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Gus Gordon Leaving Springfield’s WICS After 22 Years

Chief meteorologist Gus Gordon is leaving WICS after 22 years at the ABC-affiliate in Springfield, IL.

Gordon has accepted a position as the artistic director of Springfield’s Hoogland Center for the Arts. The meteorologist has worked there part-time for the past four years and has produced more than 60 events for the organization, according to the State Journal-Register.

“While it will be sad to step down from a job that I have held and enjoyed for so long, I don’t think it will come as a surprise to my friends or to people who know me well that the opportunity to work full time at the HCFTA is the one thing that could lure me away,” Gordon said in a statement.

He will start his new job on June 4.

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Former WICS Anchor Don Hickman Dies at 74

Don Hickman, who was an anchor at WICS in Springfield for 29 years, died of natural causes Saturday. He was 74.

Hickman was an anchor at the ABC-affiliate from 1972 until his retirement in 2001.

“He was the Walter Cronkite of central Illinois,” Gus Gordon, WICS chief meteorologist, told the State Journal-Register. “He was the one you trusted and the one who gave the news to the area for almost 30 years.”

Hickman anchored the first television broadcast about the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., on April 4, 1968, according to the Journal-Register. In addition to his nightly anchoring duties on the 6 and 10 p.m. newscasts, Hickman served as news director and vice president of news at the station.