• Decatur Park District aims to make the city more green

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - The Decatur Park District is partnering with a national nonprofit organization to help provide a boost to the local ecosystem.

  • Illinois credit rating faces "junk" status risk

    ILLINOIS (WAND) – Illinois’ credit rating could soon drop to below investment grade.

  • ADM recalls cattle feed product

    ILLINOIS (WAND) – An Illinois company is recalling a product it says could be dangerous. 

  • Community helping keep Dove, Inc. programs active

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - The lack of a state budget has caused one local organization to tighten their own budget in an attempt to keep providing services to central Illinois.

  • Webster-Cantrell Hall repurposing co-ed shelter

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - Webster-Cantrell Hall officials say they plan to repurpose their co-ed shelter, amid concerns of the shelter being permanently closed.

  • Trade fair featuring jobs that don't require college

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - Workforce Investment Solutions is teaming up with the Decatur Public Library and Decatur Public School District #61 to host a pair of trade fairs for jobs that don't require college degrees.

  • Public invited to "Plant Pride" for Decatur 9/11 Memorial Fund

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - Officials for the Decatur 9/11 Memorial Fund is inviting the public to help make the memorial a reality by attending their "Plant Pride" fundraiser on June 27.

  • Snapchat now showing location, users urged to be cautious

    MACON COUNTY, Ill. (WAND) - One popular social media app has received a new upgrade, prompting law enforcement officials to urge the public to think of their safety when using it.

  • Illinois gas prices continue dropping trend

    ILLINOIS (WAND) - Gas prices in Illinois have dropped in the last week. 

  • Man accused of touching teen girl facing charges

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - The Macon County Sheriff's Office says one man is facing a criminal sexual abuse charge in connection with an alleged incident involving a 15-year-old girl.

  • Decatur man arrested for ambulance theft

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) – Police say a Decatur man stole an ambulance over the weekend. 

  • Decatur woman changing lives across the globe from her home

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - The sound of a sewing machine fills Betty Bragg's home most of everyday. 

  • Decanter Wine celebrating 11 years in downtown Decatur

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - Decantur Fine Wine and Spirits celebrated their 11th year in business. 

  • Celebrate Independence Day like it's 1860

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - The Homestead Prairie Farm at Rocks Springs Conservation hosted a vintage Independence Day event. 

  • One central Illinois girl completes a walk for freedom

    ARTHUR, Ill. (WAND) - One central Illinois girl who is walking to raise awareness of human trafficking ended her 352-mile journey. 

  • A celebration for pets and patriots

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) -  A celebration for pets and patriots at the Macon County Animal Control and Care Center. 

  • Hundreds gather in Fairview Park to come together and walk

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - Hundreds joined together in Fairview Park to join the fight against Ovarian, Breast and Cervical cancer for the Come Together Let's Walk event.  

  • Help fight cancer during Come Together Let's Walk!

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - Decatur Memorial Hospital and HSHS St. Mary's Hospital are encouraging the public to join the fight against ovarian, breast, and cervical cancer by participating in the seventh-annual Come Together Let's Walk!

  • Decatur man training Beagles for upcoming rabbit season

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - Hunters from all over are sharpening their skills for the upcoming rabbit season.

  • Hot dog contest returns with qualifying round

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) – A hot dog eating contest returns to Decatur on Saturday. 

  • Community invited to dance, music showcase

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - The Decatur Civic Center and Decatur Branch of the NAACP are partnering to host a showcase of music, dance, and more Friday evening.

  • Decatur company launches logo design contest

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - A Decatur organization needs help coming up with a new logo. 

  • Passenger airlifted after Macon County crash

    MACON COUNTY, Ill. (WAND) – A highway crash in Macon County injured a driver and passenger. 

  • Rabid bat sightings prompt statewide warning

    ILLINOIS (WAND) – Illinois health leaders are warning the public about a growing risk of rabies. 

  • Federico Cabrera, 34

    Police seize pounds of cannabis in highway stop

    MACON COUNTY, Ill. (WAND) – Police arrested a man after finding marijuana in his car. 

  • Eye pressure testing offered in central Illinois

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) – Illinoisans had a chance to get free eye pressure testing Thursday. 

  • Tips before you touch the thermostat

    DECATUR, Ill (WAND)- Across the nation, the heatwave is hitting hard. In Central Illinois, many are turning on their air conditioners without taking part in the proper maintenance. 

  • GOP Medicaid cuts could hurt local providers

    Decatur, Ill (WAND) – Plans by Republicans in the U.S. Senate to cut Medicaid over a period of several years could hurt local health care providers including Crossing Healthcare in Decatur.

  • Fake money, robberies disrupt online sales

    ILLINOIS (WAND) – Crime Stoppers says it has seen an uptick in the circulation of fake money. 

  • Medical helicopter called to crash on I-72

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) -  Illinois State Police were called to a serious crash on Thursday morning just off Interstate 72. 

  • Double shooting in Decatur leaves neighbors on edge

    DECATUR, Ill (WAND)- On Wednesday morning around 11:30 a.m. shots were fired  in the area of North Edward and Harrison street. Police say the shooter fired at a group of people and hit two of them. Both people are expected to be okay.  However, the area that some neighbors say is usually quiet is now on alert. Neighbor Phillip Becker said, "just a scary situation we have kids around here we have people who work out you know just good people trying to have a ...
  • Local basketball star arrested, found with heroin

    Former Eisenhower High School and Purdue basketball standout Lewis Jackson is facing drug charges, after what started as a routine traffic stop Saturday.

  • Caterpillar hiring in Decatur

    Decatur, Ill (WAND) – Caterpillar is hiring workers for its Decatur plant after seeing an increase in business for mining equipment.

  • Lack of state budget halting renovation work at RCC

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - The lack of a state budget continues to affect multiple organizations, as one local community college has announced it will stop a renovation project until a budget is passed.

  • Man sentenced to 55 years for murder, attempted murder

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - A Decatur man convicted of the murder of one man, and the attempted murder of another, has been sentenced to 55 years in prison.

  • Decatur man facing attempted murder charge

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - The Decatur Police Department says one man is facing an attempted murder charge in connection with a shooting that happened on April 1.

  • Suspect on the run after Decatur double shooting

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - A shooting suspect is on the run after a double shooting in Decatur on Wednesday. 

  • Second chance for Eastern Beltway grant

    DECATUR, Ill (WAND)- For a second time around Decatur city and business leaders are lobbying for federal funding in Washington D.C. 

  • Springfield and Champaign fire crews help man Decatur stations

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - Springfield and Champaign fire crews helped man the Decatur fire stations while Decatur crews attended the funeral and visitation of fallen Micah Wakeman. 

  • Service, procession held for firefighter

    Hundreds gathered Tuesday at a service for fallen Decatur firefighter Micah Wakeman.

  • Credit: The Staley Museum

    Staley Museum Vice-President passes away at 48

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - The Vice-President of the Staley Museum in Decatur has passed away.

  • Credit: Park Watch

    Decatur Park Police investigating boat burglaries

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - Decatur Park Police are seeking the public's help in the investigation into several burglaries of boats on Lake Decatur early Tuesday morning.

  • Shoreline Classic preparations set to start

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) – A racing event will return to central Illinois this fall. 

  • Rail crossing safety

    State officials weigh which crossings get lights, gates.

  • Workforce Investment Solutions hosting job club meeting

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - A Decatur company is looking to help Illinoisans find jobs.  

  • Andrew Strahle, 29

    Man reacts to fireworks with shotgun

    MACON, Ill. (WAND) – A man is behind bars after police say he pointed a gun at a family.

  • Anthony Hart, 21. Photo courtesy of Facebook.

    Motorcycle wreck kills Oakley man

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) – A motorcycle crash claimed a central Illinois man’s life. 

  • Joshua Whitaker, 22

    Macon man arrested, charged with touching teen

    MACON, Ill. (WAND) – A Macon man is accused of trying to touch a teen while she slept. 

  • Decatur police continue to investigate June 15 shooting

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - The Decatur Police Department is seeking the public's help in its investigation into an attempted murder that happened on the city's southeast side last week.

  • Police: IRS phone scams reported in Decatur

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - The Decatur Police Department says a common phone scam is making its way through central Illinois again.

  • Illinois lawmaker makes plea in farm bill meeting

    DECATUR – An Illinois lawmaker talked about unity in pushing for a new farm bill. 

  • One local man helps save community fireworks show

    BLUE MOUND, Ill. (WAND) - The annual 4th of July fireworks display in Blue Mound was going to be canceled.

  • Tats for Towers raising money for Decatur 9/11 Memorial

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - Oakwood Tattoo is helping raise money for the Decatur 9/11 Memorial in a unique way this Friday.

  • Decatur police need your help with hit and run

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - A hit and run leaves a man with non-life threatening injuries.

  • Father's Day fun

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - Sometimes it is hard to find something fun for the whole family to do on Father's Day. 

  • Ameren Illinois prepares for possible severe weather

    COLLINSVILLE, Ill. (WAND) - Severe storms are predicted to impact the entire area of the Ameren Illinois service territory.  

  • Fire heavily damages Krekel's on Route 36

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - The Decatur Fire Department is investigating a fire at the Krekel's Custard location on Route 36 Friday afternoon.

  • Severe storms possible Saturday evening

    Decatur, Ill. (WAND-TV) A line of severe storms are expected to slide through central Illinois Saturday evening. Main threat will be damaging winds and large hail. Make sure to stay tuned to WAND for the latest forecast updates. 

  • State tells road contractors to stop work June 30th

    Decatur, Ill (WAND) – IDOT has told road contractors around the state to be prepared to stop work on June 30th if the state does not have a new budget in place.

  • Man shot in Decatur Thursday night

    One man was shot Thursday evening, sustaining a non-life-threatening wound, police said.

  • Woman airlifted following Decatur shooting

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - Decatur police continue to investigate a shooting that left one woman injured Thursday afternoon.

  • Decatur ranks highly in first responders study

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - Decatur has been ranked in the top 10 cities in the country when it comes to a good career destination for first responders.

  • Decatur Fire Department investigating vacant home fire

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - The Decatur Fire Department responded to a fire at a vacant house on the city's east side Thursday evening.

  • Family restaurant to close after 9 years of success

    DECATUR, Ill (WAND)- According to Stephanie Cooper, co-owner of the Main Hangar at Decatur Airport, the restaurant is more about family than anything. Her mother and father emigrated from Sicily in the late 70's to come to America and find success.  

  • WAND Fan Drive helping seniors beat the heat

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - The central Illinois community came together to donate more than 200 box fans during the WAND Fan Drive Thursday morning.

  • Second Annual Decatur Craft Beer Festival announced

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - The Decatur Area Arts Council is teaming up with Macon Resources, Inc. to host the Second Annual Decatur Craft Beer Festival September 30.

  • I-TEAM: Sears loses Edge tax credits

    Decatur, Ill (WAND) – Faced with the prospect of Sears Holdings moving its corporate headquarters out of Illinois the state gave the company tax credits worth millions of dollars to stay put.  Six years later Illinois is moving to take those credits away.

  • Decatur's drinking water passes annual evaluation

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - Decatur officials say the city's drinking water has met or exceeded all state and federal drinking water requirements.

  • Decatur Park District making a splash with Paddleboard Yoga

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - Are you looking for a unique way to keep cool this summer while still getting in some exercise?

  • Decatur's Payless store among dozens to close

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - Another Payless ShoeSource store in central Illinois will soon close its doors for the final time.

  • Illinois may lose Powerball, Mega Millions lottery games

    ILLINOIS (WAND) – Several lottery games could be on the way out in Illinois. 

  • Photo courtesy of Facebook

    Decatur restaurant announces shutdown plan

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) – A longtime Decatur restaurant says it will close its doors in June. 

  • Local Flag Day ceremony held in Mt. Zion

    MT.ZION, Ill (WAND)- June 14,1777 the U.S. Congress officially adopted the American flag. Since, ceremonies have been taking place honoring the symbolism of the flag and hosting a time to retire of it in the proper manner. 

  • Ameren Illinois donates 75 air conditioners to DMCOC

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - Ameren Illinois is helping those in need stay cool this summer by donating more than six dozen air conditioning units to Decatur Macon County Opportunities Corporation.

  • I-TEAM Update: Unpaid Life Insurance Bill

    Illinois State Capitol (WAND) – State Treasurer Mike Frerichs, (D) Illinois, is urging Governor Bruce Rauner to sign legislation requiring life insurance companies to search records dating back to 2000 for beneficiaries of deceased policy holders.

  • Local business helping get mowers 'Up-N-Runnin'

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - Warmer weather usually means its time to maintain your lawn, but what happens when your lawnmower needs maintenance?

  • Hot rod tour roars through central Illinois

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - Dozens of hot rods made their way through central Illinois Wednesday morning as part of a seven-day drive spanning five states.

  • Job hunt boot camp teaches interview skills

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) – Job seekers in central Illinois learned some skills for their employment hunt. 

  • Fund offers veterans free summer help

    MACON COUNTY, Ill. (WAND) – Veterans can apply for some help staying cool this summer.

  • (Provided Photo/James Hodgkinson Facebook page)

    Suspected shooter who opened fire at congressional baseball practice from Illinois

    WASHINGTON (WAND/AP) - Police say the suspected shooter in the Virginia shooting of a GOP lawmaker is from Illinois.  

  • Illinois ranked 19th in child well being

    ILLINOIS. (WAND)- When it comes to caring for children, the state of Illinois is improving.  

  • Decatur Fire Captain retires after 27 years of service

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - A Decatur Fire Captain is retiring after nearly 30 years of service.

  • High temperature precautions

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - This is one of the first weeks that Central Illinois is feeling the summer-like temperatures.

  • Solsa expanding to Mt. Zion

    MT. ZION, Ill. (WAND) - A popular Decatur restaurant has announced it will expand to a new location in Mt. Zion.

  • Decatur firefighter dies after farming accident

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - A Decatur firefighter has died after a farming accident in Logan County Monday night.

  • Decatur's first 'Cookin' with the Cops' success

    DECATUR- Cookin' with the Cops is a collaborative product from all local law enforcement in Decatur, including efforts from the Decatur Park District.  

  • Motorcyclist dies from injuries sustained in June 3 crash

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - A motorcyclist involved in a crash near the intersection of East Damon Avenue and North Main Street in Decatur last week has died from his injuries.

  • Macon County Senior Speller advances to State Finals

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - Macon County Champion Senior Speller advances to State Finals.

  • Workforce Investment Solutions holding job boot camp

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) – Workforce Investment Solutions is holding a job search boot camp this Wednesday and Thursday.

  • Summer Clean-Up helping improve Decatur neighborhoods

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - Decatur residents can dispose of large household items during a "Summer Clean-Up" on June 13.

  • Government issues canned food recall

    (WAND) – The U.S. government is recalling a number of canned food products. 

  • 'Cookin' With the Cops' to bring people, police together

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) – People can join police for some fun in the sun on Monday. 

  • Flag Retirement Ceremony

    DECATUR, Ill, (WAND) - Ahead of Flag Day, people wanted to show respect to Old Glory.

  • Macon County Fair finishes with a bang

    MACON COUNTY, Ill (WAND) - Sunday was the final day for the Macon County Fair. 

  • Glow run befitting Paw-Print Ministries

    DECATUR, Ill (WAND) - The third annual Glow Run at Forsyth Park  helped raise money for Paw-Print Ministries.

  • Stop the violence rally with a twist

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - A 'Stop the Violence' rally is spreading positivity in the community, but it is not a typical rally. 

  • First annual Community Awards Gala held in Decatur

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - Dozens gathered at the Decatur Club Friday evening for the first annual Community Community Awards Gala.

  • Decatur woman facing criminal sexual abuse charge

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - The Decatur Police Department says a woman is facing an aggravated criminal sexual abuse charge in connection with an alleged incident involving a 16-year-old boy.

  • "Let's Keep Decatur Bee-utiful" award winners announced

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - Several local businesses are receiving hundreds of dollars in prizing for their participation in the "Let's Keep Decatur Bee-utiful" contest this year.

  • Photo courtesy of Help 4 Heroes

    Macon County veteran awarded gardening help

    MACON COUNTY, Ill. (WAND) - An Illinois army veteran will use grant money to show off his green thumb.

  • 'Shake the Lake' returns to Decatur

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) – A night of live concerts is coming to Decatur on Friday, June 9. 

  • 12-year-old injured in Decatur double shooting

    A 12-year-old and 21-year-old were being treated for gunshot wounds late Thursday Night.

  • Courtesy of Macon County Highway Dept.

    County highway bridge replacement continues

    MACON COUNTY, Ill. (WAND) – Construction crews are working on replacing a bridge they say is falling apart. 

  • West Nile virus safety tips for Macon County

    DECATUR, Ill (WAND)- Wednesday, the Health Department along with the Mosquito Abatement District in Macon County confirmed the West Nile virus showed up in a batch of mosquito's.  WAND talked to health officials on how to stay safe from the virus that can easily turn deadly if untreated.  Carol Carlton with the health department said, "the symptoms of West Nile are kind of similar to the flu. So some people will think,  'oh I just have the flu.' If they have...
  • Decatur Park Board recognizes DISC staff after they help save a mans life

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND)- One man was saved by Disc staff after he collapsed during a workout last week. The Decatur Park Board Recognized the staff’s quick response to a what could have been a fatal emergency. Many of us work out to stay in shape, but what happens when you are hitting the gym, and see someone suffer a heart attack. "You train for it hoping you don't have to use it, but if you do, your trained to do it," says Tony Albertina the assistant manager of the ...

  • Picture sparks concern about emergency vehicles

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND)- A Facebook post has people worrying about emergency responders getting stopped by trains. 

  • Scovill Zoo adds fresh animal exhibits

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) – A Decatur zoo has made some big changes to the animals it keeps.

  • Door 4 Food Truck making a splash in Decatur

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - A new food truck in Decatur is quickly gaining attention in the community by putting twists on classic summer food favorites.

  • Search for new Oasis Day Center director continues

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - Heritage Behavioral Health officials say even though the director for the Oasis Day Center has announced his resignation, no changes will be made to the services Oasis provides.

  • Fatal motorcycle crash ruled accidental

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) – The cause of a fatal crash from April has been ruled an accident. 

  • West Nile Virus discovered in central Illinois

    MACON COUNTY, Ill. (WAND) – Health officials say they’ve found the West Nile Virus in a batch of Macon County mosquitoes.

  • Wind farm project takes new step

    MAROA, Ill. (WAND) – The first wind turbine is now finished in a central Illinois project. 

  • Illinois gas prices reach record June levels

    ILLINOIS (WAND) - Illinois gas prices reached a low point at the start of the summer season. 

  • Cancer survivors honored during ceremony in Decatur

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - Cancer survivors, caregivers, and health care professionals gathered in Decatur Tuesday evening in celebration of 30th Annual National Cancer Survivors Day.

  • Decatur motorcyclist seriously injured in June 3 crash

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - The Decatur Police Department is investigating a June 3 crash that seriously injured a motorcyclist.

  • Love's to construct Decatur truck stop

    Decatur, Ill (WAND) – Love’s is planning on building a large truck stop in Decatur at Interstate 72 and Illinois Route 121.

  • Arrest made in Graceland Baseball Complex theft

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) – An arrest has been made in a burglary at Graceland Baseball Complex. 

  • Macon County Fair kicks off Tuesday

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) – The Macon County Fair kicks off on Tuesday. 

  • Man shot overnight in Decatur

    Police took a juvenile into custody, although they said the don't know who fired the shots.

  • Snow accumulations for some Saturday

    CENTRAL ILLINOIS -- After the warmest February on record for Illinois, accumulating snows will find their way back to the state this weekend. 

  • Pedal boats, standup paddle board returning to Lake Decatur

    DECATUR – Coming this summer you can rent a pedal boat, standup paddle board and Kayaks at Lake Decatur. 

  • Construction on TJ Maxx inside Hickory Point Mall begins

    FORSYTH – Hickory Point Mall will soon welcome a new store later this year, according to officials. 

  • Mending America: Easing Racial Tensions

    CENTRAL ILLINOIS- The topic of race comes up on social media, in the news, in a political campaign, and many other instances. But, it seems with all the talking about 'it", America is becoming more divided by avoiding the tough conversations. 

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