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Local nursing homes fined by state

CENTRAL ILLINOIS (WCIA) – Several central Illinois nursing homes are being fined by the state. The Illinois Department of Public Health released its 2022 second quarterly report. Showing nursing homes violating the nursing home care act. Here’s a list of nursing homes in Central Illinois who are being fined for a Type A violation. This […]
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Verbal Clashes Raise City Council Tensions

Things are getting contentious around “the horseshoe,” the nickname for the area where aldermen sit in the Springfield City Council chambers. Alderwoman Lakeisha Purchase issued a call Tuesday night for her colleagues to show more respect to one another. That came after Purchase had a tense exchange a week ago with Alderman Shawn Gregory over who’s causing problems for residents and businesses in some city neighborhoods. Gregory apologized for interrupting Purchase, but said he stands by his comments objecting to her characterizations of homeless people in the area. Meanwhile, a debate over changes to zoning rules for some cannabis businesses became personal when Alderwoman Kristin DiCenso said the issue was being pushed by an alderman whose son has an interest in such a business.
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Ramsey Man Charged With Possession Of Stolen Vehicle

A Ramsey man has been charged in Fayette County Court with possessing a stolen vehicle. 22 year old Dalton L. Allen has been charged with Unlawful Possession of a Stolen Vehicle, which is a Class 1 Felony. Information on the charge says that Allen is alleged to have possessed a blue 2000 Chevrolet Supercab knowing it was stolen. Allen is also charged with Criminal Damage to Property under $500, which is a Class A Misdemeanor charge. Information states that Allen is alleged to have damaged the vehicle.
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See this year’s State Fair Butter Cow!

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WBMD) — The iconic Butter Cow sculpture was unveiled Wednesday, just a day before the 2022 Illinois State Fair opens its gates. Each year, a sculptor uses 500 lbs of unsalted butter to create a life-size cow. The sculpting process usually takes about five days; this year, however, sculptor Sarah Pratt spent a full week in the freezer.

Springfield gets $20 million grant

Springfield will receive nearly 20 million dollars as part of an 85 million dollar grant coming to the State of Illinois through the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which was signed into law by President Biden last November. The project will construct a new railroad grade separation underpass at North...

Revised Wyndham Proposal Still Not Winning Over Some Aldermen

Some Springfield aldermen remain skeptical of a proposal to convert part of the Wyndham City Centre downtown into apartments, despite revisions to keep more hotel rooms in place in the 30-story structure. The hotel’s current owner wants to sell to a New York developer, but aldermen have twice rejected the...

Illinois reaction to the raid on Mar-a-Lago and Springfield teachers reject contract | First Listen

Two of Illinois gubernatorial candidates react to the search of former President Donald Trump's home. Cook County Judge vacates Marilyn Mulero's wrongful murder conviction. Springfield Education Association President Aaron Graves talks about the teacher contract. Michelle Eccles anchors NPR Illinois' Morning Edition. Michelle has more than 30 years of experience...

UIS ends contract with DCFS for training investigators

The University of Illinois Springfield has elected to discontinue its contract with the state’s Department of Children and Family Services to offer simulation training for DCFS investigators in a house on campus. The university decided against renewal of the agreement because the state had not followed its best-practice recommendation...

One year ago: Springfield triple homicide

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WCIA) – Tuesday marks the one-year anniversary of a Springfield triple homicide.  According to Sangamon County Coroner Jim Allmon, Bryant Williams, Keyara Gant, and Savante English were shot at a house near the corner of South 10th Street and East Oberlin Avenue on August 9th, 2021. All were pronounced dead at the scene.  […]

New proposal for the Wyndham hotel

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WICS) — The future of the Wyndham hotel is back under discussion, this time it was brought up Tuesday night by Ward 7 Alderman Joe McMenamin. After not getting enough votes to move forward, the developer filed a new petition, a zoning variance that would make the Wyndham a mixed-use facility.

Miles to miss Palmyra Season Opener due to disciplinary action

Palmyra High School announced Wednesday Morning that head football coach Kevin Miles will be serving a one-game leave of absence for a failure of locker room supervision. Miles will be sitting out his team's season opener on August 26th against Hallsville. Tyler Krietemeyer will serve as the team's interim head coach and play caller for that contest.

For decades IDOC has helped bring beauty to the Illinois State Fairgrounds

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - It's a year-long process to get the flowers and landscaping done at the Illinois State Fairgrounds. In April, Jerry Morgan, landscape supervisor, and a team from the Illinois Department of Corrections will head out to the fairgrounds to plant flowers. All of the plants come from greenhouses on the Illinois State Fairgrounds and an Illinois correctional center. Morgan explained in the fall his team collects seeds and will collect flowers to grow in the greenhouses.

State Fair Traffic Pattern Changes Take Effect Thursday Morning

The annual change in traffic patterns around the Illinois State Fairgrounds takes effect Thursday morning. Starting at 5am, all traffic around the fairgrounds will be one-way, counterclockwise. In addition, both eastbound and westbound turn lanes at Eighth Street and Veterans Parkway will be closed. Signage and cones will be up to direct traffic. The changes will remain in effect until Monday, August 22nd, following the conclusion of the fair. In addition, the route of the fair’s Twilight Parade from Lincoln Park to the Main Gate will be closed to traffic Thursday from 4 to 9pm, with detour signs posted at North Grand, Veterans, and J. David Jones Parkway.