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Speakers Urge People to Become Organ Donors

DECATUR-Eighteen people die each day waiting for donated organs. So the Illinois Secretary of State is asking you to be a hero. More>>

Failure is Not an Option Talk Inspires Students

Decatur - Students at Dennis Lab School got a visit from a man who played a role in the mission, Apollo 13.

City Council Approves Fee for Stormwater updates

Decatur - The Decatur City Council has approved funding to improve and replace $60 million in stormwater updates needed throughout the city.

Union Concerned Dredging Jobs Going Out of State

DECATUR-Dredging Lake Decatur is a massive city project that means jobs.

Routine Traffic Stop Becomes Drug Bust

MACON COUNTY - Approximately 20 pounds of cannabis was apprehended during a routine traffic stop. More>>

Pretrial Set for Former Insurance Agent

DECATUR - The pretrial is set for a Decatur man accused of fraud and forgery. More>>

Warm Weather and Crime

DECATUR - Violent crime and warm weather. Many think the two go hand in hand.

A Community tries to Raise Money to Make a New Summer Camp a Reality

DECATUR - A new summer camp could be coming to Decatur, but only if the funds are there. Saturday, leaders of First Gig Rock 'n Roll Camp held an all-day benefit concert to raise money to make the camp a reality. It would be the first band camp in Macon County to focus on rock n' roll music. Campers get to learn how to play multiple instruments and put on a live concert at the end of the program."First Gig Summer Camp is an idea we had to bring a new kind of music camp into town," Mike Schone... More>>

New Rules Released for Medical Marijuana in Illinois

New rules released today outline the possible limits of medical marijuana. The state began a 4-year pilot program, effective January 1st. But, nothing can happen until we pass rules by which to govern More>>

Bill to Track Bullying

SPRINGFIELD--Some state lawmakers want to tackle the issue of bullying by tracking it and giving that information to parents.

Easter Seals Celebration Day Next Week

Decatur - Easter Seals in Decatur is gearing up for its annual Celebration Day fundraiser. It's next Friday, April 25th, on the Water Street Plaza in downtown Decatur. Krispy Kreme donuts will be sold More>>

Decatur Man Pleads Guilty to Attempted Sexual Abuse

A Decatur man charged with predatory criminal sexual assault received lesser charges for pleading guilty. More>>

St. Mary's to Host Free Diabetes 101 Meal Sessions

When a person receives a diabetes diagnosis, long-term wellness depends on more than just medical care. More>>

Decatur Holds Town Hall Meeting About Fair Tax Act

Supporters of The Fair Tax Act hosted a town hall meeting Thursday evening in Decatur. Sponsors are on a statewide tour to encourage citizens and lawmakers to support the bill that must be voted on by More>>

Council to Vote on Major Storm water Improvements

DECATUR- Major improvements are planned for the storm water system, coming with a major price tag of 60 million dollars.  The city has prioritized the areas with the biggest flooding problems.  There are More>>

Man who plead guilty to accidentally hitting and killing a toddler receives sentence

Decatur - In June of 2013 a 19-month-old was the victim of a hit and run, today the man who accidentally hit and killed the toddler received his sentence. More>>

Evening fire destroys garage in Macon

Macon - A fire destroys a garage in Macon on Wednesday evening. More>>

Senator Mattie Hunter Talks Youth Unemployment in Decatur

State Senator Mattie Hunter is the newest lawmaker advocating for more state sponsored youth employment programs, especially for the summer. She says that because of the overall unemployment crisis many More>>

Big Cuts Could Come to Drug Treatment

SPRINGFIELD-Massive cuts could be coming to alcohol and drug treatment centers across the state.  If the income tax drops from 5 percent to 3 point 75 percent, a spokesperson from the Department of Human More>>

Illinois State Police locate a meth lab in Decatur

Decatur - Police arrest a woman connected to a busted meth lab. More>>

Decatur Running Club Remembers Boston Marathon Victims

Mt. Zion- Three people were killed and more than 250 were injured in the Boston Marathon bombings one year ago. On April 15th, the nation remembered those victims through ceremonies and tributes. In Central More>>

Community clinic opens inside Decatur Memorial Hospital

Decatur - A new community clinic opens their doors inside Decatur Memorial Hospital. More>>

Decatur man pleads guilty in 2011 shooting death

Decatur - A Decatur man accused of murder appeared in court Tuesday afternoon, entering a guilty plea for the 2011 murder of an 18-year-old.   More>>

Students Learn to Dress Their Best

DECATUR-A nurse from Phoenix Academy got a grant trying to help the community school and students. Their goal: to get students ready for the working world by looking their best.   Tuesday at Phoenix Academy More>>

Man accused of giving bath salts to a minor

Decatur - A man from Macon County is accused of giving bath salts to a minor. More>>

Decatur restaurant McGorray's closes

DECATUR -- Another Decatur restaurant closed up shop. McGorray's Golf and Grille on N. Water Street closed Sunday.On the restaurant Facebook page, owner Charlie McGorray wrote, "I have been truly blessed More>>

U.N. Says Climate Change Needs Our Attention NOW

A new report from the U.N. says the issue of climate change is more urgent than you think. Sunday, the United Nation's expert panel on the topic said the world has just 15 years to make a massive effort More>>

Drug offenders could see less jail time

Decatur -- Convicted drug offenders could spend less time behind bars after a decision from a federal agency. The U.S. Sentencing Commission approved new guidelines that would reduce jail time for federal More>>

Cuts Could be Coming to Department of Agriculture

Springfield - Illinois soil; it's good for growing corn and soybeans, which in turn is good for our economy. Unless lawmakers extend the income tax increase that is set to expire this year, the Department More>>

Bloomington man to serve 10 years for placing pipe bomb in a Decatur mailbox

A Bloomington man will spend 10 years behind bars for placing a pipe bomb in a Decatur mailbox in 2011. More>>

Dozens March for Sexual Assault Awareness

Amber Pepin is no stranger to activism. She works for Growing Strong, a sexual assault relief center in Decatur. Every year, the organization ditches the office and takes to the streets to spread its message. "Our More>>

Pricey Pork For Summer Grilling

Decatur - Putting your favorite pork product on the grill this summer will cost you more money. Millions of baby pigs in 27 states, including Illinois, have died from a virus. It is coming as the summer More>>

Man arrested, after police find heroin, cocaine and cannabis inside his home

Decatur -  Police arrest 24-year-old Hosea Campbell, after finding drugs, gun ammo, and more than $2,000 in cash inside his home. More>>

"Take Back the Night" rally raising awareness against sexual assault

Decatur - This evening organizers hope to raise awareness against sexual assault. More>>

Johns Hill Magnet School of Rock!

His shades are on, his fingers hot, Wade Mills plays like a cool breeze. He's one of the founding members of a new band that plans to take Central Illinois by storm. "I remember the first practice, it More>>

Students learn about health and fitness

Decatur - Fourth and fifth graders got a chance to learn more about health and fitness. More>>

Police arrest man on a search warrant, after locating guns and drugs

Decatur -  Police in Decatur arrest a man for Possession of Cannabis, Intent to Deliver among other charges. More>>

City Rolls out Economic Development Web site

DECATUR-The city is rolling out a web site they hope will boost business. More>>

City to replace and repair water mains on south side

Decatur - The Decatur City Council has approved an agreement to repair and replace water mains on the city's south side. More>>

Richland Community College to host 2014 Job fair

Decatur - Richland Community College, invites you to explore new job opportunities at the 2014 Job Fair. More>>

Investing In The Future

Decatur - Aging roads, bridges, dams, water and sewer lines. America's cities are getting older and these assets are often forty to eighty years or older. Cities like Decatur are staying ahead of the More>>

Home Ownership Assistance in Decatur

Decatur- Banks, realtors and anyone who deals with home ownership were available for assistance at Eisenhower High School in Decatur on Saturday. However, not that many people took advantage of the Affordable More>>

Are E-Cigarettes a Danger to Small Children?

Since 2011, electronic cigarettes have doubled in use among high school students, according to the CDC. Chris Shawgo is the manager of BloNo Smoke in Decatur. He's has to deal with quite a few of them. "They'll More>>

Man Convicted For Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse

DECATUR - Jubal Shaw, 39, has been convicted for aggravated criminal sexual abuse, a Class 2 felony.He is being held without bond in the Macon County Jail. He will be sentenced May 19.Shaw was convicted More>>

Timothy Giles Sentenced to Two Life Terms

DECATUR -Timothy Giles, who previously pleaded guilty to two counts of first degree murder for the deaths of Cindy Eaton and Lindsey Eaton, was handed two life terms in court Friday.The Eatons were More>>

Broken Hearts For Murdered Solider

Effingham - "I can't believe this has happened. I just can't." Mary Louise Muntean of Effingham is still in shock after hearing the news that her son had been killed at Fort Hood in Texas. 37 year old More>>

Clock Ticking On Tax Returns

Mt. Zion - Pay your taxes yet? If not, you join millions of Americans waiting until the last minute with the April 15th deadline quickly approaching. "I'm here seven days a week," Mike Wilhoit of Mike More>>

Blood stain links robber to the crime

Decatur - Police connect a man to a robbery through DNA testing. More>>

Firefighters respond to afternoon fire

Decatur - A fire displaces at least five people and damages four apartment buildings. More>>

African American Cultural and Genealogical Society has new home

Decatur - The African American Cultural and Genealogical Society has been a part of Decatur for 20 years. More>>

Program Turning Lives Around for Women on Parole

Decatur- For four years, a transitional home for women on parole has been operating in Decatur. Now, the Executive Director Angela Corrigan is trying to help more women in need. More>>

Decatur gets up to $500,000 for transportation study

Decatur -- Decatur city leaders will take a closer look at how products and people make their way in and out of town, and their findings will be paid for with money from the state. The Illinois Department More>>

Workers Call for Raise in Minimum Wage

Springfield - Workers, who are paid at minimum wage, said at the State Capitol on Tuesday, it's time for an increase at a state and federal level. The state's current minimum wage is $8.25, which is tied More>>

Community housing fair this Saturday

Decatur - Local businesses and organizations invite the public to attend the Affordable Housing Fair this Saturday. More>>

City to flush and test fire hydrants during April

Decatur - Crews from the Decatur Fire Department along with the Decatur Water Department, will be flushing and flow testing 1200 fire hydrants during the month of April. More>>

Penguins getting ready for Scovill Zoo's opening day

Decatur - The Humboldt penguins are gearing up for this years zoo opening. More>>

Murder trial to begin for man accused of 2011 shooting

Decatur - The jury has been selected for the murder trial of a man accused in a 2011 shooting. More>>

What Retail Shops/restaurants would you like to have in Decatur?

Decatur- Residents are speaking out about what retail shops and restaurants they would like to have in Decatur at a retail feedback tour. "Sonic comes to mind. . . people in Decatur love to eat," said More>>

Police warn of "ruse burglaries"

Decatur - Police are investigating after an elderly victim was scammed by a home repair group, offering to resurface the driveway. More>>

City to hold community retail feedback tour

Decatur - The city of Decatur wants the communities input for new retail or restaurants to come to the city. More>>

Woman Saves Man's Life at Basketball Game

MACON-Basketball can be a heart-pounding game. But when one young man in Central Illinois had a heart attack on the court, people in the crowd stepped up to help. At Meridian High School 24-year-old Derick More>>

Niemann Foods To Open Stores in Decatur

Decatur - Development has been launched on a multi million dollar project in a blighted section on the west side of Decatur. "The capital investment of the project, plus the hundred new jobs it's going More>>

Free Electronics Recycling Event

Decatur - This weekend BLH Computers will hold a free electronic recycling event. More>>

Two charged for selling alcohol to a minor

Decatur - Two people are facing charges for selling liquor to a minor. More>>

Man found guilty of 2011 murder

Decatur - A Chicago man has been found guilty, for the 2011 murder of a 17-year-old girl. More>>

More Than 31,000 Water Meters Are Being Replaced

The City of Decatur is spending millions of dollars to upgrade every water meter in the city. "This is a city wide project to upgrade all water meters and the technology to be able to read those meters More>>

Colee's Corner Drug store opens in Forsyth

Forsyth - A ribbon cutting for a new business is taking place this Thursday at 5 p.m., for the Colee's Corner Drug Store. More>>

IHSA's Heart of the Arts Award Winner: Meridian High School's Jordan Brewer

The Illinois High School Association works with high school athletics across the state. It also recognizes a student who puts in the same dedication, passion and hard work it takes to excel at a sport, More>>

Macon County scores low on health

Decatur -- Counties across Illinois are getting graded on how healthy they are, and Macon County is low on the list. Macon came in at 84 out of 102 counties on's annual health More>>

Decatur Public School Board announces Lisa Taylor as new superintendent

Decatur Board of Education voted to welcome in Lisa Taylor as the new superintendent. More>>

Jury trial starts for man accused of murder

Decatur - A Chicago man is on trial for the 2011 murder of a 17-year-old girl. More>>

Lisa Taylor Named as New DPS District 61 Superintendent

Decatur - A big announcement will be made at tonight's Decatur Public School board meeting. More>>

Protecting Those Who Protect Us

State Capitol - A series of accidents has left first responders injured on Illinois roadways. State Senator Chapin Rose, (R) Mahomet, is trying to assemble a 16 member state task force to look into More>>

Second Annual Diamond Affair Tickets On Sale

Decatur - Tickets are now on sale for the second annual Diamond Affair. More>>

House fire displaces six people

Decatur - Firefighters are searching for the cause of a house fire that started this afternoon, just west of downtown Decatur. More>>

Fight breaks out, victim air lifted for a skull fracture

Decatur - A man was air lifted to a hospital, after a fight left his skull fractured. More>>

Four injured after crash

MACON COUNTY- Four people are taken to area hospitals after a four vehicle crash in Mt. Zion. According to police, the crash occurred on Rt. 121 and Broadway at about 7:30 PM Sunday night. No word on More>>

Hope in the Unseen

A small community celebrates life and hope. Last October, Tab Stortzum was diagnosed with Stage 4 Pancreatic Cancer. Doctors told him it was in-operable. But, he decided he wasn't going to take that as More>>

Scammers Posing as IRS

DECATUR-More than 20-thousand victims robbed of -- more than a million dollars.  It's a massive scam  sweeping the nation and hitting  right here  in Central Illinois You get a call.  The scammer says More>>

UPDATE: Cause of death on man who died in Decatur house fire

Decatur -- A house in the 1600 block of North 31st street caught fire Thursday afternoon. More>>

UPDATE: Victim identified in single vehicle crash near Decatur Airport

NEAR CERRO GORDO -- The Macon County coroner says a man died in a single vehicle crash early Friday morning.The crash was reported around 3:00 a.m., at the intersection of Oakley Road and Route 105, northeast More>>

Help welcome Humboldt Penguins to Scovill Zoo Monday

DECATUR -- You're invited to welcome the Humboldt Penguins to Decatur's Scovill Zoo on Monday.The zoo will host a ribbon cutting ceremony on the new Humboldt Penguin exhibit on Monday, March 24 at 1:00 More>>

SPRING IS HERE.. and so are allergies.

The blooming flowers. The budding leaves. The itchy eyes. The running nose. Spring has officially "sprung". And so has allergy season. It's a bittersweet symphony.. beautiful weather that sends many people More>>

ADM Reduces Carbon Emissions

Decatur - ADM says it is successfully reducing the amount of carbon dioxide it releases. The company has a sequestration facility that pumps Co2 into the ground. So far ADM says it has put 750,000 pounds More>>

Trial set for man accused of almost hitting a police officer with a car

Decatur - A trial date has been set for a man accused of nearly hitting a police officer with a car. More>>

Dot Foods holding job fair

Mount Sterling - If you are looking for a job, Dot Foods is holding a job fair. More>>

Ray Eldridge announces retirement

Decatur - Ray Eldridge of Ray Eldridge Jewelry in Decatur is retiring. More>>

The Water May Smell, But It's Still Safe

To some, tap water in Decatur smells like paint thinner or even bleach. But the smell doesn't mean the water is dirty. Only for the past month or so has the cities' water treatment plant been getting More>>

Summit Of Hope

Decatur - A fresh start for ex-offenders. The Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) hosted nearly 500 former inmates, parolees and probationers in Decatur Wednesday. It was for the "Summit of Hope." The More>>

Police looking for ATM robber

Decatur Police need your help finding a robber who forced his victim to take money out of an ATM. More>>

Child hospitalized for severe burns from oven cleaner

Decatur - A man has been arrested for aggravated battery to a child, after police arrived to Decatur Memorial Hospital for a report of a child who had severe burns. More>>

Police arrest two suspects, after an early morning armed robbery

Decatur - Police responded to an armed robbery at a Circle K gas station in the early morning hours, on Tuesday. More>>

Central Illinois Sports Report with Elise Menaker: Tumbling and Trampoline

Most people spent time when they were younger jumping on a trampoline in a backyard somewhere. Mom and dad were always yelling at their kids to be careful; don't go too high. But what if they were rewarded More>>

Tuition discounts for Greater Decatur Chamber of Commerce from Benedictine University

Decatur - The Greater Decatur Chamber of Commerce will partner with Benedictine University to offer tuition discounts. More>>

Excited To Vote

Decatur - Most Illinois voters are staying parked on the sofa for this election. Failing to go to the polls. But Galina Clak is a first time voter and glad to have a chance to vote. "It was exciting," More>>

Two winning tickets sold in Decatur

Decatur - Two lucky Decatur resident are richer, for winning Monday night's Lucky Day Lotto Drawing and the Saint Patrick's Day Millionaire Lottery. More>>

City Council approves final streetscape improvements

Decatur - The Decatur City Council voted 5-1 to approve the third and final phase of the downtown streetscape project. More>>

Voting on March 18, 2014

Macon County- When elections come around, some people make it a priority to head to the polls. "Four years ago about 1,600 people voted absentee and about 15,000 voted so we figured we're going to get More>>

St. Mary's names new CEO and President

Decatur - A new CEO and President has been named for St. Mary's Hospital in Decatur. More>>

City Council to Vote on Streetscape Improvements

DECATUR-Downtown has gotten a major makeover but it hasn't stretched to Franklin Street. But Monday night, city council is voting to change that. 

Two Men Arrested and Two People Shot in Decatur Shooting

Decatur- Decatur police said, two people were shot, two men are behind bars and four guns have been recovered in two shootings on Sunday. More>>

Joan Jett & the Blackhearts to Headline at Decatur Celebration

Decatur -  The Decatur Celebration has booked a headliner for the downtown street festival. More>>

The Warm Weather is Already Boosting Local Economies!

From Springfield to Decatur, St. Patrick's Day Parades erupted all over Central Illinois today. While attendees packed the streets business owners prepared for another day of high traffic in their stores. More>>

70 Miles Per Hour Isn't Fast Enough for Some

70 miles per hour! The increased speed limit on some area interstates apparently isn't enough for some drivers. Macon County law enforcement has issued 499 citations since January 1st. Excessive speeding More>>

US Open Qualifier to Come to Decatur

DECATUR-A national tennis tournament that gives anyone a shot to play in the US Open is coming to Decatur this summer.  The tournament will be held at Fairview Park  and it will include mens singles, womens More>>

I-TEAM: Big Hitters - Big Money

Decatur - Hundreds of thousands of dollars are pouring into Illinois political campaigns for Congress and Governor. Nine of eighteen Illinois candidates for the House have already raised over $1 million. More>>

Rep. Proposes Bill to Ban Kratom

DECATUR- A former narcotics prosecutor and current state representative has filed a bill to ban Kratom in Illinois.  He says law enforcement have increasingly brought it to his attention and that the potential More>>

ULTA to join Hickory Point Mall

Forsyth - The Hickory Point Mall announced a new store that will bring hundreds of premium beauty products to their shelves. More>>

Tax Credit Bill Could Help Decatur Business

Forsyth - Tax breaks aimed at communities with chronically high unemployment. That's the focus of newly introduced legislation by State Representative Bill Mitchell, (R) Forsyth. "My legislation creates More>>

Ice Dams: A Problem For Your Home and Wallet

Have you ever heard of ice dams? It's one of the biggest problems homeowners face this time of year. They form on your roof and if you don't pay attention, they can cause leaks and major water damage inside More>>

Police locate three suspects accused of multiple armed robberies

Longcreek - Police responded to an armed robbery call on Monday at the Casey's General Store in Longcreek. More>>

WAND kicks off weather radio programming events

Decatur - When the winter weather turns to spring, WAND wants you to be prepared for storms with a NOAA Weather Radio. More>>

Police looking for details, after a shooting

Decatur - The victim of a shooting in Decatur last night, is expected to survive. More>>

Superintendent Gloria Davis' Last Board Meeting

Decatur- It was a night of laughs, tears of joy and some disappointment. For hours, people faced Gloria Davis and told her how much they appreciated the hard work and contributions she has made to Decatur More>>

Jury trial set for one of two teens accused in Galloway Park shooting

Decatur - Two teens accused of killing a man in Galloway Park, were back in court this Tuesday. More>>

Decatur's Carlos O'Kelly's Closed

Decatur- The owners of Carlos O'Kelly's could not afford the lease anymore so now doors are closed for good. Thirty employees received pink slips and that's just in Decatur.

Gloria Davis to attend her final school board meeting

Decatur - Tonight's Decatur School Board meeting is the last for current superintendent Gloria Davis. More>>

Flu Season Lingers

DECATUR- At least 77 people across Illinois have died because of the flu this year, with more than 650 people hospitalized in intensive care units.  And with the flu season extending usually into May, More>>

Generic Brand of Lipitor Recalled

In the past people feared there were tiny particles of glass in bottles of Lipitor. Now, an India-based manufacturer called Ranbaxy possibly put a 20mg tablet in a container meant for 10mg. Lipitor is More>>

Gymnasts Place High at State Meet

Fire fighters escorted a state gymnast champion over the weekend. After Layla White, 10, won state title at USA Gymnastics in bars and the all around, Argent-Oreana fire fighters gave her VIP treatment. More>>

New head of piano program at Millikin University plays a different tune

A new face of millikin university's piano program means new goals. WAND's Elise Menaker sat down with Silvan Negrutiu to learn how he's already transformed the program. It's the sound of a new beginning. "We More>>

Fire Cadet Program Canceled

DECATUR-It's a summer program through the  Fire Department to mentor kids.  But after nearly 2 decades that program comes to an end.   Almost five years ago, the city couldn't afford the program on their More>>

"Celebration of Life" service honors Bob Murray

Decatur - Family, friends, co-workers, and viewers are paying their respects to long-time broadcaster Bob Murray. More>>

Wind turbine in Macon County closer to reality

Decatur - Plans are moving forward to bring wind turbines to northern Macon County. More>>

Early Voting hours expanded for Macon County

The Macon County Clerk's office will extend Early Voting and Grace Period hours this Saturday, Sunday and Monday. More>>

Parke Warehouse celebrating 160 years of business

Decatur  might have the highest unemployment in the state, but one business is celebrating a major milestone. More>>

Group Urging Businesses to Clean up Properties

DECATUR-Keeping shopping centers free of trash makes the experience for customers better. And one group hopes will spread across the city and even give a boost to business.

Police searching for two young men wanted for battery

Decatur - Police need your help finding a pair of young men wanted for battery to an elderly woman. More>>

Health Administrator steps down for family business

Decatur - The Macon County Health Administrator has stepped down to join her family business. More>>

Macon County Will Start Issuing Marriage Licenses on Monday

Macon County Clerk, Steve Bean, says YES to same sex marriage licenses. Wednesday afternoon, Bean announced he will start issuing licenses on Monday, March 10, to same sex couples. This comes following More>>

I-TEAM: Company Benefits Or Insurance Sale?

Decatur - Retired employee benefits information arrives in the mail. You think it is from your old employer. But is it? "Well I thought it was information coming from Caterpillar to change some of the More>>

Lakefront development project looking to grant for new amphitheater

Decatur - The Nelson Park lakefront development project is in need of some major cash to pay for a new amphitheater. More>>

Barrier for Asian carp breaks free

Decatur - A screen used for keeping Asian carp at bay for Lake Decatur has been lost by the icy winter. More>>

Election judges needed in Macon County

Macon County is searching for election judges for the March 18th General Primary Election. More>>

First African American Attorney to have an Office in Decatur

Decatur- WAND's Brigette Burnett got a chance to sit down and talk to an honorable African American lawyer who is positively impacting the community. She talked about how anyone can be in the same place More>>

Police locate 75 pounds of cannabis inside a Decatur home

Decatur - Police find a stolen firearm, cannabis, and money inside a Decatur home. More>>

I-TEAM: Taxpayers Hit With Extra Retirement Costs

Decatur - Superintendent Gloria Davis was scheduled to retire in June after the end of the school year. In February, she announced she would retire two months earlier. "My last day as superintendent More>>

Decatur Schools: Cutting a $4.5mil Budget Deficit

Decatur- Decatur's school district 61 has to cut a $4.5 million budget deficit. As the board members figure out how to balance the budget, one thing many people in the community don't want to lose are More>>

Man wanted for murder found riding a Greyhound bus

Decatur - Police make an arrest for a man who was wanted for murder. More>>

Scholarship set up to honor Bob Murray

Decatur - A scholarship will honor the late broadcaster, Bob Murray. More>>

Decatur Lake fees will rise

Decatur - It will cost more for boaters to use Lake Decatur. More>>

Council to Discuss Boating Fee Increase

DECATUR-Raising dock fees and license fees by five percent each year for the next three years. That's what the city is proposing at Monday night's council meeting.

Voting locations changed for some in Macon County

Decatur - There are changes coming to polling sites in Macon County. More>>

Beautiful African American Artifacts in Storage

Decatur- Back in October we told you about a historic Decatur museum that sat in the same spot for 18 years. Now it has a new home. All of the artifacts from the African American Cultural and Genealogical More>>

14-year-old Decatur girl found safe

Decatur -- A 14-year-old Decatur girl is home safe Sunday after a three-day search for her comes to a close. Madison Roberson was reported missing on Thursday morning. Since then, Decatur Police followed More>>

Brush College Elementary School Sold to the Highest Bidder

Decatur- Brush College in Decatur will soon be a transitional home for veterans. The elementary school was auctioned off on Saturday morning. Progress House purchased Brush College. It is a company that More>>

Crash on Rt. 48 near Boody sends two people to the hospital

Boody - The Macon County Sheriff's department responded to a three vehicle crash on Friday afternoon. More>>

Former Macon County Health Department employee charged with embezzling checks and cash

Decatur -  A former Macon County Health Department employee has been taken into custody, after department checks and cash went missing. More>>

City Council to discuss raising lake fees

Decatur - The Decatur City Council will meet Monday night to discuss raising lake fees. More>>

Bicyclist hit by SUV

Decatur - A man on a bicycle was hit by an SUV in Decatur. More>>

ADM picks building to house new headquarters

Archer Daniels Midland Co. has announced it will occupy space in the building that once housed United Airlines when the agribusiness giant moves its headquarters to Chicago. More>>

A Black History Month Lesson at Franklin Elementary

Decatur- Third grade teacher Michelle Brown from Franklin Elementary School is teaching her students about the struggles African American people went through for Black History Month. During the month More>>

Doctors say Don't Drive After Heart Attack

DECATUR-When Bill Wood had sharp chest pain Monday night, he didn't want himself or his wife behind the wheel.  "Her first reaction was just get in the van and I'll drive you," Wood says.  His daughter More>>

Same sex marriage licenses could be issued early for Macon County

Macon County could be next county on the list to issue same sex marriage licenses. More>>

WAND says goodbye to a beloved broadcaster

Decatur - For 12 years Bob Murray brought viewers the weather here at WAND TV, and now a community is mourning his passing. More>>

Lake Decatur Dredging Will Create Dozens of Jobs

Good news out of the Lake Decatur Dredging project. The company in charge wants to hire dozens of local workers for the job. Your shot at being one of them starts tomorrow. "The City of Decatur has hired More>>

Several people take part in Spay Day

Decatur - Dozens of people took their pets to get them spayed or neutered today. More>>

Weather caster and long time broadcaster has passed away

The legendary broadcaster Bob Murray passed away this Wednesday morning in Decatur. More>>

Cinderella Project needs help making prom dreams come true

Decatur - The Cinderella Project is looking for dresses of all shapes and sizes. More>>

Changes in Decatur's Water--Still Safe to Drink?

DECATUR- Recently, you might have noticed your water smelling and tasting different in the Decatur Area. Water Production Operations Supervisor, Don Giger, says the water has been different since last More>>

Gloria Davis Sets Early Retirement Date

An unexpected announcement.. Decatur Public Schools Superintendent, Gloria Davis is stepping down in a matter of weeks. The Decatur Community already knew that Davis' retirement was near. But at tonight's More>>

ADM promotes Juan Luciano to president

Decatur - ADM welcomed a new president to the company. More>>

The Silent Deadly Killer

Decatur- It could kill you or make you ill and it's known as the silent killer. Everyday people die from carbon monoxide poisoning while making thousands more become sick. Carbon monoxide is sneaky and More>>

94-year-old man dies after a house fire, police are investigating

Decatur - An investigation is underway for the death of a 94-year-old man. More>>

City warns of fake water bill calls

Decatur - A fake caller is trying to trick residents into providing checking or credit card information for past due water bills. More>>

Foreclosure Rates in Decatur Decrease

Decatur - Foreclosure rates have decreased for the month of December over the same time frame from a year ago. More>>

Ginger Young Benefit

Her friends and family say she's.. " ..very easy going. Very smiley, generous, kind-hearted, said Rachel Holden." She's Ginger Young of Decatur. And last week, her world was turned upside down. "She More>>

Police searching for man allegedly involved in burning of 15-month-old

Decatur - Police are searching for a man they believe endangered the life and health of a child. More>>

Decatur Young Guns: Trying to keep Young Workers in Decatur

DECATUR-A new group has formed with the goal is to attract and retain young workers.  They're called The Decatur Young Guns.  Their slogan work hard, play harder.    So far the Facebook group has more More>>

Man shot in the shoulder near Fairview plaza

Decatur - Police have arrested a teen, they say is responsible for shooting a man in the shoulder on Wednesday evening. More>>

High water being released from Lake Decatur

Decatur -- City officials in Decatur say they are releasing large quantities of water out of Lake Decatur that could lead to flooding and other problems along the Sangamon River. More>>

Firefighters investigating suspicious arson

Decatur - Firefighters are investigating an arson in Decatur. More>>

Man found on I-72 beating his dog while wearing body armor

Decatur - Illinois State Police arrest a man for striking his service dog, and wearing body armor. More>>

11-year-old remains hospitalized after meth lab explosion

The two Decatur residents accused of making meth, and sending an 11-year-old to the hospital are still being housed in the Macon County Jail. More>>

The Salvation Army says thanks to volunteers

Decatur - The Salvation Army wants to say thanks to volunteers for their hard work and support. More>>

Lake Decatur levels above sea level

Decatur - The request to help conserve water has been lifted. More>>

DEA Warning Against Kratom

DECATUR-The DEA is warning against a substance they say is dangerous.  It's a plant used in Southeast Asia for hundreds of years as a painkiller, called Kratom. The so-called "herbal remedy" is gaining More>>

Bang! You've Hit A Pothole

Decatur - City road crews in central Illinois and IDOT used the warmer weather Wednesday to deal with a roadway menace. Potholes. Potholes & bad roads cost the nations motorists an additional $80 billion More>>

Police arrest a man for beating two children

Decatur - A Decatur man is arrested for beating two children under the age of 13. More>>

Male Mentors Needed for Big Brothers Big Sisters

Decatur- Big Brothers Big Sisters of Macon County is in need of more male mentors. Currently 70 children are on the waiting list in Macon County and a majority of them are boys. After being matched for More>>

Council approves police furniture bid

DECATUR- The police department is getting a new home, but first it means they need new furniture and technology.  More>>

Wild Winter Of '14

Decatur - Freezing rain, ice and snow Monday. Temperatures pushing 50 on Tuesday. The winter of 2013-14 has had some strange twists. Ice covered trees and roads early Tuesday. By midday streets had More>>

Baum Elementary in the dark after power outage

Decatur - Power problems caused a school to dismiss early Tuesday afternoon. More>>

President and CEO of St. Mary's to retire

Decatur - St. Mary's Hospital President and CEO, Kevin Kast says he'll retire in March. More>>

Drivers Advised to Avoid Icy Roads if Possible

DECATUR- There have been about half a dozen accidents and slide offs in Macon County, according to deputies.   More>>

Caring Black Men: Teaching what it Means to be a Man

Decatur- Men in the community are stepping in when young men need a mentor. The Caring Black Men volunteers have been going to 13 schools, out of 22, in Decatur. They have been teaching boys what it means More>>

Ready. Set. Build! Opens at Children's Museum

Decatur - The Children's Museum of Illinois in Decatur opens their new imagination play ground. More>>

Decatur City Council goes live

Decatur - City council meetings in Decatur will now be live streaming on the city's website. More>>

Who is Decatur's Top Chef?

Decatur's cooks chopped it out this evening for the title of iron chef. The fundraiser was a collaboration between the Good Samaratin Inn and Richland Community College. They're raising money to build More>>

Emergency Snow Zones.. Keep Out

As the roads pile up with snow, don't park in emergency snow zones. Police say those areas are first priority for plowers during winter storms. "Vehicle's that are still on the route will be issued a More>>


Sunday, pet lovers from across Macon County united in Decatur after Homeward Bound Pet Shelter made it known that they were having financial troubles last week. "Today is Rock the Woof at the AIW Hall," More>>

App forces drivers stay focused

Decatur -- A new app aims to keep drivers focused on the road. Agent is designed to keep those behind the wheel from getting distracted by an incoming text message. It begins working as soon as drivers More>>

Firefighters battle the cold while battling flames

Decatur -- When winter weather picks up, members of the Decatur Fire Department do not slow down. "When it's cold and when it's nasty, we're the ones people call when they're having their worst day," More>>

Medical Identity Theft is on the Rise

There's another kind of identity theft on the rise in Illinois. Medical Identity Theft. It's the act of stealing someone's personal information to obtain medical services, insurance, or prescription More>>

Mother Nature costing flower shops thousands on Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day is all about love but perhaps just about everyone in Central Illinois is ready to break up with Mother Nature at this point, and Friday florists may have felt that way in particular when More>>

New production cafeteria celebrates opening

Decatur - A new production cafeteria is open, inside the newly renovated Eisenhower High School in Decatur. More>>

Douglas Taylor pleads guilty to beating, stabbing death

Maroa - The man accused of the beating and stabbing death of 23-year-old Justin Mentzer plead guilty. More>>

Franklin Mall will be no more

Decatur - The future of a longstanding vacant building has been decided. More>>

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