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New traffic control signals installed in Decatur

DECATUR - Motorists can expect to see new traffic control signals installed on Illinois Route 48 and Boyd Road on Tuesday, July 22. More>>

Granting a Wish for a Girl Beating Cancer

Decatur- A Central Illinois girl's wish was granted from the Make-A-Wish foundation. Courtney Baker, 12, is battling Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma. It is cancer of the lymph tissue."She's just a normal kid. . .very active. [She] loves music, loves sports and she loves art," Carole Baker said.If you let Courtney tell it, she can describe herself in two words."I think flamboyant would be one of the words for me. . . and bubbly," Courtney said."She doesn't let what happened define who she is," her moth... More>>

City Looking to Plant Bio-Energy Grass

DECATUR- City council could vote to spend a quarter of a million dollars on grass that could be turned into fuel. The Corley Landfill closed back in 1995. More>>

Trashed - City Seeks Legal Action Against Homeowner Video included

Decatur – Flies, bees, a bad smell and roaches. Not from a landfill. It’s all at a Decatur home.

The Cost of Flying is On the Rise Again

The TSA Passenger Screening Fee, also known as The September 11th Security Fee, will more than double starting Monday. It’s a fee that’s  More>>

DMCOC Celebrates 50 Years

Decatur – 50 years ago the Decatur Macon County Opportunities Corporation, DMCOC, opened its doors in Decatur.

PPG Industries sells Mt. Zion manufacturing facility

PITTSBURGH - PPG Industries announced Friday that it has reached an agreement to sell its Mt. Zion glass manufacturing facility to automotive glass manufacturer Fuyao Glass America Inc.

Decatur in the running for national agriculture research center

DECATUR - The National Corn Growers Association wants to create a national agriculture research center to support and develop farming research, and Decatur is one of two potential sites for the center. More>>

Decatur man found not guilty of attempted first-degree murder

DECATUR - The verdict has been handed down for a Decatur man who is accused of shooting a police officer last year. More>>

Your Internet Secrets, Not so secret

I-TEAM-Odds are if you check e-mail, shop online, use search engines, or social media your personal information is being tracked and sold. " More>>

Backpacks For The Homeless Video included

Decatur – They are small items we take for granted. String, matches, tooth brushes and food. For the homeless they are tools of survival on the streets. StripMasters and Busey Bank are donating 100 backpacks to the Northeast Community Fund in Decatur. Northeast will then fill those backpacks with essential items for the local homeless population. “They’re going to donate a hundred backpacks to us right now,” said David Hinkle of Northeast. “This donation is over the top great.” Northeast ... More>>

Search Continues for Decatur Man Who Tried to Run Over Cop with his Car

Decatur police are searching for a man they say tried to run an officer over with his car. It happened Monday night in Decatur in the

Job Fair Attracts Huge Crowd

Decatur – In the first 15 minutes of a local job fair more than 100 people came through the doors of the Knights of Columbus Hall in Decatur seeking job applications.

Decatur detectives investigating attempted murder

DECATUR - Detectives are investigating an incident they are classifying as an attempted murder, where a Decatur Police Bike Patrol Officer narrowly avoided being hit by a fleeing car. More>>

I-TEAM: Vets Drive 150 Miles For Medical Care

Decatur – Imagine driving 150 miles for medical care.

Homeless People Moved from Under Bridge Video included

DECATUR-Back in June we told you about several people living under the Franklin Street bridge. This morning workers cleared out the occupants and their belongings. I-DOT workers came and cleared away the possessions of several people who live under the bridge. They also power washed the concrete. Very little remains now compared to the camp that housed several people just a month ago. Reverend Stacey Brohard at the Good Samaritan Inn says IDOT does this periodically. "You know, I can und... More>>

Trial begins for Decatur man accused of wounding police detective

DECATUR - The trial for a central Illinois man accused of wounding a Decatur police detective during a raid on his home has begun. More>>

City Looks to Expand Development in Wabash Crossing Video included

DECATUR-The city is looking to re-zone the nearly 11 acres directly south of Wabash Crossing from residential to office zoning. That land is currently owned by the city and residential development did not take off. City council would still have to approve the measure. More>>

Neighborhood Walks to Return with New Format

DECATUR-Neighborhood walks are returning to the city, but not in their traditional format. For the past two years city leaders have walked Decatur's neighborhoods to get a sense of what the problems and perks of particular communities are. But now, the city will host a small gathering before the walk and people who want to go door to door can tag along. "It's a little bit of a change, but we think it's going to be more informative and it will hopefully encourage more dialogue with more peo... More>>

Eric Steltzer Investigates: Panhandling

DECATUR - So many of us donate to the homeless on the streets. But while many are truly desperate, investigators tell us, some are imposters, posing as the homeless and taking your cash. More>>

Decatur's NAACP Pushes for Policy Change in Public Schools

According to the U.S. Department of Education, black students are suspended or expelled at three times the rate of their white peers. The  More>>

Identity Theft Generates Thousands Of Complaints To AG Video included

Decatur – It seems there is a new scam virtually every day.

Unleashing their Inner Rock Stars Video included

DECATUR- Campers are getting schooled in rock n'roll. The week-long camp is through the Decatur Park District. Eighteen kids in the camp got split up into three groups. They focus on vocals, guitar, bass, and drums. They also learn to write songs, come up with a band name, and design merchandise. The camp costs $250 to attend. This is the first time the camp has been in the city and many of the kids now want to start their own bands. "It's fun," says camper Kaley Nidiffer. "It's so fun. Yo... More>>

Entrepreneur's take farming to new heights Video included

Progress City, IL-- Unmanned aerial vehicles were the star of the show this week in Progress City.WAND's Eric Steltzer talked to a U-A-V expert about how farmers are increasing his business, and had the chance to use one to film the entire story.Gone are the days when you needed a helicopter to get a birds-eye view of fields. Now, comparable shots can all be done from a remote control unmaned aerial vehicle "I think this is a really exciting technology" says Brett Haas of Crop-Copter.In regar... More>>

Springfield Police Making Progress in Unsolved Murder Video included

SPRINGFIELD- Police are making breaks in an unsolved murder case59-year-old James "Michael" Goins was stabbed to death back in May. And now, police have persons of interest. In the parking lot behind several businesses in downtown springfield, a witness told police -- she saw goins standing next to his car when two men knocked him down and stole it. Police later found the stolen vehicle at an east side motel. Goins' sister, Janet Kay Elder, couldn't believe her brother had been murdered. "... More>>

Dallas Beyer Murder Still Unsolved

DECATUR- Police are asking for your help with an unsolved murder. 74- year old Dallas Beyer was shot and killed in the bingo hall at the Macon County Fair Grounds in 2005. Police say he was shot after a struggle over the cash box. Although there were people cleaning up the hall at the time, no one saw the assailant shoot Beyer. Decatur Police Detective David Pruitt says they have several persons of interest in this case. "We have done countless follow ups on it," Pruitt says. "We have went... More>>

I-TEAM: Breeder Shuts Down - Dogs Need Homes Video included

Decatur – The Homeward Bound Pet Shelter is trying to place the last of 17 Pomeranian dogs that were rescued when a breeder went out of business.

Change to parking time limits in Decatur

DECATUR - The parking time limits in Parking Lot E, located on the southeast corner of Main and William Streets, are set to change on Monday, July 14, 2014.

Construction of New Grocery Store Has One Decatur Community Excited

Dennis Leonard prefers the selection and prices of County Market, and travels three and half miles by bus to get there.

Decatur Schools Lose Police Liaison Officers Video included

Decatur – Decatur School District 61 is exploring options after it learned the city is pulling a pair of police officers who worked as liaisons in public high schools.

Decatur teen sentenced to 55 years for first-degree murder

DECATUR - A Decatur teenager that was convicted of a 2011 murder will spend the next 55 years behind bars.

Leasing Cars to Get Cheaper in Illinois Video included

DECATUR-When you lease a car you have to pay taxes on the full purchase price even though you might only drive it for a few years. But a new law will change that. On Central Illinois roads, a minority of cars are leased. Poage business manager Nichole Redpath says the number of drivers leasing cars could grow because of a new law. "It's going to save you money," Redpath says. "I mean everyone's looking to save money." In Illinois, to lease a new car, you pay sales tax on the full price of... More>>

Decatur Park District presents "First Gig Rock N' Roll Camp"

DECATUR - The Decatur Park District is partnering with Mike Schoneman and The Chicago Blackhawks to present the "First Gig Rock N' Roll Camp."

Precision Aerial Ag Show coming to Decatur

DECATUR - Those that wish to learn more about the use of unmanned aerial vehicles in agriculture are invited to attend the Precision Aerial Ag Show on July 9 and July 10.

Decatur City Council holds study session on dredge project

DECATUR - Decatur residents got a look at what they can expect to see from the city's new dredge project at a Decatur City Council study session Monday night. More>>

Mini Golf to Open Soon

DECATUR-After delays from a severe winter and rainy spring, Decatur's new miniature golf course is nearly finished. They're putting on the finishing touches on the 36 holes and a whole bunch of animals. They're taking inspiration from the Scovill Zoo and integrating them with Decatur themes. For example, there's a lemur with a model of the transfer house and a penguin dressed in honor of Commodore Steven Decatur. Park District Executive Director Bill Clevenger can't wait to open these gree... More>>

ADM expected to acquire Swiss flavoring maker

DECATUR - Archer Daniels Midland Company is expected to pay about $3 billion to acquire Wild Flavors, a privately held Swiss company which supplies natural ingredients to the food and beverage industry. More>>

Illinois to start screening newborns for SCID

DECATUR - Newborn babies in Illinois are now being screened for a rare disease that causes white blood cells to develop improperly, called severe combined immunodeficiency. More>>

Road closure in Decatur to repair water main failure

DECATUR - Motorists in Decatur are being advised to avoid the 3700 block of Greenridge Dr. beginning Monday, July 7, 2014, as City of Decatur crews will be repairing a water main failure. More>>

Law Enforcement Expecting a Rise in Residential Burglaries this Summer.

The night of July 4th is one that Michelle Kendall will never forget."We went in the house at about 11:15pm, sat down, and me

Inmate Busted for Bribery

A Macon County inmate was busted for trying to bribe a correctional officer. Authorities said, the 39-year-old is awaiting sentencing in a recent federal case.The officer said, the inmate wanted phone numbers, addresses and other personal information to a recently hired female employee, in exchange for money.Offering to bribe a law enforcement officer is a class 2 felony. More>>

Two Suspects Charged with Burglary in Maroa

Maroa- Two suspects are behind bars for allegedly breaking into a Maroa building.Macon county deputies said, they arrested Joshua Deavers , 36, and Megan Shaffer, 35.Witnesses said, they watched them break-in the Huffman Lumber Company. Deavers and Shaffer are being charged with burglary, possession of burglary tools and criminal damage to property. Their bond is set at $30,000. More>>

Springfield Crash Raises ATV Safety Awareness

Just Thursday night, two men lost control of an ATV and hit a tree in Springfield. Riders are finding out these vehicles require

Pension Reform - Negotiated Deal May Be Best Option Video included

Decatur - An Illinois lawmaker who helped craft the state's effort to repair its public pension system says a state Supreme Court ruling may predict how the court will view those fixes.

Exchange Students Experience Small Town Life Video included

PANA-It's becoming a tradition in town, celebrating the fourth of July with Millikin University's foreign exchange students. Friday in Pana, French exchange students took to the soccer field to play with Americans. The students are staying in town with families for 3 days and two nights to gain experience of small town life and to experience independence day in Central Illinois. Jackie Metzger had two students staying with her and says she's proud to welcome them to Pana. "It's like a family... More>>

Firefighters battle early morning fire in Decatur

DECATUR - Firefighters were called early this morning to put out a fire on the 1400 Block of East William Street in Decatur. More>>

You May Spend More for this Year's 4th of July BBQ Than Ever Before

Celebrating the fourth of July with a bang! But at what cost? You will spend more on that barbeque this year, than ever before! The forth

Lawmaker Wants Consumer Fireworks Sales In Illinois Video included

Decatur – It’s the 4th of July weekend. Time for baseball, hot dogs, hamburgers. But in Illinois fireworks are illegal.

Teen's Death inspires Community Building Camp Video included

DECATUR-One group is making a difference by sending more than one hundred kids to sleep away camp. It's the first ever Adventure Camp---put on by Life Builders church and other congregations at the Camp Warren campgrounds. The one hundred 15 campers acted out their passions of hip- hop, dancing and percussion and got to go fishing and enjoy time outdoors. The camp was inspired by the shooting death of Junisha Cummings a 15-year-old member of Life Builders Church. Organizers hope to host th... More>>

50th Anniversary Of The Civil Rights Act Of 1964

Decatur - July 2, 1964. With civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. standing behind him President Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 into law.

Decatur City Council receives update from economic development officer

DECATUR - In a report received by the Decatur City Council, Economic Development Officer Patrick Hoban says over $20 million has been invested in Decatur since January 2014.

American Red Cross asking central Illinois residents to donate blood

ILLINOIS - The American Red Cross is asking residents in central Illinois to donate blood to help prevent a summer shortage.

Top Birds & Prairie Chickens Will Have Fewer Planes To Fly

Forsyth – Taxpayer financed executive aircraft fly Illinois’ top birds and wild chickens.

Baby Gets Life-Saving Transplant

DECATUR-A Central Illinois baby with a rare and life-threatening liver disease is now back home after a successful liver transplant. We first introduced you to Crosby Hoots last year. He's nearly 18-months old now. He was born with biliary atresia -- a disease that affects the liver and bile ducts. As a result, his skin and eyes were yellow. But on June 13th, the Hoots family got the call and crosby had liver transplant surgery at St. Louis Children's Hospital. "He is now a liver transp... More>>

Road construction begins in Decatur

DECATUR - Motorists in Decatur could see some delays as Oakland Avenue, between West Main Street and West Eldorado Street, will be closed due to construction beginning on July 1, 2014. More>>

NAACP, Family Demanding Justice

DECATUR-The family of murder victim calls for justice with the Decatur Branch of the NAACP backing their cry. Twenty-one-year-old Jarvas Thomas was murdered in 2012. One of the men accused of his murder was acquitted just over a week ago. The family and the NAACP are speaking out, calling that verdict unjust. Thomas was killed in Galloway Park after allegedly selling pot to then 16-year-old Bryson Harden and 17-year-old Patrick Hutton.The teens were arrested and charged with his murder. On J... More>>

Law Enforcement Prepares for Busy 4th of July Weekend

Rescue workers and law enforcement agencies are preparing for a big weekend ahead. They say the 4th of July raises specific

City Council to Vote on Proactive Sanitary Sewer Maintenance

DECATUR--City council next week could make a big improvement to sanitary sewers. The threads hanging from the top of the pipe are roots inside Decatur's sanitary sewer. When big roots get into the pipe grease sticks to them clogs the pipe and creates a big problem. That's why the city is looking to hire a contractor to treat the sewers with herbicide. Although that three year project would cost nearly 200 thousand dollars City Manager Ryan McCrady says it could save money in the long run... More>>

Truck accident at underpass in Decatur

DECATUR - Traffic was tied up on Decatur's west side this afternoon after a truck attempted to fit through an underpass it was too tall for. 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>>

Tips to reduce risk of residential burglary

MACON COUNTY - With summer upon us, the Macon County Sheriff's Office is reminding residents on how to reduce their risk of becoming victims of a residential burglary. More>>

St. Mary's Hospital to open new memory clinic

DECATUR - St. Mary's Hospital Behavioral Health Services will open a new Memory Clinic affiliated with the SIU School of Medicine Center for Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders.

Free summer concerts offered by Decatur Park District

DECATUR - The Decatur Park District is celebrating summer with concerts held in area parks.

Lifeguard check: How safe are public pools?

Lifeguard check: How safe are public pools?

As the temperatures rise, people are flocking to the pool to cool off.But how much should you trust lifeguards?

"All American Dog Birthday" event being held in Decatur

DECATUR - Macon County Animal Control and Care Center is saying "Happy Birthday" to all shelter dogs during their "All American Dog Birthday" event June 28. More>>

Ameren Illinois holds electric safety demonstration in Decatur

DECATUR - Ameren Illinois taught children about electric safety at a special safety demonstration in Decatur Thursday morning. More>>

Emerald Ash Borer Here To Stay

Decatur – They have killed millions of trees in North America.

Local juvenile justice initiative held in Decatur

DECATUR - The Macon County Juvenile Justice Council and the Juvenile Justice Initiative will present "Crossroads for Change" at Eisenhower High School in Decatur from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 25. More>>

Central Illinois Sports Report with Elise Menaker: Dirt Riders Inc.

Central Illinois Sports Report with Elise Menaker: Dirt Riders Inc.

There's only a handful of sports you can play your whole life, like tennis, golf even dirt bike racing.

Central Illinois Sports Report with Elise Menaker: US Open Qualifying Tournament

Central Illinois Sports Report with Elise Menaker: US Open Qualifying Tournament

The impact a sporting event can have on a community, no matter how big or small can be everlasting. More>>

Midwest Inland Port - Positive Economic Impact

Decatur - Shipping containers moved by rail from Decatur can reach seaports on the east and west coasts and the gulf region in just a matter of days.

Good Posture Has Health Benefits

DECATUR-From boosting your mood to reducing joint and back pain, correcting bad posture can have health benefits. More>>

Lightning Awareness Week Video included

DECATUR-Lightning is an underrated danger that can cost homeowners thousands in damages In fact, Illinois is the fifth state in the nation for insurance claims resulting from lightning strikes. Most lightning claims were surge or power related. State Farm last year paid more then seven million in lightning claims in Illinois. In recent years strikes cost nearly a billion in insured losses across the country. When the number of electronics goes up in a household, so does the risk. State F... More>>

Couple asks community for help in replacing items lost in Decatur explosion

DECATUR - A couple whose home was damaged in the house explosion in Decatur last Friday is asking for help from the community to replace items lost, such as clothing and furniture. More>>

New Chief Medical Officer announced for St. Mary's Hospital

DECATUR - St. Mary's Hospital announced the appointment of Phillip D. Barnell, M.D., as Chief Medical Officer on Tuesday. More>>

Senior Center to distribute fans to those in need

DECATUR - The Senior Center will distribute fans to those in need starting Monday, June 23. More>>

"Stand Against Cancer" Banquet Draws Hundreds

Part of the Decatur Conference Center was filled with pink today. Hundreds of women gathered to spread awareness about

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>>

Neighbors Recover from Home Explosion in Decatur

Sifting through the remains. Melanie Bracy spent her Saturday afternoon cleaning up what's left of her home. It caught on fire, Friday, after her next  More>>

House Explosion in Decatur

DECATUR - A house has exploded on North Monroe in Decatur.

Major tennis tournament comes to Decatur

DECATUR - The Fairview Tennis Center in Decatur will host a U.S. Open National Playoffs USTA/Midwest Sectional Qualifying Tournament from June 20 to June 24.

Decatur Park District to host "Bad Pants Open"

DECATUR - A night of fun and games is planned at Hickory Point Golf Course as the Decatur Park District hosts the "Bad Pants Open" on June 20. More>>

Blue Mound Native Running For Maryland Governor

Blue Mound – This fall Illinois voters will focus on the race for governor between Pat Quinn and Bruce Rauner.

Man arrested after firing a gun inside a room at Decatur Inn

DECATUR - A man is in custody after allegedly firing a gun several times inside his room at the Decatur Inn. More>>

Judge Orders Septic Repair Video included

DECATUR TOWNSHIP-A judge has demanded a Macon County man to stop septic runoff from going into a public roadside ditch. Paula Younger owns the Hair Nest beauty salon. Fluid from a neighbor's septic tank runs into the ditch onto on her property clogging it with mold, moss,and muck. But no more. The Decatur Township Highway Commissioner sued the homeowner, and that homeowner was found in indirect civil contempt of court. A judge has ordered the household not to use the septic tank until it... More>>

Myth: Ice Unsafe for Dogs Video included

DECATUR-A viral Facebook post has been terrifying dog owners. You may have seen it online -- it says if your dog drinks ice water it can kill him. Dog owners--don't fret. This is a myth. You might have seen it on Facebook or in an email--it reads no ice water for dogs must read ASAP . It's a compelling story-- a dog owner's beloved pet almost dies from bloat after lapping up ice water. Bloat--when the stomach fills with air and twists--can be a serious even fatal condition for a dog. Bu... More>>

Free fishing clinics offered in Decatur

DECATUR - Free fishing clinics for individuals and groups are being offered at Fairview Park in Decatur.

Student-Run Restaurant Coming to Decatur!

It's a first for the culinary art students at Richland Community College. Starting next year, they'll run a full service restaurant on

WAND and Senior Center partner for annual Fan Drive

DECATUR - The Annual WAND/Senior Center Fan Drive will kick off with a one day event on Thursday, June 19 at the Wal-Mart location at N. Prospect in Decatur from 7 a.m. until 1 p.m.

2 arrested for possession of stolen firearms, unlawful use of a weapon

MACON COUNTY - Two suspects are in custody for allegedly shooting two stolen firearms at the Mt. Gilead Cemetery south of Decatur. More>>

Free sleep disorders program hosted by St. Mary's Hospital

DECATUR - A Sleep Disorders program will be hosted by St. Mary's Hospital on Wednesday, June 18 at 6:30 p.m. in the Assisi Room of St. Mary's Hospital.

Homeless Struggle with Heat

DECATUR -Getting out of the heat can be tough to do when you don't have a home. At the last count there were more than 300 homeless people living in Decatur. And for folks who live in these harsh elements it can be not only uncomfortable, but dangerous.When you drive over the Franklin Street Bridge in Decatur, you might not realize people live underneath it."They're roughing it out there. They're staying outdoors in this 90 plus degree heat. Heatstroke, heart attack, you name it. They're suff... More>>

Federal Truck Regs - Not So Fast Video included

Decatur – The recent crash on the New Jersey Turnpike that injured actor Tracy Morgan has some politicians calling for changes in trucking industry regulations.

Council Discusses Medical Marijuana, Water Improvements Video included

DECATUR-The City Manager says they've come up with a classification for medical marijuana businesses so if one does locate here they'll be ready. There can be 60 medical cannabis dispensing locations and 22 grow sites across the state. The question is where will they go? State law already requires dispensaries be located 1000 feet or greater from schools, day cares and residential areas. And for growing sites, that distance is 2500 feet. Decatur City Manager Ryan McCrady says they're prepar... 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>>

Attendance Drops after Changes to Macon County Fair

Tonight was the last night of the Macon County Fairgrounds Festival. The fair is hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt and a

Town Of Macon Holds Its First American Flag Burning Ceremony

Setting fire to the American flag. It's not the act of vandalism that it looks like. Every year, American legion chapters around the

Fire Heavily Damages Building Video included

Lincoln - Fire swept through a building used for wood working Friday heavily damaging the structure.

Family Celebrates Memory of Toddler Video included

DECATUR-A bounce house, a clown, Mickey and Minnie mouse. They'll all be here as part of a celebration to remember little Zyonne Cooper, who died a year ago.  More>>

Homeward Bound Pet Shelter to hold Woofstock 2014

DECATUR - A family friendly event that focuses on "man's best friend" is celebrating its ninth year. Woofstock 2014 will take place on Saturday, June 14 at Macon Resources from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. More>>

New Strip Mall Will Bring Dozens of Jobs to Decatur

Three new businesses in one new strip mall!

Daycare employees arrested after fifteen children found locked in shed

DECATUR -- The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services received tips that a Decatur daycare was overcrowded, but it's where investigators found the children crowded into that left four adults running the facility arrested.

Could Cell Phone Use Reduce Your Sperm Count?

You know that cellphone you keep in you pocket everyday? Researchers overseas suggest that keeping it in there too long may

Dual Credit Offerings For Decatur Kids At RCC

Decatur - Getting a jump on college.

Community Learns How to Protect ID Wednesday

Decatur - Whether it's through your email, or through your phone, scammers are looking for ways to get your information, and your money. More>>

Judge rules evidence in 1996 Decatur murder worth DNA testing

DECATUR - On Tuesday, a judge ruled that evidence in a 1996 murder case that sent three members of a central Illinois family to prison should be tested with DNA.

Road closures on U.S. 51 bridges in Decatur to begin

DECATUR - The Illinois Department of Transportation has announced that work will continue on IL 105 at U.S. Business 51. More>>

Dredging Project On Budget, Schedule

DECATUR-The nearly 100 million dollar project to dredge Lake Decatur is on time and on schedule. That's according to the city manager.  More>>

Vietnam Vet Fights VA

Decatur - The Veterans Administration would like to know if Vietnam veteran Eugene Snider is qualified for benefits for his diabetes.

Organizers hope for success at Macon County Fairgrounds Festival

DECATUR - For the first time in almost 160 years, the Macon County Fair will not take place this week.  Instead, opening Tuesday night will be the Macon County Fairgrounds Festival, an event that will focus on music, racing, and a carnival instead of classic agricultural events. More>>

Ameren Gives DMCOC 50 AC Units Video included

DECATUR -- Ameren Illinois gave one organization 50 air conditioning units to help the most vulnerable people stay cool in the summer time. Through the Ameren Cares program the Decatur Macon County Opportunities Corporation gets the 50 units for free.  More>>

Girl Scouts of Central Illinois receive donation from ADM

SPRINGFIELD - Archer Daniels Midland Company has donated $50,000 to Girl Scouts of Central Illinois to support two empowering staff-led programs for girls in the Decatur area. More>>

Ameren Illinois donates air conditioners to Decatur Macon County Opportunities Council

DECATUR - The Decatur Macon County Opportunities Council will receive 50 window air conditioners June 9 from Ameren Illinois to distribute to low-income families, the elderly, and veterans to help keep them cool and safe this summer. More>>

Decatur-Forsyth Classic hosts Junior Clinic

FORSYTH - The Decatur-Forsyth Classic would like to invite children interested in golf to a Junior Clinic on Tuesday, June 10 at Hickory Point Golf Course. More>>

Two Apps Aim to Save Lives

Two applications are available to save lives in case of a school shooting.They are called Guard911 and Hero911. The Guard911 app is for school staff members and Hero911 is for law enforcement. They are linked together in case violence strikes at a school.The President of the Hero911 Network, Mike Snyders said, the motivation behind the creation of the two apps was Sandy Hook.Michael snyders spent a lot of time protecting people. Now that the colonel has retired from the state police force, ... More>>

National Cancer Survivors Day Celebration in Decatur

Hundreds of survivors, together in one room. Bob Jelkes sits among them happy to be alive. He was diagnosed with prostate cancer 17 year

New phone scam in Macon County

MACON COUNTY - A new telephone scam is making its way through Macon County, according to the Macon County Sheriff's Office. More>>

High Schoolers Will Learn CPR, to Use AEDs Video included

DECATUR-Teaching students how to save lives has now become law in Illinois. It's a law signed Thursday, called Lauren's Law. Lauren Laman collapsed during high school drill team practice in 2008 and died.  More>>

Proposed pipeline causing controversy

Decatur -- The company doing the digging on a more than 100-mile pipeline for crude oil expected to run through Central Illinois hosted an open house Wednesday evening to address any questions or concerns residents have about the project.

Rock Springs Conservation Area to hold canoeing event

DECATUR - The Macon County Conservation District will hold a canoeing event at Rock Springs Conservation Area on Sunday, June 15 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.

Mt. Zion kicks off Chill on the Hill Outdoor Concert Series

MT. ZION - Tonight marks the kick-off of the Chill on the Hill Outdoor Concert Series at Fletcher Park in Mt. Zion. Admission is $8 for adults, $3 for kids, and children 8 and under are free. More>>

Macon County man arrested for allegedly interrupting funeral procession

MACON COUNTY - A 22-year old Niantic man has been arrested after allegedly weaving in and out of a funeral procession, running cars off the road in the process.

The $1.8 Billion Budget Gap

Springfield - The Illinois legislature left behind a bloated and unbalanced budget when it left town last Friday.

Decatur man arrested for sexual assault

DECATUR - A Decatur man is in jail after he allegedly broke into a woman's home while she was sleeping, choked her, and forced her to perform a sex act. More>>

Press Conference held for Decatur Forsyth Classic

DECATUR - A press conference that will detail plans for the 30th anniversary of an important local golf tournament will take place June 3 at Hickory Point Golf Club. More>>

Decatur Vietnam veteran posthumously awarded medals

DECATUR - The sister of a Vietnam War veteran who died in 2011 accepted several medals on his behalf Tuesday that he earned for his service.

Neighbors Concerned about Raw Sewage

DECATUR TOWNSHIP-Standing water and a small river of sludge are not landscape features Hair Nest owner Paula Younger ever wanted on her property.  More>>

Annual SMASH Camp to be held at Millikin University

DECATUR - A gifted camp that focuses on the innovation and presentation of unique ideas will be available to current and future middle school students this summer.

Illinois May Offer 100 Million Tax-Payer Dollars to Build Presidential Library

The Spring Session of the Illinois General Assembly has come to a close, but with a lot a unfinished business. Among them: should Illinois spend

New Police HQ Opening

Decatur - In his blue dress uniform Decatur Police Chief Todd Walker sat back in the chair in his new office.

Deputies Ticket Drivers on Cell Phones

MACON COUNTY-During construction season, the roads can feel more like an obstacle course. Drive through one holding a cell phone, it's a class A misdemeanor, meaning a mandatory court appearance. More>>

Niantic Offering Cash Prizes for Property Clean-up

NIANTIC-Leaders in one area town are offering people cash incentives to clean up their properties. The Revitalize Niantic group started the first ever Curb Appeal contest. They have three prizes ranging from 100 to 300 dollars going to the most improved property.  More>>

Inland Port gets statewide recognition for jobs, community investment

DECATUR -- The Midwest Inland Port in Decatur gets statewide recognition for spurring job growth and community investment. More>>

Lawsuit filed by family of woman run over by garbage truck

DECATUR -- The family of a Decatur woman who died after being hit by a garbage truck, filed suit against the garbage company and driver. More>>

Forsyth 8th grader advanced 6 rounds in Nat'l Spelling Bee

FORSYTH -- A local 8th grader made it to the 6th round of the Scripps National Spelling Bee. More>>

July trial set for man accused in 2013 murder

DECATUR -- The jury trial is set for July for a Decatur man accused in a murder one year ago. More>>

ADM CEO named to Forbes most powerful women list

DECATUR -- ADM's CEO is once again named as one of the most powerful women in the world. More>>

Bond raised to $500K for Decatur father accused of shaking son

DECATUR -- Bond is now set at half a million dollars for a Decatur father who plead not guilty to hitting and shaking his three-month-old son. More>>

The ABC's Of School Funding Video included

Decatur - School districts across Illinois could see a new funding formula starting in July 2015.

Several road and sewer repairs scheduled for Decatur

DECATUR - Motorists in Decatur could experience delays due to pavement and sewer repairs starting Thursday.

Parents and Physicians Thoughts about Trampoline Safety

Decatur- It's a source of exercise and fun, but trampolines can also be a source of injury. One physician in Decaturwarns against them. However, some parents said, they're beneficial.Todd Vemmer's daughter can do a "front flip, back flip, a cartwheel, pretty much anything."She has been brushing up on her trampoline skills, ever since her dad said the gift was installed in the backyard."We keep an eye on them through the window when they are out here doing things. Especially if they have a lot... More>>

Hundreds Welcome Home Vietnam Vets

DECATUR- After 50 years, Vietnam Veterans have received a welcome home in the Soy City. Police, ffire trucksand motorcycles drove from Forsyth down US 51 to the Ameren plaza to honor veterans.  More>>

Macon Speedway hosts NASCAR Night of Stars

MACON - Macon Speedway will cap their weekend of racing by hosting their first NASCAR Night of Stars event of the summer on Memorial Day. More>>

Ameren Military Veterans Group to host Vietnam veteran event

FORSYTH - The Ameren Military Veterans Group will host a "Welcome Home Vietnam Veteran" event Memorial Day afternoon.

Quinn visits Central Illinois to welcome local veteran into new home

Forsyth – Governor Pat Quinn traveled to Central Illinois Saturday to advocate for a program that gives veterans a proper welcome home.  More>>

Walking For The Wounded

Decatur - "We've become known as the Wounded Warrior pharmacy. That's an awesome thing to be called."

Local boy to participate in national spelling bee

FORSYTH - A Forsyth eighth-grader will participate in the Scripps National Spelling Bee for a fourth time May 28 and May 29, with hopes of success there and beyond.

Police Finally Make an Arrest in a Series of Residential Burglaries

North Union Street marks the center of a neighborhood that's been plagued with crime. Between March and May alone, Decatur police

Macon County Emergency Management Agency offers free weather radio programming

DECATUR - The Macon County Emergency Management Agency will be programming NOAA weather radios for free on Thursday, May 22 at the Walgreens location on the corner of N. Water Street and Ash Avenue from 3:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. More>>

State Leaders Looking for Ways to Fight Heroin Epidemic

Springfield - State representative Lou Lang has served at the Capitol nearly 27 years, and when asked if he's ever seen a drug problem as severe as the current heroin epidemic, he said,"no, nothing close to this. This is a problem that is severe and getting worse." More>>

Special Olympics Gets Kids Started Early

DECATUR- At Hope Academy, students got a field day of sorts hosted by Special Olympics Illinois and whether kids have disabilities or not, they all got the chance to compete and interact.The kindergarten students learned all year long to complete basic moves that make up most sports like catching, throwing running and jumping.But instead of being instructed only by teachers, fourth and fifth graders worked with the kindergarten students one-on-one.The program is all-inclusive, showing kids th... More>>

VA Investigation Expands

Decatur - A Decatur veteran is like thousands of vets across the U.S.

Decatur police say 7-month-old's death was an accident

DECATUR - Police believe the death of a 7-month-old Decatur boy was an accident that happened because he wasn't correctly fastened into his car seat.

Decatur man sentenced to 100 years for teen's death

DECATUR - A Decatur man has been sentenced to 100 years in prison for the shooting death of a 17-year-old girl in 2011.

CI Sports Report with Elise Menaker: Beating the odds

CI Sports Report with Elise Menaker: Beating the odds

Athletes understand what you gain from sports, not necessarily the medals or the wins, but what they learn, what sports teach them about life.

I-TEAM SPECIAL REPORT: Bullied at the Blackboard

DECATUR- We often talk about bullying in schools. But the problem reaches far beyond students. Teachers and staff are often the victims .Classrooms are supposed to be safe spaces. But too often they are not.  More>>

3 Arrested After Shots Fired in Neighborhood

Decatur - Three people were taken into custody after shots were fired in an area heavily patrolled by police.

Macon County Salvation Army celebrates its 125th anniversary

DECATUR - A dinner celebrating the 125th anniversary of The Salvation Army serving the residents of Decatur and Macon County will be held on May 20.

Macon County correctional officer charged with official misconduct

DECATUR - A 25-year veteran of the Sheriff's Office has been arrested and charged with Official Misconduct.

New transit management firm hired by city council

DECATUR - Following a Decatur City Council meeting Monday, MV Transportation Inc. is set to become the new operator for the Decatur Public Transit System. More>>

Workforce Development Institute Underway

DECATUR- A major update is underway at one Central Illinois Community College. The goal -- to give students a space for hands-on learning that will help them get jobs.It's a sixteen point one million dollar building housing multiple programs. WAND got an inside look at the Workforce Development Institute at Richland Community College.  More>>

Job Outlook for College Grads is Bittersweet

Landing a job upon graduation. Students say that in today's economy, nothing is more exciting.

"Stop The Violence" Rally in Decatur Draws Hundreds

Hundreds of people gathered in Decatur for a Stop the Violence rally. Jameson Wheeler has been a part of Stop the Violence for more than a

Mini Golf Course Opening Later than Expected

DECATUR- At Overlook Adventure Park Miniature Golf Course, they had hoped to be open by now. But there's still a lot of work to be done. It's been hard for construction workers to work around the snow and the rain.  More>>

Armed Forces Day celebration at Decatur park

DECATUR - Citizens of Decatur and surrounding areas will be able to celebrate Armed Forces Day at a special event at Torrence Park on May 17, 2014.

Baby TALK to Renovate Park, Community

DECATUR-One neighborhood in the city is about to get some major sprucing up. Baby Talk Early Head Start have already started on a playground and neighborhood renovation project.  More>>

New Concealed Carry Bill Keeps an Extra Close Watch on Instructors

Thousands have rushed to obtain a concealed carry permit this year. Some so eager, they try to bypass the training process.

ADM donates truck and tanker to Richland Community College

DECATUR - In an effort to meet demand for qualified truck drivers, Archer Daniels Midland and Richland Community College have partnered to train tanker truck drivers. More>>

2 Injured in Bounce House That's Blown 50 Feet in the Air

Soft and plush, it's easy to think that bounce houses are safe."I think they are," said one Decatur resident.  But an accident that left 3

Heroin Abuse Deaths on the Rise; Families Offer Advice

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

Radio contest in local park attracts large crowd

MT. ZION - The search for a $4,000 prize in a local park turned into a frantic, crowded hunt for the hidden money on Tuesday night, according to participants. More>>

Free weather radio programming offered at Decatur Walgreens

DECATUR - The Macon County Emergency Management Agency will be programming NOAA weather radios for free on Thursday at the N. Water Street Walgreens location in Decatur from 3:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. More>>

I-TEAM: T. J. Davison Unsolved

DECATUR-It's a mystery police have been trying to solve for the past 29 years. What happened to four-year-old T. J. Davison?Timothy James Davison lived in a house on North Charles Street in 1985.  More>>

Rail Tankers Targeted by US & Canadian Regulators

Decatur - Federal regulators are still trying to figure out how to handle potentially dangerous DOT 111 tank cars that carry ethanol and crude oil.

Affordable Assisted Living Coalition holds Wii Bowling Championship in Decatur

DECATUR - Four teams, consisting of seniors and persons with disabilities from communities throughout Illinois, will compete in the 5th Annual Illinois Supportive Living Wii Bowling Championship in Decatur May 13 and May 14. More>>

Decatur rehab center ordered to pay back wages

DECATUR - A Decatur rehabilitation center has paid $67,000 in back wages after failing to properly compensate employees for overtime, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

Decatur Man Accused Of Aggravated Battery Of A Child

DECATUR - A Decatur man is in jail, accused of severely hurting his infant son.

Semi-Annual Family and Baby Sale Comes To Decatur

DECATUR - A semi-annual sale for family and baby items will be coming to the Decatur Civic Center.

Credit Workshop Presented In Decatur

DECATUR - A workshop will be presented Monday in Decatur to assist residents in learning about the importance of credit.

Illinois Law Enforcement To Crackdown on Seat Belts

Some think seat belt laws are petty. But those who enforce those laws say they couldn't be more important.

New Phone Scam Targeting Citizens Receiving Tax Bills

MACON COUNTY - A new phone scam is targeting citizens receiving tax bills this week. More>>

You Dirty Rat

Decatur - The city of Decatur obtained an administrative warrant to enter the property of a Decatur homeowner.

Decatur Teen Found Guilty Of Murder

DECATUR - The verdict is in for a Decatur teenager charged with murder.

Decatur Celebration Shaping Up To Be A Massive Event

DECATUR - This year's Decatur Celebration is shaping up to be a massive festival full of excitement and brand new attractions and events.

Ground Breakings Held At Mount Zion Schools

MOUNT ZION - A ground breaking ceremony was held Friday morning at Mount Zion High School. More>>

Senator Andy Manar Discusses Proposed School Budget Plan with Decatur Public

Changing the way your child's school gets state funding. The proposal from Senator Andy Manar is getting a lot of attention in an effort

Annual Plant Sale At Richland Community College

DECATUR - Richland Community College's Horticulture Department is holding its annual Plant Sale May 9th and May 10th.

Area School Leaders in Favor of New Education Funding Formula

Springfield - Superintendents in the central part of the state would certainly like to see more money going to their respective districts. More>>

Popular Street Festival Returning to Soy City this Weekend

DECATUR-A street party series is coming back to town this weekend. The Oakwood Block Party, formerly known as the Oakwood Street Festival, will be hitting the street this Saturday. The idea behind the five festival series is to promote local vendors and local music. This year, they have more vendors selling everything from crafts to makeup.Organizer Mike Tasch says only a small minority of the crowd is Millikin students, and they're looking to give the event a community feel.The block party i... More>>

Public Panel To Be Held For School Reform Funding Act

DECATUR - The School Reform Funding Act of 2014 will be discussed at a public panel in Decatur May 8th.

World War II-Era Bomber Comes To Decatur Airport

DECATUR - A restored World War II era bomber will be making its way through Decatur this weekend. 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>>

I Smell A Rat

Decatur - It's a public health menace.

New Phone Scam In Macon County

MACON COUNTY - There are reports of a new phone scam going on in the Macon County area, according to the Macon County Sheriff's Office.

Suspect Wanted For Forgery And Burglary

FORSYTH - The Macon County Sheriff's Office needs your help in identifying a woman, who is wanted in connection for forgery and burglary. More>>

Decatur City Council Informally Agrees to Use Budgeted Money To Investigate Discrimination Claims

DECATUR - The Decatur City Council on Monday agrees informally Monday to use funds budgeted for the Human Relations Commission to identify ways to investigate claims of discrimination in the community on an as-needed basis. More>>

Arrest Made In Sexual Abuse Case

DECATUR - A Decatur woman has been arrested, accused of permitting the sexual abuse of one of her children. More>>

Decatur Genealogical Society Celebrates Its 50th Anniversary

DECATUR - The Decatur Genealogical Society recently celebrated its 50th anniversary. More>>

Millikin University To Present Recital

DECATUR – The Millikin University School of Music will present the MU360 Jury Recital on Monday, May 5 at 7:30 p.m. in Kaeuper Hall, Perkinson Music Center on Millikin's campus.

Lane Closure Due To Demolition

DECATUR - Ameren Illinois will be demolishing a building within the substation located on the west side of North Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, between Van Buren Street and Rose Street, beginning Monday, May 5, 2014, weather permitting.

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