• State Representative Carol Ammons announces Congressional Exploratory Committee

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND)- State Representative Carol Ammons is considering a possible run against Congressman Rodney Davis in the 13th Congressional District.  

  • Bill expanding abortion coverage passes the Illinois House

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND)- It was an impassioned debate that lasted more than two hours, but in the end a bill expanding abortion coverage in the state passed the Illinois House with a vote of 62-55. 

  • Urbana robbery suspect arrested in West Chicago

    URBANA, Ill. (WAND) - The Urbana Police Department says a suspect in a February 25 robbery has been arrested.

  • Decatur woman kidnapped and beaten, police arrest 1

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - The Decatur Police Department says one person has been arrested in connection with the alleged kidnapping and battery of a person.

  • Storms to bring heavy rain and gusty winds to the area

    CENTRAL ILLINOIS (WAND) - The weather pattern is about to turn active again for central Illinois. A low pressure system is developing across the Texas panhandle this evening and will lift northeast overnight into Wednesday. A cold front will drift through Wednesday evening helping to fire showers and storms. Some of the afternoon/evening storms have the potential to be strong to severe. 

  • German Company Acquires Akorn Inc.

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) -  Akorn Inc, with operations in Decatur has been acquired by a German Company.

  • Springfield man facing child pornography, other charges

    CHATHAM, Ill. (WAND) - The Chatham Police Department says a Springfield man was arraigned on several charges, including child pornography, on April 20.

  • Lawmakers pass bill penalizing businesses leaving state

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - Legislation requiring businesses that move jobs out of Illinois to pay back tax breaks has been passed by the state House of Representatives.

  • Courtesy of: Brian McMillen Memorial Run/Walk

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    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - Lincoln Land Community College's Veterans Club has announced registration is open for the tenth and final Brian McMillen Memorial 5K Run/Walk and 10K Run.

  • Free household item disposal during Spring Fling Cleanup

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - Decatur residents will be able to dispose of unwanted household items for free during the Spring Fling Clean-Up on April 26.

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    Solar U-C 2.0 makes first installation of 2017

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WAND) - Two Champaign residents have become the first homeowners to install a solar array to help power their home as part of the Solar Urbana-Champaign 2.0 Program.

  • Del Carmen's East plans to reopen in new building

    As the owners of Del Carmen's east make plans for their new building, one business owner is unsure where she will go. 

  • Decatur motorcycle crash victim identified

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - Coroner identifies Motorcycle rider killed in Decatur crash.

  • Busy week expected at the Illinois State Capitol

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND)- Many important bills are expected to be heard at the Illinois State Capitol this week. 

  • Inaugural Distracted Driving Awareness Week kicks off

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND)- Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police and AAA kicked off the inaugural Distracted Driving Awareness Week. 

  • Clueless In Springfield - Ignoring Legislative Costs

    Springfield, IL (WAND) – When it comes to voting on bills impacting taxpayers wallets lawmakers rarely have any idea how much the legislation will cost according to an analysis by the Illinois Policy Institute.

  • "Shred-A-Palooza" coming to Champaign Saturday

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WAND) - Central Illinois residents in need of safely getting rid of sensitive documents and papers may do so free of charge during "Shred-A-Palooza" on April 29.

  • Suicide prevention forum planned Wednesday

    WAND and the Decatur Public Schools are hosting a forum called "Talk Saves Lives."

  • Heavy rain possible mid week and over the weekend

    CENTRAL ILLINOIS (WAND) - An active weather pattern looks to be shaping up for the middle of the week and again for the weekend. Chief Meteorologist JC Fultz says shower and storm chances increase Wednesday morning and linger into Thursday and again from Friday afternoon through the weekend. Heavy rain possible during that time period. 

  • 1 injured in cement truck rollover

    VERMILION COUNTY, Ill. (WAND) - Illinois State Police say one person was injured in a rollover crash in Vermilion County Monday morning.

  • Summer Lunchtime Food Truck Rally begins this week

    URBANA, Ill. (WAND) - Central Illinois residents can get a taste of what Champaign-Urbana has to offer during the Summer Lunchtime Food Truck Rally Series, starting April 25.

  • Report: Mother shook baby ‘harder than usual’

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - A woman who Decatur police say allegedly shook her five-month-old child multiple times is facing battery charges.

  • Credit: U.S. FDA via Frito-Lay

    Frito-Lay recalls jalapeño-flavored chips

    (WAND) - The U.S. Food & Drug Administration says Frito-Lay has issued a voluntary recall for specific bags of potato chips due to the potential presence of Salmonella in the seasoning.

  • Police observing Illinois Distracted Driving Awareness Week

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - The Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police are partnering with AAA to observe Illinois Distracted Driving Awareness Week, beginning April 24.

  • New trial begins in deadly 2009 beating

    Appeals court reversed the original conviction over attorney's conflict of interest. 

  • One dead after college party shooting

    One person died and a second was injured in a shooting near campus early Saturday morning, according to police. 

  • Five decades later Boy Scout gets highest honor

    Terry Smith should have been given the title of Eagle Scout more than 50 years ago, but due to unforeseen circumstances and life in general, he wasn't able to obtain that title. 

  • Supportive living week underway

    Beginning, April 24 nationwide assisted living facilities will celebrate supportive living week.

  • 2 adults, 2 children involved in Sunday rollover crash

    MARION COUNTY, Ill. (WAND) - Four people, including two children under the age of two, were taken to a hospital following a rollover crash in Marion County Sunday morning.

  • ISP investigating deadly crashes, 3 lives lost

    COLES COUNTY, Ill. (WAND) - Illinois State Police say they are investigating a pair of deadly crashes that happened on Saturday.

  • Moweaqua man reaches Eagle Scout rank at age 72

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - A Moweaqua man who served in the Boy Scouts of America in the late 1950s ascended to the organization's highest rank this weekend.

  • Jacksonville Goodwill store moves to new location

    JACKSONVILLE, Ill. (WAND) - Land of Lincoln Goodwill officials say the Jacksonville Retail Store and Donation Center has moved to a new location.

  • Early-morning Champaign fire displaces 3

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WAND) - The Champaign Fire Department says three people were displaced by a house fire on the city's west side early Sunday morning.

  • Blessing of the Bikes held in Forsyth Sunday

    FORSYTH, Ill. (WAND) - Motorcyclists from across central Illinois are gathering in Forsyth Sunday afternoon to attend Coziahr Harley-Davidson's 25th Blessing of the Bikes.

  • Danville teen injured in Saturday night shooting

    DANVILLE, Ill. (WAND) - The Danville Police Department is investigating a Saturday night shooting that left one teen injured.

  • ISP focusing on distracted driving violations

    LITCHFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - Illinois State Police say they will be increasing efforts to catch distracted driving law violations during Illinois Distracted Driving Awareness Week, beginning April 24.

  • Thousands running in Illinois Marathon

    CHAMPAIGN - Thousands of people have gathered in Champaign Saturday morning to participate in the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon.

  • 1 dead, 1 injured in deadly Macoupin County crash

    MACOUPIN COUNTY, Ill. (WAND) - Illinois State Police say one man is dead after a Friday afternoon two-vehicle crash in northern Macoupin County.

  • Scovill Zoo celebrating Earth Day, World Penguin Day

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - Scovill Zoo is celebrating Earth Day and World Penguin Day with special presentations, activities, and more on April 22.

  • Goodwill helping residents recycle old, broken electronics

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - Central Illinois residents needing to dispose of unwanted electronics are invited to attend one of three recycling event being held on April 22.

  • Baby Talk provides parenting tips

    Decatur- A mother is behind bars after police say she severely injured her baby. This is the third case of child abuse in central Illinois this year. Police arrested 18-year-old Kenisha Ray after medical personal told police the child had injuries consistent with shaken baby syndrome. “You know, their babies they don’t know any better,” said Sergeant Steven Carroll of the Decatur police department with a tear in his eye. It's emotional time for law enforcement in ...

  • Man attempts to lure women and children into car at Wal-Mart

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill (WAND) - A warning from Springfield Police after a man attempts to lure females into his vehicle.  Police tell WAND News on Wednesday, April 19th a man was at the Wal-Mart on LeJune Drive attempting to lure several females into the parking lot along with their children.  Witnesses tell police the man said he was Wal-Mart security and stated there was a child predator in the area.  The suspect was driving an older blue pickup truck. Police believe it ...
  • SOS Police promote importance of becoming an organ donor

    SPRINGFIELD,Ill (WAND)- The Secretary of State's Police Department was busy Friday signing up Illinois residents to become organ donors.

  • Baby being treated for 'shaken baby syndrome,' mother arrested

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - A 5-month-old child is being treated for "shaken baby syndrome" and a mother is under arrest. 

  • Blagojevich request for 3rd sentencing denied

    CHICAGO (AP) -- A federal court has taken just three days to reject the appeal of imprisoned former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich seeking a third sentencing. 

  • SWAT called out to Urbana home to arrest 2

    URBANA, Ill. (WAND) – Two wanted suspects are off the streets after SWAT officers were called out on Thursday evening. 

  • HSHS St. John's Children Hospital mascot vote

     HSHS Saint John's Children Hospital Mascot Election is down to two. 

  • NOAA weather radio programming event in Effingham

    EFFINGHAM, Ill. (WAND) - WAND TV Chief Meteorologist JC Fultz, along with members from the City of Effingham EMA, will be at the Effingham Walgreens Friday from 3:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. programming NOAA Weather Radios. If you have a new or used radio bring it to the store and he will check it out to make sure it's programmed correctly.  

  • Cause released for Decatur house fire

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) -  The cause of a house fire from Tuesday has been released by the Decatur Fire Inspector.

  • New shelter helping veterans get back on their feet

    DANVILLE, Ill. (WAND) – Veterans have a new place to call home in Danville thanks to Mercy Housing Lakefront. 

  • Tennessee Amber Alert suspect arrested, teen found safe in northern California

    (WAND) - The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said a nationwide manhunt for a Tennessee teen and teacher is over.  

  • Cause of auto body fire still under investigation

    LINCOLN, Ill. (WAND) - Fire officials were still working to determine the cause of an Auto body fire that broke out on Wednesday. 

  • SUV, motorcyclist collide on 22nd Street

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - A crash on Decatur's northeast side on Thursday sent one person to the hospital.  

  • Local deaths linked to drug for large animals

    A dangerous drug is showing up in Sangamon County.

  • Effingham police looking for Prime Sole robbery suspects

    EFFINGHAM, Ill. (WAND) – Police are investigating an armed robbery from Wednesday afternoon at Prime Sole.

  • Adopt-A-Highway volunteers honored

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) – The Illinois Department of Transportation honored thousands of volunteers for their work on the Adopt-A-Highway program. 

  • Multiple shootings reported in Danville

    DANVILLE, Ill. (WAND) - Police in Danville are investigating two separate shooting reports from Wednesday evening.  

  • Macoupin Co. leaders warn of rising opioid abuse

    They encouraged people to dispose of unwanted medication, especially during a drug take back day April 29.

  • New tech helps trauma care

    In recent years, the tools radiologists use to examine medical patients have developed dramatically.

  • Effingham police looking for armed robbers

    EFFINGHAM, Ill. (WAND) - Effingham police are looking for two armed robbers on the city's northwest side.

  • Congressmen tour Route 66

    LINCOLN, Ill (WAND)- Route 66 is a part of American History that passes right through Central Illinois.  

  • P.A.D.S. breaks ground on new homeless shelter

    MATTOON, Ill. (WAND) - Construction will soon begin on a new homeless shelter in Mattoon.

  • Car used in Champaign robbery stolen from Naperville

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WAND) - The Champaign Police Department says a car used by a suspect in an April 18 armed robbery was reported stolen during a carjacking earlier that day.

  • Man doused self with gasoline, fire at U of I building

    URBANA, Ill. (WAND) - The University of Illinois Police Department says a fire at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts has resulted in the death of one person. 

  • Gunfire report prompts Danville school lockdown

    DANVILLE, Ill. (WAND) - Danville School District 118 officials say one school was placed on lockdown Wednesday morning after police received reports of gunfire on the city's north side.

  • One person injured in fire, firefighter also sent to hospital

    A Mechanical fire is blamed for a fire destroying Treu Body Works in Lincoln.

  • Health officials encouraging infant vaccinations

    WATSEKA, Ill. (WAND) - The Iroquois County Public Health Department is encouraging parents to make sure their children are vaccinated during National Infant Immunization Week, beginning April 22.

  • Rep. Davis continues Route 66 tour through Illinois

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - One U.S. Representative who's pushing to have Route 66 recognized as a national historic trail continued his tour of the road with two stops in central Illinois Wednesday morning.

  • Man in Halloween mask robs Springfield Dollar General

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - The Springfield Police Department is investigating an armed robbery that happened at a Dollar General on the city's southwest side Tuesday night.

  • Man charged in baby death pleads not guilty

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - A Decatur man who police say is responsible for the death of a five-month-old child is pleading not guilty to murder charges.

  • Decatur house fire cause unknown, meth suspected

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - Just after 4:00 p.m. Tuesday afternoon, Fire Chief Jeff Abbott along with all "on duty" firefighters responded to a massive house fire

  • Poetry Out Loud: Springfield Teen Aiming for National Prize

    The Southeast H.S. senior is about to make a return trip to the nation's capital for a poetry competition, where a big cash prize is in her reach.

  • Fire devastates Decatur home Tuesday afternoon

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - The Decatur Fire Department has responded to a house fire at a home in the area of North Van Dyke Street and West Leafland Avenue.

  • Cash, cigarettes taken during Champaign armed robbery

    CHAMPAIGN - The Champaign Police Department says it's seeking the public's help in its investigation into the April 18 armed robbery of a gaming parlor.

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    CENTRAL ILLINOIS – A cold front will slide toward the area overnight and stall out just north of I-74 by daybreak. An isolated shower can’t be ruled out for areas north of a Bloomington to Gibson City to Hoopeston line into Wednesday afternoon.

  • Governor Rauner moves into new home

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill (WAND)- It was moving day for Governor Rauner, as he moved from the Governor's Mansion to the Director of Agriculture's home on the Illinois State Fairgrounds. 

  • Forsyth Looks To Boost Development

    Forsyth – The Village of Forsyth is setting up a Tax Increment Finance District (TIF) to boost commercial, retail and residential development.

  • Progress made in UIS contract talks

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - University of Illinois - Springfield Chancellor Susan Koch says progress is being made in contract negotiations between university administration and staff.

  • FBI investigating 2016 Springfield shooting death

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - The FBI Springfield Division is offering thousands of dollars for vital information in the December 2016 death of Alaysia Bennett.

  • Mattoon firefighters battle fire on city's west side

    MATTOON, Ill. (WAND) - The Mattoon Fire Department says crews responded to a fire at a business on the city's west side early Tuesday morning.

  • Man misses sentencing hearing, wanted by deputies

    TOLONO, Ill. (WAND) - The Champaign County Sheriff's Office is seeking the public's help in locating a man who did not appear in court for sentencing.

  • SUV crashes into car at Decatur restaurant

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - Decatur police are investigating a crash that sent a parked car into a local restaurant and one person to the hospital Tuesday morning.

  • Springfield man shot Monday afternoon, police investigating

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

  • Decatur City Council approves millions in repairs

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - The Decatur City Council has approved a multimillion-dollar plan to develop and make infrastructure improvements to the city's downtown area.

  • Man raising funds for new police armor

    Chad Barker started a GoFundMe account, six months ago, raising funds to equip officers in Decatur with life saving gear. 

  • Coroner identifies victim of deadly crash

    CHAMPAIGN COUNTY, Ill. (WAND) - The Champaign County Coroner has released the name of a man who died in a single-vehicle crash in Champaign County Monday morning.

  • Decatur among 400 rue21 locations to close

    Teen clothing retailer rue21 is closing about one-third of its stores nationwide as it focuses more on its online business. 

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  • UIS students react to strike authorization vote

    SPRINGFIELD- Students at the University of Illinois Springfield are reacting postively  to the UIS United Faculty members decision to authorize a strike if no deal with the university adminstration can be reached.  

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