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Springfield Man Shot in Foot

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Little Warning: Springfield Apartment Fire

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Illinois GOP Lawmaker Opposes Obama Presidential Library

Jacksonville Man Running in Boston Marathon

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Jackson Jr. Moved to Alabama Prison Camp

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Smokers Using E-Cigarettes to Break Habit

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Armored Combat League Spring Nationals in Springfield

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88 Local Veterans Return from Honor Flight

Sangamon County Murder, Dismemberment Trial Begins

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