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Illinois climatologist says average temperatures warmed up in August

CHAMPAIGN - Following a cooler-than-usual July, Illinois' state climatologist is reporting that August's temperatures were slightly warmer than average, and that this season has been one of the wettest on record. More>>

Labor Day Weekend Travel on the Rise

CHAMPAIGN—The long Labor Day weekend gives people across the country reason to hit the road. More>>

University of Illinois smoke-free campus policy extends to football tailgaters

CHAMPAIGN - University of Illinois officials are reminding football fans that tailgaters in Memorial Stadium's parking lots must adhere to the school's new smoke-free campus policy. More>>

AFL-CIO of Champaign County to hold Labor Day Parade

URBANA - The AFL-CIO of Champaign County is sponsoring Champaign County's annual Labor Day Parade on Monday, September 1, 2014. More>>

Champaign police seeking assistance in finding missing teen

CHAMPAIGN - The Champaign Police Department is seeking the public's assistance in finding a missing teenager. More>>

University of Illinois officials plan to increase cell phone reception at Memorial Stadium

CHAMPAIGN - Sports fans who frequent Memorial Stadium may notice an improvement in their cell phone reception soon, University of Illinois officials say. More>>

U of I professor's dismissal sparks campus wide debate

CHAMPAIGN—School just started at the University of Illinois, and already the chatter around campus is about a professor who was fired before he was even formally hired.

A Child and a Senator Strike Up an Unexpected Friendship After Suffering Similar Strokes

CHAMPAIGN—A politician and a 12-year-old, both lucky to be alive and building a bond that will last for the rest of their lives. Senator Mark Kirk and Jackson Cunningham have made an unexpected friendship based on their strikingly similar experiences.

Chief Justice Rita Garman joins other justices in touring Illinois law schools

CHAMPAIGN - The chief judge of Illinois' highest court will join other justices in the state in touring nine law schools in Illinois to talk about and administer a pledge of professionalism.

Dangerous temperatures forcing some Illinois schools to close

CHAMPAIGN - With high heat and humidity lingering across the state, several central Illinois communities are closing their schools early. More>>

International students on the rise at U of I

CHAMPAIGN—Thousands of students will start the school year at the University of Illinois Monday, many of them traveling thousands of miles just to make it to class.

Champaign County Sheriff's Office seeking robbery suspect

CHAMPAIGN - The Champaign County Sheriff's Office is seeking the public's assistance in solving a robbery that took place on Sunday, August 10. More>>

Urbana firefighters respond to afternoon apartment fire

URBANA - The Urbana Fire Department responded to an apartment fire that occurred on Thursday afternoon. More>>

Performances announced for the 2014 Urbana Sweetcorn Festival

URBANA - The Urbana Business Association has announced a partial list of performances scheduled for the 39th annual Urbana Sweetcorn Festival.The popular two-day festival takes place in downtown Urbana on August 22 from 5 p.m. until 11 p.m., and August 23 from 11 a.m. until 11 p.m. The event is frequented by as many as 50,000 individuals from Illinois and surrounding states. All events will be free and open to the public.Several local, regional, and national acts will perform on the Miller Ma... More>>

Electrical work at State Farm Center temporarily leaves 2 intersections without power

CHAMPAIGN - Two intersections in Champaign will be left without power while major electrical work is done at the State Farm Center. More>>

University of Illinois' new president likely to be paid more

URBANA - The University of Illinois is searching for a new president, and one employee of a firm that's aiding in the search says the school should expect to pay more than what current President Bob Easter earns. More>>

Lawmakers and leaders discuss how to bring Amtrak service up to speed

CHAMPAIGN—Officials say the delays on Amtrak's Chicago to Carbondale route have become increasingly bad in the past seven to eight months. So lawmakers and local leaders met Wednesday to discuss how to get things on the fast track. More>>

Urbana police seeking information on July shooting

URBANA - The Urbana Police Department is seeking the assistance of the public in identifying suspects in an early morning shooting last month that severely injured a woman. More>>

Report indicates increase in number of people needing food aid

URBANA - According to a report released by the Eastern Illinois Foodbank and Feeding America, about one in every five residents in the region rely on food pantries or other forms of food aid. More>>

Urbana man busted for at-home meth lab

URBANA—An Urbana man is behind bars after manufacturing meth in his house.

Champaign woman wins $75,000

CHAMPAIGN - A central Illinois resident is $75,000 richer after purchasing a winning scratch-off lottery ticket. More>>

Early morning crash claims the life of Champaign woman

CHAMPAIGN - A Champaign woman is dead after the vehicle she was driving struck a train early Monday morning. More>>

University of Illinois researchers looking for dogs with arthritis for study

URBANA - University of Illinois researchers are looking for dogs stricken with arthritis for a study that would examine whether a drug that's used extensively to treat humans can also treat dogs. More>>

Champaign Park District to host Taste of Champaign-Urbana event

CHAMPAIGN - The Champaign Park District's Taste of Champaign-Urbana event will take place at West Side Park on August 15 from 5:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m., and August 16 from 11:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m. More>>

Multiple law enforcement agencies perform sex offender address checks in Champaign County

CHAMPAIGN - The Champaign Police Department and United States Marshal Service have announced the successful completion of a one-day sex offender compliance and verification check on August 7. More>>

Urbana detective investigating police department history

URBANA—A casual conversation between police officers has sparked a historic investigation at the Urbana Police Department.

University of Illinois to host Agronomy Day

URBANA - The University of Illinois will host Agronomy Day in its Crop Sciences Research and Education Center on August 14. More>>

Champaign city leaders tour public works progress

CHAMPAIGN—Millions of dollars are being spent on infrastructure improvements in Champaign, and Tuesday, city leaders got a sneak peak at how they are progressing.

Champaign police looking for early morning shooting suspect

CHAMPAIGN - The Champaign Police Department is requesting assistance from the public in gathering information on a report of shots fired during the early morning hours of August 11, 2014. More>>

Champaign man faces aggravated battery charges in remote control argument

CHAMPAIGN - In an update to a story that WAND brought you on Sunday, a central Illinois man has been charged for allegedly beating his 68-year old father following an argument over a remote control. More>>

Champaign voters to see $149 million ballot question for new schools this November

CHAMPAIGN—Champaign voters will decide this November whether the school district can issue close to $149 million in bonds to build a new high school from scratch and renovate an existing one.

Off-campus surveillance cameras proposed by University of Illinois

CHAMPAIGN - Champaign city council members are considering a proposal that would allow the University of Illinois to expand its network of surveillance cameras off campus and onto city streets. More>>

Champaign community continues to unite against gun violence

CHAMPAIGN—The Champaign community continues to come together after a series of shootings throughout the summer. On Sunday, local leaders and law enforcement urged residents to take back the streets from gun violence. More>>

Man Found Dead near Railroad Tracks

Champaign- Champaign police are investigating a suspicious death of a possible homeless man. On Saturday morning police said they found a man along the Illinois Central Gulf Railroad Tracks just south of the Springfield Avenue viaduct. The victim's name has not been released at this time.The exact cause of death has not been officially determined, but police consider the circumstances to be suspicious and are treating it as a homicide. More>>

Father Shot his Son in Domestic Dispute

Champaign- A father shot his son and Champaign police said, the shooting may have resulted from the father defending himself. Police said, the domestic dispute happened early Saturday morning on the 700 block of Tawney Ct. The 68-year-old father and his 40-year-old son had an argument and then the father shot the son. The son was transported to a local hospital. As of Saturday, no arrests have been made. The case will be forwarded to the Champaign county state's attorney for review. More>>

Tularemia death reported in Champaign County

CHAMPAIGN - Champaign County health officials say that one person has died of a rare infectious disease called tularemia. More>>

Champaign Park District to host C-U Days

CHAMPAIGN - The Champaign Park District has announced its Champaign-Urbana Days event will take place at Douglass Park on August 8 from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m., and on August 9 from 11 a.m. until 8:30 p.m. More>>

Raises delayed for members of new University of Illinois union

CHAMPAIGN - Some members of a University of Illinois non-tenured faculty union will have to wait to get raises that had already been offered. More>>

Illinois consumer spending recovered quickly after economic downturn

CHAMPAIGN - New federal data suggests that just a year after the worst of the Great Recession, Illinois consumers were spending than they were prior to the economic downturn. More>>

Study abroad programs in West Africa suspended by University of Illinois

URBANA - In response to the Ebola outbreak, the University of Illinois is planning extra screening for students arriving from West Africa, and is suspending study-abroad programs in Sierra Leone.

Champaign neighborhoods celebrate community while curbing crime

CHAMPAIGN—People across the country learned how to keep their own neighborhood safe Tuesday during National Night Out and the message is hitting close to home in Champaign.

Honorary street signs in Champaign to be taken down after 10 years

CHAMPAIGN - Earlier this year the Champaign City Council decided that dedicated signs should be taken down after 10 years, causing the first of 41 honorary street-name signs in Champaign to be removed. More>>

Several central Illinois communities participating in National Night Out

CENTRAL ILLINOIS - Several communities around central Illinois will participate in National Night Out, an event designed to improve relationships between local law enforcement and residents, on August 5. More>>

Urbana city council OKs pot shops in town

URBANA—Pot shops could soon be coming to a Central Illinois city after the Urbana city council voted Monday to decide where medical marijuana facilities could set up shop within city limits. More>>

Police investigating Illini Union theft

URBANA - The University of Illinois Police Department is asking the public for assistance in identifying and locating three suspects in a theft of a cell phone at the Illini Union. More>>

Illinois' economy continues to improve after harsh winter

URBANA - According to a University of Illinois index, the state's economy continues to grow as it recovers from the harsh winter. More>>

July ties record of coolest ever in Illinois, could break the record

CHAMPAIGN - Last month's relatively chilly temperatures tied the record for the coolest July in recorded Illinois history, and according to the state climatologist, that record may be broken as data continues to be revised. More>>

Sony Biotechnology leaving University of Illinois

CHAMPAIGN - A biotechnology-focused subsidiary of Sony Corporation is shutting down operations at the University of Illinois' Research Park and moving to California. More>>

Third suspect arrested in June murder

CHAMPAIGN -- A third suspect is arrested in the June murder of Allen Redding. More>>

Free motorcycle training courses available

SPRINGFIELD -- Free training courses are still available to motorcycle riders across Central Illinois. More>>

New camp donated to Girl Scouts of Central IL

SPRINGFIELD -- The Girl Scouts of Central Illinois get a new camp ground. More>>

University of Illinois planning to open office in India next summer

URBANA - In an attempt to handle the University of Illinois' partnerships with institutions and companies in India, the school is planning to open an office in India by the end of next summer. More>>

Police investigate early-morning Urbana shooting

URBANA - Urbana police are seeking information on a shooting that occurred during the early-morning hours of Wednesday, July 30. More>>

Eastern Illinois Parrot Head Club to host benefit concert

CHAMPAIGN - The Eastern Illinois Parrot Head Club has chosen Developmental Services Center as the beneficiary to its tenth-annual "C-U in the Prairibbean" benefit concert, which takes place on August 2 at the Orpheum Children's Science Museum in downtown Champaign. More>>

Champaign school board debates $150 million ballot question to renovate high schools

CHAMPAIGN—The total to build and update two high schools in Champaign comes out to be $150 million, but construction won’t begin until voters have their say this November.

Repairs to U of I's Ice Arena leaves hockey team looking for temporary home

CHAMPAIGN - Due to mechanical problems, the University of Illinois' Ice Arena won't be able to open until at least mid-September, which will leave the university's popular club hockey team to look for a new temporary home. More>>

Dropping crop prices could push farmers' rents down

URBANA - After seeing declining prices on soybeans and corn, an economist from the University of Illinois says farmers who rent land will probably need to renegotiate the prices they pay. More>>

Farmers' market prices being surveyed by University of Illinois Extension Service

URBANA - Prices at farmers' markets around the state are now being surveyed regularly by the University of Illinois Extension Service. More>>

Police investigating Champaign bank robbery

CHAMPAIGN - The Champaign Police Department is seeking assistance from the public in identifying a suspect in connection with a bank robbery. More>>

3 charged in alleged fake kidnapping scheme

URBANA - Two men and a woman have been charged in connection with an alleged kidnapping hoax last month. More>>

Crime Stoppers seeking suspect in Champaign thefts

CHAMPAIGN - Champaign County Crime Stoppers are seeking assistance from the public in identifying a man who is wanted in connection with two thefts. More>>

Blood donors needed to help local hospitals meet patient needs

URBANA - In order to ensure enough blood to serve patient needs at local hospitals, Community Blood Services of Illinois is asking prospective blood donors to donate. More>>

Ogden E. coli scare limited to single water sample

OGDEN—A boil order in Ogden was lifted at 7 pm Wednesday after E. coli bacteria was found in the drinking water.

Friends mourn Urbana mother and daughter killed in crash while husband remains in critical condition

URBANA – Friends remember a family after an Urbana mother and daughter are killed in a crash on I-55.

Champaign shaken by two deadly shootings in less than a month

CHAMPAIGN—Champaign police continue to search for the man who shot and killed a 22-year-old in broad daylight Saturday, while the community wonders how this could happen again, within a month of another man being gunned down.

Trail work to begin at Champaign park

CHAMPAIGN - The Champaign Park District has announced that the final steps to completing trail work of the northern end of Kaufman Lake will begin on Monday, July 21. More>>

Champaign Police release Independence Day citation statistics

CHAMPAIGN - The Champaign Police Department has released its statistics for the number of citations issued during their Independence Day "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" and "Click It or Ticket" campaigns. More>>

Champaign community mourns the second life lost to gun violence in less than a month

CHAMPAIGN – A young man is dead after a shooting in broad daylight Saturday afternoon. Now, residents in one Champaign neighborhood are asking ‘how did this happen?’

Young Man Shot and Killed in Champaign

Champaign- A young man is dead after a shooting in broad daylight on Saturday afternoon. Friends said, Rakim Vineyard, 22, was quiet, non-confrontational and a familiar face on North Sixth Street in Champaign.Vineyard was unresponsive when police arrived at the scene on the 1000 block of North 6th Street.He was transported to Carle Foundation Hospital, where he was pronounced dead shortly before five on Saturday night.Since then, the community has come together and memorialized the sidewalk ... More>>

Urbana man apologizes for courtroom outburst

URBANA - An Urbana man who was sent to jail for six months for yelling profanities at a judge during his father's sentencing hearing has apologized for his behavior, and is asking the judge for his release. More>>

Urbana to help displaced mobile home park residents

URBANA – People who live in an Urbana mobile home park were told in April they had to leave their lots within a year. In June, the city council granted thousands of dollars to help with the move. But now, residents say they have yet to see the money.

Former Illinois football staffer will stand trial for weapons charge

URBANA - A former University of Illinois football staff member's claim that an anti-weapons law is unconstitutional has been rejected by a Champaign County judge. More>>

Renovation underway on Champaign apartments ruined by sewage

CHAMPAIGN–After a meeting with property managers Monday, residents at the Champaign House Apartments were relieved to know they have options after a sewer backup left 20 units unlivable.

University of Illinois requests state-funding increase

URBANA - The University of Illinois has requested a $68 million increase in operating funds, nearly a 4 percent increase in state funding, for the 2016 fiscal year. More>>

University of Illinois fraternity house to receive $4.5 million modernization

CHAMPAIGN - A University of Illinois fraternity is tearing down part of its house to modernize the building, but will keep a portion that was built in 1908. More>>

Carle Foundation Hospital ranked among top Illinois hospitals

URBANA - Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana will be listed in U.S. News and World Report's 25th annual Best Hospitals rankings. More>>

Crews working to removed downed trees in Champaign

UPDATE:  City crews have cleared Mattis Avenue, and are still working to clear downed limbs on secondary roads.  Motorists are advised to use caution on those roads. More>>

Champaign County Sheriff's Office investigating arson

URBANA - An arson that occurred last month at 503 MacArthur Street in Urbana is being investigated the Champaign County Sheriff's Office. More>>

Champaign Elementary School to hold groundbreaking ceremony

CHAMPAIGN - A groundbreaking ceremony marking the beginning of a renovation and expansion project will be held on Monday, July 14 at 4:30 p.m. at Kenwood Elementary School in Champaign.

Champaign residents forced from homes after sewer back-up leaves apartments saturated in sewage

CHAMPAIGN – Many of the garden-level units at the Champaign House Apartments complex sustained so much damage during Saturday’s flooding, residents do not want to be living in them anyway. But some say the way property managers are handling the mess is making the situation much more frustrating.

Heavy Rainfall Leaves Homes Flooded in Mahomet

Heavy rains drenched the city of Mahomet early Sunday Morning. Where people are dealing with more damage. Water restoration workers  More>>

More Opposition to Toxic Chemicals Above Mahomet Aquifer

The Mahomet Aquifer supplies water to more than 800,000 people in Illinois. And now, it's under the threat of severe

Champaign non-profit organization to donate backpacks

CHAMPAIGN - A Champaign-based non-profit organization is traveling to Pilger, Nebraska to donate 25 backpacks filled with toys, coloring supplies, and other items to children affected by the June 16th tornadoes. More>>

Farmers blame harsh winter for low wheat yields

TOLONO - Illinois farmers are finding that the harsh winter was tough on their wheat crops as they work their way through the harvest. More>>

Prairie Farms donates 500 gallons of milk to Urbana food bank

URBANA - Prairie Farms is donating 10,500 gallons of milk to food banks across the Midwest, and 500 of those gallons will go to Eastern Illinois Food Bank in Urbana.

Local leaders, business owners discuss growth in Champaign

CHAMPAIGN—Local leaders and business owners gathered at one of the city’s newest attractions Tuesday to discuss the growth taking place citywide in recent years.

I-TEAM: Rebuilding Gifford With Property Tax Protection Video included

Gifford – The shock of a tornado wrecking your business. Then an unanticipated expense.

University of Illinois student starts outdoor group for veterans

CHAMPAIGN - An Iraq War veteran and University of Illinois student is organizing outdoor activities for fellow veterans, especially those with disabilities.

Champaign kicks off Independence Day celebration

CHAMPAIGN - The public is invited to experience Independence Day with the Champaign County Freedom Celebration Board at the group's community-wide celebration July 4.

Police arrest suspect wanted in connection with Champaign murder

CHAMPAIGN - Chicago Police and U.S. Marshals have arrested one suspect in connection with the murder of a Champaign man in June 2014.

Eastern Illinois business owner indicted for alleged fraud

URBANA - An eastern Illinois business owner has been indicted for allegedly defrauding the U.S. Department of Energy out of more than $1.5 million. More>>

"Spindependence" returns to downtown Champaign

CHAMPAIGN - Central Illinois' top DJs will gather in Champaign on July 3 and 4 for two music-filled days known as "Spindependence." More>>

8-year-old central Illinois boy shot in the head

URBANA - According to police, an 8-year-old Urbana boy is expected to survive after he was shot in the head, allegedly by a 15-year-old relative. More>>

Sculpture of Roger Ebert about to get a permanent home

CHAMPAIGN - A sculpture of famed film critic Roger Ebert is about to get a permanent home outside the Virginia Theater in Champaign. More>>

Champaign's Eisner Park to build fully-accessible playground

CHAMPAIGN - The current playground at Eisner Park in Champaign will be replaced with a fully-accessible playground by the Champaign Park District, with an estimated completion date of September 2014. More>>

June rainfall and temperatures in Illinois above average

CHAMPAIGN - June was much wetter than usual, and the temperatures a little warmer than average across the state, according to Illinois' state climatologist Jim Angel. More>>

New law allows IL residents to register and vote on upcoming Election Day

DECATUR—To cast a ballot on Election Day, Illinois voters usually have to be registered three days before, but this November, they can do it the day of.

New plan to help boost Illinois' economy released

CHAMPAIGN - A new five-year plan that could help Illinois add jobs and build on its strengths has been released by a state agency charged with helping the state's economy. More>>

National Corvette Show Comes to Champaign!

Corvette lovers, this is your weekend! Thousands of corvettes from around the country are on display in Champaign, at the 41st Annual Bloomington

2 women charged with aggravated DUI

URBANA - Two eastern Illinois women have pleaded not guilty to aggravated driving under the influence after allegedly running over a man in separate cars after leaving a bar where they worked as topless dancers. More>>

New driver training course required starting July 1

ILLINOIS - A new law takes effect July 1, requiring people ages 18 to 20 who didn't take driver's education to complete a six-hour training course before applying for a driver's license. More>>

Champaign hosts 41st annual Bloomington Gold Corvette Show

CHAMPAIGN - Corvettes of all makes and models will make their way to the State Farm Center in Champaign for the 41st annual Bloomington Gold Corvette Show.

U of I trustees chairman has no interest in being university president

URBANA - University of Illinois trustees Chairman Christopher Kennedy is denying the validity of rumors that he's interested in becoming the next president of the university. More>>

Gifford holds celebration 7 months after tornado

GIFFORD - Every June a community celebration is held in the eastern Illinois town of Gifford, and this year's celebration will be a little more special than usual. More>>

1 University of Illinois student dead in Brazil, another missing

CHAMPAIGN - One University of Illinois student is dead of an illness likely contracted in Brazil, and another is missing and feared dead in a separate incident in the country. More>>

Champaign community comes together after a series of shootings

CHAMPAIGN—A community comes together after two shootings in two days leave one man hurt, and another dead.

Interim dean "designate" named by U of I's Graduate College

CHAMPAIGN - The University of Illinois' Graduate College has named a interim dean "designate" following the departure of Dean Deba Dutta. More>>

Fire destroys two mobile homes in Urbana trailer park

URBANA--A fire at an Urbana trailer park Tuesday afternoon leaves two mobile homes in ruins, but people in the community are thankful the damage was not worse.

Shooting leaves one man dead

CHAMPAIGN- Champaign police are investigating a shooting that left one man dead. More>>

The Threat of Copper Theft

DECATUR--Days after a gas leak caused a Decatur home to explode, investigators continue to search for answers. One suspected cause: copper theft.

Two Kids Saved in Champaign during a Nationwide Commercial Child Sex Trafficking Operation

A nationwide sting was conducted last week to take down commercial child sex traffickers.This sting is part of Operation Cross Country VIII. FBI investigators have been partnering with the Department of Justice and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to address the problem of child prostitution since 2003. Since then, they have recovered more than 3,000 children.James Comey the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation said,"these are not faraway kids in faraway lands... More>>

Major construction projects at University of Illinois this summer

CHAMPAIGN - Several construction projects are in full swing at the University of Illinois campus in Champaign-Urbana. More>>

How Well Does Central Illinois Tip?

CHAMPAIGN—For those behind the counter, there are few things worse than serving up and being shut down.

Minimum Wage Question on the Nov. Ballot

Illinois voters will get a chance to voice their opinion on raising the minimum wage under a ballot measure Gov. Quinn signed on Sunday. The question is to raise minimum wage to $10 an hour will be placed on the November ballot.Illinois' minimum wage is $8.25, which is one dollar higher than the national rate.Business groups oppose raising the rate, saying it'll kill jobs. More>>

Fatal Crash in Champaign County

Champaign County - A person is dead after a collision in Champaign County.

University of Illinois chancellor says new medical school should be small

URBANA - According to University of Illinois Chancellor Phyllis Wise, a new medical school being proposed at the university in Urbana-Champaign should be small and complimentary. More>>

Habitat For Humanity dedicates third home in Gifford

GIFFORD - Habitat For Humanity will dedicate the last of three homes that was built in an eastern Illinois town that was hit hard by a tornado last November. More>>

Former U of I graduate sentenced to 46 years for stabbing death

URBANA - A former University of Illinois graduate who pleaded guilty to stabbing his ex-girlfriend to death has been sentenced to 46 years in prison. More>>

Champaign apartment building fire ruled an arson

CHAMPAIGN - A Champaign apartment fire in the morning hours of June 17 has been ruled as an arson by fire investigators. More>>

Pay raises for University of Illinois employees planned this summer

CHAMPAIGN - Most University of Illinois employees will be getting pay raises this summer, according to university president Bob Easter. More>>

Man sentenced to 20 years in prison for stabbing

URBANA - A Fithian man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for slashing a University of Illinois professor's throat at a Champaign train station in 2011. More>>

Museums, other facilities across Illinois to receive state grants

CHICAGO - Millions of dollars in grant money will be given to museums throughout Illinois to pay for facility improvements and added exhibits. More>>

Kidnap Suspect Busted - Woman Alive

HOUSTON, TEXAS – Police in Texas have arrested a man wanted in connection with the abduction of a Champaign woman.

Two Displaced Families Get Brand New Homes in Gifford

Like many, Tracy Westmoreland and her husband Randy had no where to live after tornadoes devastated the town of Gifford in

Common Ground Food Co-op moving forward with Champaign location

CHAMPAIGN - Common Ground Food Co-op will move forward with formal lease negotiations for an undisclosed central Champaign location for their second retail location and plans to begin construction on the store by summer of 2015. More>>

Champaign police issue warrant for abduction

CHAMPAIGN - A warrant has been issued for the arrest of Eduardo Guerro Cortez, 25, for aggravated battery.

Lions Club offers free eye screenings for diabetic retinopathy

CHAMPAIGN - The Champaign Lions Club and the Lions of Illinois Foundation will provide free diabetic retinopathy screenings on Friday, June 13 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Promise Healthcare. More>>

Champaign Police search for abduction suspects

CHAMPAIGN - A woman has been taken by knife point in Champaign, and the Champaign Police Department is looking for three men who are suspected of abducting her. More>>

Lincoln's Challenge Academy set to graduate class

RANTOUL - A state-run military academy for former dropouts will award about 260 students with their high school diplomas this weekend.

Champaign council considers changes to parking fines

CHAMPAIGN -- The price of a parking ticket in Champaign has not changed since 2007, but at Tuesday's city council meeting, public works officials proposed a new pay-scale for meter violations and a new way to avoid them altogether.

Champaign school resource officer program called into question

Champaign -- Police have patrolled Champaign schools since 2006, but some parents say the extra security increases their child's chances of arrest.

Champaign to hold opening ceremony for Summer Youth Employment Program

CHAMPAIGN - The Summer Youth Employment Program will hold an opening ceremony in the Centennial High School Aldridge Auditorium on Monday, June 9 at 1:00 p.m. More>>

U of I group bikes cross-country to combat cancer

CHAMPAIGN-URBANA -- Twenty University of Illinois students are pedaling across the country on a bike ride to raise money and fight cancer.

Playing it Safe fair offers free technology that helps halt abductions

URBANA -- Kids learned some serious lessons in safety at the 18th annual Playing it Safe fair Saturday, but there was one station that had parents asking questions too thanks to its free technology that aims to keep children out of harm's reach.

Carle and Champaign County host family safety fair

URBANA - Safe Kids Champaign County and Carle Foundation Hospital will host their 18th annual Playing It Safe family safety fair at the Champaign County Fairgrounds on Saturday, June 7 from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Party for the Alma Mater planned by University of Illinois

URBANA - The University of Illinois will officially mark the return of a statue beloved by university students and graduates with a party Friday, June 6.

Champaign SWAT Team to conduct training exercise

CHAMPAIGN - Champaign Police SWAT Team officers will be conducting a training exercise June 3, beginning at 10:00 p.m., and lasting through the early morning hours of June 4. More>>

Climatologist says May was warmer than average in Illinois

CHAMPAIGN - The month of May was warmer than usual statewide, according to Illinois State Climatologist Jim Angel.

Habitat for Humanity Begins Blitz Build in Gifford

Gifford -- Their homes were destroyed by a tornado in November, but now Gifford families are getting help to rebuild thanks to Habitat for Humanity's Blitz Build.

Governor Quinn's running mate expresses disappointment in state budget

URBANA - During a meeting at Urbana's Laborer's Union Hall Sunday evening, the Democratic candidate for Illinois lieutenant governor criticized the budget that was passed by the Illinois Legislature last week.

Road construction begins on U.S. 150 in Champaign County

URBANA - Road work on U.S. 150 is scheduled to begin today, according to the Illinois Department of Transportation. More>>

New business opens in Urbana

URBANA - A new clothing store with a unique twist is opening its doors Monday.

Farm Bill coalition to be led by University of Illinois

CHAMPAIGN - The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced two coalitions that would help develop online tools to inform individuals involved in agriculture about programs in the 2014 Farm Bill, and the University of Illinois will lead one of them. More>>

Champaign Will Not Ban Smoking in Parks

Joe DeLuce takes the effects of second hand smoke seriously. He's lost a close relative to lung cancer. Wednesday night, he lead a Champaign Park

U of I grant to research 4 million cookstove-related deaths

URBANA -- $1.5 million in U.S. EPA grant money is headed to the U of I to research a problem that leads to 4 million premature deaths worldwide every year. More>>

Habitat for Humanity to repair storm damaged homes

GIFFORD -- As the cleanup continues from November storms, Habitat for Humanity will make the home ownership dream a reality for three Gifford families. More>>

Champaign Police seek information about a series of shootings

Champaign -- Champaign Police have responded to 15 gun-related calls, two armed robberies, a stabbing, and a residential burglary, all in the last week. Three individuals were shot and another three arrested, but police continue to search for more than a dozen possible suspects.

Summer slowdown hits U of I's Campustown businesses

Champaign-Urbana -- It's only been a few weeks since students at the University of Illinois packed up and moved home for summer, but already, businesses along Green Street are feeling the heat, thanks to the absence of their college customers.

Urbana city council to consider addition to road improvement project

URBANA - The Urbana City Council will consider adding traffic lights to the Windsor Road Improvement Project during their meeting Tuesday.

As public pools open, swimming safety is top priority

Champaign -- Memorial Day is the unofficial start to summer and to celebrate appropriately, pools across Central Illinois are opening their doors to the public, and recreation officials say the key to a successful season to have fun in the sun, while staying safe in the water. More>>

Rantoul police investigate infant girl's death

RANTOUL - The Friday morning death of an infant girl is being investigated by Rantoul police. More>>

Former Illini student pleads guilty in stabbing death

URBANA - A former University of Illinois graduate student pleaded guilty Friday to stabbing his ex-girlfriend to death.

Champaign police investigate shooting incident

CHAMPAIGN - The Champaign Police Department is currently investigating a shooting incident that occurred Thursday, May 22 at approximately 7:47 p.m. in the 800 block of N. State Street.

Fire Out. Burn It Again.

Urbana - Sixteen departments and 30 firefighters knocked out a fire in an Urbana apartment complex Thursday.

Girl saved as baby reunited with her rescuer at high school graduation

Courtesy of: Nick LaGrange, WFIE Evansville, IN

A Gibson County man who saved a newborn baby's life 18 years ago surprised her at her high school graduation.

Annual Plant Sale in Urbana hosted by Employee Giving Group

URBANA - The Employee Giving Group of Presence Covenant Medical Center's Foundation will partner with Country Arbors Nursery to host its Annual Plant Sale on May 22 and May 23. More>>

Firefighters to conduct live-fire training at Urbana apartment complex

URBANA - Firefighters from 15 departments will participate in a live-fire training exercise at Urbana's Lierman Avenue apartment buildings on Thursday, May 22 from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Crime Stoppers hold Shred-It event to prevent identity theft

CHAMPAIGN - The best way to protect yourself against identity theft is to make sure your personal information doesn't fall into the wrong hands, and Crime Stoppers of Champaign County is holding an event to help you safely get rid of unwanted documents that contain your personal information. More>>

Coroner releases name of driver killed in I-74 crash

CHAMPAIGN - The Champaign County Coroner has released the name of a driver killed in a crash on I-74.

Illinois Lottery holds 20 cash grab events in Champaign and Urbana

CHAMPAIGN/URBANA - The Illinois Lottery is introducing its newest instant ticket family, "20 Years of Cash" to Champaign and Urbana May 20.

Renovations coming to ramps on I-57/74 interchange

Champaign -- It's one of the most traveled roadways in the state and one of the most dangerous. There have been around 300 accidents, including three deaths, on the Interstate 57 and Interstate 74 interchange, but starting Tuesday, the highway just west of Champaign is getting some improvements. More>>

Intersection improvement project starts in Urbana

URBANA - An intersection in Urbana will be receiving a large makeover.

Tax break proposal meets resistance from business community

CHAMPAIGN - A proposal that would change the way the state gives tax breaks to companies is being opposed by Illinois' business community.

Police continue to search for Urbana intruder

Urbana -- Police continue to search for a man they say harassed one young woman with a gun and pistol-whipped another in an Urbana neighborhood early Saturday morning.

Woman Pistol Whipped; Police Look for Suspect

Woman Pistol Whipped; Police Look for Suspect

URBANA - Police are asking for your help to find a man who allegedly broke into a woman's home and pistol-whipped her.The incident happened about two hours after the suspect tapped on another woman's bathroom window and tried to get in. Both incidents happened in the 400 block of South Busey in Urbana.The victim was transported to Carle Hospital where she was treated and released. Police say the woman suffered several facial lacerations and a broken cheek bone. The suspect is described as les... More>>

University of Illinois faculty files petition to form a union

URBANA - University of Illinois faculty members have filed a petition with the state saying they want to unionize. More>>

University of Illinois president asks potential retirees back

CHAMPAIGN - University of Illinois employees planning to retire this spring are being urged to reconsider their decision by university's president. More>>

Student loan debt on the rise and hurting overall economy

Champaign -- More than 50 percent of students at the University of Illinois take out student loans to pay for school. But the struggle to pay them back is keeping them from making other investments.

Heroin Abuse Deaths on the Rise; Families Offer Advice

Springfield - Since 2007, heroin use has become a serious problem in our state. More>>

EPA supports single source aquifer, but says it won't stop PCBs

Champaign -- After a review of a 2012 petition, the Environmental Protection Agency now supports adding regulation to keep contamination out of the Mahomet Aquifer, but it won't stop a private proposal to store toxic chemicals on the landfill above it.

Eastern Illinois man pleads guilty to attempted murder

URBANA - A Fithian man pleaded guilty to the attempted first-degree murder of a University of Illinois law professor on Monday.

Champaign's electric aggregation program put on hold

Champaign -- Two years ago, the city of Champaign brokered a deal with Integrys Energy Services so residents and small businesses could get electricity as a discounted price. But now, Ameren Illinois is expected to supply electricity for less, and the city's electric aggregation program is being put on hold.

Environmental Protection Agency Seeks Comments On Proposed Aquifer Designation

CHAMPAIGN - After announcing a proposed decision to approve a petition concerning the Mahomet Aquifer System, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is seeking public comment on the matter. The U.S. EPA will hold an informational meeting and formal public hearing in Champaign on Tuesday, May 13th. More>>

Ameren Rate Drop Prompts Some Communities To Rethink Electricity Options

CHAMPAIGN - An expected drop in Ameren Illinois's electric-supply rates is causing some communities to take another look at where they get their electricity. More>>

Champaign Police To Host Open House

CHAMPAIGN - The Champaign Police Department will be holding its 3rd annual open house event on Saturday, May 17th, 2014. More>>

Moms get a day off for Mother's Day.

Champaign -- Sunday was all about moms, and if it seems like they have more responsibilities than ever before, that's because they do.

Students react to drug bust on U of I campus

Champaign -- Seven University of Illinois students were arrested during a drug bust late Thursday night, but law enforcement say it's not the end of their investigation.

Illinois EPA Issues Draft Of Fertilizer Plant Permit

CHAMPAIGN - A draft version of a key permit needed for Cronus Chemicals LLC to build and operate a $1.2 billion fertilizer plant has been issued by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency. More>>

Status Of University Of Illinois Employee Still Uncertain

CHAMPAIGN - The status of a University of Illinois teacher is under review by a committee located on-campus. More>>

Open House At New Champaign Mental Health Clinic

CHAMPAIGN - Community Elements is celebrating National Mental Health Month by hosting an open house for their new clinic location Friday, May 9th. More>>

Champaign Man Charged With Bank Robbery

URBANA - A man has been formally charged Thursday with robbing one Champaign bank Wednesday and attempting to rob a second.

Eastern Illinois Foodbank To Launch Senior Grocery Program

URBANA - This May, during Older Americans Month, the Eastern Illinois Foodbank is launching a Senior Grocery Program. More>>

Free Bicycle Giveaway In Urbana

URBANA - Bicycles will be offered to citizens of Champaign-Urbana and surrounding areas free of charge by the Urbana Police Department. More>>

Champaign schools get $230,000 grant

Champaign -- Nearly 450 schools across Illinois will receive $25 million to keep students safe, and Champaign Unit School District #4 is getting a good chunk of that change. More>>

Lawmakers and Law Enforcement Warn of Growing Heroin Problem

Springfield - Quietly, one drug has become more threatening in Illinois than all other drugs. More>>

Champaign Police Investigate Bank Robbery

CHAMPAIGN - Champaign police officers need your help finding a suspect involved in a bank robbery. More>>

Rantoul Man To Be Tried For Murder

URBANA -A Rantoul foster father will be tried on charges he murdered his foster son last month.

Local Acrobat Injured In Stunt Will Perform Again

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - One of the eight circus acrobats that fell approximately 20 feet to the ground during a hair hanging acts says she'll perform the stunt again. More>>

Champaign residents relieved by changes to Latitude Development

Champaign -- After months of debate, an out-of-state developer is listening to complaints from Champaign residents and changing his original plans for a new apartment complex in a historic neighborhood.

Urbana Park District To Honor Former Board Member

URBANA - A park located in southeast Urbana is being renamed to honor the longest-serving board member in the Urbana Park District's 107-year history. More>>

Crash Near Seymour Claims Teen's Life

URBANA - A crash near Seymour claimed the life of a Monticello teen Tuesday evening. More>>

Monday Night Fire In Urbana Under Investigation

URBANA - A fire broke out in an Urbana apartment Monday night.

U of I students push to make Green St. only for pedestrians

Champaign-Urbana -- What began as a class project is now an online petition that has generated hundreds of signatures to gets cars off Green Street.

Champaign Police Department Investigates Incident at Local School

CHAMPAIGN - The Champaign Police Department is currently following up on a report of a loaded magazine for a 9mm handgun being brought onto school property by an 8 year-old student. More>>

Pension Problems May Lead To Loss Of Employees

CHAMPAIGN - The solution Illinois' lawmakers came up with last year to the state's under funded pension problem has provided incentives for many public university employees to leave before losing retirement money. More>>

Habitat for Humanity builds 70th home in Champaign County, kicks off National Women Build Week

Urbana -- An Urbana woman will make the move from public housing to a house all her own.

Lawmakers, U of I researchers collaborate to keep chemicals out of Mahomet Aquifer

Champaign -- Lawmakers from the state and federal government are reaching across the aisle and partnering with the University of Illinois to explore how to dispose of polychlorinated biphenyl, or PCB, and keep it from hovering over the Mahomet Aquifer. More>>

University of Illinois Considering Background Checks For All Hires

CHAMPAIGN - The University of Illinois is developing a new policy that would require background checks for all new hires. More>>

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