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T-Mobile Cramming Victims Refund

Last Minute Registration and Voting in Central Illinois
For voting in Macon County visit,

 Sangamon County visit,

McDonald's Questions and Answers

Ever wonder what's in McDonald's food?

McDonald's is encouraging people to join the conversation by following @MCDONALDS, visiting MCDONALDS.COM and @MYILLINOISMCD

Cyber Security

Preparing for Apple Pay

Springfield City Council Coordinator Application
Follow the link to learn more about the Springfield City Council Coordinator job. Applications are due Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at 11:59 p.m.

Finding Illinois Jobs
Smarter job applications in seconds

Weekend Halloween Events at the Carillon

Cost of Inflation

Fighting Histiocytosis or

Stopping the Spread of the Ebola Virus

Wood Stove Changeout Program

Springfield City Government Candidates

Domestic Violence Help
Courage Connection: 217 384 4390

IDHS: 1-877-TO END DV or 1-877-863-6338

Contact Your Elected Officials

Register to vote in Illinois
Voters have until Oct. 7 to register!

Buy Illinois Challenge-Take the Pledge

Chevrolet Hall of Fame Museum & Memorabilia Auction
            4th Annual 2014 Classic Car Show and Memorabilia Auction 

All new state of the art location !! Progress City, USA - Home of the Farm Progress Show at RCC - Richland Community College ! Save the date! This will be the best sale yet!

For more info or to consign - call 217-454-4583

High Speed Rail Plans

Women Soldiers and the V.A.

Jimmy John's Data Breach
Learn about the options available if your credit or debit card information was hacked at a Central Illinois location.

Healh Issues in the Community
Five community forums will be held beginning October 1 and concluding October 9 (see below for the schedule). Participants will be invited to provide input on the health needs and priorities for the county, and have an opportunity to fill out a survey that can be completed on paper or online:                                                        

The survey will be available for completion between September 23 and October 17. 

Schedule for CHNA Community Forums
Number/Date/Time Community Facility  1. Wednesday, October 1, 6:00 to 7:30 Riverton Board Room of Riverton Town Hall   2. Thursday, October 2, 6:00 to 7:30 Springfield Union Baptist Church  3. Monday, October 6, 6:00 to 7:30 Springfield Washington Park Botanical Garden  4. Wednesday, October 8, 6:30 to 8:00 Auburn Auburn Community Center  5. Thursday, October 9, 6:00 to 7:30 Springfield Lanphier High School 


It's on Us - Pledge Against Sexual Assault

Benefit For Tracey Trimby
LOCATION: D.A.V Club/ 25 Club Area, Springfield IL
DATE: September 21st
TIME: 10am-5pm
$10.00 donation at the door

There will be food, an auction, a raffle among other activities.
All proceeds will go towards burial.

More Info: 217-280-7736

Walk to End Alzheimer's - Springfield

First National Bank in Raymond
Contact the bank to learn about the special account set up to help raise money for carbon monoxide detectors at North Mac schools.

Volunteer Opportunities for Hospice Care at Memorial

Click here to become a Hospice Volunteer with Memorial Home Services

"Quiet Zone"
Petition for Quiet Zone in Downtown Springfield
Bill Edley, Chairman of Quiet Zone Now, is collecting petitions for the city to establish a quiet zone in downtown Springfield.  A quiet zone means train traffic wouldn't stop, but the sounding of horns and train whistles would; except in an emergency.

To get involved or sign the petition, email or call him: (309) 370-1540.

SHG- 20th Annual Raffle Fundraiser

New Business Proposed for Springfield's Stevenson Drive
Magro's Meat is holding informational meetings for neighborhoods within the Stevenson Drive area where they are hoping to set up shop.

The next meeting is with Laketown residents.

That is set for September 15th at 6:30 PM at Concordia Lutheran Church.

Springfield zoning and planning commission will meet to discuss this issue next Wednesday, September 17th, at 6 pm.

That will be in the city council chamber at Municipal Center

9/10 Presidential Address
In a rare prime-time address, President Obama laid out his long-awaited military strategy for handling the terrorist group ISIS. 

The President's plan includes targeted airstrikes against ISIS strongholds in Syria.

He addressed the urgency of military action by breaking down the organization's growing influence.

President Barack Obama says that "our own security - depends upon our willingness to do what it takes to defend this nation, and uphold the values that we stand for"

The President was careful to say that this military strategy would be unlike war efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

He announced he will send 475 additional service members to help train Iraqi security forces and provide intelligence, but he insists they will not be on a combat mission

President Barack Obama says that "this counter-terrorism campaign will be waged through a steady, relentless effort to take out ISIL wherever they exist using our air power and our support for partner forces on the ground."

The terrorist group controls large portions of Iraq and Syria.

In the Sunni militants efforts to create a "caliphate" or Islamic state, it has left a trail of brutality

It has slaughtered men, women, and children.

Among them: Two U.S. journalists.

Now, it appears the president is ready to take the fight to them.

FOX News Poll
Weigh in with your thoughts.

"Protect The Pecs"
Find more information on "Protect the Pecs" and male breast cancer at the links below:!going-the-distance/c1y81

Domestic Violence Help

Blocking Robo-Calls
While the FCC matter is pending, Madigan said the best step Illinois residents can take to better protect themselves from unwanted calls is to sign up for the FTC's Do Not Call registry. To register, visit the link above or call 1-888-382-1222 (TTY: 1-866-290-4236).

Bruce Rauner's Education Plan

Reorganized Lincoln/Logan County Tourism Organization Seeking Board Members

Medical Cannabis Application and Qualifications

Qualifying Debilitating Medical Conditions

What debilitating medical conditions make a patient eligible for the program?

  • Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS)
  • Agitation of Alzheimer's disease
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
  • Arnold-Chiari malformation and Syringomelia
  • Cachexia/wasting syndrom
  • Cancer
  • Causalgia
  • Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy
  • Crohn's disease
  • CRPS (Complex Regional Pain Syndromes Type II)
  • Dystonia
  • Fibromyalgia (severe)
  • Fibrous dysplasia
  • Glaucoma
  • Hepatitis C
  • Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Interstitial Cystitis
  • Lupus
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Myasthenia Gravis
  • Myoclonus
  • Nail-patella syndrome
  • Neurofibromatosis
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Post-concussion syndrome
  • RSD (Complex Regional Pain Syndromes Type I)
  • Residual limb pain
  • Rheumatoid arthritis (RA)
  • Seizures, including those characteristic of epilepsy (Starting January 1, 2015)
  • Sjogren's syndrome
  • Spinal cord disease, including, but not limited to, arachnoiditis, Tarlov cysts, hydromyelia, syringomyelia
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Spinocerebellar Ataxia (SCA)
  • Tourettes syndrome
  • Traumatic brain injury (TBI)

Illinois Recovery Month

LLCC Value Added Certificate Program

Flooding Help


WhoCan Enter


1. To be eligible to participate inthis contest, entrants must be U.S. residents who are 18 years of age or olderand reside in the WICS/WRSP viewing area.


2. Current and former employees ofSinclair Broadcast Group, Inc., Sinclair Television Group, Inc., Sinclair Televisionof Illinois, LLC, and any other company which owns, programs, or provides otherservices to television broadcast station WICS/WRSP (collectively, the Station),WCCU,WICD, WBUI, Friendly Chevrolet of Springfield, IL (the Sponsor), OddsOnPromotions (OOP), International Hole in One Association d/b/a OOP, EverestNational Insurance Company (the Insurer), their affiliated companies,advertising and promotion agencies, any and all local television broadcast andcable stations, local radio and other media companies, the agents, successors,or assignees, and the immediate family members of each are ineligible. The termimmediate family includes spouses, grandparents, parents, siblings, childrenand grandchildren.


3. This contest is for amateursonly. Current or former professional or semi-professional football, soccer, orrugby players and coaches who have played or coached at that level anywhere inthe world are ineligible to enter. Current or former Olympic, collegiate orjunior collegiate, or high school football, soccer, or rugby players, coaches,or club members and coaches who have played or coached at that level anywherein the world within the past five (5) years are ineligible.


Howto Enter


a) No purchase is necessary toenter. Qualified entrants may enter once per IP address.


b) To enter, log onto or www.foxillinois.comto complete an online entry form with your name, address, telephone number,birth date, email address, and click Submit. No mechanically reproduced orcompleted entries will be accepted.


c) The contest starts on August 30,2014, and ends the sooner of (i) October 24, 2014, or (ii) when a qualifyingparticipant successfully completes the kick attempt (the ContestPeriod).  All entries must be received by Station by 12:00 p.m. (noon) CDTon each Thursday during the contest period to be eligible for the weekly qualifierdrawing.  Station is not responsible forlost, late, or misdirected entries, printing errors, server unavailability,computer, or any other electronic malfunction.


d) All entries received that aremutilated, tampered with, incorrect, illegible, or from ineligible entrantswill be void. All entries become the property of Sinclair Broadcast Group,Inc., Sinclair Television Group, Inc., and the Station, and will not be acknowledgedor returned.


e) Each Thursday during the ContestPeriod, one (1) qualifier and one(1) alternate qualifier willbe selected by random drawing from among valid entries (the alternate qualifier will only participate if the qualifiercannot be notified or does not appear at the football game).  The qualifier and alternate qualifier (collectively,the Participant) must be available to appear in person at the Friday Night Blitz Game of theWeek (the Event) to compete the kick attempt (the Attempt).  Participant must be present to attempt to winprize.  


f)  Participant will be notified by telephoneand/or email.  Before attending theEvent, Participant must provide his/her correct name, address and telephonenumber to Station within twenty four (24) hours of notification.  If Participant cannot be notified within 24hours, or is unable to attend the Event, then the Participant shall bedisqualified, the Attempt will be cancelled, and another Participant will notbe chosen.  If the Event is cancelled orpostponed, then the Attempt will be cancelled.


f) The eligible Participant willhave the opportunity to win a 2014 Chevy Silverado 1500 Crew Cab 4x4 by kicking or punting a football into the bed of a truck atthe Event.  Details about the time andlocation to appear will be provided to the Participant.


g) The Participant will be requiredto show picture identification and complete and sign the Contest Agreement To Participatein the 40 Yard Challenge football kick Attempt, which will be videotaped.  Station reserves the right to examineadditional identification and may choose to accept or deny the Attempt based onthe identification presented.


h) TheParticipant is not permitted any practice, warm-up, or qualifying kicks at anytime after his/her notification of participation in this promotion until theactual prize Attempt. 

i) At theEvent, theParticipant is permitted one (1) attempt to successfully kick or a punt aregulation High School, NCAA, NFL, or Arena football from a minimum distance offorty (40) yards, on the fly, and make it come to rest without bouncing out,into the bed of a standard sized (or smaller) pick-up truck.  In order for the Attempt to be successful andvalid:

1.      Thetruck must be placed sideways, so that the bed faces the Participantlengthwise, which removes the opportunity of the cab acting as a backstop.

2.      The bed of the pickup truck must beempty prior to each kick. Nothing may be inserted into the bed of the pickuptruck to deaden the bounce of the football.

3.      No part of theParticipants body or clothing may come into contact with the demarcation lines/spotsprior to kicking or punting the ball. Any such contact shall constitute a fouland the prize attempt shall be considered missed.

j) The eligibility of the Attempt issubject to the NCAA and/or NFL rules of football.  In the event of a conflict, NCAA rules will prevail. 




1. The Participant may win a 2014 ChevySilverado 1500 Crew Cab LTZ 4x4 truck (with black paint and black leatherinterior) valued at $45,000, upon successfully kicking orpunting a football into the bed of a pickup truck at the Event.  Winner, if any, will be notified in person atthe Event.  Winner must sign and return arelease and affidavit of eligibility, which must be received within five (5)days of the Event, at the time winner claims his/her prize in person at theStation.  Awarding the prize is contingenton approval and investigation by Insurer, which may take more than eight (8)weeks.  Truck add-ons, maintenance,gasoline, insurance, miscellaneous fees, taxes, tags, registration, or anyother items or expenses are not included.   


2. In the event of a winner, if suchwinner does not timely sign and return the release and affidavit ofeligibility, proof of insurance, or any other documents required by the Sponsoror Insurer, then the prize will be forfeited, and the prize will remain theproperty of the Insurer.


4. There will be no substitutions orcash alternatives for any prize except at the sole discretion of Station.  The Station has the right to substitute aprize of similar value. No transfer or assignment of prizes is allowed.


5. In the event of a winner, winner isresponsible for paying all local, county, state and federal taxes on prizesbased on the estimated retail value of the prizes as set forth in these rules.  Winner must complete and sign a Form W-9.


6. Sinclair Television of Illinois,LLC, Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc., and Sinclair Television Group, Inc. arenot liable if the provider of any part of the prize fails to satisfy itsobligations to furnish its portion of the prize.


7. Sinclair Television of Illinois,LLC, Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc., and Sinclair Television Group, Inc. arenot responsible for any liability arising directly or indirectly from the awardor use of the prize.


8. In participating in this contest,you acknowledge that Sinclair Television of Illinois, LLC, Sinclair BroadcastGroup, Inc., Sinclair Television Group, Inc., Friendly Chevrolet, OOP, andInsurer have the right to publicize your name, character, likeness, photograph,voice and the fact that you are the winner for promotional purposes withoutfinancial remuneration.


Oddsof Winning/Miscellaneous


1. Odds of participating depend onthe number of valid entries received. Odds of winning are 100 to 1.


2. Complete contest rules areavailable Monday through Friday during normal business hours at WICS/WRSP, 2680East Cook Street, Springfield, IL 62703, and on the Stations website or 


3. For a list of participants andany winner, send a separate, self-addressed, stamped envelope to WICS/WRSP, 2680East Cook Street, Springfield, IL 62703, by November 21, 2014.


4. This contest is subject to allapplicable laws and regulations and is void where prohibited. SinclairBroadcast Group, Inc., Sinclair Television Group, Inc., Sinclair Television ofIllinois, LLC, OOP, Insurer, and Friendly Chevrolet accept no responsibility orliability in connection with any injuries, losses or damages of any kind causedby or resulting from the acceptance, possession or use of any prize awardedhereunder.


5. Station cannot be held liable forany lost or stolen entries, prizes, or contest information.


6. Station reserve the right to make rules andcontest changes, and change the aforementioned contest dates.

Sesame Street Live: Making New Friends

Drive Sober Or Get Pulled Over

Freedom From Smoking

Madigan Warns of Data Breaches

Attorney General Issues Alert Following Homeland Security Disclosure That Over 1,000
U.S. Businesses Breached by Hackers Using Malware
Chicago - Attorney General Lisa Madigan today alerted Illinois businesses and residents to a disclosure by the Department of Homeland Security that over 1,000 U.S. businesses were hit by hackers in the same types of data breaches reported by Target and other major retailers.
Madigan is leading investigations into large data breaches reported in the past year by Target, Neiman Marcus, Michaels Stores, eBay and Sony. Last week, the Department of Homeland Security disclosed that over 1,000 other businesses across the country were affected by the same kinds of cyberattacks that hit those large retailers, potentially affecting millions more consumers nationwide than previously known.
"Unfortunately, it is not a matter of if but when you will become a victim of some sort of cybercrime," Madigan said. "Taking commonsense precautions and making them routine can greatly reduce the threat and any damage done by a data breach."
Madigan reminded affected companies that state law requires them to promptly notify customers that their personal data has been compromised in a data breach. She also urged businesses with Illinois customers to ask their IT professionals to check their point of sale systems for the types of malware that the Department of Homeland Security says have been discovered. In addition, businesses should:
    Ensure their antivirus software is updated and able to scan for malicious software;
    Require employees to create strong network passwords that include numbers, letters and symbols;
    Require regular employee password changes;
    Lock out network access after a set number of unsuccessful login attempts; and
    Limit remote network access as much as possible.
Madigan also emphasized what Illinois residents can do to better protect their personal and financial information:
    Set up Transaction Alerts on your accounts to receive notifications when your credit or debit card is used above a certain dollar amount, so if someone uses your card without authorization, you'll receive a text message or email and can immediately call your card issuer to dispute the charge.
    Regularly review your bank and credit card statements to make sure there are no unauthorized transactions. Contest any unauthorized charges immediately by contacting your bank using the toll-free number on the back of your credit or debit card. Prompt reporting of unauthorized charges is critical to limit your liability, particularly if you are a debit card user because liability depends on how quickly you report a lost or stolen card. For instance, if you report a lost or stolen debit card before any unauthorized transactions occur, you are not responsible for any of the unauthorized charges, but if you make the report within two business days of losing your card, you can be liable for up to $50 of unauthorized charges. After two days, reporting lost or stolen cards can increase your liability anywhere from $500 and up.
    Review your credit reports for unauthorized accounts. You are entitled to one free credit report from each of the three nationwide credit reporting agencies per year. Go to         Consider putting a security freeze on your credit. A security freeze can prevent someone from taking out credit in your name. There is a downside because having a freeze in place will also hamper you from opening new accounts or anything involving a credit check, such as renting an apartment or purchasing a car or home. But you can easily have the freeze lifted when you want to allow a company to check your credit.
Consumers also should be wary of companies promising to protect your identity and accounts. All of these steps consumers can take for free.
For questions or help if you have been a victim of identity theft, contact Madigan's Identity Theft Hotline at 1-866-999-5630. Madigan's Identity Theft Unit has helped over 35,000 victims remove over $26 million in fraudulent charges from their credit.

Land of Lincoln Honor Flight

DHS Illinois Cooling Centers
Find the closest place to escape the heat through the Illinois Department of Human Services.

ALS Donation

Extreme Heat -- Warning for Seniors
Extreme Heat -- Warning for Seniors

Shelbyville Elected Officials Receive Raises
The mayor who is also the city's Liquor Commissioner will see a raise of $250 a month.

Additional $125 to monthly salaries of 4 city commissioners.

Additional $125 to monthly salaries of Building Commissioner.

Standing Up To Cancer





Red Band Society Charity Initiative

Visit NOW. Share your favorite RED BAND SOCIETY content (videos, GIFs and more). We need YOUR help to raise $100K for charity AND to unlock an early preview of the first episodes for fans!! So get sharing and encourage your friends and family to do the same!

Donations to from this campaign go to five charities including Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Ryan Seacrest Foundation, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Teen Cancer America and Children's Hospital Los Angeles!

"Like" RED BAND SOCIETY on Facebook at Follow the series on Twitter @RedBandSociety and join the discussion using #redbandsociety. See photos and videos on Instagram @RedBandSociety.

Schnucks Settlement Website
Learn more about the deal for millions of credit and debit card accounts, potentially hacked between December 2012 and March 2013.

Hy-Vee Ice Bucket Challenge

Friend Verifier App

NASA Wants Public's Help

State Fair Events For Friday

Suicide/Depression Services
If you feel vulnerable and potentially suicidal, call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

Other resources can be found through the Mental Health Center of Central Illinois.

4-H Membership

Waste Watch Report

American Red Cross School Safety Tips

Lower Ticket Prices for Grandstand Show August 17th

Purchase tickets from Ticketmaster either online at, by phone at 800-745-3000, or in person at participating Ticketmaster outlets. Tickets also can be purchased from the Grandstand Box Office. It is open weekdays, except holidays, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and accepts both walk-up and phone orders. The phone number there is (217) 782-1979.

Enforcing Child Care Payments in Illinois

Would you like to see "Weird Al" Yankovic performing during the Super Bowl XLIX halftime show?

Sign the petition and make your voice and choice heard.

Weird Al" fans still have time to make their case. Super Bowl XLIX kicks off in Glendale, Arizona Feb.1.

American Idol Auditions at the State Fair

Breast Feeding Awareness Support Group
The Breast feeding support group will be held Wednesday, 8/6 at the Lincoln Memorial Hospital.  For questions or information, call, 217-605-5707, or click on link above. 

National Night Out - Champaign Schedule of Events

Several Champaign neighborhood associations are hosting block parties on Tuesday, August 5 to coincide with National Night Out. Below is the schedule of events:

Beardsley Park Neighborhood, 5-8 PM
Draper/Healey Streets, 6-8 PM
Town Center Apartments Neighborhood Association, 4-8 PM
Metanoia Center, 4:30-6:30 PM
North 1st Street Association, 4:30-6 PM
Garden Hills Park, 5-7:30 PM
Union & Elm Streets, 5-8 PM
Douglass Park, 512 E. Grove St., Champaign Park Districts Sounds at Sunset, 6-8PM (Entertainment by Candy Foster)

Donations to the Shoe Closet
The Shoe Closet provides shoes for over 50 kids who live in local shelters.  Click on either link to donate.

More Information On Sex Offenders

Abandoned Kittens Rescue
To help the four kittens found outside a Walgreens in Jacksonville, contact Dog P.E.N. rescue shelter.

Rate Your Risk

Evaluate Risks in Your Life

Bat-Kid Returns

Click here to find out how you can help bring Bat-Kid's dream to the big screen!

See the full movie trailer by clicking the link below: - Richmond, VA News

Find out if you qualify to receive school Supplies from the Springfield Township

Contact, Kim Cessna from the Springfield Township at, 217-525-1464

Barnes & Nobles Batman Sweepstakes

Hope for Addy with Medical Marijuana

Swimming Dangers

Primary Amebic Meningoencephalitis

Peacekeeper's Ride

New "Fountain of Youth" Skin Treatment

4-H Kid's Membership

Freebie Friday: How To Beat Priceline

Weird Al's "Word Crimes"

Freedom To Debate A Sex Assault Statistic

Flag Controversy

Springfield Gus Macker

Champaign Flooding
Due to the recent heavy downpours in the area, many homes are dealing with backed up sewage in living spaces including bathrooms and basements.  The American Red Cross will be opening a shelter for affected residents today in response to this situation.  

The shelter will be located at the Kenwood on Kirby School (1605 W. Kirby in Champaign) at 6:30pm.  Affected individuals and families will be able to have a safe place to sleep and food to eat at the shelter.  

A few items to take to a shelter include: medications, a change of clothing, comfort items for young children (i.e. stuffed animals) and important papers (driver's license, insurance policies, etc.)

Legion Hiring Event
Resources compiled by the IL Department of Veterans' Affairs

Taste of Downtown Information

Freebie Friday: Best Travel Apps

National Gay Blood Drive

Save Money on Utility and Phone Bills

Precision Aerial Ag Show

Campus Sexual Assault Survey

Follow Randy Cooke's Journey at the Transplant Games of America
The "Randy at the Games" Facebook page is dedicated to keeping track of Randy Cooke and all of Team St. Louis at the Transplant Games of America. Results and pictures will be posted daily.

Suttill's Garden

Danville Humane Society

Hearing Loss

Fireworks displays in Springfield

Fourth of July Events

What's happening over the weekend

Capital City Celebration
Details for the Springfield Capital City Celebration on July 3-5.

4th of July Weekend Fireworks

Date: July 4, 2014 at 9:15pm

Where: University of Illinois parking lot E14 (just west of Assembly Hall)
1800 S 1st St
in Champaign, Illinois61820
Find more fireworks displays in Champaign County


Date: July 4, 2014 at Dusk

Where: Nelson Park
200 Nelson Blvd
in Decatur, Illinois62521
Find more fireworks displays in Macon County


Date: July 4, 2014 at Dusk

Where: Coles County Airport
432 Airport Road
in Charleston, Illinois61938
Find more fireworks displays in Coles County


Date: July 5, 2014 at Dusk

Where: Ervin Park
Main and North Line Rd
in Tuscola, Illinois61953
Find more fireworks displays in Douglas County

Illinois Firework Displays

Agnes of God

Buy Illinois Challenge


Massive Hacker Targeting Attack

Gun Violence Report

VA Whistleblowers

Truck Driver Films Run-in with State Trooper
This State Trooper pulled over a truck driver after he honked at the officer for speeding. The officer threatened to ticket him for "Illegal Use of Horn," until he realized, he was being taped.

Naloxone Distribution Program in Decatur

Skin Cancer Screenings

American Outlaws

Bottom Line Diaper Bank of East Central Illinois

Batman 75th Anniversary Exhibit
All seven Batman films come together for the first time ever in a themed exhibit on the studios Burbank, California lot.

Freebie Friday: Ways To Save Money At The Grocery Store

Crime Stoppers
Crime Stoppers
Call in your tip: 788-8427
Text tip: TIP672

"Bring Their Goats Home"
Help Bring Their Pet Goats Home

Kaitlyn Heffren of Lincoln, IL is petition city government for the right to keep her pygmy goats at her home, which lies within city limits. Sign your name on this petition.

Community Zone: 5K Fundraiser for BBBS

Springfield Home Owners Get A Shocking Surprise

Becoming A Milk Donor
Find more information here about donating breast milk through the Indiana Mothers Milk Bank!

Fighting Child Abuse

Illinois Sex Offenders
Do you know who's living in your neighborhood?  Check out this map to find out if there are registered sex offenders living near your home or school.

Northside Sandlot Baseball facebook
Facebook page for Northside Sandlot Baseball club. Like and Message to find out how to help or donate to program.

AARP Driver's Safety Class

For more information about the Driver Safety class or to register for this class, please contact Margie Muehlebach at 217-464-2046.

Champaign County Search and Rescue Team
From Sheriff's Office Website:

Champaign County Sheriff Dan Walsh and Champaign County Emergency Management Agency have joined their respective agencies together to establish a county-wide Search and Rescue Team.  The end goal is to train teams of volunteers to be at the ready to perform search and rescue of persons, assist in the recovery of bodies, assist Law Enforcement with evidence recovery, support disaster area operations and promote safety.

If you have questions, want to volunteer as a member or have resources that could be utilized please send an email to

Girl Technology Summer Camp

Hosted by the University of Illinois, Springfield.

Ronald McDonald House Charities "Labor of Love"

When To Buy In Bulk

Johnson Flight Academy Website
Website for the Johnson Flight Academy. Information for upcoming classes and events.

Local Psychologist On School Violence

College For Kids Program

Click on link to pre-register your child in the College For Kids program coming up in July.  These sessions will be held at Lincoln Land Community College in Springfield.

YMCA Summer Camps
The Springfield YMCA runs 11 weeks worth of half-day and full-day summer camps. Prices range from $80 to $150 with discounts available for YMCA members. Scholarships are available as well.

Facebook Feedback


Tommy's Angel-Service Dog

Click here to make a donation towards helping to fund a new service dog for Tommy Annis.

Foods That Are Dangerous To Your Dog

Biking for a Cause

2014 State Fair Grandstand Acts

New Season Announced for Sangamon Auditorium

Summer Basketball Leagues and Springfield Urban League Programs
Basketball summer leagues are held Monday's at the Boys and Girls Club in Springfield for high school kids starting at 6 PM; Tuesday's at the Boys and Girls Club in Springfield for middle school kids starting at 6 PM; and Wednesday's at Lanphier High School for youth 18 and older starting at 6 PM.

Click here for more information about the upcoming summer programs with Springfield Urban League.

Carillon Festival

Signs of Cyber Bullying

DACC Kids Courses
College for kids in 3rd through 8th grade.

Washington Dog Park Proposal
For more information on supporting the Washington Dog Park proposal, click on the above link.

If you 'd like to get involved with those against the proposed dog park, email KNOXY1958@YAHOO.COM.

Get Signed up for CPR classes here

State Sponsored "Leave No Child Inside" Activities
June 6-9
Illinois Free Fishing Days

June 7
Two Rivers Family Fishing Fair, Pere Marquette State Park, Grafton, IL, 10 am -4 pm

Kids Fishing Derby, Weldon Springs State Park, Clinton, IL, 9:00 am

Kids Fishing Derby at Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge, Marion, IL, 8 am

Kids Fishing Derby, Oakwood Bottoms/Shawnee National Forest, Grand Tower, IL,7:30 am

June 7-8
Youth/Women Wingshooting Clinics, Des Plaines State Fish and Wildlife Area,Wilmington, IL,

June 10-12
A Taste of Archeology for Teens, Dickson Mounds Museum, Lewistown, IL, 8 am -3:30 pm<

June 14
Youth/Women Wingshooting Clinic, Jim Edgar Panther Creek State Fish andWildlife Area, Chandlerville, IL

Owls Program - Hunters of the Night, Cache River Visitor Center, Cache RiverState Natural Area, Cypress, IL, 1-3 pm

June 14-15
Lockport Canal Days, Illinois State Museum Lockport Gallery, Lockport, IL

June 15
More than Bows-N-Arrows Father's Day Event, Dickson Mounds Museum, Lewistown,IL<

June 17-19
Nature Adventure for Kids, Dickson Mounds Museum, Lewistown, IL<

June 21-22
Youth/Women Wingshooting Clinic, St. Charles Sportsmen's Club, Elburn, IL

June 21
Celebrate the Summer Solstice, Dickson Mounds Museum, Lewistown, IL, 6-7:30 am<

Hike for Your Health, Beall Woods State Park, Mt. Carmel, IL, 10 am - Noon

Memorial Open Water Swim Benefit, Lincoln Trail State Park, Marshall, IL

June 25-26
Nature Explorers Camp for Kids, Dickson Mounds Museum, Lewistown, IL<

Springfield Dog Park



Autism and Movement Project

Double D Farms

Home Instead Senior Care

Mission Mart Thrift Store

Independent Movie Filming in Champain
Extras Wanted:

Email your head shot and resume to

National Park Foundations' "Ticket To Ride" Program
\Click the link to learn more about the "Ticket to Ride" program and ways to support this and the other National Park Foundation programs.

Troubled VA Facilities Bonuses

Same Sex Marriage Licenses - Sangamon County
Those couples wishing to be married by a judge on June 1st must make an appointment in advance by calling (217) 753-6366.

Danville Dangerous Intersection Survey
For a paper copy call (217) 431-3453

Staying Healthy Before and During Your Vacation
How Not To Get Sick When You Travel

National Park Foundation's "Ticket to Ride" Program
Click the link to learn more about the "Ticket to Ride" program and ways to support this and the other National Park Foundation programs.

Cost of Living in Report
Put together by the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce

Adopt-A-Highway Program

Ronald McDonald House Renovation

Cash In Your Diploma

Illinois: "Where Fresh Is" Campaign

Vote for Sgt. Katie Williams for Miss Veteran America

Proper Flag Etiquette

Vote for Sgt. Katie Williams for Miss Veteran America

Coffee Producers

Assumption, IL Veterans Memorial Information

Myer's Mobile Animal Clinic

Community Action Program's 50th Anniversary
For more information or questions can be made by calling 535-3120 or through the website at

How to Avoid Dishonest Contractors

Madigan offered these tips to residents and businesses from being targeted by dishonest home repair contractors:
Be wary of contractors who go door to door to offer repair services. Ask for recommendations from people you know and trust and, whenever possible, use established local contractors.
Call the Attorney General's Consumer Fraud Hotline <> and the Better Business Bureau to check out a contractor and to learn if any complaints have been filed against a particular business.
Even if there is a need to act quickly, shop around for the best deal. Get written estimates from multiple contractors, and don't be rushed into a deal.
Get all of the terms of a contract in writing, and obtain a copy of the signed contract.
Never make full payment until all the work has been completed to your satisfaction.
Never pay in cash.
Be aware that you have the right to cancel a contract within three business days if you signed it based on the contractor's visit to your home.
In the case of disaster repair, you have an additional right to cancel. If your insurance carrier denies coverage, you have the right to cancel the contract within five days of when your insurance carrier denies your coverage.
Madigan also reminded consumers that the Illinois Home Repair and Remodeling Act requires contractors to furnish customers with written contracts for any repair or remodeling work costing more than $1,000. A contract must be signed by both the customer and the contractor. The law also requires contractors to carry at least minimum amounts of insurance for property damage, bodily injury and improper home repair. Contractors also must provide consumers with an informational pamphlet entitled "Home Repair: Know Your Consumer Rights."

Madigan urged Illinois residents who think they have been scammed by a home repair contractor to contact her Consumer Fraud Bureau hotlines to file a complaint:

1 (800) 386-5438 Chicago
1 (800) 243-0618 Springfield
1 (800) 243-0607 Carbondale

How to Avoid Dishonest Contractors
Madigan offered these tips to residents and businesses from being targeted by dishonest home repair contractors:
    Be wary of contractors who go door to door to offer repair services. Ask for recommendations from people you know and trust and, whenever possible, use established local contractors.
    Call the Attorney General's Consumer Fraud Hotline <>         and the Better Business Bureau to check out a contractor and to learn if any complaints have been filed against a particular business.
    Even if there is a need to act quickly, shop around for the best deal. Get written estimates from multiple contractors, and don't be rushed into a deal.
    Get all of the terms of a contract in writing, and obtain a copy of the signed contract.
    Never make full payment until all the work has been completed to your satisfaction.
    Never pay in cash.
    Be aware that you have the right to cancel a contract within three business days if you signed it based on the contractor's visit to your home.
    In the case of disaster repair, you have an additional right to cancel. If your insurance carrier denies coverage, you have the right to cancel the contract within five days of when your insurance carrier denies your coverage.
Madigan also reminded consumers that the Illinois Home Repair and Remodeling Act requires contractors to furnish customers with written contracts for any repair or remodeling work costing more than $1,000. A contract must be signed by both the customer and the contractor. The law also requires contractors to carry at least minimum amounts of insurance for property damage, bodily injury and improper home repair. Contractors also must provide consumers with an informational pamphlet entitled "Home Repair: Know Your Consumer Rights."
Madigan urged Illinois residents who think they have been scammed by a home repair contractor to contact her Consumer Fraud Bureau hotlines to file a complaint:
1 (800) 386-5438 Chicago
1 (800) 243-0618 Springfield
1 (800) 243-0607 Carbondale

Skin Therapy Breakthrough

Donations for Gracie
Donate using the link above or here:

For more information about upcoming fundraisers head to:

Groom and Mother's Epic Wedding Dance

The National Center For Missing and Exploited Children

Memorial Home Services Hospice Volunteers
For more information call Becky Gabany at 217-788-3870.

VFW Rider Group

If you're interested in becoming a VFW motorcycle rider or joining the Veterans of Foreign Wars, email David Schafer at or visit the group's Facebook page by clicking the above link.

The VFW Riders is open to all central Illinois VFW members and their immediate family members.

Ramp Closures and Detour Information for I57/74 Interchange
Marked detours will take drivers to Curtis Road or Market Street.

May 20: I-74 westbound ramp to I-57 southbound closed.
May 21: I-74 eastbound ramp to I-57 southbound closed.
May 22: I-74 westbound ramp to I-57 northbound closed.
May 27: I-57 southbound ramp to I-74 eastbound closed.
May 28: I-57 southbound ramp to I-74 westbound closed.
May 29: I-57 northbound ramp to I-74 eastbound closed.
June 2: I-57 northbound ramp to I-74 westbound closed.
June 4: I-74 eastbound ramp to I-57 northbound closed.

Petition For Manufacturers To Install Extinguishers, Window Hammers & Seatbelt Cutters in New Cars

Ground Beef Recall
A Mattoon based meat market is recalling more than 200 pounds of uninspected ground beef.

The product was made by Morgan's Meat Market, and sold in two pound containers. Under state and federal regulations, meat products that have not been inspected are considered unfit for human consumption.

The Illinois Department of Agriculture says some of the beef was sold at a location in Effingham, with a marking of "EST 516" inside the Illinois Mark of Inspection.

Those products were labeled as follows:

- 2 lb. containers labeled "Ground Beef" with production dates of DEC 02 2013 and DEC 31 2013
- 2lb. plastic bags  labeled "Smokey's Bacon & Cheddar Fluffy Burgers" with production dates of DEC 02 2013; DEC 31 2013; FEB 18 2014; MAR 31 2014; APR 01 2014 and APR 28 2014 
- 2 lb. plastic bags labeled "Swiss & Mushroom Fluffy Burger" dated APR 28 2014
- 2lb. plastic bags labeled "Black and Blue Fluffy Burger" dated APR 28 2014
- 2 lb. plastic bags labeled "Jalapeno Fluffy Burger" dated MAR 31 2014, and APR 28 2014
- 2 lb. plastic bags labeled "Hawaiian Fluffy Burger " dated MAR 31 2014 and APR 28 2014
- 2 lb. plastic bags labeled "Chili Cheese Fluffy Burgers" dated FEB 18 2014; APR 01 2014; and APR 28 2014.  

Officials say that anyone concerned that they may have contracted a food-borne illness should contact their health care provider.

Donate Time, Money to Help Baby Aris' Family
Checks or money orders payable to the Children's Organ Transplant Association, with "In Honor of Aris P" written in the memo line of the check, can be mailed to COTA at 2501 W. COTA Drive, Bloomington, IN 47403.

Illinois State Memorial Park Donations

Looking for he Right Cop for the Job

Eight Ways To Save Money

Springfield Sliders Need Host Families
Find out how to become a host family and get information on tickets!

Iconic B-17 Bomber Offering Rides This Weekend
Information regarding the EAA's B-17 Bomber rides this weekend from Willard Airport. Ticket, prices and times are listed.

Texting 9-1-1
A list of counties/state's where Text-To-911 is up and running.

Turkey Terror in Wisconsin
A wild turkey has been turning heads and takes the town of Shorewood, Wisconsin by storm.

Wounded Warriors Project

Springfield Sliders Need Host Families

Pesticide Clean Sweep Program

How To Tell If Your Kids Are Entitled

Small Business Optimisim Improves

Information on preeclampsia

Click here to learn more information, signs and risk factors of preeclampsia,

the condition of pregnancy that generally effects women after the 20th week.

Donations Needed for Fireworks

Decatur Celebration Announcements
The 2014 headliners are:

  • Undead funk band Here Come the Mummies
  • Led Zeppelin Tribute Band Led Zepplica
  • Funk and R&B band Space Capone
  • American Idol winner Ruben Studdard
  • Christian pop/rock singer Royal Tailor
  • Contemporary Christian singer and rapper Jamie Grace
  • '90s hip-hop icons Salt 'n Pepa
  • Country artist Jo Dee Messina
  • Rock singer and guitarists Joan Jett and the Blackhearts

Volunteering for the Macon County Fair
Volunteers are needed for this year's Macon County festival which runs June 10th-15th.

Taxpayer Subsidized Air Service

Illinois Department of Agriculture Chemical Disposal
Forms can be obtained either by calling the Illinois Department of Agriculture's Pesticide Hotline at 1-800-641-3934 or visiting one of the program sponsors listed on their website.

Completed forms should be mailed or faxed to the Illinois Department of Agriculture. The mailing address is: Clean Sweep Program, Illinois Department of Agriculture, State Fairgrounds, P.O. Box 19281, Springfield, IL, 62794-9281. The fax number is (217) 524-4882.

FDA's Regulation of "Gluten-Free" Claims
Questions and Answers: Gluten-Free Food Labeling Final Rule

Start Seeing Motorcycles

CWLP Phone Scam

Climate Assessment Report

Eisenhower Pool Hours

IEMA School Safety Grant Recipients

Rantoul High School "Survivor" -- Gifford Relief
Donate cash or check to: Rantoul Township High School
Checks (write): "Senior Survivor" in Memo

Teacher Contact: Ms. Alyssa Greenwald -- 892.6028;
Rantoul Principal: Mr. Todd Wilson -- 892-6160;

Teach It Forward

Working With Ceasefire in Springfield
CeaseFire is a local peace group made possible by volunteers and the work of the Springfield Urban League. To find out more call the Springfield Urban League at 217-789-0830

Stroke Awareness Month
Learn more information, tips and preventative measures here

Habitat for Humanity: Women's Build
Women's Build

Police Officer Memorial Route
The route that the memorial will take 5/1/14.

Land of Lincoln Honor Flight

Molina Health Care Jobs

Free Hearing Screening!

Storm Safety

Preparing for severe weather

Tools to Track Kids and Keep Them Safe Online

How to Avoid Marathon Traffic This Weekend
This link shows the traffic beltway for the 2014 Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon

Ask A Lawyer Day
Saturday, April 26th from 9 a.m. to noon.

Options to ask a lawyer;

-  Call the ISBA toll-free 800.252.8908 or 800.678.4009
-  Email your legal question to and it will be answered Saturday morning
-  Skype-a-lawyer at isbalaw1

Drop Off Old or Expired Prescriptions

Run or Dye Cancellation Policy

PSA Made by Villa Grove Students Wins Statewide Competition

BIG BANG THEORY: Journey to Comic-Con Sweepstakes
Watch THE BIG BANG THEORY every weekday for the  "Word of the Day"
Go online to to enter for a chance to win a trip to Comic-Con San Diego and other great prizes.
All correct entries will be entered to win.

Destination Dinner Table Program

I-Cash Program
Do you missing property?   Find out here!

Texting and Driving App
Drive Alive Smart Phone App

Is Afghanistan Ready To Govern On Its Own?
EXCLUSIVE: Secret U.S. assessment shows Afghanistan not ready to govern on its own.

Congo Adoption Petition to Bring Kids Home

CASA Pinwheels
Court-Appointed Services for Children in Champaign County

More than 2,000 Pinwheels have been placed around the county in honor of children who've been abused or neglected.

Failed Tax Reform Efforts

Cooking Class Tuesday at, Let's Make Dinner
This cooking class is specifically geared towards those with cognitive and physical disabilities.
 It will start at 3pm at Let's Make Dinner in Springfield:
2943 W White Oaks Dr, Springfield, IL 62704
Any additional questions on the class or restaurant, you can click on link above or call:

(217) 546-4825

Hope Institute

Summer Fellowship for Science Teachers
Click on link and scroll down their home page to find the tab for this application

Jack's Back : Exclusive New 24 Content
Jack Bauer will return to a television screen near you. Check out of a sneak peak of the new season of Fox's hit show "24."

Cycle Rider Safety Training

Vermilion County Animal Shelter

Click to learn more about childhood cancer research and to find out how you can donate.  You can also find out how one shaved head will benifit a child with cancer.

Athena Award Nominee
You have until May 15th to submit who you feel should be nominated for the Athena Award.  This goes to someone dedicated to mentoring, encouraging and helping women to realize their leadership potential.
Click on link above for the to submit your nomination.

Benghazi Testimony

Welcome Home Illinois

Sangamon County CEO Program
If you're a High School Junior and you'd like to apply for the Sangamon County CEO Program, click on link above for application packet.

County Health Rankings

Diabetes Risk Test

Golden Hammer: Feds Paid $1.3 Million On Alcohol Sales In 2013

On The Farm: Backwoods Berry Farm

IRS Employs Former Cop Convicted of FBI Snooping
New questions arise about the federal background check system.

Hy-Vee Job Applications

National Nutrition Month

Kick Butts Day
Kicking the habit and pushing

Where To Go To Vote For Sangamon County Primaries

St. Patrick's Day Parade - Springfield

Illinois Online Auction

Lawsuit Filed by John McQuillan Against District 186

Senator Investigation
Allegations against two senators revealed a Washington Times report.

District 118 Proposed Uniform Standard of Dress Rules
New rules for a uniform code of dress in Danville Schools.

Deputy Merit Commission Rules
Rules and regulations of the Deputy Merit COmmission.

Cunningham Children's Home - Foster Parenting
Tammie Roedl
Associate Director of Foster Care

Cunningham Children's Home
130 N. Cunningham Avenue
Urbana, IL 61802

**Cunningham only assists families that live within 45 miles of Urbana, IL.**

Contact Ministries

Donate to Family of 6 That Lost Everything in House Fire
Donate to Family of 6 That Lost Everything in House Fire The Calhoun Family of Petersburg can use any generosity that you can afford. They lost everything in a house fire in last February, but managed to get their four kids out in time.

There is an account set up at Athens State Bank in Petersburg under Brittany Calhoun for monetary donations, but the bank will also take other donations and make sure they get to the family.  Any location will take the donations.
Their needs include everything from the bare necessities to sheets, bedding, pillows, children's toys, kitchen appliances, and clothes. 

Clothing sizes: 
Boys wear size 10-12 clothes and 3.5 and 4 shoes.
Girls wear size 6-7  clothes and 13.5 and 1 shoes.
Brittany wears 2X shirts, 20 pants, and size 8.5 shoes.
Tom wears XL shirts, 36x32 pants, and 8.5 shoes.

"Be The Match" for Joe Heath's 2nd Birthday
Visit "Be The Match" to register to become a blood or bone marrow donor.

To donate in Joe's honor -- visit the website and enter the promo code "JosephHeath" (no spaces).

"Be The Match" will host additional blood drives at the University of Illinois on:

March 14 from 12-6pm at Allen Hall, the Illini Union and at Ikenberry Commons.

New IRS Rules
The controversial questions they're asking of businesses,

Aid to Tornado Damaged Illinois Towns

Illegal Insurance Scam
Illinois Dept. of Insurance on Stranger-Originated Life Insurance

Danville Dashers Raffle Refund

For more information, contact the Danville Dashers office at
217-474-2511 or Raffle license #4222

Farmers Market Local Regulations
Once you click the link, you'll see the details of House Bill 5657 regarding the regulation of farmer's markets across the state of Illinois. The bill is sponsored by use Sponsors
Rep. Michael W. Tryon - Naomi D. Jakobsson - Kelly M. Cassidy - Ann Williams, Jaime M. Andrade, Jr., Martin J. Moylan, Laura Fine, Sam Yingling, Robyn Gabel, Charles E. Meier, Donald L. Moffitt, Timothy L. Schmitz and Barbara Wheeler.

SIU Migraine Clinic
SIU Migraine Clinic

Angel Psychic
Briana Brooks Angel Psychic website

Petition to Cancel Congress's Paychecks
Petition to stop congress from getting their paychecks if they don't work.

What to do If Targeted by Tax Scammers
Send an email detailing your experience to

Freebie Friday: Eating Out On The Cheap

Freebie Friday: Eating Out On The Cheap

Freebie Friday: Eating Out On The Cheap

Freebie Friday: Eating Out On The Cheap

IRS Website

New Decatur Farm Show

Affordable Care Act Enrollment Questions

Help with the new healthcare law.

Decoding Cancer - Helping Brenna
18 year old Brenna recently diagnosed with a very aggressive type of cancer.
This site is to help raise money for her health care and travel to far hospitals for treatments if doctors decide to.

Go Red For Women

U.S. Conference of Mayors' Report

Health Matters: Fit Bit Skin Irritation

Champaign Area School Closings

Ameren - Report a Power Outage

Food Industry and Childhood Obesity
Food industry helping to fight childhood obesity.

Brush With Kindness

LIHEAP Information

Theater Thursday - Mardi Gras Celebration 2014
Little Theater on the Square - Sullivan
Seating is limited so be sure to reserve your tickets now! Adult tickets are $35.00 and include dinner buffet and dancing.

FEMA Disaster Assistance - Deadline Feb. 3
Deadline to apply is February 3rd!
Click the link to find out how to apply, or call 800-621-FEMA (3362) from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Assistance is available in most languages. People who are deaf or hard of hearing may call (TTY) 800-462-7585.

Blarney Bash for St. Patrick's Catholic School
Blarney Bash " March 14-5:30-8:30 p.m. at the LRS Hangar at Abraham Lincoln Capitol Airport, Springfield. Join us for a fun-filled fundraiser benefiting St. Patrick Catholic School. The bash includes a bounty of hors doeuvres and libations, live and silent auction, drawings and raffles, Celtic entertainment, live music by the Shenanigans, and viewing of incredible car and motorcycle collection.  For the festive at heart, green attire is optional. But for those who want give it their all, a Leprechaun contest with prizes is in store.

Tickets $25/person, $40/couple, $175/table of 10.

Help for Springfield Fire Victims

Clothing and shoe donations can be taken to:

1527 E. Adams Street

*5 year old boy: 5-6 in clothes. 13 in shoes.

*4-year-old twins: 4T in clothes. 11 in shoes.

*2 year old boy: 3T in clothes. 9 in shoes.

*Adult female: Large shirt. Size 16 pants. Size 9 shoes.

American School in Afghanistan

Community Zone: Illinois Symphony

Theater Thursday: The Odd Couple

Charity Auction to Win a Date with George Clooney

Pew Charitable Trusts
Study on the fiscal health of states.

Radon Action Month

January is Radon Action Month.

Find Test Kits Here:

New Rules for Medical Marijuana

Winter Wine Festival

Ball Charter School Lottery

Earned Income Tax Credit

For more information on the Tax Counseling Project, contact the Center for Economic Progress in Chicago at 312-630-0273, or call the toll-free statewide number at 888-827-8511. For information on the Tax Assistance Program call 312-409-1555.  Details are also available on the DHS website at and the Department of Revenue website at

Rochester Police Department Application

Champaign Co. Association of Realtors Tornado Relief Grants

Saving Money on Utility Bills
Click the link or call the CUB hotline at 1-800-669-5556.

Closures and Cancelations


The First Presbyterian Church of Danville AND Group Cares Housing Repair project runs from July 7-11, 2014. The deadline for homeowners to apply is January 8, 2014.

HomeOwners may contact the church for more details -- 442.0541

Repair Volunteers may contact Group Cares --
800-385-4545 OR

Hope After The Storm

Fundraiser runs through January 2014, but sales will continue after.
Contact Jessie --

FEMA Assistance Applications

Cat Apotions

Or Call the Animal Protective League at 217-544-7387

Tree Drop-Off Locations Lake Shelbyville & Champaign County

It's time to start tearing down those Christmas trees, but you don't have to let them go to waste. Lake Shelbyville is collecting live Christmas trees to build new homes for fish. The trees are bundled together and submerged in Lake Shelbyville to provide fish with breeding areas and cover to hide in.

Before you donate your live tree, be sure to remove the stand, tinsel and ornaments.

In Sullivan, you can drop off your tree at the yard waste dropoff area to the east of the sewage treatment plant. Leave your tree inside the snow fence area on the north side of the building.

In Shelbyville, you can drop off your tree at the Johnstown Mall on the city's west side. Leave trees inside the snow fence area on the grass at the northwest corner of the parking area.

Trees are being collected at both sites until January 31.

Champaign Tree Collection

Residents are also encouraged to sign up for an automatic e-mail notification of this and all future yard waste collections at the City's website. Any questions about the program can be answered by calling Public Works at (217) 403-4700.  Trees may also be taken to the Landscape Recycling Center at 1210 E. University Avenue in Urbana for free disposal during the month of January. Residents may call the Center at (217) 344-5323 with any questions regarding operating hours.

U of I Campus Smoking Changes

U Of I Professor Researching Own Lineage

SNUGGLES Stitch-a-thon
Volunteer organization that provides knitted or crocheted square to be sewn together for children in Africa.

Road Conditions

Check road conditions:
IDOT road conditions (for state highways and interstates)
Sangamon County road conditions (for Sangamon County roads)

Check school closings:
List of school closings

Sangamon Co. Health Dept. Food Inspection Reports

Making 'Giving Tuesday' a Part of Your Life

Thousands of people nationwide are participating in #GivingTuesday. But volunteers are needed every day and for a variety of reasons. Below are just some of the organizations you can get involved with locally to give back.

World Aids Day 25th Anniversary

Safe Shopping Guide
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky joined forces with consumer safety experts to release their 2013 Safe Shopping Guide.

Hot Holiday Toys
Links to the best toys and latest in this year's gadgets.

Better Business Bureau of Central Illinois
Protect yourself against scams this holiday season.

Shelters in Central Illinois for Storm Victims

Shelters open in Tazewell and Massac counties.

Two shelters remain open to provide a safe haven for families displaced by the recent tornadoes. Current shelter locations are:

TAZEWELL COUNTY- Washington Shelter-Crossroads United Methodist Church, 1420 N Main St, Washington, IL

MASSAC COUNTY - Metropolis Shelter - First Baptist Church, 307 Massac Creek Road, Metropolis, IL

Relief supplies being distributed to assist with clean-up

Bulk distribution sites provide relief supplies to families impacted by the recent tornadoes. Items to be distributed include rakes, shovels, work gloves, buckets, trash bags, tarps, water, and Gatorade,.

Five Points Washington, 360 N Wilmor Rd, Washington, IL, Saturday, 11/23 - Tuesday, 11/26, 8am-7pm

Old Gym (behind Brookport Elementary), 306 Crockett St, Brookport, IL 62910, Saturday, 11/23 -Tuesday, 11/26, 10a-6pm

The American Red Cross will also be distributing bulk items on our Emergency Response Vehicles (ERV's) driving through the affected areas in Pekin and East Peoria area.

Illinois Sportsmen Against Hunger
Programwhere hunters donate deer meat to feed the hungry

Storm Chaser Scams
Scammers, known as storm chasers, may hit the tornado-ravaged areas and try to take advantage of those needing home repairs and people left temporarily homeless.

To report suspicious activity, click here or call 1-800-386-5438.

Free Insurance Counseling for Washington Residents

Help Christian County Save Christmas
After the "2013 Kids, Cops and Christmas Program" was cancelled this year these organizations are helping pick up the slack.

United Way
108 W Market Street
Taylorville, IL, 62568


Taylorville Fire Department
202 N Main Street
Taylorville, IL, 62568

Black Friday Consumer Reports

Local Groups Collecting Supplies, Funds for Tornado Victims

Local Groups Collecting Supplies, Funds for Tornado Victims

Several local groups and individuals are collecting supplies and funds for tornado relief efforts.

The American Red Cross is accepting cash donations. Call the Springfield office at 217-787-7602 or visit to donate.

A Springfield group is collecting toiletries, non-perishable food items, and household supplies for tornado victims. They will hold a donation drive Saturday, November 23 from 9 a.m.- 2 p.m. at the ACE Hardware on Wabash Avenue. Visit for more information.

Holly Tisdale-Zavodny is collecting donations from the Cass County area to deliver to Washington. She's accepting toiletries, cases of water, animal food, etc. Call 217-320-4170 or e-mail for more information.

The Lincoln Fire Department is accepting donations. Call 217-735-4020 for more information.

If you want to volunteer or start your own donation drive, the Red Cross has the following tips:

  • Coordinate with the Red Cross if you plan to deliver supplies.
  • Send only monetary donations--not supplies--to the Red Cross.
  • If you wish to volunteer, contact the Red Cross or a similar service organization, rather than just showing up.


Red Cross Relief Efforts

National Donor Sabbath

Information on GED's

The current series of the GED Test is expiring at the end of 2013. A new GED Test series begins January 1, 2014. You must complete and pass all five subject area tests by December 2013. Partial scores WILL NOT carry over to 2014. If you do not pass all tests by the end of this year you must start over in 2014.

Here is more information on the new test format:

2013 Fall Sangamon County Economic Outlook Survey

Star Wars Casting Call

Smartphone Safety

Stroke Awareness Month

FDA Recall List

A full list of the affected foods.

Salvation Army Bell Ringing Contest

For the third year in a row, The Salvation Army is hosting a bell-ringing contest to test the skill and endurance of hand-bell ringers at Red Kettles.

Entrants must have their forms in by Friday, November 15, 2013.

If anyone is interested in entering, please contact The Salvation Army at 428-4672.

Ebert Festival Passes

16th Annual Roger Ebert's Film Festival will run April 23-27, 2014

To purchase festival passes visit or call the box office at (217) 356-9063.

Virginia Theatre Box Office

203 W. Park Avenue

Champaign, IL

10:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday


Get Covered Illinois
Statewide education on the Affordable Care Act, set to take place Saturday, November 2nd.

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