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Krekel’s Custard Springfield warn about ‘scammer’

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WCIA) — Krekel’s Custard officials said business owners need to be on the lookout for a “scammer” who came through their restaurant. In a Facebook post, officials stated a man tried to scam them out of $40 last Friday. “He ordered a soda and paid with a $50 bill,” they explained. “…our employee […]
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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...
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Do you know this man?

A burglary on Springfield’s north end early Sunday is the Sangamon and Menard Crime Stoppers Crime of the Week. It happened around 5 a.m. Sunday in the 2300 block of Ramsey Road. Police say a man – appearing to be in his late teens or early twenties – got...

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.

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.

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 […]

Where’s the fire?

If you’ve noticed a lot of fire engines around 730 E. Vine., there’s a good reason. The soon-to-be demolished building has been donated by Springfield Clinic for Springfield Fire Department training. In shifts, all Springfield firefighters will run drills for training at the location. “Lack of venues is...

Two arrested after traffic stop reveals guns, marijuana

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WCIA) — Two people were arrested in Springfield on Monday after a traffic stop revealed they were in possession of two guns and suspected marijuana. Officers pulled over Baryon Whitley, 21 of East St. Louis, and a 17-year-old juvenile from Belleville near Second and Oak Streets just before midnight on Monday. During that […]

Man arrested in Chatham copper theft investigation

CHATHAM, Ill. (WICS/WRSP) — A Divernon man is facing charges after multiple copper thefts in Chatham. The Chatham Police Department starts investigating on April 26 after reports of coppers thefts from the Village of Chatham. Police took a second report on May 1. The investigation into these incidents led...

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.

Springfield man guilty of trying to entice a 15-year-old

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WICS/WRSP) — A Springfield man was found guilty last week of trying to have sex with a 15-year-old. Stacey Furlow, 61, was one of ten men arrested in Springfield in September 2020 on charges of attempted enticement of a child to engage in sexual activity. Furlow was...

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...


(SPRINGFIELD) Illinois Republicans have chosen conservative State Senator Darren Bailey to take on Democratic Governor J.B. Pritzker on November 8th, later this fall in the General Election. The Clay County farmer defeated five other Republicans on Tuesday to win the nomination with well over 57% of the vote compared to 15% for both Jesse Sullivan and Richard Irvin. Governor Pritzker easily beat Beverly Miles as he seeks his second term.

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...

Local Lawmakers Survive Challengers Backed By Bailey

A Springfield lawmaker says Republican nominee for governor Darren Bailey will have some work to do to unite the GOP after a bruising primary. Representative Tim Butler coasted to victory in Tuesday’s Republican primary over Kent Gray, who got Bailey’s endorsement because Butler supported the 2019 gas tax increase to fund infrastructure. Butler says it’s up to Bailey to show how he plans to repair the fractures in the party. He notes that Bailey was the only one of the six Republicans running for governor who did not sign a “unity pledge” before the primary. State Senator Steve McClure also survived a primary challenge from a Bailey-endorsed candidate, but says he believes the party can come together and work toward victory in November.