Lincoln, IL Government

Bill would make unvaccinated pay all their COVID-19 expenses

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WICS) — A new Illinois bill could mean higher bills for those who aren't vaccinated against COVID-19. Representative Jonathan Carroll, D-Buffalo Grove, is filing a bill on Monday, Dec. 6 that would amend the Illinois Insurance Code. The bill states that anyone who is eligible to receive a...
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Springfield Holiday Lights Parade returns

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WICS) — The Springfield Holiday Lights parade returned to downtown on Saturday. The Springfield Jaycees organization held the event and has been for over 70 years now. The parade features tons of lights, Christmas floats, and even Santa Claus himself!. Springfield Jaycees is also hosting a Stuff the...
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Carriage Rides Available in Downtown Springfield

Enjoy a free, whimsical, carriage ride, courtesy of the Community Foundation for the Land of Lincoln, through the sparkling lights and festive sounds of downtown. This holiday season, they put an exciting twist on the beloved horse-drawn carriage rides and replaced the horses with tractors! They know that horses bring a magical presence to the yuletide season, but the cold weather and long hours are extremely hard on them (and the streets). They hope that you’ll embrace this change and join them from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays and from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesdays.

Idea: Bring back city-186 liaison

Tonight is the first time District 186’s school board holds a regular meeting since the stabbing at Lanphier High School in which student Pierre Scott, Jr., was killed, another student was wounded, and a fifteen-year-old girl was arrested. Aldermen say the lack of timely information the day of the stabbing...

U of I Flash index remains above the break-even mark

SPRINGFIELD – Illinois’ economic performance continues. A monthly reading of the state’s activity, the Flash index, is up a tick from 105.4 to 105.5 as of the first of December. The index, authored by University of Illinois economics professor Fred Giertz, considers consumer spending, corporate earnings, and personal income. The...

'We knew the cost': Mazzochi blames Springfield's lack of discipline for Illinois pension shortfalls

State Rep. Deanne Mazzochi (R-Elmhurst) laments that Illinois’ runaway pension debt amounts to the state finally being forced to pay for years of recklessness. All told, government watchdog Wirepoints places the state’s retirement debt in the neighborhood of $530 billion, saddling each of the state’s 4.9 million households with $110,000 in state and local shortfalls.

Chamber On the Move: Retiring Middlesex United Way CEO to be feted

MIDDLETOWN — The holiday season is in full swing in Middlesex County, and the chamber continues to be on the move. Another busy week is on tap with a number of important chamber meetings and community events throughout our region and our state. There will be meetings of our Executive...
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Illinois Airports Get $94M in Upgrades Under Capital Program

SPRINGFIELD, ill. (AP) — Public airports in Illinois will get $94 million in upgrades for dozens of projects, including in Galesburg, the Quad Cities and Bolingbrook, state officials said. The money is coming through the Rebuild Illinois capital construction program. Overall, there are 96 projects in the state for both...

Meeting Set To Discuss Lawrence Avenue Safety Improvements

A public meeting is planned for Monday to discuss Springfield’s efforts to address two of the city’s most dangerous intersections. The open house-style meeting will lay out proposals to improve Lawrence Avenue at MacArthur and Walnut. The project is in the preliminary engineering phase. The meeting will be held Monday...

December 3, 1968: Rebuilt Old State Capitol Dedicated

It may go down as the most ambitious restoration project in Springfield history… taking down the original state capitol building in Springfield, brick by brick, and then reassembling it into its original form as it existed in the days of Lincoln. After serving as the first Statehouse in Springfield, the...