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Springfield police officer heard calling man a "snitch" on Facebook Live

This clip includes the audio from a Facebook Live broadcast posted on Sept. 26, 2018, of an encounter a teen getting arrested had with Springfield police, including Sgt. James Wangard, an award-winning 18-year veteran of the department. Wangard can be heard calling Steve Wells a "snitch." Wells' mother, Toni Wilson, believes she was shot three times five days after the video out of retaliation for her son being called a snitch. SPD has opened an investigation into the incident. The State...


CS8 Best of Preps: Playoff pairing predictions, Week 9 preview - Ep. 8

We've reached high school football's Week 9, the final week of the regular season. The SJ-R's Ryan Mahan and Bill Welt take a look at some of the predictions out there on how the first round of the playoffs might look. In addition, they preview Week 9's CS8 matchups, which is highlighted by Friday night's Glenwood at Rochester game that will determine if Glenwood wins the conference title outright or has to share it with Rochester.


Bonnie & Clyde

The Springfield Theatre Centre opens its 71st season this weekend with a production of "Bonnie & Clyde." We sit down with director Carly Stroud and Hope Cherry who plays Bonnie and Evan Rumler who plays Clyde, to talk about the show.


CS8 Best of Preps: Interview with Southeast coach Matt Lauber and Week 8 preview

On this week's episode of the CS8 Best of Preps Podcast, SJ-R sportswriters Ryan Mahan and Bill Welt talk to Southeast football coach Matt Lauber about the Spartans' season. They also preview this week's games, which include Glenwood at Southeast, Springfield High at U-High, Jacksonville at SHG, Lanphier at Rochester and (on Saturday) Eisenhower at MacArthur. The Best of Preps Podcast is brought you each week by the Orthopedic Cente of Illinois.


CS8 Best of Preps: Reviewing SHS' win over SHG and previewing Week 7 - Ep. 6

The State Journal-Register's Ryan Mahan and Bill Welt review the highlights of high school football's Week 6, including Glenwood's overtime victory over MacArthur and Springfield High's surprising win over Sacred Heart-Griffin. They also preview Week 7's games, which include U-High at Glenwood, Southeast at Jacksonville, MacArthur at Lanphier, SHG at Eisenhower and Rochester at Springfield High. The CS8 Best of Preps Podcast is brought to you each week by the Orthopedic Center of Illinois.


CS8 Best of Preps: Undefeated Glenwood goes to MacArthur - Ep. 5

State Journal-Register sports reporters Ryan Mahan and Bill Welt break down a big week after Ken Leonard set the record for winningest high school football coach in Illinois. They also look ahead to the matchups for Week 6 across the Central State Eight as Glenwood tries to stay undefeated as they head to Decatur to take on 4-1 MacArthur.


The UIS Performing Arts Center

Performing arts at the University of Illinois is undergoing a major overhaul. The UIS Performing Arts Center is part of a rebranding strategy at the university, and includes Sangamon Auditorium, the studieo theater and the UIS performing arts studies. We sit down with Executive Director of UIS PAC Bryan Rives to talk about these changes and some more cosmetic ones that are coming in the future.


CS8 Best of Preps: Leonard Bowl preview - Ep. 4

We're looking ahead to Week 5 of high school football. The marquee game this week is Rochester at SHG, also known as the Leonard Bowl, named after the teams' coaches, the Cyclones' Ken Leonard, and his son, the Rockets' Derek Leonard. For added intrigue, Ken could move into sole possession of first place on the all-time wins list for Illinois high school football coaches. Other CS8 games this week include Jacksonville at Glenwood, Lanphier at Normal U-High, MacArthur at Southeast and...


Edwards Place Fine Art Fair

This weekend is the 30th annual Edwards Place Fine Art Fair held by the Springfield Art Association. We bring on Betsy Dollar, executive director of the SAA, to talk about the fair and a new program called Kid Picks, which is designed to get children more involved and active in art.


CS8 Best of Preps: Ken Leonard closes in on win record; Week 4 preview - Ep. 3

On this week's episode of the CS8 Best of Preps Podcast, the sports crew from The State Journal-Register in Springfield, Illinois, talks about Sacred Heart-Griffin coach Ken Leonard's attempt this week at Southeast to tie the record for the most football coaching wins in Illinois high school history. They also look ahead to the other Week 4 games, including Rochester at MacArthur, Eisenhower at Glenwood, Springfield High at Lanphier and Normal U-High at Jacksonville.


CS8 Best of Preps: Reviewing Glenwood's win over SHG and Week 3 preview - Ep. 2

This week on the CS8 Best of Preps Podcast, State Journal-Register Sports Editor Todd Adams and Central State Eight reporter Ryan Mahan talk about last week's big win by Glenwood over Sacred Heart-Griffin. They also preview Week 3's games, which include Glenwood at Springfield High, Lanphier at SHG, MacArthur at Normal U-High, Jacksonville at Rochester and (on Saturday) Southeast at Eisenhower. This podcast is brought to you by the Orthopedic Center of Illinois.


Around the Town: SOB Festival

Planning on having a beer or two this Labor Day weekend? Why not have one for charity! The Conn's Hospitality Group is gearing up for the ninth annual Springfield Oyster and Beer Festival this Saturday, and we sit down with Kevin Brown to talk all about it.


CS8 Best of Preps: Ken Leonard moves up the all-time wins list, Week 2 preview - Ep. 1

Welcome to the inaugural episode of the CS8 Best of Preps Podcast, where The State Journal-Register sports staff talk about what's happening in Central State Eight high school sports. This week, sports editor Todd Adams and sportswriter Ryan Mahan discuss Sacred Heart-Griffin coach Ken Leonard's sudden move up the all-time wins list for Illinois high school football coaches. We also preview the Week 2 football action, which is headlined by Glenwood at SHG. Other games include Springfield...


2018 summer movies with the Front Row Network

With the summer coming to a close, Around the Town with The SJ-R brings on Craig McFarland and Jeremy Goeckner from the Front Row Movie Network to talk about the best movies so far this year. We also talk about the movies we're most looking forward to in the rest of the year, and Craig and Jeremy share some awesome events that the Front Row Movie Network has coming up in the future.


2018 Illinois State Fair preview with fair manager Luke Sailer

Carla Jimenez sits down with State Fair Manager Luke Sailer to talk about what fairgoers can expect for the 2018 Illinois State Fair. We've got all the state fair scoop for you.


Ambulance Chaser - Ep. 2

Ambulance service in Springfield today is provided by three highly regulated, trained and licensed private companies. However, modernizing the emergency medical response in Springfield came with a few bumps and bruises. The second episode of Digging Springfield tells of the evolution of the ambulance service starting from the early days of funeral homes sending hearses to pick up the injured to the "dirty tactics" of ambulance companies in the '70s to beat out the competition and ending...


Digging Springfield: ep. 0

We're getting ready to roll out a new podcast called "Digging Springfield." Voice Editor Carla Jimenez sits down with Crystal Thomas, the podcast creator, to find out more about it.


The opioid crisis' "silent majority" with Dean Olsen

State Journal-Register medical reporter Dean Olsen previews his latest installment of his ongoing series exploring the opioid drug crisis in the Springfield area. His latest story looks at the plight of patients who have legitimate pain issues but are being weaned off or cut off opioids by their doctors amid concerns about the drugs' addictiveness. Read the full story on on Saturday, March 24, 2018, and in The State Journal-Register print edition on Sunday, March 25, 2018.


SJ-R Podcast: Boys and Girls club staff discusses after school programs

Boys and Girls Club of Central Illinois Executive Director Bill Legge and Director of Operations Emily Bergschneider discuss 21st Century after-school programs the group operates in Springfield Public Schools.


SHS Teacher Jeff Lightfoot discusses possible facilities renovations

State Journal-Register education reporter Jason Nevel talks with Springfield High School social studies teacher Jeff Lightfoot to get a teacher's perspective on District 186's facilities plan, as well as how he got into teaching and what he feels are some of the factors contributing to a teacher shortage in Illinois.