• Deployment Ceremony sees off 135 soldiers

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - Around 800 people gather Sunday at the Springfield Capital Airport to see off about 135 soldiers. It was the largest single unit deployment of Illinois Army National Guard soldiers in three years. The ceremony included words of encouragement from State Senator Bill Brady. After the ceremony, the soldiers boarded an aircraft and departed to Fort Hood, Texas for training. They will be deployed to Kuwait for about 10 months.
  • Pedaling to help restoration work in Macon County

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - Starting Sunday with a 45 mile bike ride.  That's how Clifford and Brenda Scott spent their morning pedaling for a cause. Both are retired and enjoying biking in their free time.  The Scott's have traveled all around the U.S. to bike.  Bikers from all over made their way to Decatur. Paul Marien Executive Director of Macon County Conservation District says there was 250 bikers participate and they've really been ou...

  • Decatur Public Schools dismissing early for heat conditions

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - Decatur Public Schools has announced it will dismiss classes early on September 25 due to high temperatures.

  • Early morning shots fired near Decatur gas station

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - Shots fired in Decatur early Saturday morning.  It happened near the B.P. gas station on East Wood Street. A store employee tells WAND News the shots rang out around 5 A.M.  Decatur Police have not released any information about the shooting. 

  • Thousands head to Central Illinois for the Apple and Pork Festival

    CLINTON, Ill. (WAND) - It's the event that brings in over 80-thousand people to Central Illinois.   The 49th annual Apple and Pork festival in Clinton. Happening Saturday and Sunday at the C-H Moore Homestead.      The event features antique tractors, woodcarving, demonstrations and food.         

  • Annual Governors Ride for the Honor Flight

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - The annual governors ride for the honor flight took place Saturday.  

  • End the Trend to Addiction forum

    TAYLORVILLE, Ill. (WAND) - "In this day and age, if you haven't been touched by drug abuse, you are the minority." The Christian County Prevention Coalition is in a fight to end the drug addiction epidemic.

  • Savoy Fire Department rescue horse buried in mud

    SAVOY, Ill. (WAND) - Savoy Fire was dispatched Friday night to a horse buried in mud.  

  • Bake sale helps Hurricane Irma victims

    RIVERTON, Ill. (WAND) - A young girl is impacting people in the world she has never met with a simple bake sale.

  • Danville early morning shooting investigation

    DANVILLE, Ill. (WAND) - Danville Police are investigating a Saturday morning shooting.  Danville Police say they responded to an area near Seminary and Jackson streets around 3:00 A.M for a report of shots fired. When police arrived they found evidence that a shooting occurred.  Police say, they were notified that several victims had transported themselves to the hospital. Officials were told that there were five victims involved, three were female and two were males. ...
  • Man travels 14 states to honor fallen

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - Larry Eckhardt, better known as the 'Flag Man,' travels 14 states to set up close to 500,000 American Flags to honor fallen military men and women and first responders. 

  • Greek Orthodox Church collects items for Decatur homeless

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - The Greek Orthodox Church has collected more than three dozen sleeping bags to help homeless people throughout the Decatur community.

  • Bobcat hunting limits changed for 2017-18

    ILLINOIS (WAND) – A new law has changed bobcat hunting laws in Illinois. 

  • Coroner releases identity of victim in deadly Tilton crash

    TILTON, Ill. (WAND) - The Champaign County Coroner has released the identity of a man who died after a two-vehicle crash in Tilton on Wednesday.

  • Mattoon shooting suspect ordered to undergo mental evaluation

    MATTOON, Ill. (WAND) - A Coles County court has ordered a mental evaluation for a juvenile accused of shooting and wounding a student at Mattoon High School on Wednesday.

  • Police: man arrested for unlawfully possessing firearm

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - Decatur police say one person was arrested following an investigation into a report of individuals displaying guns in public on the city's west side.

  • Macon County Jail inmate facing new battery charge

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - The Macon County Sheriff's Office says an inmate at the Macon County Jail is facing an aggravated battery charge for striking another inmate, who was arrested in connection with the death of an infant.

  • Police: Man made threats, hit Decatur woman

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) – A Decatur man is charged with threatening a woman with a lamp. 

  • Bloomington man facing weapon-related charges

    BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (WAND) - Bloomington police say a man is facing multiple charges after officers say they found a stolen handgun on him Thursday night.

  • High School Diploma Age Restriction Removed

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill (WAND)- Illinois took a step toward making sure all Illinoisans regardless of their age are given a second chance at education.  

  • Primrose Retirement Community assembling packages for troops overseas

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - Residents of Primrose Retirement Community came together on Friday to help those serving in the U.S. Military overseas.

  • National Voter Registration Day kicks off September 26

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - Eligible voters are encouraged to make sure they are registered to vote during National Voter Registration Day on September 26.

  • Public invited to free Wellness and Brain Fitness Fair

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WAND) - Active Seniors' Options, Inc. and Dr. G's BrainWorks are inviting the Champaign community to attend the Annual Wellness and Brain Fitness Fair on October 7.

  • 'Apple 'N Pork Festival' to return with family fun, food

    CLINTON, Ill. (WAND) – An annual fall festival is set to return to the Clinton area. 

  • Organizers warn drivers before 'Route 66' festival

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) – People planning to attend a festival in Springfield this weekend should be aware of road closures. 

  • Alpha and Omega Transit Network closes its doors

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - Alpha and Omega Transit Network has operated for 5 years.  

  • Former union president receives prison sentence for mail fraud

    PEORIA, Ill. (WAND) - A Danville man who formerly served as the president of United Auto Workers Local 2419 has been sentenced to nearly two years in prison for mail fraud.

  • Lincoln Manor closes with only 48 hours notice

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - A nursing home in Decatur is closing its doors for the final time tomorrow.

  • Champaign announces fall yard waste collection days

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WAND) - The City of Champaign has released its schedule for fall yard waste collection this year.

  • Bloomington police make arrest in weapons-related investigation

    BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (WAND) - The Bloomington Police Department announced an 18-year-old man was arrested in connection with a weapons-related investigation.

  • Lake Decatur dock owners asked to adjust docks, boat hoists

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - The Decatur Public Works Department is urging Lake Decatur dock owners to check and adjust their docks and boat hoists.

  • A.B.A.T.E. of Illinois calling for more charges in deadly crash

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - One local motorcycle rights group is calling for additional charges in connection with a deadly motorcycle crash in Springfield earlier this year.

  • Hurricane Relief Drive

    WAND-TV and the Cromwell Radio Group are partnering with the American Red Cross to raise funds for the victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

  • Teacher jumps into action during Mattoon High School shooting

    MATTOON, Ill. (WAND) - One person is in custody after a shooting at Mattoon High School that wounded one person on Wednesday afternoon.

  • Red Barn Kitchen to open at Decatur Airport

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - A new restaurant will soon open at the Decatur Airport.

  • Man pleads guilty to meth charge, sentenced to 11 years of prison

    DANVILLE, Ill. (WAND) - A central Illinois man who pleaded guilty to possession of methamphetamine has been sentenced to 11 years in prison.

  • Taylorville man returns home after helping hurricane victims

    TAYLORVILLE, Ill. (WAND) - A state arson investigator from central Illinois has returned home after providing help to Hurricane Irma victims.

  • U of I doctorate student arrested for sexual assault, sexual abuse

    URBANA, Ill. (WAND) - A University of Illinois doctoral student has been arrested in connection with two separate reports of sexual assault and abuse on campus.

  • Decatur Chamber awards businesses, individuals

    The Greater Decatur Chamber of Commerce honored businesses, groups and individuals at its annual awards luncheon Thursday. 

  • Students show support following Mattoon school shooting

    MATTOON, Ill. (WAND) - Students returned to Mattoon High School just one day after a school shooting. 

  • Salvation Army leader to direct homeless shelter

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) – A homeless shelter in Illinois has appointed new leadership. 

  • Woman injured, hospitalized in Decatur shooting

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) – Police say a Wednesday night shooting left a woman injured. 

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    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - Police are searching for people accused of stealing from an elderly woman. 

  • Teacher who 'overwhelmed' shooter identified

    MATTOON, Ill. (WAND) - The teacher who stepped in to defuse a school shooting at Mattoon High School has been identified.

  • Prostate cancer screenings available in Decatur

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) – People who need their prostate checked can take advantage of a free opportunity this Friday.

  • Decatur Public Schools dismissing early due to heat

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - Decatur Public Schools has announced it will dismiss classes early on September 21 due to high temperatures.

  • Danville police seeking robbery suspect

    DANVILLE, Ill. (WAND) - The Danville Police Department is seeking the public's help in its investigation of a Wednesday afternoon bank robbery.

  • Police: Man kills 2 children and self, sets fire to home

    BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (WAND) - The Bloomington Police Department says a 33-year-old man killed his two sons before setting fire to his home, resulting in his death and sending a woman to the hospital.

  • ISP investigating Brownstown homicide

    BROWNSTOWN, Ill. (WAND) - Illinois State Police and the Fayette County Coroner's Office are investigating a homicide that happened September 17.

  • Advocacy groups urge U.S. Rep. Davis to support DREAM Act

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WAND) - Jewish advocacy groups gathered in Champaign on Wednesday to urge U.S. Representative Rodney Davis to vote in favor of the DREAM Act.

  • Springfield police arrest teen after gun found in high school

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - The Springfield Police Department says an arrest has been made in connection with an unloaded gun being found at Southeast High School on Tuesday.

  • Training to prevent child deaths

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill (WAND)- Close to 20 first responders from around the country were in Springfield Wednesday training to learn how to better protect children.

  • HSHS St. John's Hospital begins Cancer Center renovations

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill (WAND)- HSHS St. John's Hospital in Springfield is getting a new cancer.  

  • Trade group speaks out on water issue

    HEYWORTH, Ill. (WAND) - A trade association is speaking out and offering help to those affected by a water supply problem at a McLean County mobile home park. On Monday, WAND reported that residents of Country Lane Mobile Home Park near Heyworth have been relying on bottled water and water from a tank after water samples turned up evidence of dangerous bacteria including E. Coli. Under an injunction agreed to by the Attorney General's office and the park's owners, the owners must sup...
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  • Police investigating damage at Farmer City BMX track

    FARMER CITY, Ill. (WAND) - The Farmer City Police Department is seeking the public's help in its investigation into criminal damage at the city's BMX track.

  • Stolen sign returned to Monticello property

    MONTICELLO, Ill. (WAND) – Allerton Park and Retreat Center leaders say a stolen sign is now back on site. 

  • Man facing additional criminal sexual abuse charges

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - The Macon County Sheriff's Office says a man arrested during the investigation into a child receiving inappropriate images last month is now facing new charges.

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    BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (WAND) – A longtime animal at a Bloomington zoo has died. 

  • Man hospitalized after early morning shooting

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) – One person had to be hospitalized after a morning shooting. 

  • Mattoon High School issues statement on shooting

    MATTOON, Ill. (WAND) - Mattoon High School officials have issued a statement regarding Wednesday's shooting that wounded one person.

  • Staff, pay changes part of firefighter agreement

    DANVILLE, Ill. (WAND) – Fewer firefighters will be on duty in the Danville fire department’s official new setup. 

  • Boys and Girls Club of Decatur gets big donation

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - The mission of the Boys and Girls Club is to invest in the youth so that they may have a brighter future. 

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    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) – An Illinois man is accused of hitting two other people with a chair.

  • Deadly Bloomington house fire claims 3

    BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (WAND) - An early-morning house fire on Bloomington's west side has claimed three lives.

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