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Woman fears former fiance's killer will be released from a Springfield mental facility

For more than 30 years, Elizabeth Kohan has lived with the fear that the man who stalked and brutally killed her fiance will be released from the mental facility where he’s being held and hurt someone else.Kohan’s fiance, Mark Vasconcelles, 29, was shot and killed by Tim Ferguson in the parking lot of Sangamon State University, now known as the University of Illinois Springfield, on Aug. 23, 1985. Ferguson, who had been diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic, had [...]

Published on 22 April 2018 | 8:20 pm

Search continues on Sangamon River for missing kayaker

Authorities are searching for a missing Springfield man on the Sangamon River near Riverside Park today.The initial search began last night around 8:30 p.m. and ended around 1:30 a.m. today. Searchers were back at the river at 8 a.m. today. Authorities are using three boats, sonar and a search dog.The missing man is Shane Shomidie, 30, of Springfield, who flipped out of his kayak Saturday afternoon, said his sister, Nicole Shomidie.Division Chief Buddy Neighbours of the [...]

Published on 22 April 2018 | 7:51 pm

4 dead in Waffle House shooting in Tennessee; suspect sought

Police credited a customer with saving lives by wresting a weapon away from the gunman

Published on 22 April 2018 | 7:48 pm

Trump says North Korea agreed to denuclearize. It hasn't.

The North stopped short of suggesting it has any intention of abandoning its nuclear arsenal

Published on 22 April 2018 | 7:03 pm

Islamic State suicide bomber kills 57 in Afghan capital

Bomber targeted civilians who were registering for national identification cards

Published on 22 April 2018 | 6:30 pm

World's oldest person dies in Japan at age of 117

Nabi Tajima died in a hospital Saturday evening in the town of Kikai in southern Japan

Published on 22 April 2018 | 5:30 pm

Government consolidation efforts gain traction in General Assembly

Before his election to the Illinois House in 2012, state Rep. Sam Yingling was the supervisor of his local township in central Lake County, a job with few responsibilities beyond presiding over monthly meetings and administering town funds. Yingling decided to run for that office after an informal fact-finding investigation on behalf of his fellow business owners, who were fed up with the area’s high property taxes. Yingling found that the township represented a [...]

Published on 22 April 2018 | 12:41 pm

A La Carte: 'Fast-casual' Sicilian restaurant headed for downtown

LA PIAZZA CUCINA ITALIANA — a modern twist on authentic Sicilian cuisine — is poised to open in the former Z BISTRO in downtown Springfield.Patrizia Guerrier and Michael Wall are behind the new fast-casual establishment at 218 S. Sixth St. La Piazza Cucina Italiana will feature casual family dining with a Sicilian influence. An opening date has yet to be set.Abbas Zolghadr closed Z Bistro and its sister business, THE UTTER [...]

Published on 22 April 2018 | 12:40 pm

Syracuse frat permanently expelled over racist video

Chancellor Kent Syverud called the Theta Tau video "racist, anti-Semitic, homophobic, ableist and sexist"

Published on 22 April 2018 | 12:14 am

Sylvester Stallone asks Trump to pardon late boxer Jack Johnson

Champ was convicted by all-white jury of accompanying a white woman across state lines

Published on 21 April 2018 | 10:43 pm

Alpacas take center stage at fairgrounds

The nearly 2-year-old male alpaca Spittin Image placed third in the yearling silver grey males class competition to the delight of his owner during a doubleheader alpaca event Saturday at the Illinois State Fairgrounds.The Illinois Alpaca Owners and Breeders Association Rail Splitter Alpaca Show and the Illinois Alpaca and Fiber Fest drew approximately 240 alpacas like Spittin Image to the Exposition Building.Alpacas came from such places as Pennsylvania, Kansas, Michigan, [...]

Published on 21 April 2018 | 10:32 pm

'Austin Powers' film star Verne Troyer dead at 49

LOS ANGELES — Actor Verne Troyer from the "Austin Powers" movie franchise has died.A statement provided by Troyer's spokesperson that was also posted to his Instagram and Facebook accounts says the 49-year-old actor died Saturday.No cause or place of death was given, but the statement discusses depression and suicide, and Troyer had publicly discussed struggling with alcohol addiction. He lived in Los Angeles.Troyer became a celebrity and pop-culture [...]

Published on 21 April 2018 | 10:09 pm

Illinois universities see rise in union activity

CHICAGO — Non-tenured faculty and graduate students in Illinois are looking to unions as pay and benefits stagnate.University of Chicago, Loyola University Chicago, the University of Illinois, Northwestern University and Columbia College Chicago have seen an increase in union activity, the Chicago Tribune reported.Graduate students, adjunct and non-tenured faculty members have sparked most of the activism, leading to strikes and contract negotiations.Part-time [...]

Published on 21 April 2018 | 9:38 pm

Stormy Daniels' former lawyer cooperates in Cohen probe

The move shows that prosecutors are closely scrutinizing payments to women before Trump's election as president

Published on 21 April 2018 | 9:20 pm

Queen Elizabeth II attends pop concert for 92nd birthday

Sting, Tom Jones, Jamie Cullum, others serenaded the monarch

Published on 21 April 2018 | 9:06 pm

Camp Care-A-Lot merges with Compass for Kids

Camp Care-A-Lot, a residential camp for low-income elementary students, will mark its 25th anniversary this year, but now it's under the umbrella of Compass for Kids.Camp Care-A-Lot was established in 1993 and had camps in Jacksonville and Springfield.Compass for Kids, founded in 2011, aims to provide academic and social-emotional support to empower at-risk children and families.Camp Care-A-Lot is now a program of Compass for Kids. Elementary-school children [...]

Published on 21 April 2018 | 8:55 pm

Sherman nursing home fighting $25,000 fine

SHERMAN — A Sherman nursing home is fighting a $25,000 fine from the state for allegedly failing to notice and treat a major change in the condition of an 80-year-old resident who later died.The man was taken from Villa Health Care East to a hospital emergency department on Nov. 26, according to an inspection report from the Illinois Department of Public Health.The man, whose identity wasn’t revealed, died four [...]

Published on 21 April 2018 | 8:46 pm

Why more school districts are holding class just four days a week

The schedule — long popular in rural Western communities — is becoming more common elsewhere as school leaders search for ways to both attract teachers and save money

Published on 21 April 2018 | 8:33 pm

Trump says he doesn't think personal lawyer will 'flip'

The FBI raided Cohen's home, office and hotel room earlier this month looking for evidence of fraud as they conduct a criminal investigation

Published on 21 April 2018 | 8:06 pm

Personnel file: News and notes from around Springfield workplaces

LYNN WHALEN of Springfield was installed as vice president/president-elect of THE NATIONAL COUNCIL FOR MARKETING & PUBLIC RELATIONS BOARD OF DIRECTORS at the association’s annual conference in Las Vegas. Whalen, who is the executive director of public relations and marketing at Lincoln Land Community College in Springfield, previously served as NCMPR board treasurer.BILL TOWNSEND joined U.S. BANK as a mortgage loan originator at its Springfield location at 2501 S. Veterans [...]

Published on 21 April 2018 | 7:46 pm

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