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Sangamon County Falls To ”Medium” Level Of COVID Transmission
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Sangamon County is back down to a “medium” level of community transmission of COVID.   The county had been listed as having a “high” level of transmission for the past several weeks, but new cases have been
Sangamon County Returns To Court Over State Failure To Move Jail Inmates For Mental Health Treatment
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Sangamon County Sheriff Jack Campbell is asking the court to order the Illinois Department of Human Services to comply with state law and move county jail inmates with mental health issues to appropriate care facilities within 20
Gray Files Libel, Defamation Complaint Against Butler
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One of the candidates in a local legislative primary is suing his opponent, alleging libel and defamation.   The complaint was filed Tuesday in Sangamon County Circuit Court by Kent Gray, who is running against incumbent state
COVID Vaccine Now Available For Children Six Months And Up
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Sangamon County is now offering the COVID vaccine to children from six months to five years old.   The federal government gave formal approval last week for child-size doses of the vaccine to protect younger children, who
Fulgenzi Won’t Run For Re-Election To Springfield City Council
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A Springfield alderman has announced that he will not seek re-election next year.   Ward 4 Alderman John Fulgenzi has decided not to seek a third term. In addition to serving on the City Council since 2015,
Coroner Identifies Victims Of Separate Fatal Weekend Crashes
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The Sangamon County Coroner has released the names of two women killed in separate single-vehicle crashes over the weekend. 68-year-old Mary Howland of Springfield died Saturday night after her car went off the road near 11th
Aldermen Preparing For Vote On New Ward Map; More Changes Expected
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A vote could happen as early as next month on the ordinance to approve new ward boundaries for the city of Springfield.   All ten city aldermen are co-sponsors of an ordinance to adopt one of two
COVID Vaccinations For Small Children Likely This Week
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Sangamon County expects to offer COVID vaccinations for children under the age of five within days.   Federal regulators have approved the shot for children as young as six months, and as soon as the county gets
Woman Dies In Springfield Car Accident
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A 68-year-old Springfield woman is dead after a one-car crash near 11th and Stanford Saturday night.   Sangamon County Coroner Jim Allmon says the woman was in a car that left the roadway and crashed. She was
Transfer Of County Jail Inmates To Psychiatric Care Underway
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Three of five Sangamon County Jail inmates who have been waiting months to be transferred for mental health treatment should be in psychiatric settings by this weekend… with the other two scheduled to be moved in the
Drug Bust Leads To Two Arrests
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Two people are in custody after a drug bust by the Sangamon County DIRT Team.   An ongoing investigation led authorities to seek a search warrant for a residence in the 200 block of North English in
County May Seek Reimbursement Of Costs For Housing Mentally Ill Inmates
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While Sangamon County waits for a state agency to transfer five county jail inmates in need of psychiatric care, Sheriff Jack Campbell would also like to recover the extra money the county has had to spend to
Transportation Hub To Include Race Riots Exhibit
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The new transportation hub coming to downtown Springfield will include an exhibit and artifacts from the 1908 race riots.   The Illinois State Museum will work with Sangamon County to create the exhibit, which is expected to
Replacement Chosen To Fill Sangamon County Board Vacancy
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A Williams Township trustee has been appointed to fill a vacancy on the Sangamon County Board.   Casey Constant was chosen by county board chair Andy Van Meter to serve out the remainder of District 2 board
DHS Pledges To Move County Jail Inmates To Treatment Facilities Next Week
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The Illinois Department of Human Services is promising to move four Sangamon County Jail inmates to appropriate psychiatric care settings by the end of next week.   That assurance was made to county officials after a judge
Seven People Arrested In Roundup Over Outstanding Warrants
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Springfield police and several other law enforcement agencies have rounded up a number of individuals who were being sought on outstanding warrants.   The warrants were obtained after investigations by the Springfield Police Street Crimes Unit and
Sangamon County Takes State To Court Over Mental Health Treatment For Jail Inmates
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Sangamon County is seeking contempt citations against a state agency for its failure to find placements for mentally ill county jail inmates during the time frame mandated by law.   State’s Attorney Dan Wright has filed five
GOP Voters Still Mostly Undecided In Several Major Statewide Races
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A statewide poll shows most Republican primary voters are still making up their minds in several key contested statewide races.   The Chicago Sun-Times/WBEZ survey of likely Republican primary voters finds state Representative Dan Brady leading in
Bailey Launches Statewide Bus Tour As Primary Approaches
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Fresh off a new poll that shows him with a sizable lead over his closest rival, Republican candidate for governor Darren Bailey is set to embark on a 14-day bus tour that he says will either take
Springfield Man Gets 38 Years In Prison In Murder Case
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A Springfield man has been sentenced to nearly 40 years in prison for a 2017 murder.   Kortez Brown-Joiner was 24 years old when he shot and killed 26-year-old John Laprice Morgan in the 100 block of
Sangamon County Now Over 60,000 COVID Cases; Transmission Level Remains High
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Sangamon County remains at a high level of COVID transmission, and several surrounding counties are also under that status.   The recent increase in the rate of new infections locally has pushed Sangamon County past 60,000 total
Memorial Marker To Be Dedicated For Man Who Helped Make Springfield The County Seat
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A memorial marker will be dedicated this weekend for the man credited with securing Springfield’s designation as the county seat of Sangamon County.   Andrew Elliott ran the city’s first hotel, the Buck Horn Tavern, in 1821,
UIS Performing Arts Center Reinstates Mask Mandate For Now
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The University of Illinois Springfield Performing Arts Center is reinstating a mask requirement for all patrons while COVID transmission rates in Sangamon County are designated as “high.”   The theater is also encouraging anyone who has cold-
Another Local COVID Death As Hospitalizations Climb
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Another Sangamon County resident has died of complications from COVID-19, and the number of county residents hospitalized with the virus has jumped dramatically in recent days.   The latest death was a woman in her 90s who
Springfield Man Arrested After Chase Involving Stolen Vehicle
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A Springfield man is in custody after a police chase that covered parts of three counties and ended up in Springfield over the weekend.   The incident began early Saturday morning in Nokomis, when police spotted a