• Fatal crash claims one near Matrinsville

    CLARK COUNTY, Ill. (WAND) - A fatal crash claims one near Martinsville on Friday evening. Illinois State Police are investigation the crash that happened on 1-70E at Milepost 140. Officials say a vehicle was traveling eastbound on 1-70, and come upon stopped traffic. The vehicle failed to stop and crashed into the back of the car in front of it, causing a chain of reaction pile-up with seven other vehicles. Police say one driver was pronounced...
  • Comptroller urging override of Senate Bill 1 Amendatory Veto

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza is urging state lawmakers to come together and override Governor Rauner's Amendatory Veto of Senate Bill 1.

  • ‘It only takes one, we ask you to be that one’

    SHELBYVILLE, Ill. (WAND) – H.E.R.O is a Shelbyville group that encourages kids to put a stop to bullying. 

  • 1 severely injured in Friday afternoon shooting in Springfield

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - The Springfield Police Department is investigating a Friday afternoon shooting that left one man injured.

  • First responders honored in fair ceremony

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - Illinois State Fair officials are honoring all police officers, firefighters, and EMTs by providing free admission on First Responders Day this Friday.

  • Man and his dogs clean town as a game

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - Danielray Pickrel and his dogs, Ernest and Repeat, are often seen skating around downtown Decatur with a trash can. 

  • ISP Trooper finds 4 pounds of heroin during traffic stop

    EFFINGHAM, Ill. (WAND) - Illinois State Police say a large quantity of heroin was found during a routine traffic stop on Interstate 70 Thursday morning.

  • April EIU cold case still unsolved

    CHARLESTON, Ill (WAND)- 23 year old Byron Edingburg was shot and killed on April 22 of this year at an off campus house party near Eastern Illinois University. Since, police are still unable to locate and arrest the shooter responsible. Edingburg was supposed to graduate in May of 2017 before he was killed. Hundreds of witnesses were in attendance at this party but police have yet to get a breakthrough.  Detective with Charleston Police Dept. Tony West says, "we want ...
  • Police: Fight leads to arm injury in shooting

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) – Police say someone shot a man early Friday morning in Decatur.

  • Donte Meeks, 27

    Sixth man involved in woman's dismemberment sentenced

    URBANA, Ill. (WAND) – A sixth man is headed to prison for his role in a woman’s dismemberment. 

  • David Jackson, 19

    Millikin football player dies after near-drowning

    ROLLA, Mo. (WAND) – A Millikin University football player has died after a swimming accident. 

  • Local festivals kick off on August 18

    ILLINOIS (WAND) - As the Illinois State Fair draws to a close, several other local festivals are just starting.

  • Kids enjoy healthy pasta creation

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) – Kids at the Illinois State Fair wolfed down some healthy food on Friday. 

  • University YMCA collecting items for Dump & Run Sale

    CHAMPAIGN COUNTY, Ill. (WAND) - The University YMCA is encouraging Champaign County residents to drop off gently-used, unwanted items on August 19 to help benefit the 16th Annual Dump & Run Sale.

  • Illinois domestic violence funding payments begin

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) – Domestic violence shelters in Illinois could soon receive payments from Illinois. 

  • Group wants Pana to Springfield four lane

    Crews recently finished a four-lane highway between Taylorville and Springfield.

  • Organizations, state officials urging motorists to drive sober

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - Illinois Department of Transportation officials joined representatives from the Illinois State Police, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, and the Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists to remind motorists of the importance of driving sober.

  • EIU leaders project positive enrollment trends

    CHARLESTON, Ill. (WAND) – College students are moving into their dorms this week. 

  • Johnathan Paulo, 25

    Man charged with punching, kicking pregnant girlfriend

    PAXTON, Ill. (WAND) – A Paxton man is accused of kicking his pregnant girlfriend. 

  • Treasurer Frerichs previewing items ahead of unclaimed property auction

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - State Treasurer Michael Frerichs is giving the public one more opportunity to check out unclaimed property that will be up for auction at the Illinois State Fair on August 19.

  • Lead Found in Urbana Grade Schools

    URBANA, Ill. (WAND): A routine test returning unsavory results.

  • Decatur police investigating death of 2-year-old

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - Decatur Police Department investigators say a 2-year-old girl is dead. 

  • Governor may sign immigrant protection bill

    ILLINOIS (WAND) – Gov. Bruce Rauner is considering signing a bill to protect Illinois immigrants.

  • Stomping out suicide

    LINCOLN, Ill (WAND)- Depression and mental health issues plague so many people in today's society.

  • FEMA assessments on Illinois flooding damage to begin

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - The Federal Emergency Management Agency is expected to begin flood damage assessments for four Illinois counties on Friday.

  • How to View Eclipse Without Glasses

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WAND): Solar eclipse glasses are deemed necessary for viewing but are increasingly harder to come by.

  • Chris Kennedy talks ties to Central Illinois

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill (WAND)- Democratic Governor candidate Chris Kennedy was in Springfield for the annual Democrat Day at the state fair.  

  • Jonathon Rodriguez

    ISP arrests 2 in connection with death of missing woman

    WILMINGTON, Ill. (WAND) - Illinois State Police say two men have been arrested on multiple charges in connection with the death of a 24-year-old Chicago woman.

  • State Sen. Daniel Biss (D)

    Challenger for governor finds endorsement

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) – A challenger for Illinois governor gained a follower Thursday.

  • Group rallies in support of House Bill 40

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - Advocates of legislation that removes provisions that deny insurance coverage of abortions for women enrolled in Medicaid and State Employee Health Insurance gathered in Springfield to urge Governor Rauner to sign the bill into law.

  • Infant Swimming Resource classes expanding in central Illinois

    Decatur, Ill. (WAND) – Kids love water, they’re drawn to it.  If you have a pool or a pond in your yard, neighborhood, or daycare you may want your kid to be water ready.

  • Railroad reports Elkhart derailment cause

    Report: a broken weld let a switch move while the train traveled across it.

  • Organizations honoring Decatur first responders

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - Cruise 11 to Remember 9-11 officials are teaming up with Fleet Feet to honor first responders during the Community Memorial Service on September 10.

  • Credit: McLean County Sheriff's Office

    More than 100 pounds of marijuana found in McLean County

    MCLEAN COUNTY, Ill. (WAND) - The McLean County Sheriff's Office has announced deputies recently found a large amount of marijuana within the county's limits.

  • No charges filed in Champaign officer-involved shooting

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WAND) - Police have also released squad car video associated with the incident.

  • Illinois' unemployment rate slightly increases in July

    CHICAGO (WAND) - The Illinois Department of Employment Security has announced that the state's unemployment rate slightly increased in July.

  • Student-run shop nears opening date

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) – A new coffee shop is coming to the Decatur area. 

  • Illinois leader announces sixth term push

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) – Illinois’ Secretary of State says he will run for office again.   

  • Millikin named in 'Best of the Midwest' college list

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) – Millikin University was honored as a top institution in a recent survey.

  • Reduced adoption fee for black cats through September 16

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - The Decatur & Macon County Animal Shelter is helping some of its more overlooked animals find forever homes during "Black Cat Appreciation Day."

  • Urbana School District #116 announces lead testing results

    URBANA, Ill. (WAND) - Urbana School District #116 has announced that required lead testing of water fountains and sinks has been performed, with 11 sampled sites falling outside acceptable levels of lead content.

  • Pittsfield FFA students and Rep Davidsmeyer watch as IL Governor Bruce Rauner signs HB470.

    Gov. Rauner signs bill naming corn state grain

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - Legislation that names corn the state grain of Illinois was signed into law by Governor Bruce Rauner.

  • Water main break causes clinic closure

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) – A water main break forced a clinic building to shut down. 

  • Police: Broom used in armed robbery

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) – Police say a man robbed someone while using a broom as a weapon. 

  • Organizers bring back Mary's Garden for third year

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - A community benefit garden tended to by the Good Samaritan Inn is returning for a third year.

  • International Overdose Awareness Day 5K kicks off August 29

    MT. ZION, Ill. (WAND) - One local organization is raising awareness of drug overdoses through its Fifth Annual International Overdose Awareness Day 5K Run/Walk on August 29.

  • Senate passes resolution denouncing white nationalist, neo-Nazi groups

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - In response to the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia over the weekend, the Illinois Senate adopted a resolution urging law enforcement to recognize white nationalist and neo-Nazi groups as terrorist organizations.

  • Understanding your child's vaccination requirements

    DECATUR, Ill (WAND)-  By law, children attending public schools are required to get several vaccinations at certain ages. 

  • Decatur police make arrest in 2016 sexual assault

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - The Decatur Police Department has made an arrest in connection with a October 2016 criminal sexual assault.

  • Danville Girl Raises $900 from Lemonade Stand

    DANVILLE, Ill. (WAND): Allie Cooper and her lemonade stand are a force to be reckoned with. 

  • Gov. Rauner speaks out against President Trump's Charlottesville comments

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - Governor Bruce Rauner is speaking out against President Donald Trump's comments on the violence in Charlottesville.

  • Effingham adds entertainment tax

    Events like concerts and movies are subject to a 5 percent entertainment tax under a new ordinance.

  • Credit: Mitch Kazel

    Champaign school bus crash under investigation

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WAND) - Champaign authorities are investigating a school bus crash that happened on the city's southeast side.

  • Shredding, recycling event coming to Champaign-Urbana

    URBANA, Ill. (WAND) – Chances for the public to shred and recycle are coming up in Champaign-Urbana.

  • Missouri commission denies Grain Belt Express plan

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (WAND) - A project to build a multi-state electricity transmission line through several states, including Illinois, is facing a legal hurdle in Missouri.

  • Children plant, harvest food in fair experience

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) – Children had a chance to help farmers at the Illinois State Fair. 

  • Illinois House back next week to vote on education funding reform

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill (WAND)- The Illinois House was in session on Wednesday but they did not take up an override vote of Governor Rauner's amendatory veto of SB1, instead they will do so next week.

  • Monticello brewery opens with help of community

    MONTICELLO, Ill. (WAND) - A former church that has stood for more than 100 years in Monticello now houses a new brewing company that opened with the community's help.

  • Enjoy the Illinois State Fair from a different perspective

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - Since 1969 people from all over who come to the fair have been able to enjoy it from a completely different perspective.

  • VA employees rally near Vermilion County Courthouse

    DANVILLE, Ill. (WAND) - Veterans Affairs employees in Danville are rallying near the Vermilion County Courthouse to urge the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to fill more than 49,000 job vacancies throughout the country.

  • Crime Stoppers offering $5,000 for information on deadly shooting

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - Springfield police continue to investigate an August 12 shooting that left one man dead. Detectives say Eric Robertson, 29, was shot by one of two unknown individuals in the 1700 block of East Edwards Street at 11 a.m.

  • Filled school bus involved in accident

    CHARLESTON, Ill. (WAND) – Charleston school district leaders say carrying students was involved in an accident Wednesday. 

  • Decatur students, new leader return to school

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) – Decatur students returned to the classroom on Wednesday morning. 

  • U.S. Representative makes stop in Lovington

    LOVINGTON, Ill. (WAND) - U.S. Representative John Shimkus (R-IL) visited Lovington on Wednesday to check out two projects; one that aims to better connect rural residents to the internet, and another that works to stop algae blooms from polluting water.

  • Decatur Frank Lloyd Wright-designed home goes on the market

    Decatur, Ill. (WAND) -- From the 100 art glass windows to the geometric woodwork, much of the home at 2 Millikin Place remains as it was in 1910.

  • Butter cow display continues drawing attention

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - Illinois State Fair officials gathered Wednesday in the Dairy Building at the fairgrounds to unveil the butter cow, or cows in this case. 

  • Photo from South Jacksonville Police Dept.

    Police escort son of fallen officer to school

    JACKSONVILLE, Ill. (WAND) – Police took extra steps to help the son of a fallen officer.

  • 'Priceless' state fair ticket now on display

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) – A piece of Illinois State Fair history is now on display in Springfield.

  • Library recalls unsafe eclipse eyewear

    MARSHALL, Ill. (WAND) – An Illinois library is asking for unsafe solar eclipse glasses to be returned. 

  • Governor's Sale of Champions a success

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - The 2017 Governor's Sale of Champions and 2017 Commodity Auctions were successful once again, with more than $133,000 in commodities and livestock auctioned off during the events.

  • Pillsbury Mills EPA Superfund cleanup in jeopardy

    Springfield, Ill (WAND) – An EPA Superfund cleanup at the old Pillsbury Mills plant could run out of money stopping the removal of hazardous contaminants around Labor Day.

  • Fairgoers invited to check out adorable animals at FFA tent

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - Fairgoers can learn more about how agriculture benefits the state while checking out adorable baby animals at the Illinois State Fair's FFA tent.

  • Steer showcased, sold at 'Sale of Champions'

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) – Steers went up for sale at the Illinois State Fair Tuesday.

  • Retail loss costs cities

    As retail chains close stores around the country, Central Illinois communities are dealing with the results.

  • Photo from Gov. Bruce Rauner's office

    Teacher, students named 'Illinoisans of the Day'

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) – A teacher and his students earned an honor from the governor for helping a farmer. 

  • Habitat for Humanity of Champaign County celebrating 100th build

    URBANA, Ill. (WAND) - Habitat for Humanity of Champaign County is marking 25 years of serving the community with the celebration of its 100th home build on August 22.

  • Dog Haus opening in Decatur

    Decatur, Ill (WAND) – A new restaurant is going into the old Ruby Tuesday building in Decatur.  The Dog Haus will be located in the facility located at 4405 Route 36 East.

  • Decatur Public Schools get some color on sidewalks

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - The day before Decatur Public Schools start back, school and community members gathered to brighten up the sidewalks.

  • ISP urging safety when traveling near school zones

    EFFINGHAM, Ill. (WAND) - With the start of the 2017-2018 school year drawing near, Illinois State Police are urging motorists to be aware of children going to and coming home from school.

  • Danville police make arrest in theft of more than $100,000

    DANVILLE, Ill. (WAND) - Danville police say an investigation into forgery and theft at an assisted living facility has resulted in one arrest.

  • Governor Rauner signs bill helping injured police dogs

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - Legislation that would allow emergency medical services to transport injured police dogs to veterinary clinics has been signed into state law by Governor Bruce Rauner.

  • IEMA making safety preparations for total solar eclipse

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - The Illinois Emergency Management Agency say state and local agencies are making preparations to ensure the public's safety before, during, and after the total solar eclipse on August 21.

  • Committee looks to raise Coliseum repair money

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) – Help could be coming for a building at the Illinois fairgrounds that’s fallen into disrepair. 

  • Man facing upgraded charge in Ramsey shooting

    RAMSEY, Ill. (WAND) - A Fayette County man is now facing an upgraded charge in connection with an August 11 shooting in Ramsey.

  • First-year Millikin Students take first step toward new school year

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - First-year Millikin University students took the first step toward starting the school year by participating in Move-In Day on August 15.

  • Vehicle crashes in Springfield Schnucks, 1 arrested

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - Springfield police say one person was arrested after crashing a vehicle into the front of a Schnucks store on the city's southwest side early Tuesday morning.

  • Coroner: Woman died from train collision injuries

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) – Sangamon County leaders have identified a woman killed in a train collision. 

  • Person injured by shattered glass in shooting

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WAND) – Police say someone a shooting left someone injured Monday night. 

  • University of Illinois to Consolidate Logo

    URBANA, Ill. (WAND): The University of Illinois is officially finalizing their new logo. 

  • Bringing together more than just runners

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) – The Shoreline Classic brings in runners from all over, but it also brings a community together.  The Shoreline Classic helps put money back into the Decatur community. One of the ways is during the registration process, it asks you to pick a near by school.  From that, organizers will tally how many votes a school gets then with the profit made from registration fees a certain percentage will be given to the top schools voted by runners.  ...
  • Kayak flip claims Urbana man's life

    HEBER CITY, Utah (WAND) – A central Illinois man died while kayaking in Utah. 

  • Urbana nonprofit groups may earn city money

    URBANA, Ill. (WAND) – Urbana’s city council is considering giving money to three different nonprofit groups. 

  • Photo courtesy of Champaign Fire Dept.

    Porch fire leaves smoke damage, broken window

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WAND) – Firefighters say they quickly put out a house fire Tuesday morning. 

  • Buffett Foundation donates $1 million to Dove, Inc.

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - Dove, Inc. received a large donation from the Howard G. Buffett Foundation to help stabilize the finances of the Dove Domestic Violence Program.  

  • Discounted admission during Illinois State Fair's Agriculture Day

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - The Governor's Sale of Champions, truck and tractor pulls, and live music are just some of the featured attractions during Agriculture Day at the Illinois State Fair.

  • 1 dead, 1 injured in ATV vs. semi crash

    JERSEY COUNTY, Ill. (WAND) - Investigators say one girl is dead and another severely injured after two-vehicle crash involving an ATV and a truck-tractor semi-trailer in southeastern Illinois Friday afternoon.

  • Decatur 9/11 Memorial I-Beam makes final journey

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - An I-Beam from the World Trade Center is making its final journey before being encased in the Decatur 9/11 Memorial.

  • Photo courtesy of A.D. Carson

    Decatur witness talks deadly Virginia protests

    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WAND) – A Decatur man says he was in Virginia when protests turned deadly. 

  • Illinois State Police searching for missing Du Quoin man

    DU QUOIN, Ill. (WAND) - Illinois State Police are seeking the public's help in find a missing southern Illinois man.

  • Total solar eclipse set to arrive in Illinois

    ILLINOIS (WAND) – Illinoisans only have to wait one more week for the total solar eclipse. 

  • Unemployment tax system upgrades take effect next month

    ILLINOIS (WAND) - Illinois Department of Employment Security officials say businesses will be able to file reports and pay unemployment insurance taxes online starting next month.

  • Olney man injured in motorcycle crash

    CLAY COUNTY, Ill. (WAND) - Illinois State Police say one person was seriously injured in a motorcycle crash in Clay County early Monday morning.

  • Retired Astronaut to Speak at Champaign Library

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WAND): A retired astronaut will be talking about space flight in champaign this evening. 

  • Cats Saved from Hoarding Situation Finding Homes

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WAND): 60 cats saved from a hoarding situation last week are finding their "fur"ever homes. 

  • Free, reduced price school lunch guidelines released

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - Eligibility guidelines for free and reduced-price lunch, breakfast, and after-school snacks through the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program for the 2017-2018 school year have been released.

  • Workforce Investment Solutions offering workshop before job fair

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - Workforce Investment Solutions is hosting one more job seeker preparation course before State Representative Sue Scherer's Job Fair on August 23.

  • Produce judged in state fair contest

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) – Illinoisans are putting their vegetable-growing skills to the test at the Illinois State Fair. 

  • Gov. Rauner signs local government streamlining bills

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - Two bills that would allow local officials and residents to consolidate units of local government has been signed into law by Governor Bruce Rauner.

  • 1 injured in Saturday morning shooting in Danville

    DANVILLE, Ill. (WAND) - The Danville Police Department is investigating a shooting on the city's east side early Saturday morning.

  • Pictured: New U of I campus logo

    U of I announces campus logo overhaul

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WAND) – The University of Illinois has made its logo upgrade official. 

  • Photo courtesy of Leona Murphy (via Facebook)

    Thunderbirds refuel in Savoy on trip to base

    SAVOY, Ill. (WAND) – A military plane group made a stop in central Illinois Monday. 

  • Wolf pups arrive at Scovill Zoo

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) – Two new furry friends can now be seen at the Scovill Zoo. The brothers, Niko and Koda, arrived at the zoo over the weekend. 

  • Rauner speaks out on Virginia rally death

    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WAND) – Governor Bruce Rauner is speaking out after an Ohio man plowed his car into counter-protesters at a white nationalist rally over the weekend.

  • Photo from Gov. Bruce Rauner's office

    Law prevents programs from expelling preschool students

    ILLINOIS (WAND) – A new Illinois law is meant to protect preschool-aged children from expulsion. 

  • Signed law removes sexual assault report deadlines

    ILLINOIS (WAND) – A law signed by Gov. Bruce Rauner will look to help sexual assault victims find closure. 

  • Winning Powerball ticket sold in Raymond

    RAYMOND, Ill. (WAND) – A Raymond store has sold a million-dollar Powerball ticket.

  • Old WAND van makes appearance at Rip Roarin' Redneck Extravaganza

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - Greg's Towing and Recovery company hosts Rip Roarin' Redneck Extravaganza where junk cars fly through the air and land sometimes on another vehicle.

  • A vigil in Springfield pays respects to victims from Charlottesville protests

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - A peaceful vigil in downtown Springfield on Sunday paid respects to the victims from the Charlottesville, Virginia protests. 

  • Senate votes to over-ride the Governors amendatory veto on school funding

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - Lawmakers met in Springfield on Sunday to vote on school funding.  

  • Pedestrian killed, train incident

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - The Sangamon County Coroner's Office says a woman is dead after an apparent train versus pedestrian incident.

  • Springfield morning homicide victim identified

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - Springfield Police are investigation a homicide on Saturday morning.

  • Dance Centre hosts Fairy Tale Festival

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - Fairy Tale Festival was the theme of the Dance Centre's open house Saturday. 

  • Springfield armed robbery investigation

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - Springfield Police are investigation an armed robbery that happened Friday morning.

  • Decatur church gets kids back-to-school ready

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - First Christian Church hosted their annual Jumpstart Back-to-School event Saturday morning. 

  • Strides for Down Syndrome in Fairview

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - Dozens gathered in Fairview Park on Saturday for the Strides for Down Syndrome.

  • Crossing Healthcare hosting "Jump Start Back-To-School" clinics

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - Crossing Healthcare is teaming up with First Christian Church of Decatur to provide free medical screenings on August 12 for Decatur students returning to school.

  • Buy the Block: The Dream Center

    DECATUR, Ill (WAND)- Taking an old vacant building and revitalizing it into a 'Dream Center' for the youth in Decatur.  That is the dream of Jacob Jenkins. 

  • Staying safe during the total solar eclipse

    ILLINOIS, Ill. (WAND) - With the total solar eclipse drawing nearer, it's important that you have the right eye wear for the occasion.

  • Haircut makes a big difference

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - A Blue Mound boy has grown his hair out for nearly four years, but not just because he likes long hair. 

  • School funding showdown looming

    Springfield, Ill (WAND) – A big showdown Sunday as the legislature tries to figure out a way to put a new school funding formula into place.

  • Carnival, concerts available in Blue Mound festival

    BLUE MOUND, Ill. (WAND) – A fall festival is bringing families out to play this weekend. 

  • APL cashes in on State Fair

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill (WAND)- Restaurants, bars, hotels all see a boost in business during the Illinois State Fair, but one local non-profit cashes in as well.  

  • Local museum seeking community's support in replacing roof

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - The African-American Cultural & Genealogical Society of Illinois Museum is seeking the community's help in replacing a recently damaged roof.

  • Nonprofit begins interior work for family home

    SANGAMON COUNTY, Ill. (WAND) – A nonprofit business is renovating yet another house. 

  • H.E.R.O. raises money for Shelbyville Moulton Middle School

    SHELBYVILLE, Ill. (WAND) - A community organization that aims to educate people about the effects of bullying has raised $1,500 for a middle school in Shelbyville.

  • Cats up for adoption after 'hoarding' rescue

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WAND) – Cats are up for adoption in central Illinois.

  • Man found guilty of 2016 armed robbery, vehicular invasion

    DANVILLE, Ill. (WAND) - A Vermilion County man is facing a minimum of two decades in prison after being convicted of armed robbery and vehicular invasion.

  • Fayette County man facing charges in Ramsey shooting

    RAMSEY, Ill. (WAND) - A Fayette County man is in custody after an early morning shooting in Ramsey.

  • Police: Connection possible in shots fired reports

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WAND) – Champaign police are investigating several reports of shots fired between Thursday and Friday. 

  • The Kaskaskia dragon continues to bring magic to the Vandalia community

    VANDALIA, Ill. (WAND)- Road side attractions aren't as common as they use to be, but one road side attraction Vandalia is keeping more than old traditions alive.  "The first time I met it, it was in a parade. Walt had brought it to a parade and I thought wow what a neat idea,” says Ricky J. Gottman the mayor of Vandalia. “I didn't realize it would ever bring the amount of tourism to our community that it has." When we think of dragons we usually don't thi...
  • Photo courtesy of Gov. Bruce Rauner's office

    Google awards 4-H computer science grant

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) – Google has announced a nationwide computer science partnership. 

  • Police: Armed man demanded money at Dotty's

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) – Police say a man tried to steal from a business Friday morning. 

  • Sangamon County authorities seize 34 dogs from home

    SANGAMON COUNTY, Ill. (WAND) - The Sangamon County Sheriff's Office says 34 dogs were seized from a home near Sherman this week.

  • Illinois State Fair rides pass inspection

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - All rides at the Illinois State Fair have passed their initial inspections.

  • Twilight Parade Highlights

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill (WAND)- With an introduction by the Governor himself, the beginning of the  Illinois State Fair kicked off Thursday at 3:00 p.m.

  • Opioid epidemic declared a national emergency

    ILLINOIS (WAND) - While federal officials decide whether to utilize more federal money to combat the opioid epidemic, the battle against overdoses continues across the country, including here in central Illinois.

  • Illinois Made, Illinois Proud: Fuyao Glass

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - Several years ago, one Macon County glass plant nearly shut its doors for good.  One company, however, stepped in, saving the plant and many local jobs.

  • Pana breaks ground on hospital makeover

    PANA, Ill. (WAND) – A central Illinois hospital hopes to improve patient comfort with a renovation. 

  • Illinois American Water decommissioning water treatment plant

    URBANA, Ill. (WAND) - Illinois American Water has announced it begin to decommission a water treatment plant in Urbana, starting next week.

  • GE turning off the lights at Mattoon plant

    Mattoon, Ill (WAND) – As the lighting industry moves to LED and other technologies older manufacturing plants are being shuttered.  The GE plant in Mattoon is one of them.

  • 2017 Illinois State Fair opens with ribbon cutting

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - Governor Bruce Rauner was joined by Lieutenant Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti and State Fair directors, managers, and others to celebrate the official start to the 2017 Illinois State Fair.

  • Pritzker picks Representative Juliana Stratton as running mate

    CHICAGO, Ill (WAND)- JB Pritzker, Democratic candidate for governor announced Thursday, Representative Juliana Stratton, D-Chicago, would be his running mate.  

  • Police: Convicted felon stole cigarettes

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) – Police say a convicted felon tried to steal from a Wal-Mart. 

  • Dive team finds drowned man in Hillery private pond

    HILLERY, Ill. (WAND) - The Vermilion County Sheriff's Office says a 71-year-old man is dead after his boat capsized in a private pond in Hillery Wednesday morning.

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