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The fate of Illinois' budget impasse could be influenced by the leader of the free world. At least, that's what Springfield Mayor Jim Langfelder is hoping for.

A Push To Make Obama's Birthday A State Holiday

Feb 8, 2016
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This week, we'll celebrate Lincoln's Birthday.  Should President Obama also get a holiday in his home state?  Some lawmakers think so.

Today we get ice from our freezer. But without refrigeration, our ancestors had to buy it from local icemen who were busy harvesting this time of year. Tara McClellan McAndrew brings us this historical account. It's an installment of our history series, sponsored by the Sangamon County Historical Society. Eric Woods provides additional narration:

 

CLICK HERE for more information about ice harvesting.

Caterpillar says it plans to close five plants and trim about 670 jobs in
Illinois and several other states, in the latest phase of a larger cost-cutting
campaign announced last year.

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The Federal Emergency Management Agency is coming to Illinois to help assess damage from early-winter floods that struck nearly two dozen counties.  
 

Gov. Bruce Rauner on Thursday vowed to ``do everything possible to help people and communities'' affected by the late December and early January flooding.  

Bernard Sieracki is no stranger to Illinois government.  He's lobbied for decades.  But what he witnessed 7 years ago this month stood out.

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On this week's WUIS/State Journal-Register Business Report, we discuss Legacy Pointe development, or lack of it.  

III Tomassos Italian Bistro closed earlier this month and that has people talking again.  Many wondering, where is the outlet mall that was proposed?

In Springfield's downtown, one building will stay and another will go. 

We also talk about then Deer Run Mine in Hillsboro, which has closed following a fire.  Will it reopen?

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“It’s always Feb. 2nd and there’s nothing I can do about it,” complains Phil Connors, the character Bill Murray plays in the 1993 comedy Groundhog Day. Trapped in a time warp, Connors desperately tries to escape his fate day after day until he reexamines his life and discovers what really makes him happy.  

Jacksonville Area Convention and Visitors Bureau

A longtime festival in Jacksonville has come to an end.

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Residents who have experienced flooding are being warned to watch out for those trying to take advantage.

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Illinois' state climatologist says December weather that brought flooding to parts of the state also made it the second-wettest December in recorded state history. 

Authorities were searching floodwaters for two 18-year-olds from the central Illinois community of Taylorville.  

Police say the two were last seen Monday and divers concentrated their search Wednesday near flooded areas of Sangchris Lake and Pawnee, where one of the teen's cellphone was tracked. 

Major rivers in flood-prone areas of Missouri and Illinois are creeping toward milestone or near-record crests.

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Lawyers representing 11,000 mentally ill Illinois prisoners have reached a settlement with the state in a 2007 class-action lawsuit alleging that substandard treatment constituted ``cruel and unusual punishment.'' 

Attorney General Lisa Madigan says that daily fantasy sports betting is illegal gambling under Illinois law.

Chicago Art Museums Add Joy To The Holidays

Dec 21, 2015
Museum of Contemporary Art

On a shopping trip or visit in the new year to Chicago, discover art treasures that will add joy and memories to your holidays. You’ll find wonderful art galore at the Art Institute, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and the Driehaus Museum, all located conveniently on or near Michigan Avenue.

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The Illinois Veterans Home where a summer Legionnaire's disease outbreak led to 12 deaths and sickened more than 40 others is replacing its water systems and making other emergency repairs. 

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University of Illinois Springfield police say an arrest was made over the weekend after threatening statements were posted on social media.  

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The city of Springfield is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to weigh in on a downtown panhandling ban after it was declared unconstitutional by a federal appeals court. 

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Cash-strapped counties in Illinois are trying to call in old fines for offenses like speeding tickets. Some of their efforts have been criticized because the cases they are trying to collect on are two or three decades old.

Midwest Travel: Bishop Hill For The Holidays

Nov 25, 2015
Bishop Hill Heritage Association

When Swedish religious-freedom seekers spent their first winter huddled in shelters dug into a ravine in what is now Bishop Hill, few probably guessed that, 169 years later, their settlement would host heart-warming winter holiday celebrations.

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  For the Community Foundation for the Land of Lincoln, it's all about philanthropy.  

National Weather Service - Lincoln

Forecasters say a mixture of bad weather that could bring tornadoes is expected as a strong storm system plows toward the central U.S. from the Rocky Mountains. 

The Young Philanthropists in Sangamon County has hit the decade mark.  

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum

The former mayor of Springfield, Ossie Langfelder, passed away Wednesday morning at the age of 89.

Bill Wheelhouse talks with long time State Journal Register political columnist Bernie Schoenburg about Langfelder.   

Also some oral history audio of Langfelder.

Check out Ossie Langfelder discussing his life.

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Do you ever daydream of hiking or biking through Europe but have just a weekend to spare? Then plan a trip to New Glarus, Wisconsin, known as “America’s Little Switzerland,” where you can enjoy scenic trails, indulge your taste for Swiss cheeses and chocolate, and stay at a Swiss-style hotel, bed-and-breakfast or even a guest farm.

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An agreement announced Friday could pave the way for rail traffic in Springfield to be consolidated along 10th Street.

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The Director of Downtown Springfield Incorporated plans to leave the job by the end of the year.

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Amtrak says it will stop train service on the route that runs through central Illinois starting October 17.

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An effort is underway to repair one of the few railroad depots remaining in Sangamon County. 

The State Journal-Register reports the newly formed Chatham Railroad Museum Association is raising money to fix the roof and make other improvements to the Chatham Railroad Depot. 

The Village of Chatham owns the structure, which was built in 1902.  But it doesn't have enough money to pay for the estimated $10,00o in needed repairs.

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