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Not home? Walmart wants to walk in and stock your fridge

NEW YORK — Would you be OK with letting a stranger into your house for the sake of convenience?Walmart is testing the idea with a new service that lets a delivery person walk into your home when you're not there to drop off packages or put groceries in the fridge."This may not be for everyone," wrote Sloan Eddleston, Walmart's head of e-commerce strategy, in [...]

Published on 22 September 2017 | 6:20 pm


SIUE offering free tuition for info in racial slur case

EDWARDSVILLE — Officials at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville are offering a semester's free tuition and fees for information in a case involving a racial slur.The Belleville News Democrat reports that the school on Thursday offered the reward for information leading to the arrest of the person who left a note with a racial slur on a student's door at an on-campus apartment. SIUE police are investigating and say the incident could result in a felony charge.The [...]

Published on 22 September 2017 | 6:11 pm


Mental exams ordered for student accused in Mattoon school shooting

CHARLESTON — A judge ordered a central Illinois high school student to undergo mental evaluations and remain in juvenile custody after the freshman was charged with opening fire in the school cafeteria and injuring another student.The student faces a count of aggravated battery with a firearm after Wednesday's shooting at Mattoon High School that left one student shot and in stable condition at a hospital. A judge during a Thursday hearing granted the evaluation requests from [...]

Published on 22 September 2017 | 4:32 pm


Welcome to fall: It's 90+ degrees and really dry

The calendar says Friday is the first day of fall. But with high temperatures in the 90s this week, it still feels like the middle of a blazing summer.Springfield’s daily high on Thursday hit 94 degrees (with a heat index of 100). The thermometer reading was just 2 degrees shy of the 96-degree record for Sept. 21 set in 1931. On Wednesday, Springfield’s temperature reached 96 degrees, which tied the record high for Sept. 20, also set in 1931.The sweaty weather, [...]

Published on 22 September 2017 | 2:47 am


Illinois Supreme Court upholds murder conviction of Drew Peterson

The use of hearsay testimony to convict former Chicago-area police officer Drew Peterson in the death of his third wife was proper, the Illinois Supreme Court ruled Thursday in upholding the conviction.The high court, in a unanimous decision, found that hearsay testimony from Peterson's dead third wife and missing fourth wife did not violate his constitutional right to confront his [...]

Published on 21 September 2017 | 10:02 pm


Belgian architecture firm weighing in on YWCA block

The latest inspiration for the former YWCA block in downtown Springfield comes via Belgium.Mayor Jim Langfelder said city officials met last week with a representative from Wirtz International Landscape Architects. North Mansion Y-Block Development Group invited the firm, based in Schoten, Belgium, at no cost to the city. The development group, backed by Gov. Bruce Rauner, submitted one of four proposals for the block. [...]

Published on 21 September 2017 | 9:04 pm


New committee will oversee District 186 booster clubs

The Springfield School Board wants to have more oversight of booster clubs in the wake of Springfield High boosters running into financial problems.Last month, the board created a committee to which booster club presidents and treasurers would report. The committee will hold its first meeting at 5:30 p.m. Monday at the district office.Board President Adam Lopez said the board had little involvement with boosters beforehand, and the committee is a way to learn more about how [...]

Published on 21 September 2017 | 8:25 pm


On work trips, DeVos flies on her plane at own expense

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos flies on her personal plane at her own expense when she visits schools around the country, according to her office, as other Cabinet secretaries' flying habits at taxpayers' cost have drawn scrutiny.

Published on 21 September 2017 | 6:19 pm


Added TIF funds aid church-to-housing project downtown

Conversion of a former downtown church to residential and commercial space should begin in a matter of weeks after Springfield aldermen increased assistance from a tax increment financing district to nearly $1.7 million, the project developer said Thursday."Now, we can go to work on all the other financing," said Brian Hollenback, president and CEO of Economic Growth Corp. of Rock Island.The ordinance approved by the Springfield City Council on Tuesday increased the original [...]

Published on 21 September 2017 | 5:41 pm


Local unemployment tied for lowest in Illinois

Local unemployment at 4.2 percent in August, down from 4.7 percent in August 2016, tied Bloomington-Normal for the lowest jobless rate in the state, the Illinois Department of Employment Security reported Thursday.Employment increased by 500 jobs in the last year, primarily in professional and business services, and construction. Professional and business services include temporary and contract workers.Springfield area unemployment has been the lowest or tied for the lowest for [...]

Published on 21 September 2017 | 5:38 pm


8 mistakes you're making with child safety seats

To observe National Child Passenger Safety Week, the Illinois Department of Transportation, AAA and other child safety organizations are highlighting common mistakes parents make when installing safety seats in their vehicles and strapping their children into them.Here are eight frequent errors they cite:1. Putting children in a forward-facing seat too soonBefore getting rid of that rear-facing seat, check the height and weight limits of it. If your [...]

Published on 21 September 2017 | 5:21 pm


SJ-R Podcast: Riverton Superintendent Lance Thurman

SJ-R education reporter Jason Nevel talks with Riverton School District Superintendent Lance Thurman about the landmark education funding reform bill, the district's course offerings, whether Riverton is still talking about merging with another district (not right now) and the hardest parts of being a superintendent.You can play the podcast using the player below.You also can subscribe to The State Journal-Register’s podcasts for free on  [...]

Published on 21 September 2017 | 5:04 pm


Springfield police seeking mother and daughter in forgery, theft case

A mother and daughter suspected of forging checks and stealing cash from an elderly woman is featured in Crime Stoppers this week.Police are seeking help from the public finding Joann Johnson, 55, and Tia Taylor, 22, both of Springfield. Arrest warrants for theft and forgery have been issued for both women. Additional charges are possible.Crime Stoppers Coordinator Mike Badger said Johnson and Taylor are suspected of forging several thousands dollars in checks and stealing [...]

Published on 21 September 2017 | 4:43 pm


Peoria police fatally shoot bank robbery suspect

PEORIA — A bank robbery suspect was shot and killed by Peoria police Wednesday afternoon after an hours-long standoff at the man's family home.Eddie Russell Jr., 25, was pronounced dead at the scene in the 2800 block of West Sheffield Drive at 5:03 p.m., Peoria County Coroner Jamie Harwood said.His death came amid multiple gunshots from police officers in the police Special Response Team after Russell exited the home and advanced toward police while holding and raising a [...]

Published on 21 September 2017 | 4:35 pm


Fed agency urging corporate cybersecurity upgrades is hacked

The federal agency responsible for ensuring that markets function as they should and for protecting investors was hacked last year and the intruders may have used the nonpublic information they obtained to profit illegally.

Published on 21 September 2017 | 4:30 pm


Trump touts partnership, combat efforts in Afghanistan

President Donald Trump is praising the combat efforts to drive the Taliban and terror groups out of Afghanistan.

Published on 21 September 2017 | 3:34 pm


Litchfield plans third industrial park with $2.1M grant

LITCHFIELD -- The community of Litchfield plans a third industrial park with aid of a $2.1 million federal grant announced Wednesday.Combined with $2.1 million in city matching funds, the grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce will allow extension of roads, water, sewers and other infrastructure to the 220-acre site on Interstate 55, said Mayor Steve Dougherty.The city estimates up to 600 jobs could be attracted through long-term development."We're looking for light [...]

Published on 21 September 2017 | 2:57 pm


A stunned Puerto Rico seeks to rebuild after Hurricane Maria

Rescuers fanned out to reach stunned victims Thursday after Hurricane Maria ravaged Puerto Rico, knocking out electricity to the entire island and triggering landslides and floods.

Published on 21 September 2017 | 2:37 pm


1 student shot, 1 arrested at east-central Illinois school

MATTOON — A teacher subdued a male student who fired shots and wounded another student in an east-central Illinois high school cafeteria on Wednesday morning, police said.Mattoon police Chief Jeff Branson and Mattoon School Superintendent Larry Lilly said the shooting happened at Mattoon High School about 11:30 a.m. A male student is in custody, police said, and the injured student is in stable condition at a local hospital.The names and ages of the suspect and the [...]

Published on 21 September 2017 | 2:31 am


St. John's Cancer Center upgrade focuses on better 'healing environment'

A $3.9 million upgrade to the cancer treatment area at HSHS St. John’s Hospital will give patients more privacy, more natural light while going through hours of chemotherapy, and nicer surroundings overall, officials say.The expanded space will double the size of the Springfield hospital’s existing Cancer Center — adding about 10,000 square feet — and create “a more healing [...]

Published on 21 September 2017 | 2:15 am








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