Illinois law enforcement. The Crime Gun Connect platform allows police to analyze firearms used in a crime and use the data from other agencies to trace the weapon. Attorney...

$58.1M investment planned at historic Illinois State Fairgrounds

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (KFVS) - The Illinois Department of Agriculture kicked of a $58.1 million investment into the historic state fairgrounds. According to a release from the state, from road projects and new roofs to structural repairs on prominent buildings, the construction projects are overseen by the Capital Development Board. “For...

Here's where $58 million in improvements are on the way for this state property in Springfield

Gov. JB Pritzker announced Wednesday that the Illinois Department of Agriculture is embarking on a multi-million dollar renovation project for the Illinois State Fairgrounds that will provide a series of much-needed infrastructure improvements there. The $58.1 million project will include major renovations to the Multi-Purpose Arena and the Coliseum, road...
Jacksonville Journal Courier

Where to watch fireworks, parades for Fourth of July

JULY 1: Music by Gracia Harrison and Off the Wall. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m. JULY 1: Games, activities. Fireworks at dusk. JULY 2-3: Parade 7 p.m. Saturday. Music 3:30 and 6:15 p.m. Sunday. Fireworks, 9:30 p.m. Sunday. 1700 Recreation Drive. Fourth of July Fireworks Extravaganza. JULY 4: Knight's Action Park....

$1 Million Gift, Matching Grant To Fund Health Care Endowment At SIU Med School

A big donation from a Springfield businessman will lead to an expansion of research and health care services in the field of urology locally. Frank Vala and his wife Linda have given $1 million to established an Endowed Chair of Urology at SIU School of Medicine, a gift that is being matched with an additional $1 million from the Springfield Memorial Foundation. Dr. Bradley Schwartz is the chief of urology at SIU and says the yearly interest from the generous gift will fund research and treatment options for urological cancers, and will help to expand services into underserved rural areas of Illinois.

Lincoln Library Staffers Urge Confirmation Of Acting Director

The acting director of Lincoln Library has gotten a big show of support for her nomination to be officially named to the post. Multiple library staffers addressed the Springfield City Council Tuesday night to urge them to approve Summer Beck-Griffith’s appointment to the job. Several staffers said they initially shared the concerns of some aldermen over Beck-Griffith’s lack of a degree in library sciences, but they say her leadership and vision for the library overcame those concerns.

Highlighting healthy habits during pollinator week

LITCHFIELD, Ill. (WICS/WCCU) — The week of June 20 is pollinator week. It's a time to bring awareness to protect our pollinators like bees, butterflies birds, and more. Every year a pollinator ambassador checks on the pollination site along the Route 66 monarch flyway. They also teach kids the...

Taylorville Kiwanis Club Hold Clean-Up at Kiwanis Park on Lake Taylorville

The Taylorville Kiwanis Club worked earlier this month to prepare Kiwanis Park on Lake Taylorville, for residents to enjoy as we head into the summer. Kiwanis members Duane Stock and Larry Kemner, co-chairs of the Kiwanis Park Committee, put time in cleaning, sawing, and moving portions of downed trees, rock, and the adjoining firepit.