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3:38 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Cong. Findley Items Donated To Illinois College

Former area congressman Paul Findley has donated his congressional papers and other artifacts from his career to his alma mater, Illinois College in Jacksonville.  

The official transfer took place in the Paul Findley Congressional Office Museum on the campus.  

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12:33 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

The Great State of Sangamon?

Lead in text: 
St. Louis, Peoria, Cedar Rapids, and Springfield in the new state of Sangamon? Look at this map developed in 2012 that has now been printed. What do you think of revamping the U.S. map by population?
Neil Freeman, 2012 map format and dimensions vary The electoral college is a time-honored, logical system for picking the chief executive of the United States. However, the American body politic has also grown accustomed to paying close attention to the popular vote.
Regional
11:43 am
Mon November 25, 2013

Chef Charlie Trotter Died From A Stroke

Cook County Medical Examiner Stephen Cina says in a statement Monday that tests showed the 54-year-old Trotter died from a stroked related to high blood pressure.  

Cina says neither drugs nor alcohol contributed to Trotter's death on Nov. 5 in Chicago, adding there was ``no scientific evidence'' that Trotter's recently travels contributed to his death.  

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Regional
6:15 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Tornado Damage Now At Least 1,500 Homes

Credit wcbu

State officials now say at least 1,500 homes were
destroyed or badly damaged in Illinois as federal storm-damage assessors began
work in the state.
 
Patti Thompson is a spokeswoman for the Illinois Emergency Management Agency.
She said Thursday that that figure will almost certainly rise after Sunday's
tornadoes.
 
Officials also said Thursday that 22 tornadoes touched down around the state.
Six people were killed.
 
Thompson says Federal Emergency Management Agency workers started assessing

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Regional
2:40 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Number Of Tornado Damaged Homes Expected To Go Higher

State officials now say that at least 900 homes were either destroyed or badly damaged by Sunday's tornadoes. And that figure is likely to grow.  

Patti Thompson is a spokeswoman for the Illinois Emergency Management Agency. She says Wednesday the agency doesn't have anything close to a full count of the homes affected in Washington, which was hardest hit by the storms.  

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Gettysburg Address
9:03 am
Wed November 20, 2013

At Lincoln's Tomb, Remembering A Fallen Son

Staff Sgt. Lincoln Hollinsaid was killed April 7, 2013, in Iraq. An Army engineer, he was driving a crane at the Baghdad airport when it was struck by a rocket-propelled grenade.
Credit Illinois National Guard

A unique group of families met in Springfield Tuesday for their own commemoration of the Gettysburg Address. It's the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's speech consecrating a Civil War cemetery.

Nowadays, the most famous speech in American history is chiefly remembered for the quality of its rhetoric.

But for others, it's the substance of Lincoln's words that counts.

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Regional
6:17 am
Wed November 20, 2013

FEMA Inspectors To View Storm Damage Thursday

Credit Alex Rusciano WCBU

(AP) _ Federal assessments of tornado-damaged property in Illinois are to begin Thursday.
 
Gov. Pat Quinn's office says Federal Emergency Management Agency assessments
are necessary so the state can request federal assistance.
 
Five teams will look at damage to homes and businesses in Champaign, Grundy,
Massac, Pope, Tazewell and Will counties. Sunday's tornadoes destroyed hundreds
of homes and left six people dead in the state.
 
 The governor's office says federal and state emergency officials will meet with

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Tornado
2:55 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Washington Mayor Says 1,000 Homes Sustained Damage

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The mayor of the central Illinois community of Washington says more than 1,000 homes have been damaged or destroyed by strong storms.  

Mayor Gary Manier says that figure includes homes that were totally destroyed as well as properties that received minor damage. Officials still haven't said how many people in the community have been affected by Sunday's tornado. Washington has about 16,000 residents and is about 10 miles east of Peoria.  

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Weather
9:52 am
Tue November 19, 2013

See A Monthly Breakdown Of Illinois Tornado Activity

A tornado damaged home in Gifford, Ill.
Credit Sean Powers/Illinois Public Media

November tornadoes seem out of place in Illinois.  But weather statistics show they're not uncommon.   Illinois State Climatologist Jim Angel studied the years 1950 to 2010 and found nearly 70 tornadoes occurred in November.  That's more than October or December. 

But what made Sunday different was the outbreak that occurred. 

"All our other outbreaks tend to happen in the springtime," Angel said.  "So the ones in November tend to be single events, but this is by far the biggest number that we've seen in November."

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Regional
8:56 am
Mon November 18, 2013

Washington Mayor: As Many As 500 Homes Damaged Or Destroyed

Credit Anthony Khoury/twitter

The mayor of the central Illinois community of Washington says storms and tornadoes destroyed or heavily damaged between 250 and 500 homes in the Tazewell County community.
 
Gary Manier says hundreds of residents of Washington spent the night in
shelters after a storm cut a swath of damage through the community of about
16,000 people that's about 140 miles southwest of Chicago.
 
It's not clear when they'll be allowed home.
 
One person in Washington died and a state official says at least 60 others were

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Regional
8:50 am
Mon November 18, 2013

Tornado Damaged Town Under Curfew

Credit Alex Rusciano WCBU

The central Illinois community of Washington will be under a curfew for at least a week after a deadly tornado turned scores of houses into rubble.
 
Illinois State Police Trooper Dustin Pierce says Monday that the curfew will
run from 6 p.m. until 7 a.m.
 
Authorities implemented the curfew in large part for safety reasons. With power
lines knocked down and tons of debris from the hundreds of homes that were
destroyed or badly damaged, authorities do not want people walking around _
particularly when it's dark.
 

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Regional
10:25 am
Fri November 15, 2013

Scientists Now Say Shaking In Suburbs Was An Earthquake

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Scientists of the U.S. Geological Survey say it's likely it was an earthquake that shook Chicago's western suburbs after a blast at a quarry.

USGS scientist Jim Dewey says research indicates quarry blasts don't cause larger follow-up tremors. However, a quarry blast in McCook was followed by a related tremor seven seconds later.

Dewey says USGS scientists now believe the blast triggered a release of tectonic strain at a shallow depth, not miles deep in the earth's crust where earthquakes usually originate.

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Regional
9:34 am
Wed November 13, 2013

It's National Community Foundation Week

The week spotlights these groups that help connect philanthropists with various causes.  Locally, the Community Foundation for the Land of Lincoln manages 126 funds with a total of $17 million in assets. 

John Stremsterfer, President and CEO, and Stacy Reed, Vice President of Programs, joined WUIS' Sean Crawford on Illinois Edition to talk more about the organization. 

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Regional
7:44 am
Thu November 7, 2013

Lipinski Wants Quarry Blast Investigated

Rep. Dan Lipinski

U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski has asked for a federal investigation into a quarry blast this week in suburban Chicago.
 

Lipinski has asked the U.S. Department of Labor and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms to investigate the blast. It happened Monday at a company in McCook.  

The congressman says he was in his Western Springs kitchen when his house shook for five seconds.  
Lipinski says he wants to know if any laws or regulations were violated.  

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Regional
3:39 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Shaking Was Quarry Blast, Not An Earthquake

Credit USGS

The U.S. Geological Survey says the shaking with a measured magnitude 3.2 in northern Illinois was a blast and not an earthquake.  

USGS geophysicist Don Blakeman also says it appears Monday afternoon's blast came from within a rock quarry but that the exact location of the blast had not yet been determined. He says that all indications so far leads experts to believe that the blast came from the quarry. That includes that the epicenter is in an area close to the quarry.  

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Historic Home
9:45 am
Thu October 31, 2013

Architecture Tours Planned At Dana-Thomas House

Credit springfield.il.us

A new Frank Lloyd Wright architecture tour is being offered at a Springfield historic site designed by the famed Illinois architect.  

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Regional
9:39 am
Thu October 31, 2013

Inmate Captured In Macon County

After a four-hour manhunt, authorities have recaptured an inmate who escaped from jail in Decatur just as he was to begin serving a prison sentence for aggravated battery.  
Schuyler McCoy escaped from the Macon County Jail at about 1:30 p.m. Wednesday by identifying himself to correctional officers as a different inmate who was in the process of being released on bond.  
Macon County Sheriff Tom Schneider says a search began as soon as officers realized the error. U.S. Marshalls took part.  

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Regional
4:58 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Inmate Escapes From Macon Co. Jail

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A man about to be sent to prison for aggravated battery has escaped from the Macon County Jail in Decatur.  

The (Decatur) Herald & Review reports (http://bit.ly/1aISpvu ) that 25-year-old Schuyler McCoy escaped Wednesday and police have begun a search.  

Macon County Sheriff Tom Schneider tells the newspaper that McCoy escaped around 1:30 p.m. after identifying himself to correctional officers as a different inmate who was in the process of being released on bond.  

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Halloween
8:00 am
Wed October 30, 2013

Carl Jones, Local Ghost Investigator

"A fairly recent one from the old Milton School house in Alton, photo taken by Danielle Spain, she felt something behind her and a cold chill, put camera over her shoulder and captured this dark shadow figure. " -Carl Jones

You may be queuing up some scary movies on Netflix to get into the spirit of Halloween this week. But for some, interests in ghosts lasts all year 'round. Carl Jones started the Prairieland Paranormal Consortium and teaches classes at Lincoln Land Community College in Springfield about the paranormal.

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Halloween
7:00 am
Wed October 30, 2013

Ghost Hunters Look For Paranormal Evidence At The Hickox Home

Exterior of Virgil Hickox House
Greg Manfroi

The Springfield-area is home to numerous ghost-hunting groups that investigate hauntings year round. As you might imagine, after going on hundreds of paranormal explorations - investigators start to acquire a few scary stories. WUIS recently caught up with two area paranormal investigators who were on site at one of Springfield's most notoriously haunted locations. If the evidence captured from that night doesn't scare you, perhaps their tales of their own run-ins with ghosts will. 

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Regional
11:39 am
Mon October 28, 2013

'Lincoln' Artifacts Coming To Lincoln Museum

Daniel Day-Lewis, center, portrays the title character in "Lincoln." One of his costumes and the cabinet room set are among the items from the film to be displayed at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum.
Credit DreamWorks Pictures and Twentieth Century Fox

A piece of Hollywood is coming to Illinois. Director Steven Spielberg is sending props and sets from the movie “Lincoln” to be part of a new exhibit at Springfield’s Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum.

The museum will get two big sets: the Lincoln bedroom, and the cabinet room in which the president — played by Daniel Day-Lewis — argued for passage of a constitutional amendment to abolish slavery.

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Regional
7:21 am
Fri October 25, 2013

No Round-The-Clock Gambling At Ill. Casinos

Credit Peter Gray/WUIS

The Illinois Gaming Board has decided not to allow the state's 10 casinos to operate around the clock.

Gaming board spokesman Gene O'Shea says the decision was announced during a meeting Thursday by board chairman Aaron Jaffe.

A casino trade group had hoped to get permission for casinos to stay open 24 hours a day instead of the 22 hours they can operate now.

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Fall Festivities
12:12 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Pay To Get Lost: Corn Mazes A Popular Fall Activity

Aerial view of corn maze
Credit http://www.bomkespatch.com/

The fall is a time when farmers prepare to harvest the year's crop. Half a year's worth of preparation, planting and waiting all comes down to the moment when they bring in their paycheck. But there are several farmers and business people who have a different idea in mind:

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Regional
11:06 am
Thu October 24, 2013

Creating A Vision Of Downtown Springfield

This design shows a vision for what is known as the Kerasotes Building at Washington and South Sixth Street.
Credit SDAT

Encouraging investment in Springfield's downtown is a key part of what the Sustainable Design Assessment Team hopes to accomplish.  

At the downtown farmer's market this Saturday, visitors can see display designs created by several architects.  They offer their vision of what downtown properties could become, with a focus on residential opportunities.

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African Culture
7:00 am
Thu October 24, 2013

Roosevelt Pratt Brings African Culture To Springfield With Music, Language & More

You might not know it, but Springfield is home to a cultural center specializing in Africa. Run by a man known for his permanent smile, Roosevelt Pratt has unrelenting enthusiasm for his mission - to teach those in the Springfield-area about different aspects of African culture - from food, to language, to music... and more. But his path to Springfield was not an easy one, and he still struggles to do what he loves most, educate: 

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Regional
6:59 am
Thu October 24, 2013

Rushville's Dr. Dohner Joins IDOA Hall Of Fame

Credit Dr. Dohner Fan Page/Facebook

Dr. Russell Dohner of Rushville is among the latest inductees to the Illinois Department on Aging’s Senior Hall of Fame

The 88-year-old physician has treated patients in west central Illinois since 1955.  He still makes house calls, patient rounds at the local hospital and nursing home, and is known to charge patients only $5.00 for the entire cost of visits. Dohner served as the 2013 Illinois State Fair Parade Grand Marshal.

From the Dept. on Aging: 

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Regional
8:56 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Smelly Flower In Bloom In St. Louis

Credit Missouri Botanical Garden

The Missouri Botanical Garden says its rare corpse flower is blooming.  
Garden officials say the flower began blooming Thursday evening and will continue into Friday. In the first 24 hours, the plant gives off a rotten smell.  
The bloom will last for about a day and a half but the foul odor mostly diminishes after the first 24 hours. The plant grows up to 6 feet tall and can be up to 3 feet wide.  
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the rare plants don't bloom every year. They store energy in a huge underground stem and can take up to a decade to bloom.  

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Regional
9:07 am
Wed October 16, 2013

WUIS / SJ-R Business Report: October 16, 2013

Credit SJ-R

The State Journal-Register's Tim Landis talks with Peter Gray about the state's latest work to prepare rail lines near Springfield for higher speed trains, new renderings for residential re-development and progress for retail on the south end of town.

Read the latest business stories in the SJ-R.

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Regional
8:55 am
Wed October 16, 2013

Marking The Former Home Of The Concordia Seminary

From l-r: Stuart Fliege, Rev. Mark Miller and Ralph Woehrmann
Credit WUIS

Longtime residents of the Springfield area will recall the Concordia Theological Seminary.  For about 100 years, it taught those who would become leaders of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.  The seminary moved to Indiana in 1975.  

Today, the Department of Corrections uses the buildings for training.  The site also housed what was once known as Illinois State University, during Abraham Lincoln's time.

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Regional
8:33 am
Wed October 16, 2013

Study Reports Numerous Violations At Nuke Plants

Clinton nuclear plant
Credit nrc.gov

A study determined that six Illinois nuclear power plants logged hundreds of safety violations from 2000 through 2012, most of them considered low-level.  
The Government Accounting Office report, based on Nuclear Regulatory Commission figures, shows the number safety violations at nuclear plants across the country vary dramatically from region to region.  
Illinois plants, with 11 reactors, had 1,118 violations, 17 of them considered high-level. By contrast, there were 1,885 mostly low-level violations in the Southeast region, home to 33 reactors.  

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