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Driver killed in two-vehicle crash on I-55 near Lincoln

A 22-year-old woman was killed Wednesday night when the vehicle she was driving was struck by another vehicle that crossed the median on Interstate 55 near Lincoln.The name and hometown of the woman who died was not immediately released.The crash happened around 9 p.m. near milepost 128. Illinois State Police said a vehicle driven by Adriana Rodrigues, 26, of Wenona, was southbound on I-55 when the vehicle went off the left side of the road, traveled through the median and hit [...]

Published on 23 November 2017 | 10:41 am

Sex-harassment lawsuit against Rutherford dismissed

A sexual harassment lawsuit that tanked the political career of former state Treasurer Dan Rutherford was dismissed Wednesday in federal court in Chicago.Court records show both sides agreed to end the 3½-year-old action. U.S. District Judge Joan Lefkow dismissed the case "without prejudice" — meaning the plaintiff, former Rutherford employee Edmund Michalowski, can return to court with a fresh complaint.Filed just weeks before the 2014 Republican primary for [...]

Published on 22 November 2017 | 11:59 pm

Laura Campbell suspended from IDOT job for interviewing friend for job

Laura Campbell, the wife of Sangamon County Republican sheriff candidate Jack Campbell, served a 30-day suspension from her post at a state agency for taking part in interviewing her neighbor for a job to which he was hired.Word of that sanction came with the release Wednesday of a report from the Executive Inspector General’s office with findings that Laura Campbell had [...]

Published on 22 November 2017 | 11:54 pm

Struggle for basic supplies continues in Puerto Rico two months after hurricane

FAJARDO, Puerto Rico — One after another, Carmen De Jesús Rodríguez, a 92-year Fajardo native, began listing all of the hurricanes she has survived: San Felipe Segundo, San Ciprian, Hugo and Georges. Now she adds Maria to that list.“This was the worst hurricane I have witnessed. It came with a different intensity,” Rodríguez said. “The sound was horrific and the rain and wind remained violent for more than 12 hours.”Sitting high [...]

Published on 22 November 2017 | 11:02 pm

Two Springfield men arrested in connection with October shooting death

Two Springfield men have been arrested in connection with the Oct. 4 shooting death of Steven A. Suber, 36.Andre N. Robinson, 19, and Tavelle R. Bates, 20, face charges of home invasion and murder, a press release from Springfield police said.Suber was shot in the 1100 block of Oakdale Drive. People in the neighborhood told officers that Suber had been involved in a disturbance at a nearby home. A confrontation occurred and shots were fired.“These charges were a [...]

Published on 22 November 2017 | 9:51 pm

Rife, Sullivan, Kwon among Channel 20 departures

WICS NewsChannel 20 in Springfield is in the midst of some personnel changes, including the departure of the two anchors of its weekday “Sunrise” program.Adam Rife and Jenn Sullivan now host the morning program, which airs from 5 to 7 a.m.“My contract’s up at the end of December, and management has chosen to go in a different direction,” Rife said. “And that’s the nature of the business.”"I'm really sad," Sullivan [...]

Published on 22 November 2017 | 9:36 pm

Man accused of burglary jumps into Lake Springfield, is arrested

A Springfield man accused of burglary ran into Lake Springfield early Wednesday in an apparent attempt to elude Springfield police.The move didn’t work.Lamalcolm Holder, 23, of the 2500 block of Burton Drive, and a second man, Anthony Perry, 23, of the 2400 block of Delaware Street, are facing a variety of charges including residential burglary and theft to a motor vehicle, Springfield police said.Police were called to the 8300 block of Iron Horse Lane in the [...]

Published on 22 November 2017 | 9:13 pm

Pro-Roy Moore group fundraises off Trump's near endorsement

Trump discounted sexual assault allegations against the U.S. Senate candidate, said voters must not support his "liberal" rival

Published on 22 November 2017 | 8:50 pm

Hunters take 51,365 deer during first firearm weekend

Hunters in Illinois harvested a preliminary total of 51,365 deer during the first weekend of the the state's firearm deer season Nov. 17-19, according to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. That's a 5.66 percent drop from the 54,452 taken last year during the opening weekend.Here are county-by-county statistics:* Sangamon: 391 this year; 385 last year* Cass: 429; 475* Christian: 360; 420* Logan: 206; 256* Macoupin: 945; 967* Menard: [...]

Published on 22 November 2017 | 8:36 pm

Fact check: Candidate dissed by Trump has put felons in prison

A closer look at U.S. Senate candidate Doug Jones' record in light of the president's criticism

Published on 22 November 2017 | 8:34 pm

Good night, night: Light pollution increases around globe

The world's nights are getting alarmingly brighter — bad news for all sorts of creatures, including humans: People's sleep can be marred, which can affect your health.

Published on 22 November 2017 | 8:15 pm

Habitat house a start for new traditions for Springfield family

Chris and Charlene Herrod have a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving.After years of dreaming of owning their own home, the couple and their three children -- ages 11, 7 and 3 -- moved into their new Habitat for Humanity home in the 700 block of North Fourth Street last week. The Herrods will be having Thanksgiving dinner at Charlene’s parents' home since they are still in the process of moving, but next year, the annual feast could be at their house.“It means [...]

Published on 22 November 2017 | 8:02 pm

Did you 'like' Russian propaganda? Facebook will clue you in

Company will launch a portal to let users see which infiltrator accounts they followed

Published on 22 November 2017 | 7:17 pm

Children's book about Lincoln going to first-grade classrooms

Where Is Abe? As a matter of fact, he'll soon be in every first grade classroom in Sangamon County as the result of a children's book donation stemming from the annual Sangamon County Republican Women's Luncheon.A total of $1,000 from the luncheon's proceeds will purchase approximately 100 “Where Is Abe?” books, written by Girard author Carla Mayernick, to be distributed to all public and parochial first grade [...]

Published on 22 November 2017 | 7:00 pm

Senior citizen gifting program can brighten holidays

Holiday gifts don’t just make a difference to children — they can make a difference for seniors, too.That’s what Amy Best, the owner of Home Instead Senior Care, says, and that’s why her organization has been running the Santa to a Senior program since 2012.Home Instead Senior Care sets up trees at different locations around Springfield with ornaments that list a requested gift for a [...]

Published on 22 November 2017 | 6:27 pm

3 missing in U.S. Navy plane crash

Eight people were rescued and three remained missing after the plane crashed into the western Pacific Ocean on Wednesday

Published on 22 November 2017 | 6:17 pm

Springfield man charged with sexually assaulting girl

A 31-year-old Springfield man was charged Tuesday with allegedly sexually assaulting a family member under the age of 13.Deyonta W. Nelson was charged with four counts of predatory criminal sexual assault, a Class X felony that carries a possible sentence of six to 30 years in prison. It is not probation eligible.In Illinois, prosecutors can charge someone with predatory criminal sexual assault — the most serious sexual offense charge — if the victim is under the [...]

Published on 22 November 2017 | 6:08 pm

Hope dwindles for families of lost Argentina submarine crew

Argentine families of 44 crew members aboard a submarine that has been lost in the South Atlantic for seven days are growing increasingly distressed as experts say that the crew might be reaching a critical period of low oxygen Wednesday.

Published on 22 November 2017 | 4:30 pm

Olympic gymnastics ex-doctor pleads guilty to sex charges

A former doctor accused of molesting girls while working for USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University pleaded guilty Wednesday to multiple charges of sexual assault and will face at least 25 years in prison.

Published on 22 November 2017 | 4:05 pm

State police to be stationed every 20 miles on I-55 today

Illinois State Police will be positioned every 20 miles along interstates 55, 57 and 80 Wednesday as travelers take to the road for the Thanksgiving holiday.The effort will run from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday. Troopers will be enforcing the “Fatal Four” violations, which include: speeding, driving under the influence, distracted driving and seatbelt violations.“Thousands of motorists will be traveling across Illinois roadways this Thanksgiving weekend, [...]

Published on 22 November 2017 | 3:09 pm

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