• 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Dog Comes from Thailand for Surgery

    URBANA, Ill. (WAND): How far would you go for your furry friends?

  • Church winter shelter seeks growth, funding help

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WAND) – Churches involved in organizing a winter shelter want to see it grow. 

  • Credit: State Farm Center

    Kip Moore performing at State Farm Center in September

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WAND) - State Farm Center officials have announced they are adding to the growing list of concerts being held this fall.

  • Illinois recycling companies announce merger

    CHAMPAIGN COUNTY, Ill. (WAND) – Recycling companies in the Champaign-Urbana area announced a recycling expansion effort. 

  • U.S. DOE awards grant for bioenergy research center

    URBANA, Ill. (WAND) - The U.S. Department of Energy officials say intend to fund a multimillion-dollar Center for Advanced Bioenergy and Bioproducts Innovation at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

  • Corn and Sunflowers in Urbana Garden

    URBANA, Ill. (WAND): A nursing student's garden in Urbana is the talk of the town. 

  • Illinois announces unclaimed money payout

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) – Illinois leaders say millions in unclaimed dollars are now in the right hands. 

  • Yingying's family raises reward to $50k

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WAND): An emotional plea from Yingying's family at a press conference Friday morning. 

  • Champaign police warning public of caller ID scam

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WAND) - The Champaign Police Department is warning the public of a phone scam making its way through the area.

  • Petersburg man taken to hospital after crashing into ditch on I-72

    CHAMPAIGN COUNTY, Ill. (WAND) - Illinois State Police say one man was taken to the hospital after his truck-tractor box-trailer crashed into a ditch just off of Interstate 72 in Champaign County.

  • Illinois accepts funding for fight against terror

    ILLINOIS (WAND) – In response to terror attacks around the world, Illinois has earned money to fight them. 

  • Illinois Made, Illinois Proud: ShapeMaster

    ODGEN, Ill. (WAND) - One central Illinois manufacturing company that helps small businesses and entrepreneurs is showing that you don't have to be the largest company to be one of the best.

  • Jeremiah Bridges, 38

    Bomb discovery leads to explosive possession charge

    RANTOUL, Ill. (WAND) – A man accused of leaving a bomb, child and dog alone in a car now faces charges. 

  • New Grocery Delivery Service in Champaign

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WAND): A new grocery delivery will deliver your groceries to your doorstep for a fee of $5.99. Instacart launched today in Champaign and Springfield. According to Dave Osborne, the Instacart General Manager for the Midwest region, the delivery service is as simple as online shopping. "Customers simply go online to instacart.com or download our app and they can order their groceries," Osborne says. "We'll deliver it right to their door usually wit...
  • "Scrub Camp" Teaches Teens About Health Industry

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WAND): A camp for teenagers who want to learn about the medical industry is underway today. 

  • Kevin Lefever, 18

    Sexual assault charges added against car theft suspect

    RANTOUL, Ill. (WAND) – A Rantoul man is facing charges for criminal sexual assault. 

  • Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza (left) and EIU President David Glassman (right). Photo provided by the Comptroller's office.

    Millions of Illinois dollars paid to universities, grant students

    ILLINOIS (WAND) – A new budget has allowed Illinois leaders to give out funding to universities for the first time in nearly a year.   

  • Tristan Jaden Marks, 18

    Adults, children left bound in Champaign armed robbery

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WAND) – An armed robbery attempted ended with an arrest in Champaign. 

  • Rantoul police make arrest in Wednesday bomb scare

    RANTOUL, Ill. (WAND) - A man sought by Rantoul police after they found what officers believe to be an unexploded bomb in a vehicle has been taken into custody.

  • Champaign LGBTQ bar faces uncertain future

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WAND) – Champaign’s last LGBTQ bar now has new ownership.   

  • AG issues sex assault investigation guidelines

    The Illinois Attorney General’s office released new guidelines for law enforcement on handling sexual assault and abuse cases Tuesday.

  • Rantoul police still searching for Indiana man

    RANTOUL, Ill. (WAND) - The Rantoul Police Department is searching for an Indiana man after officers discovered weapons and what is believed to be an unexploded bomb.

  • University of Illinois adding new cameras to local campus

    URBANA, Ill. (WAND) - The University of Illinois has announced it plans to add more than 200 cameras to the Urbana-Champaign campus within the next year.

  • Photo courtesy of Illinois State Police District 10

    Woman trapped in car, rescued following storm

    CHAMPAIGN COUNTY, Ill. (WAND) – A central Illinois woman ended up trapped in her car after a storm. 

  • Rural communities face broadband lag

    Efforts in some communities aim to improve speed, access.

  • Crews working to restore power after severe storms

    ILLINOIS (WAND) - Two companies are working to restore power to homes affected by Monday night's severe weather.

  • Florida man, woman charged with felony burglary

    URBANA, Ill. (WAND) – Champaign County deputies arrested two Florida people over a credit card scheme.

  • 3 local organizations to receive nearly $1 million in grants

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WAND) - The Yahoo Employee Foundation has announced it will issue nearly $1 million in grants to three central Illinois not-for-profit organizations this week.

  • Cycle Across Illinois honoring fallen police officers

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WAND) - Law enforcement officers from the Champaign and University of Illinois Police Departments will participate in a charity ride on July 13 that recognizes fallen police officers.

  • Zachary Bulva, 32

    Champaign man confesses to overnight joyride

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WAND) – A Champaign man confessed to stealing a Humvee overnight last week. 

  • Officials ask businesses to ban e-cigarettes

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WAND): In Champaign, there are three different vape shops within miles of each other. 

  • Crews respond to 2 house fires in Philo

    PHILO, Ill. (WAND) - Firefighters from multiple communities have responded to two house fires in Philo Monday evening.

  • Budget change to cost cities

    The state will charge cities a two percent fee on sales taxes collected.

  • Food twist coming to central Illinois McDonald's

    ILLINOIS (WAND) – McDonald’s has brought a new product to Illinois restaurants.

  • College Bistro doubles as classroom

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - If you're looking for a new place to have lunch or dine at dinnertime, some aspiring chefs are cooking up some culinary surprises, at a student-run bistro, at Richland Community College. 

  • Downtown Champaign adds pollination hotspot

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WAND) - Downtown Champaign can expect some more flying insects in the future.  

  • Spirit Riders bring a simple message to save lives

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WAND) - The Spirit Riders campaign is hoping to reach the masses as they travel the country. 

  • Urbana lieutenant laid to rest

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WAND) - An Urbana police officer was laid to rest Saturday in Champaign. Dozens of local law enforcement officers, firefighters and EMS personal paid their respects at St. Matthew Roman Catholic Church in Champaign. The department says Lt. Harley Rutledge was on a trip in Pennsylvania when a Sunday accident claimed his life.  Police say Lt. Rutledge was on a houseboat while it was raining outside, and that he slipped and fell into the water between th...

  • The book is not closed on Illinois school funding

    Champaign, Ill (WAND) – The dust has barely settled after the budget battle with another potential fight on the horizon over funding Illinois schools.

  • United Way gets 3 Degree Guarantee check

    Decatur, Ill. (WAND) A perfect month of June for JC's 3 Degree Guarantee means the United Way of Decatur-Mid Illinois receives a check for $1100.

  • Districts join lawsuit alleging underfunded education costs

    ILLINOIS (WAND) – A central Illinois school district is joining a lawsuit against the state. 

  • New Museum Targets Kids and Adults

    URBANA, Ill. (WAND): A new Urbana Children's Museum is a hit with both kids and adults.

  • Much needed rain falls on part of central Illinois

    Scattered showers and storms provide some much needed rain for part of central Illinois. As of 11 PM Wednesday night, radar estimates indicated a few isolated locations picking up 2" to 3"+ of precipitation. Reports ranged from a more than 2" south of Sullivan to .77" on the south side of Decatur to nothing for other locations. 

  • Red Cross needing donations to combat blood shortage

    ILLINOIS (WAND) - American Red Cross officials say two months of lower-than-expected blood donations have resulting in a "critical blood shortage."

  • Suspect in kidnapping ordered held until trial

    URBANA, Ill. (WAND) - A man facing a kidnapping charge in the disappearance of Yingying Zhang will remain in custody until his trial.

  • Police: Lieutenant dead after vacation accident

    URBANA, Ill. (WAND) – Urbana police say a lieutenant died while on vacation.

  • Research Park property manager defaults on loan

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WAND) – An owner of University of Illinois buildings is dealing with loan troubles. 

  • Demonstrators to rally outside Christensen hearing

    URBANA, Ill. (WAND) - A man facing a kidnapping charge in the disappearance of a visiting University of Illinois scholar is due back in court on Wednesday.

  • Senate passes state spending plan, income tax increase

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - The Illinois Senate has approved a set of bills that would allow a state budget to go into effect.

  • Helping a friend in need

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill (WAND)- Former Urbana police officer Mike Miller is battling a rare blood cancer.

  • Zhang kidnapping suspect held without bond

    ILLINOIS (WAND) – A U of I scholar’s suspected kidnapper will be held without bond. 

  • Central Illinois Treasures: Finding her voice

    After losing and regaining her voice, an aspiring opera singer sought to help others.

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