• Local DQ restaurants raising money during Miracle Treat Day

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - Select Dairy Queen restaurants in central Illinois will help raise money for HSHS St. John's Children's Hospital during the annual DQ Miracle Treat Day.

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    Illinois labor department pulls Fire Ball rides

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) – The Illinois Department of Labor is taking extra steps this year to make sure no one is hurt at the Illinois State Fair. 

  • Illinois man wins million-dollar prize

    CATLIN, Ill. (WAND) – An Illinois man is now a millionaire after playing the lottery. 

  • Billboard backlash

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill (WAND)- Gulden Haslett, owner of Gulden's Nail Spa is just recently receiving some negative reactions to a billboard she put up in March.  

  • Photo courtesy of Wabash County Sheriff's Office

    Heroin dump discovered in Illinois

    WABASH COUNTY, Ill. (WAND) – Deputies say they found drug-loaded syringes on the side of the road. 

  • Cigarette robbery manhunt now underway

    CHATHAM, Ill. (WAND) – Police are searching for a Chatham theft suspect. 

  • Leader Durkin: There's still time for a new school funding bill

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND)- Governor Rauner met with a joint House and Senate Republican caucus Thursday morning, and Leader Durkin emerged from the meeting optimistic.  

  • Police arrest purse robbery suspect

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) – Police made an arrest in connection to a robbery outside of a store. 

  • ISP investigating crashes in Montgomery County

    MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Ill. (WAND) - Illinois State Police are investigating two separate crashes that happened in Montgomery County on July 25.

  • Permanent makeup changing lives

    Decatur, Ill. (WAND)- The morning routine for women usually includes some sort of hair and makeup.

  • Geolocation Privacy Protection Act sent to Governor Rauner's desk

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill (WAND)- The Geolocation Privacy Protection Act, a bill aimed at protecting the privacy of Illinois residents has been sent Governor Rauner's desk for approval. 

  • School funding war continues

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill (WAND)- The battle over school funding reform continues in Springfield despite lawmakers being called into special session.  

  • Local Lego competition benefits Habitat for Humanity

    MT. ZION, Ill. (WAND) - Children were able to express their creative side for a good cause during a Lego competition in Mt. Zion on Wednesday.

  • Planned Parenthood urging Gov. Rauner to oppose defunding efforts

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - Planned Parenthood officials are asking Governor Bruce Rauner to oppose Congressional efforts to defund the nonprofit organization.

  • Police chase in Mattoon ends in crash, 1 injured

    MATTOON, Ill. (WAND) - The Mattoon Police Department says one person was injured in a chase Wednesday afternoon.

  • Illinoisans speak out on transgender military ban

    ILLINOIS (WAND) – Illinoisans are reacting to President Donald Trump’s transgender military ban. 

  • Missing Springfield girl found, safely returned home

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - Springfield police say they have found a missing 11-year-old girl and safely returned her home.

  • Hair of the Dog offering haircuts with a twist

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - One new local business is putting the "bar" in barber shop.

  • Decatur mulls local distracted driver fines

    Decatur, Ill (WAND) – A Decatur city councilman wants to add hefty local fines for distracted drivers.

  • Illinois man guilty of taking overseas bribes

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) – A Springfield man pleaded guilty to taking bribes while doing government work.

  • Law enforcement, Texas Roadhouse raising money for Special Olympics

    ILLINOIS (WAND) - Texas Roadhouse is teaming up with law enforcement agencies across Illinois this week to raise money for Special Olympics Illinois.

  • WIS teaming with Peerless Cleaning for hiring event

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - Peerless Cleaning and Restoration Services is teaming up with Workforce Investment Solutions to host a hiring event on July 27.

  • Chatham police investigating Discount Tobacco smash-and-grab

    CHATHAM, Ill. (WAND) - The Chatham Police Department is seeking the public's help in its investigation into a burglary at Discount Tobacco on July 23.

  • Police deliver 'Speed Awareness Day' warning

    ILLINOIS (WAND) – State police are reminding drivers of the dangers of highway speeding. 

  • First Lady of Illinois celebrates launch of newborn pilot program

    PEORIA, Ill. (WAND) - First Lady of Illinois Diana Rauner was in Peoria on Wednesday to celebrate the launch of a pilot program that benefits families with newborns.

  • Gov. Rauner signs bill freezing per diem rates at current levels

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - Legislation that would freeze state lawmakers' per diem payments at their current levels has been signed into law by Governor Bruce Rauner.

  • Open house planned for school reconstruction

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WAND) – The Champaign community is talking over the features of a new school. 

  • Chad Martin, 37

    Robbery, restraint charges filed in Jimmy John's theft

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) – Police arrested two men in connected to a Springfield armed robbery. 

  • Junior cadets get glimpse into police work in Springfield

    The week-long summer academies introduced kids ages 8-12 to the world of police officers, but is sure to fit in its fair share of fun.

  • Nursing home loan may force job cuts

    URBANA, Ill. (WAND) – A payment to the Champaign County Nursing Home could result in layoffs.

  • How Shoreline trainers brace for hotter temps

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) – Hot temperatures can force Shoreline Squad Trainers to cancel training. Luckily this week the weather is cooperating. However, last week it was a different story.

  • Real men wear pink and battle breast cancer

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill (WAND)- The 'Real Men Making Strides Campaign' is a branch of Springfield's American Cancer Society.

  • Teen dies in 2-vehicle crash in Greene County

    GREENE COUNTY, Ill. (WAND) - Illinois State Police say a teen died in a two-vehicle crash in Greene County Tuesday evening.

  • School officials urging Gov. Rauner to sign Senate Bill 1

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - Local school officials and community leaders came together to urge Governor Bruce Rauner to sign Senate Bill 1 Tuesday afternoon.

  • Springfield man arrested on multiple weapons charges

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - The Springfield Police Department says one man was arrested on weapons-related charges after officers searched his home on Monday.

  • Critical blood donation shortage sparks Red Cross plea

    ILLINOIS (WAND) – The American Red Cross says a summer blood donation shortage is still critical. 

  • Immigrants rights coalition urges Governor Rauner to sign Trust Act

    BLOOMINGTON, Ill (WAND)- The Keep Families Together Coalition is urging Governor Rauner to sign the Trust Act. 

  • IDOT releases new Official Highway Map

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - The Illinois Department of Transportation is encouraging the public to check out its new Illinois Official Highway Map. 

  • Kenneth Torres

    4 arrested on meth charges, vehicle theft

    TUSCOLA, Ill. (WAND) - An investigation by the Douglas County Sheriff's Office into stolen vehicles and reported drug activity has resulted in four arrests.

  • Group Collects School Supplies for Immigrants, Refugees

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WAND): A local group is collecting school supplies for refugees, immigrants, and unaccompanied minors. 

  • Pana man sentenced to 22 years for arson, home invasion

    PANA, Ill. (WAND) - A Pana man found guilty of breaking into his girlfriend's house and setting it on fire has been sentenced to more than two decades in prison.

  • Deputies: Dental records of remains match missing teen's

    TAZEWELL COUNTY, Ill. (WAND) - The Tazewell County Sheriff's Department says dental records from human remains found just south of Pekin on Monday match the dental records of a missing teen.

  • Decatur Celebration wristbands offered at a discount

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - If you haven't yet bought your wristband for the Decatur Celebration, there's still time to pick one up at a discounted price.

  • Shelter removes hiring freeze, opens listings

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) – A domestic violence shelter says it’s once again looking for help. 

  • St. Louis Cardinals dedicate baseball field in Decatur

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - St. Louis Cardinals officials were in Decatur Tuesday morning to open their 23rd baseball field.

  • CEFCU warning of mystery shopper scam

    ILLINOIS (WAND) - CEFCU officials are warning the public of a new scam making its way through central Illinois.

  • Donterius Collins, 23

    Shots fired report ends in arrest

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) – A car chase and crash ended with a man’s arrest. 

  • Dealership struck by recent theft

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) – A dealership was the recent victim of theft in Decatur, according to police. 

  • Employee zip-tied during store robbery

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) – Police are looking for a suspect who robbed a Jimmy John’s on Tuesday morning. 

  • Champaign shooting causes leg injury

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WAND) – Champaign police say someone shot a man early Tuesday morning. 

  • Missing Cumberland County teen found

    GREENUP, Ill. (WAND) - Cumberland County Police Department is looking for a teenage girl who has been missing since Wednesday.

  • Marshaun Kendall, 19

    Man kicked, robbed in parking lot attack

    URBANA, Ill. (WAND) – An Urbana man is behind bars in connection to a parking lot robbery.

  • Social media sensation visits Springfield

    Social Media Sensation Amiri King was in the Capitol City on Monday to say goodbye to a fan who bravely battled brain cancer.

  • Human remains found south of Pekin

    TAZEWELL COUNTY, Ill. (WAND) - The Tazewell County Sheriff's Department says a person discovered human remains while mowing their lawn Monday afternoon.

  • Springfield Housing Authority employees rallying for fair wages

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - Springfield Housing Authority employees gathered in the Capitol City on Monday to rally for higher wages.

  • Bed bugs continue to be a pesky problem

    DECATUR, Ill (WAND)- Since the winter months, reports of bed bugs continues to be a cause for concern in the Decatur and surrounding communities. 

  • Decatur woman facing aggravated arson, burglary charges

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - Decatur police say one woman is facing multiple charges in connection with a house fire on the city's northwest side Sunday morning.

  • Help 4 Heroes gives back to local veterans

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - The Veteran's Assistance Commission is giving local veterans basic living essentials and much more.

  • 2 arrested after Decatur apartment robbery

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - The Decatur Police Department says two people have been arrested in connection with a robbery that happened on the city's north side July 22.

  • Search continues for missing teen

    Family and law enforcement say she has been missing since last week.

  • Local Route 66 museum drawing international visitors

    PONTIAC, Ill. (WAND) - One unique central Illinois museum is helping share the history of Historic Route 66 with people from across the world.

  • Governor Rauner calls special session

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND)- Governor Rauner followed through on his threat to call lawmakers back into a special session if he did not receive SB 1, a school funding reform bill on his desk.  

  • Families Still Recovering from Severe Weather

    MARTINTON, Ill. (WAND): Home owners in Iroquois County are still cleaning up days after sever weather ripped through the area. 

  • CAT invites girls to Assembly Training Lab

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - Girls in junior high and high schools had the opportunity to learn more about assembly line work at Caterpillar on July 24.

  • Man facing murder charges to stand trial this week

    URBANA, Ill. (WAND) - The jury trial for a man facing multiple murder charges is scheduled to begin this week.

  • 12-year-old dies after crash in Iroquois County

    CHAMPAIGN COUNTY, Ill. (WAND) - The Champaign County Coroner has released the name of a child who passed away after a single-vehicle crash in Iroquois County on July 22.

  • Springfield police make arrest in July 20 bank robbery

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - Springfield police have made an arrest in connection with a bank robbery last week.

  • Police searching for shooting suspect in Decatur

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) – A shooting is under investigation in Decatur, according to the Decatur Police Department. 

  • Fire breaks out at Illinois Historic Preservation Agency building

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) – Fire officials are looking in to what caused a fire at the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency building over the weekend.

  • Suspect sought in Circle K smash-and-grab

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WAND) – Police in Champaign are looking for a suspect who robbed a Circle K. 

  • Decatur peace rally aims to stop violence

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - Several in the community gathered in Decatur Sunday to help spread peace in the area with a peace rally.

  • Fairy Garden Tea brings out imagination

    MATTOON, Ill. (WAND) - Artsy Chic Studio and Boutique hosted Fairy Garden Tea Sunday for parents and their daughters.

  • The streets of Springfield get some color

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - Paint the Street happened Sunday in downtown Springfield. 

  • A ride honoring military and law enforcement

    SPRINGFIELD,  Ill. (WAND) - The 14th annual Peacekeepers Ride took place at Camp Lincoln.  

  • A new bird rehabilitation center coming to Decatur

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - The Illinois Raptor Center in Decatur is building a rehabilitation space for injured birds.

  • Raising funds to send medical equipment to India

    LOAMI, Ill. (WAND) - Prairie Health Institute is raising funds to send a Cath Lab to Damoh, India.

  • Military car show gives people glance into history

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - The Illinois State Military Museum hosted a car show that displayed more than your average car.

  • APL needing foster homes

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - The Animal Protective League and Petco teamed up to give information to those interested in fostering cats.

  • New food pantry to open in Athens

    ATHENS, Ill. (WAND) - The Athens Area Food Pantry held it's groundbreaking ceremony Saturday morning.

  • Paint the Street is rescheduled

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - Paint the Street in Springfield is rescheduled for Sunday.

  • Raising awareness of African-American history and culture

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - Central Illinois residents are invited to learn more about African-American culture and history at the African-American Cultural & Genealogical Society of Illinois Museum.

  • Sen. Durbin comments on efforts to repeal ACA

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - One U.S. Senator came to Springfield on Friday to speak about efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

  • Gov. Rauner defending staff changes

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - Governor Bruce Rauner is firing back at critics of the recent shake-up within the Governor's Administration.

  • Golf outing honors late mayor - Raises money for YMCA

    Forsyth, Ill (WAND) – The Mike McElroy Memorial Golf outing saw more than 200 people come out in the heat to remember the late mayor and to raise money for kids programs at the Decatur Family YMCA.

  • 2 injured after head-on crash in Effingham County

    EFFINGHAM COUNTY, Ill. (WAND) - Illinois State Police say two people were airlifted to hospitals after a head-on crash in Effingham County Thursday afternoon.

  • Avoiding heat-related illnesses in high temperatures

    ILLINOIS (WAND) - The Illinois Department of Public Health is urging citizens to take precautions to avoid heat-related illnesses during these high temperatures.

  • Illinois Amish Heritage Center hosts steam threshing show

    ARTHUR, Ill. (WAND) - The Illinois Amish Heritage Center kicked off the first day of their inaugural steam threshing show to raise money for their preservation project.

  • Competitive eating returns to Illinois State Fair

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - Do you have an appetite for competition?  If so, you're encouraged to participate in one of several competitive eating contests at the Illinois State Fair this year.

  • Governor Rauner Threatens Special Session

    AUBURN, Ill. (WAND)- Governor Rauner is threatening lawmakers, send him the education funding reform bill,or he call them back to Springfield. 

  • Deputies seeking tips in Macon armed robbery

    MACON, Ill. (WAND) - The Macon County Sheriff's Office is seeking the public's help in its investigation into an armed robbery that happened Friday afternoon.

  • Springfield police make arrest in July 10 deadly shooting

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - The Springfield Police Department has made an arrest in connection with a deadly shooting that happened on the city's southwest side on July 10.

  • Chatham Sweetcorn Festival kicks off Friday afternoon

    CHATHAM, Ill. (WAND) - An annual sweet corn festival is making its way back to Chatham.

  • Coroner identifies Moultrie County train collision victim

    MOULTRIE COUNTY, Ill. (WAND) - The Sangamon County Coroner has released the name of a man who died after a farm implement vs. train collision Thursday evening.

  • Woman facing multiple charges after Decatur crash

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - Decatur police say one woman whose vehicle caught on fire after crashing into multiple vehicles is facing several charges.

  • Urbana Lake Closed Due to Algal Bloom

    URBANA, Ill. (WAND): Crystal Lake in Urbana is closed indefinitely.  

  • Program providing food in Champaign County receives grant

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WAND):  Promise Healthcare in Champaign will receive a $5,000 grant from the Monsanto's Fund. 

  • What students need to know to protect their electronics from viruses

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND)-Believe it or not students will be heading back to school sooner rather than later. Computer and tablets have become a necessary educational tool. But, how do we protect our investments from potential virus? "A good anti-virus and a VPN is always a good idea to have," Best Buy Geek Squad agent Hunter Wisely. Anti-virus software is a first line of defense, but VPN's can protect your electronics on an unsecured network. "A VPN is where it tricks ...
  • Abnormally dry conditions spread in Illinois

    Decatur, Ill (WAND)- The latest drought monitor was released by the Midwest Climate Center Thursday and abnormally dry conditions have increased across Illinois. As of Thursday, 42.47% of Illinois was considered abnormally dry, up from just 16.16% a week ago. 

  • Illinois Made, Illinois Proud: Macon Resources

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - One local organization is helping businesses with their manufacturing needs, while teaching their employees important developmental and social skills.

  • ISP warning of buckling pavement

    MACON COUNTY, Ill. (WAND) - Illinois State Police are urging motorists to be on the lookout for buckled pavement.

  • Man pleads guilty to armed robbery, sentenced to 17 years

    DANVILLE, Ill. (WAND) - A man who was arrested in connection with two armed robberies in Danville last year has been sentenced to 17 years in prison.

  • Sewer project begins nearly 60 years later

    Decatur – It’s taken nearly 60 years but a Decatur sewer project originally discussed in the early 1960s is now underway in 2017.

  • Decatur insurance agent sentenced to 63 months in prison

    PEORIA, Ill. (WAND) - A Decatur man who pleaded guilty to defrauding clients while working as an insurance agent has been sentenced to more than five years in prison.

  • Doctor for a day

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND)- Children were busy Thursday afternoon treating a variety of illnesses at HSHS St. John's Children's Hospital.   

  • ADM announcing layoffs

    A spokesman said the company isn't revealing details until workers have been notified.

  • First human West Nile case in Illinois confirmed

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - Illinois Department of Public Health officials say they have confirmed the first human case of West Nile virus in the state for 2017.

  • Suspect in U of I scholar kidnapping pleads not guilty

    URBANA, Ill. (WAND) - A man arrested in connection with the disappearance of University of Illinois scholar Yingying Zhang has pleaded not guilty to her kidnapping.

  • Central Illinois Foodbank receiving large donation this week

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - CHS Grain Elevator will make a large donation to help combat hunger in central Illinois Friday morning.

  • Macon County officials discuss Midwest Inland Port benefits

    MAROA, Ill. (WAND) - The public is invited to attend an informational presentation on how the Midwest Inland Port can benefit all of Macon County on July 20.

  • Woman, child injured in I-57 rollover crash

    EFFINGHAM COUNTY, Ill. (WAND) - Illinois State Police say a woman and child were injured in a rollover crash in Effingham County Wednesday afternoon.

  • Suspect sought in Springfield bank robbery

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - The Springfield Police Department needs your help in identifying a man wanted in connection with a Thursday morning bank robbery.

  • Injunction issued on IL abortion law

    The law requires health providers to refer patients for services they oppose.

  • Jeffrey Marlow

    3 arrested in burglary at Mattoon Police Department

    MATTOON, Ill. (WAND) - The Mattoon Police Department says three people have been arrested and a fourth person is being sought after a burglary to a motor vehicle in the Department's impound lot.

  • Coroner releases name of body found in Lincoln

    LINCOLN, Ill. (WAND) - The Logan County Coroner has released the name of a woman found dead in the garage of a vacant home in Lincoln on July 14.

  • Shelbyville women creates balloon art to see people smile

    SHELBYVILLE, Ill. (WAND)- Balloons are a common items at parties and celebrations, but for Patti Woods they are apart of her everyday life. "I decided wow that looks like fun! Said Patti Woods, the owner of Paddie’s Air Filled Fun. “I had been cleaning houses and this was much more fun than that. So, I went and bought a kit to see if I liked it, and they had little books that came with the kit and I did like it! So I started doing it about two and a ha...
  • 1 in custody after high-speed chase and crash

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - The Springfield Police Department says one person was arrested after a high-speed chase and crash Wednesday afternoon.

  • New state law helping to combat teacher shortage

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - A new state law that went into effect at the beginning of July is streamlining teacher licensing requirements, which could help reduce Illinois' teacher shortage.

  • Deputies respond to 2 crashes in Macon County

    MACON COUNTY, Ill. (WAND) - The Macon County Sheriff's Office says one person was injured in a two-vehicle crash on Illinois Route 121 Wednesday evening, while another crash on 85th Street resulted in downed power lines and a gas line rupture.

  • Police arrest 3 in July 9 gas station shooting

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - The Decatur Police Department has arrested three people in connection with a July 9 shooting that left one person injured.

  • Macon County buildings offer cooldown options

    MACON COUNTY, Ill. (WAND) – A number of cooling centers are available in central Illinois this summer. 

  • Millikin University gets new Teen Justice Program

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - Millikin University is revamping the Macon County State's Attorney's Teen Court Program. 

  • Name released in deadly crash in Vermilion County

    DANVILLE, Ill. (WAND) – A man is dead following a crash on Wednesday morning in Vermilion County.

  • Dozens receive sweet corn at WAND Studio

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - Dozens of vehicles drove by the WAND-TV Studio Wednesday afternoon to pick up a free bag of locally-grown sweet corn.

  • Increased Patrols for Champaign Nightlife

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WAND): The police presence in downtown Champaign is increasing on the weekends as a result of gunshots fired into the air several weekends ago. 

  • Telephone Service Out in Parts of Urbana

    URBANA, Ill. (WAND): AT&T is blaming a fiber cut for a loss of loss of telephone service in parts of Urbana.

  • Workforce Investment Solutions providing CDL training

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - Workforce Investment Solutions is helping companies find CDL drivers by providing training for job seekers.

  • Program helps seniors' behavioral health

    A program at Decatur Memorial Hospital aims to help older adults with emotional or behavioral problems.

  • Veterans, Senior Citizens get free wristbands to Decatur Celebration

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND)- Veterans and senior citizens can get a free wristband to Decatur Celebration thanks to some local sponsors.

  • ISP responds to jackknifed semi

    CHAMPAIGN COUNTY, Ill. (WAND) - Illinois State Police responded to a jackknifed truck-tractor semi-trailer on Interstate 57 Wednesday morning.

  • Michael Nichols

    3 arrested for home invasion, other charges

    RANTOUL, Ill. (WAND) - The Rantoul Police Department says three people are facing multiple charges after an altercation on the city's southeast side Monday afternoon.

  • Fire damages home on East Condit Street

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) – A home was damaged after a late evening fire in Decatur.

  • Farm Progress Show tickets now on sale

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) – Advance tickets are now on sale for the Farm Progress Show taking place in late August. 

  • Springfield police accepting applications for Teen Academy

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - Teens who wish to learn more about life as a law enforcement officer are encouraged to sign up for the Springfield Police Department's Teen Academy program.

  • I-TEAM: Donut hole hits elderly, disabled & taxpayers

    Decatur – It’s below the surface in the national healthcare debate.  The Medicare Part-D “Donut Hole” which is forcing seniors and the disabled to shell out thousands of dollars and costing taxpayers billions of dollars.

  • Macon County Sheriff's Office investigating offensive graffiti

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - The Macon County Sheriff's Office is investigating the spray painting of a racially offensive word on Decatur Sanitary District property.

  • Mattoon City Council votes to cut ambulance service

    MATTOON, Ill. (WAND) - The Mattoon City Council has voted to eliminate the Fire Department's Ambulance Service.

  • Gov. Rauner signs "Charlie's Law" into state law

    LOMBARD, Ill. (WAND) - Legislation that would ensure treatment for children suffering from Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal Infections under their insurance plans has been signed into state law.

  • Shoreline Classic update: Alternative Training

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - It’s a different way of training, and can even be an alternative to some workouts.

  • Hot and Humid weather to last into the weekend

    CENTRAL ILLINOIS, (WAND) A big dome of heat to the west is set to spread into central Illinois Wednesday and persist into the weekend. Chief Meteorologist JC Fultz says air temperatures will warm into the lower to middle 90s with dew points in the lower to middle 70s. Fultz says this will be the perfect recipe for heat indices to range from 100 to 110 from Wednesday through Saturday. 

  • Million-gallon water tower earns final approval

    MOUNT ZION, Ill. (WAND) – Plans for a new water tower are expected to move forward in Mount Zion. 

  • Bike Patrol Rolling Out at U of I

    URBANA, Ill. (WAND): The University of Illinois Police Department is training officer for bike patrol. 

  • Staab Funeral Home receives honor from IDVA

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND)- Staab Funeral Home was awarded a distinct honor from the Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs on Tuesday.  

  • Program promotes rural health jobs

    Taylorville Memorial hosts students through a program to help recruit rural healthcare workers.

  • Police: Van catches fire, person in custody

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - Decatur Park Police say a van caught fire after striking multiple vehicles on the city's north side Tuesday afternoon.

  • Decatur police investigating arson at local business

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - The Decatur Police Department and Decatur Fire Department are investigating an arson at the West End Auto Service parking lot.

  • Champaign Expansion Includes Hotel, Office Space

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WAND): The southern part of downtown Champaign could soon look very different.

  • WAND-TV, Bob Ridings host sweet corn giveaway

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - If you enjoy sweet corn, you may want to visit the WAND-TV studio on July 19.

  • Health care protest to demand governor speaks

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) – A group of Illinoisans plans to speak out against a healthcare repeal. 

  • Eastern Illinois Foodbank receives $50,000 grant

    URBANA, Ill. (WAND) - Eastern Illinois Foodbank officials say they have received a $50,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation.

  • Morning house fire causes heavy damage

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) Firefighters say flames left a Springfield home with severe damage. 

  • Work to start on Taylorville water plant

    Contractors plan to begin work on Taylorville’s new water treatment plant by July 31.

  • Man arrested for string of armed robberies

    Decatur Police arrested a man Monday night for a string of recent armed robberies in Central Illinois.

  • FBI warning parents about ‘smart’ toys

    The FBI is warning parents about the privacy risks for toys that connect to the internet.

  • Church opens public food pantry

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) – A Decatur church is giving back to the public with a food pantry. 

  • Bicentennial to feature contests, family fun

    ILLINOIS (WAND) – A slate of events commemorating Illinois’ 200th birthday kicks off this fall. 

  • Champaign fire causes thousands in damage to house, car

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WAND) - The Champaign Fire Department is investigating a fire that caused thousands of dollars in damage to a car and house Monday afternoon.

  • Rock Island bridge dedicated to fallen ISP Master Sergeant

    ROCK ISLAND, Ill. (WAND) - A bridge in a northwestern Illinois community has been renamed in tribute to a fallen Illinois State Police Master Sergeant.

  • First armadillo sighting in Macon County

    MACON COUNTY, Ill. (WAND) - The Illinois Department of Natural Resources says a rare find in central Illinois could become more common, thanks to recent mild winters.

  • City council approves fence plan for Decatur Celebration

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - The Decatur City Council has voted to approve a plan that would fence in this year's Decatur Celebration.

  • 32nd annual Mattoon Bagelfest kicks off Tuesday

    Mattoon, Ill. (WAND) - The 32nd annual Bagelfest begins its festivities on Tuesday with two contests. 

  • Mattoon City Council to possibly cut ambulance service

    MATTOON, Ill. (WAND) - Tuesday the Mattoon City Council will discuss cutting the Fire Department's ambulance service. 

  • Urbana offices having limited phone service

    URBANA, Ill. (WAND) - City of Urbana officials say limited phone service that started on July 14 is still preventing certain departments from receiving phone calls.

  • Ceremonies honor fallen Vietnam War pilot

    Hundreds gathered in Assumption for the funeral services of Captain Joseph Smith.

  • CU Fresh Start surveying neighborhoods affected by gun violence

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WAND) - An initiative that aims to reduce gun-related incidents in Champaign-Urbana will soon start a door-to-door survey in neighborhoods that have recently experienced gun violence.

  • Mattoon council to consider ambulance stoppage

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