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US government shuts down; Dems, GOP blame each other

The shutdown is the first since 2013, when tea party Republicans — in a strategy not unlike the one Schumer is employing now — sought to use a must-pass funding bill to try to force then-President Barack Obama to delay implementation of his marquee health care law.

Published on 20 January 2018 | 4:51 am

Springfield man arrested for sexual assault, home invasion

A Springfield man who was charged with a hate crime in August has been arrested once again in an unrelated case and is facing charges of home invasion, sexual assault and unlawful restraint.Joseph Carlisle, 39, of the 2800 block of Ridge Avenue, allegedly forced his way into the victim’s Springfield home Wednesday and sexually assaulted her, said Dan Wright, Sangamon County's first assistant state's attorney.Few details were available Friday due to the fact that the case [...]

Published on 20 January 2018 | 12:56 am

Sticker pokes fun at Springfield alderman

A sticker making fun of Springfield Ward 7 Ald. Joe McMenamin is making the rounds, but a local union leader who used language similar to that on the sticker said Friday he has nothing to do with its production or distribution.The sticker includes a cartoon-like drawing of McMenamin surrounded by the words: “Just say no! to Crazy Joe Ward 7.”McMenamin was highly critical of a Sept. 27 gathering at a downtown Springfield restaurant where a majority of aldermen [...]

Published on 20 January 2018 | 12:01 am

Ill-defined breakfast club meets for more than 20 years

A club described by one of its founders as an ill-defined, poorly organized “nonentity” has been meeting for more than 20 years for the first meal of the day in downtown Springfield.The breakfast club founded “without intent” by John Paul, owner of Prairie Archives Antiquarian Booksellers, and a former employee, David Brady, currently meets at 8 a.m. Thursdays at Café Moxo, 411 E. Adams St.“It’s just a very loose social thing, and [...]

Published on 20 January 2018 | 12:01 am

Meet the newly hired executive director of Springfield's Kidzeum

The Kidzeum of Health and Science has hired its first executive director, a former Jacksonville resident who rose through the ranks at her previous museum job in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.Leah Wilson, 41, did everything from marketing, programming, fundraising, serving as the chief operating officer and ultimately vice president during her 7 1/2 years at the National Czech & Slovak [...]

Published on 19 January 2018 | 10:46 pm

Rauner order bars lawmakers from property-tax appeals

Gov. Bruce Rauner has issued a ban on legislators financially benefiting from state property-tax appeals.Rauner issued an executive order Friday calling such representation "a clear conflict of interest that must end." It is effective immediately.Rauner has often accused Chicago Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan of benefiting from high Illinois property taxes because his law firm deals in tax-assessment appeals. Madigan has maintained he operates by a strict code of [...]

Published on 19 January 2018 | 10:42 pm

State asks Jimmy John's to stop serving sprouts after Salmonella reports

The Illinois Department of Public Health has asked all Jimmy John's restaurants in the state to remove sprouts from their menus while health officials investigate a recent cluster of Salmonella cases tied to the sandwich topping.State officials said two cases of Salmonella infections have been identified in Illinois. The people, whose hometowns weren't revealed, reported becoming ill on Dec. 20 and 26."Based on a review of produce, suppliers, and items consumed, investigators [...]

Published on 19 January 2018 | 10:33 pm

Prosecutors to seek death penalty in missing scholar case

CHICAGO — U.S. prosecutors will seek the death penalty for a former physics student charged with the kidnapping and killing of a University of Illinois scholar from China, they told a judge in a Friday filing that also made a new allegation that the 28-year-old suspect once choked and sexually assaulted someone else years ago.The filing in U.S. [...]

Published on 19 January 2018 | 10:27 pm

Outdoor sports participants hoping for larger cut in farm bill

More money to conserve land for hunting and fishing might be available in Illinois if people who want it fight for it in the upcoming federal farm bill, outdoor sports advocates say.“When we’re talking about conservation there’s a lot of money there,” Eric Schenk, executive director of the Illinois Conservation Foundation, said at a forum in Springfield this week discussing the bill's effect on [...]

Published on 19 January 2018 | 10:16 pm

Cancer Companions to start another session in January at Springfield church

A ministry that focuses on cancer as it affects people socially, emotionally and spiritually will begin its next nine-week session later this month.CANCER COMPANIONS: BRINGING HOPE TO THE JOURNEY is a Bible-based, small group series for current or former cancer patients and anyone affected by a cancer diagnosis that will meet beginning at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 29, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 2645 Old Jacksonville Road.The session is open to the public and [...]

Published on 19 January 2018 | 10:04 pm

Anti-smoking plan may kill cigarettes — and save Big Tobacco

FDA's blueprint is two-fold: 1) Cut nicotine levels in cigarettes so that they are non-addictive, and 2) approve products that deliver nicotine without the deadly effects of cigarettes

Published on 19 January 2018 | 8:42 pm

Trump tells March for Life: 'We are with you all the way'

President delivers new support to the anti-abortion movement

Published on 19 January 2018 | 7:21 pm

California DA: Couple's abuse of 12 kids became torture

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — They were starved and shackled to their beds, sometimes for months. They were beaten and choked. They were given scant medical care, often denied use of a toilet and allowed to shower but once a year. They lived mostly at night, out of sight of neighbors, and knew virtually nothing of the outside world.And yet, some of the children of David and Louise Turpin hatched an escape plan.[gh:iframe src="https://omny.fm/shows/ap-news- [...]

Published on 19 January 2018 | 7:02 pm

Gold medalist to Nassar: "You should have been locked up a long, long time ago"

Disgraced former sports doctor faces a minimum sentence of 25 to 40 years in prison for molesting girls

Published on 19 January 2018 | 6:20 pm

Pence's Mideast trip still on as government shutdown looms

An evangelical Christian with strong ties to the Holy Land, Pence this time comes packing two key policy decisions in his bags that have long been top priorities for him: designating Jerusalem as Israel's capital and curtailing aid for Palestinians.

Published on 19 January 2018 | 4:30 pm

Springfield dine-in tax off the table for now

Restaurant owners flocked to the Springfield City Council chamber Thursday to express their opposition to a 2 percent dine-in tax that had been privately discussed by some aldermen.But before their seats were warm, Ward 1 Ald. Chuck Redpath cleared the air. He had the business owners who were concerned about the tax raise their hands. More than a dozen hands went up."Is there any aldermen in here proposing a dine-in tax? Mayor, are you proposing a dine-in tax?" Redpath asked. [...]

Published on 19 January 2018 | 3:52 am

CWLP employee accused of promoting prostitution, human trafficking

A City Water, Light and Power employee was arrested Wednesday on a variety of charges including promoting prostitution and human trafficking.Marcus M. Rouse, 43, of the 2300 block of Ash Street, also was charged with official misconduct for allegedly using a city-owned vehicle to transport a woman who was involved in prostitution, the Sangamon County state's attorney's office said.Rouse was arrested by Springfield detectives with the [...]

Published on 19 January 2018 | 2:28 am

CWLP looking for water leaks over next three weekends

Crews will be looking for underground leaks in City Water, Light and Power's water system over the next three weeks, the utility said Thursday.Work crews from Utility Services Associates will survey 192 miles of water main in the right of way and near the road with acoustic devices, the release stated. The crews will focus on an area between South Grand Avenue and Interstate 72 and in the northwest quadrant of the city.CWLP has surveyed over 740 miles of water mains since 2008, [...]

Published on 18 January 2018 | 11:01 pm

Springfield girl named St. John's CMN 'champion child'

A Springfield girl has been chosen to represent HSHS St. John's Children's Hospital as its 2018 Children’s Miracle Network local champion child.Lexi Sonneborn, 8, who was honored Thursday at an ice cream sundae party at the hospital, will represent St. John’s at a variety of CMN events and in marketing materials throughout the course of the year.Lexi was born in 2009 at only 27 weeks [...]

Published on 18 January 2018 | 9:53 pm

Has #MeToo gone too far? Ansari story sparks debate

Sexual misconduct, or bad sex during a date gone awry?

Published on 18 January 2018 | 9:21 pm

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