Two Chatham teens are in custody for allegedly impersonating police earlier this week.
Sangamon County deputies arrested Thomas Orme and Christopher Morthland about 4:30 p.m. Thursday afternoon.
In a news release Friday morning, Undersheriff Jack Campbell says Orme and Morthland are suspected of having used a cellphone app that mimics flashing police lights and sirens to pull over several drivers near Curran.
Chatham Police helped deputies identify the teens.
The flow of traffic in Springfield could change dramatically in the coming decade.
Transportation planners seeking to re-route trains recently scored a major victory in the fight for funding.
The federal government announced August 30th a $14.4M grant to help pay for the first of several construction projects along 10th Street. Crews could begin work by summer 2014, but design work must be completed first.
Springfield is defending its policies on panhandlers after a new lawsuit accused the city of violating free-speech rights by barring panhandlers from asking for money. The suit filed on behalf of panhandlers this week in federal court says police wrongly tell panhandlers that what they're doing is illegal. Springfield's ordinance is a bit confusing. It prohibits vocal requests for money, but allows someone to hold a sign making a similar request. The city passed the measure back in 2007 for the downtown area.
The city of Springfield is still nearly two years away from a mayoral election. But half-way through a term he had said would be his last, Mike Houston is now hinting at the possibility of re-election.
Mayor Houston says he's not made any decisions about his political future at this time, but he says they may come in sring 2014.
Houston says his decision-making will be likely affected by long-term challenges facing the city, such as road and sewer improvements, consolidation of train traffic and a search for a source of water to supplement Lake Springfield:
Mark McDonald estimates he has done 900 episodes of "Illinois Stories". McDonald travels throughout the area to bring interesting people to the screen on public television stations WSEC/WQEC/WMEC. A veteran TV journalist, his conversational style allows viewers to learn about places and individuals who might live right down the street.
When it comes to the beer business, craft offerings and microbreweries are becoming more popular.
The Springfield area is starting to catch up with the national trend.
Rachel Otwell went behind the scenes of local beer-making operations to get "tapped in" to what's happening there: (For more on Springfield's history of brewing, you can find an extended interview at the bottom of this page)
How did the craft beer movement find its way to town?
The issue of video gaming machines has created a divide in the town of Auburn.
Mayor Barb Stamer cast a tie breaking vote against gambling earlier this year. Now, she's changed her mind. (UPDATE: 6:45 a.m. Tuesday) The matter came up at Monday's Auburn City Council meeting and Stamer cast the tie-breaking vote in favor.
Towns small and large have had to decide whether or not allowing the machines is worth the cut the communities will receive from gamblers.
Stamer spoke with WUIS' Sean Crawford on Illinois Edition:
Lee Somerstein is a writer and blogger traveling the country and collecting stories about how people have been impacted by the recession. He recently made a stop in Springfield and joined us in studio to talk about his findings here and in the other places he has visited:
CLICK HERE to see Somerstein's blog, where you can read about his travels and the stories he's collected so far about the recession.
Southern Illinois is home to Civil War artifacts and historical sites that many people don't know about, and archeologists say there's potential for even more exploration and excavation to be done. Mark Wagner heads the Center for Archeological Investigations at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. He's speaking tonight at 7pm at the Illinois State Museum about his findings, we recently caught up with him:
It's been a challenging year so far for the Springfield Park District. It faced a backlash earlier this year after it was discovered the former executive director had created his own policy for paying out vacation and sick time without Park Board's consent. And the fiscal situation is on lean times according to park board president, Leslie Sgro. She recently joined WUIS for this interview:
Chief Judge Dan Flannell says he submitted an application to the Illinois Supreme Court on Wednesday. The state's high court has the final say on whether the circuit will be included in the pilot program that was approved about 18 months ago.
The 2013 Illinois State Fair in Springfield runs August 8th through the 18th.
Peter Gray joined Rachel Otwell on Illinois Edition with a few highlights of the fair this year, including the grandstand's new VIP section for fans who want to avoid long lines but want to be as close to the stage as possible: