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  • Suspect Arrested In Downtown Pipe Bomb Incident; Incendiary Device May Have Been Sitting There For Days

    The pipe bomb that was found on a downtown street back in July may have actually been sitting for several days before it was discovered.  That’s part of what’s alleged in the charges that have now been filed against a suspect in the case. 


    State’s Attorney John Milhiser says Bradford Moss is accused of planting the device at an ATM at the Chase Bank downtown in an attempt to blow it up and get the cash inside.  The device didn’t go off, and was then found across the street several days later.  The Secretary of State Bomb Squad defused it and no one was hurt.  


    Moss was already in custody on unrelated charges stemming from the robbery of a Marine Bank branch later in the summer.


  • Local Health Needs Assessment About To Get Underway

    Your help is being sought to determine the community’s health needs… and the best way to meet them in the coming years.  


    Sangamon County public health officials and the city’s two main hospitals are working together on a Community Health Needs Assessment, a requirement of the Affordable Care Act.  Online surveys and public meetings will be used to determine the relative wellbeing of county residents… the biggest health challenges they face… and whether there are adequate resources to address those issues.  


    The assessment begins Tuesday and will be completed next spring.

  • Aldermanic Candidate Wants East-Side Recreational Center For Youth

    A candidate for Springfield alderman says the city should provide more recreational opportunities for east-side youth… to help keep them off the streets and out of trouble. 


    Bill Bishop announced on Facebook over the weekend that he is running for the Ward Two seat being vacated by Gail Simpson… who is running for mayor. 


    Although the Springfield Park District now handles most rec programs in the city, Bishop says Springfield could either find the funds or help bring in grant dollars to support an effort that he says could reduce east-side violence.

  • Fatal Accident Involving Car and Train in Taylorville

    A woman has died in a collision between a car and a train in Taylorville.


    WAND-TV reports 66-year-old Kathleen Rhodes was just a few blocks from home when her car was struck by the train and burst into flames.


    Several of the train cars contained flammable liquids, complicating the rescue effort.


    The accident happened at South Webster and Third Street in Taylorville.

  • We Ask America Poll: Dead Heat Between Rauner and Quinn

    The latest poll in the race for Illinois governor indicates the race has become a virtual dead heat.


    The survey from We Ask America gives Republican Bruce Rauner a three-point lead over Governor Pat Quinn… in a poll that has a three-point margin of error.


    That same survey several weeks ago had Rauner up by eight points. With the race getting closer, expect the candidates to step up their attacks on each other.


    Quinn has been painting Rauner as out-of-touch, while Rauner’s latest ads tie Quinn to former Governor Rod Blagojevich and House Speaker Mike Madigan.

  • Libertarian Candidate for Governor Acknowledges Uphill Battle

    One of the candidates for Illinois governor admits his campaign is a long shot. But Libertarian Chad Grimm could still play a critical role in determining who will lead the state.


    Grimm concedes that it will be difficult for him to beat the major-party contenders for governor, but hopes that his campaign will make it easier for future Libertarian and other third-party candidates to get on the ballot.


    Republicans have been trying to knock Grimm and the rest of his party slate off the ballot… fearing he could take votes that would otherwise go to GOP nominee Bruce Rauner.

  • Motorcyclist Recovering After Accident on I-55 Sunday

    A motorcyclist is recovering after a frightening crash on a congested stretch of Interstate 55 just outside Springfield Sunday.


    Southbound traffic on the interstate was slowing to a crawl because of an ongoing road work project… but authorities say the biker failed to slow down in time and struck the rear of one vehicle.


    The impact threw him from his bike into two other cars and then onto the ground.


    Even so, authorities say the motorcyclist was treated and released from Memorial Medical Center. Tickets are pending.

  • Deadline for Medical Cannabis Cultivation and Dispensaries is Today

    Today is the application deadline for businesses hoping to get one of the limited number of state licenses to grow or sell medical marijuana.


    Two state agencies – Agriculture, and Financial and Professional Regulation – will accept applications for cultivation centers and dispensaries until 3pm this afternoon.


    Only serious contenders need apply… there’s a non-refundable $25,000 application fee.


    The state will issue up to 21 permits for cultivation centers and 60 for dispensaries.

  • Report: Money for Illinois' Locks and Dams an Urgent Need

    It’s not the first thing people think of when discussing Illinois infrastructure… but a report coming out today says there’s an urgent need for more money to repair locks and dams on Illinois waterways.


    According to the Chicago Tribune, the report from the Illinois Chamber of Commerce will argue that breakdowns in the aging locks and dams are causing delays that have reduced the average tonnage moved through Illinois locks by 20-percent.


    The report says water traffic is essential for the movement of coal, road salt, petroleum products and construction materials… but the 1930s-era locks and dams cannot keep up with the traffic.

  • Bond Set At $250K For Suspect Linked To Skeletal Remains

    The investigation is continuing, even though a man has now been charged in connection with the skeletal remains found in a shed in Rochester over the summer. 


    Former local resident Bradley Perkins is being held on $250,000 bond on charges of concealment of the homicidal death of Tracy Trimby.  Authorities believe Trimby was killed in early 2010. 


    And while Perkins is not currently charged with her murder, State’s Attorney John Milhiser says more charges could be coming… and that there are no other suspects in her death.

  • Fundraiser Puts DSI Closer To Goal

    A fundraiser this week has given Downtown Springfield Inc. a lift as it tries to close a $50,000 deficit. 


    The State Journal-Register reports the fundraising event Thursday night produced cash and pledges totaling $35,000.  DSI plans another fundraising push next month and will also ask the City of Springfield for help. 


    The agency… which promotes downtown businesses and events… is in financial trouble after bad weather slashed revenues from major summer events.


  • Quinn: No Backup Plan If Pension Reform Is Ruled Unconstitutional

    Governor Pat Quinn says he doesn’t have a backup plan in place if the courts rule that his pension reform law is unconstitutional. 


    Quinn says it wouldn’t make sense to tell the courts that he has a “Plan B” and give them an opening to throw out the pension law that he championed. 


    Recent court rulings have suggested Quinn’s pension law could be found unconstitutional… and if it is, the state would find itself in an even deeper financial hole.


  • New Bike Lanes Annoying Some Local Drivers

    Frustration is mounting over delays on Second Street, as city crews have revamped the layout of the road, reducing lanes for motor vehicles and adding bike lanes. 


    Even Springfield Public Works Director Mark Mahoney says he’s been frustrated by the traffic tieups.  But Mahoney says it will get better as traffic signals are retimed… and as drivers get used to the changes. 


    The work is part of the city’s efforts to become more “bike-friendly.”

  • Suspect Charged In Connection With Body Found In Rochester Shed

    A man is charged with concealment of a homicidal death... and additional charges are possible in connection with the woman whose skeletal remains were found in a Rochester shed over the summer.


    Bradley D. Perkins is being held on $250,000 bond following his arrest in connection with the death of Tracy Trimby.  She may have been dead for years when her remains were found under debris inside that shed at a Rochester residence.


    State's Attorney John Milhiser says the case remains under investigation and more charges could be filed against Perkins.  He says there are no other suspects in the case.

  • Libertarians To Remain on Ballot After Judges Ruling

    A slate of Libertarian candidates will remain on the November ballot, after a Sangamon County judge rejected the latest attempt by Illinois Republicans to get them kicked off.


    GOP attorneys had argued that the Libertarians had not submitted enough valid signatures to qualify… and that the State Board of Elections had made a mistake in allowing them onto the ballot.


    But Judge Patrick Kelley ruled that there was no evidence that the board’s decision was “clearly erroneous.”


    There’s no word yet on whether the Republican Party plans to appeal the decision.

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