• Decatur woman kidnapped and beaten, police arrest 1

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - The Decatur Police Department says one person has been arrested in connection with the alleged kidnapping and battery of a person.

  • Storms to bring heavy rain and gusty winds to the area

    CENTRAL ILLINOIS (WAND) - The weather pattern is about to turn active again for central Illinois. A low pressure system is developing across the Texas panhandle this evening and will lift northeast overnight into Wednesday. A cold front will drift through Wednesday evening helping to fire showers and storms. Some of the afternoon/evening storms have the potential to be strong to severe. 

  • German Company Acquires Akorn Inc.

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) -  Akorn Inc, with operations in Decatur has been acquired by a German Company.

  • Lawmakers pass bill penalizing businesses leaving state

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - Legislation requiring businesses that move jobs out of Illinois to pay back tax breaks has been passed by the state House of Representatives.

  • Free household item disposal during Spring Fling Cleanup

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - Decatur residents will be able to dispose of unwanted household items for free during the Spring Fling Clean-Up on April 26.

  • Del Carmen's East plans to reopen in new building

    As the owners of Del Carmen's east make plans for their new building, one business owner is unsure where she will go. 

  • Decatur motorcycle crash victim identified

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - Coroner identifies Motorcycle rider killed in Decatur crash.

  • Suicide prevention forum planned Wednesday

    WAND and the Decatur Public Schools are hosting a forum called "Talk Saves Lives."

  • Heavy rain possible mid week and over the weekend

    CENTRAL ILLINOIS (WAND) - An active weather pattern looks to be shaping up for the middle of the week and again for the weekend. Chief Meteorologist JC Fultz says shower and storm chances increase Wednesday morning and linger into Thursday and again from Friday afternoon through the weekend. Heavy rain possible during that time period. 

  • Report: Mother shook baby ‘harder than usual’

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - A woman who Decatur police say allegedly shook her five-month-old child multiple times is facing battery charges.

  • Credit: U.S. FDA via Frito-Lay

    Frito-Lay recalls jalapeño-flavored chips

    (WAND) - The U.S. Food & Drug Administration says Frito-Lay has issued a voluntary recall for specific bags of potato chips due to the potential presence of Salmonella in the seasoning.

  • Police observing Illinois Distracted Driving Awareness Week

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - The Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police are partnering with AAA to observe Illinois Distracted Driving Awareness Week, beginning April 24.

  • Five decades later Boy Scout gets highest honor

    Terry Smith should have been given the title of Eagle Scout more than 50 years ago, but due to unforeseen circumstances and life in general, he wasn't able to obtain that title. 

  • Supportive living week underway

    Beginning, April 24 nationwide assisted living facilities will celebrate supportive living week.

  • Moweaqua man reaches Eagle Scout rank at age 72

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - A Moweaqua man who served in the Boy Scouts of America in the late 1950s ascended to the organization's highest rank this weekend.

  • Blessing of the Bikes held in Forsyth Sunday

    FORSYTH, Ill. (WAND) - Motorcyclists from across central Illinois are gathering in Forsyth Sunday afternoon to attend Coziahr Harley-Davidson's 25th Blessing of the Bikes.

  • ISP focusing on distracted driving violations

    LITCHFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - Illinois State Police say they will be increasing efforts to catch distracted driving law violations during Illinois Distracted Driving Awareness Week, beginning April 24.

  • Scovill Zoo celebrating Earth Day, World Penguin Day

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - Scovill Zoo is celebrating Earth Day and World Penguin Day with special presentations, activities, and more on April 22.

  • Baby Talk provides parenting tips

    Decatur- A mother is behind bars after police say she severely injured her baby. This is the third case of child abuse in central Illinois this year. Police arrested 18-year-old Kenisha Ray after medical personal told police the child had injuries consistent with shaken baby syndrome. “You know, their babies they don’t know any better,” said Sergeant Steven Carroll of the Decatur police department with a tear in his eye. It's emotional time for law enforcement in ...

  • Baby being treated for 'shaken baby syndrome,' mother arrested

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - A 5-month-old child is being treated for "shaken baby syndrome" and a mother is under arrest. 

  • HSHS St. John's Children Hospital mascot vote

     HSHS Saint John's Children Hospital Mascot Election is down to two. 

  • Cause released for Decatur house fire

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) -  The cause of a house fire from Tuesday has been released by the Decatur Fire Inspector.

  • SUV, motorcyclist collide on 22nd Street

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - A crash on Decatur's northeast side on Thursday sent one person to the hospital.  

  • New tech helps trauma care

    In recent years, the tools radiologists use to examine medical patients have developed dramatically.

  • One person injured in fire, firefighter also sent to hospital

    A Mechanical fire is blamed for a fire destroying Treu Body Works in Lincoln.

  • Man charged in baby death pleads not guilty

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - A Decatur man who police say is responsible for the death of a five-month-old child is pleading not guilty to murder charges.

  • Decatur house fire cause unknown, meth suspected

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - Just after 4:00 p.m. Tuesday afternoon, Fire Chief Jeff Abbott along with all "on duty" firefighters responded to a massive house fire

  • Fire devastates Decatur home Tuesday afternoon

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - The Decatur Fire Department has responded to a house fire at a home in the area of North Van Dyke Street and West Leafland Avenue.

  • Rain chances for Wednesday and Thursday

    CENTRAL ILLINOIS – A cold front will slide toward the area overnight and stall out just north of I-74 by daybreak. An isolated shower can’t be ruled out for areas north of a Bloomington to Gibson City to Hoopeston line into Wednesday afternoon.

  • Forsyth Looks To Boost Development

    Forsyth – The Village of Forsyth is setting up a Tax Increment Finance District (TIF) to boost commercial, retail and residential development.

  • SUV crashes into car at Decatur restaurant

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - Decatur police are investigating a crash that sent a parked car into a local restaurant and one person to the hospital Tuesday morning.

  • Decatur City Council approves millions in repairs

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - The Decatur City Council has approved a multimillion-dollar plan to develop and make infrastructure improvements to the city's downtown area.

  • Man raising funds for new police armor

    Chad Barker started a GoFundMe account, six months ago, raising funds to equip officers in Decatur with life saving gear. 

  • Decatur among 400 rue21 locations to close

    Teen clothing retailer rue21 is closing about one-third of its stores nationwide as it focuses more on its online business. 

  • Rain chances Tuesday night into Wednesday for some

    CENTRAL ILLINOIS - The next system will approach Tuesday night into Wednesday as a cold front drops into the CI. Questions revolve around how far south the boundary will sag. At this point, the front looks to make it just north of I-72 Wednesday morning before retreating back to the north as a warm front. A few scattered showers and storms will be possible along and north of I-72 Tuesday night into Wednesday morning. 

  • New concerts announced for Illinois State Fair

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - Illinois State Fair officials have announced more Grandstand acts scheduled to appear during this year's 11-day event.

  • A holiday feast for all

    DECATUR- It's been a tradition at Water Street Mission each Easter, that Vinnie Barbee, his wife along with other volunteers provide a place for the homeless to go and get a plate and share time during the holiday. Its been a tradition that Barbee has continued even in his retirement. He said, "they are glad that we are still  able to do this and they come back! I've seen more and more come back, each year. And they glad to have us back and they glad to have ...
  • Officers, deputies searching for missing Decatur teen

    MACON COUNTY, Ill. (WAND) - The Macon County Sheriff's Office is seeking the public's help in finding a missing teen.

  • Shots fired at Decatur home, police investigating

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - The Decatur Police Department is investigating a pair of "shots fired" reports that happened on the city's southwest side Saturday night.

  • Former restaurant owner feeds Decatur's homeless

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - One former restaurant owner continued his annual tradition of feeding Decatur's homeless during a special dinner service Sunday afternoon.

  • Warrensburg-Latham schools broken into, arrests made

    WARRENSBURG, Ill. (WAND) - The Warrensburg Police Department says two arrests were made in connection with a pair of break-ins at the Warrensburg-Latham Elementary and Middle Schools.

  • Scovill Zoo celebrating 50th anniversary

    DECATUR - Central Illinois residents are invited to join Scovill Zoo in its 50th Anniversary Celebration and "Critter Egg Hunt" on April 15.

  • Registration open for Chevrolet Equinox giveaway

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - One local business will send someone home with a Chevrolet Equinox today as part of a giveaway.

  • Man hunt underway for suspect in Decatur shooting

    Police have released the name of the suspect they are looking for in connection to Thursday's shooting.  

  • Local esthetician encouraging safer tanning practices

    With the weather warming up many are looking to get that summer glow now, and often turn to tanning beds.

  • Active weather pattern setting up

    CENTRAL ILLINOIS - Showers and storms will be scattered in nature Friday and dissipating showers and storms Saturday night into Sunday morning. We have to keep in mind precipitation is not going to be equally distributed due to the scattered nature of storms. Areas wide average for the weekend will be around .50" inch. A break in the action Sunday afternoon into Monday morning. 

  • Local unions show students what it takes to work in construction

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - Decatur unions came together to show just what it takes to go into their respect construction fields.

  • Decatur police looking for suspect following shooting

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) -  Police are searching for a suspect after a shooting that sent one person to the hospital on Thursday.  

  • I-TEAM: Target recalls water absorbing toy

    Target is recalling 560,000 water absorbing toys due to a serious ingestion hazard which could endanger children.

  • Former IHOP manager facing felony charges

    A former IHOP manager is now facing felony charges after police say he fired a handgun during an argument at the restaurant.

  • Former Ruby Tuesday location has new owner

    The former Ruby Tuesday restaurant in Decatur has a buyer, according to documents from the Macon County Recorder's Office. 

  • Decatur hit-and-run injures 1, police investigating

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - The Decatur Police Department is investigating a hit-and-run that injured one woman Tuesday afternoon.

  • UHCCF helping families afford medical treatment

    MOLINE, Ill. (WAND) - UnitedHealthcare Children's Foundation is encouraging Illinois families to submit grant applications to help pay for their children's medical care costs.

  • Active weather pattern set to return

    A warm front will lift into central Illinois Thursday afternoon bringing back a chance for a few scattered showers and storms. 

  • NOAA Weather Radio programming event in Clinton

    WAND TV Chief Meteorologist JC Fultz, along with member from the National Weather Service Lincoln and DeWitt County EMA, will be at the Clinton Walgreens Wednesday. 

  • Potential sexual abuse investigated in 2016 child death

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - Biological material collected from a four-year-old girl who Decatur police say was beaten to death last year will soon be tested for signs of possible sexual abuse.

  • Semi overturns on I-72 in Macon County

    MACON COUNTY, Ill. (WAND) - Illinois State Police are investigating a rollover crash involving a truck-tractor semi-trailer on Interstate 72 in Macon County.

  • Decatur Celebration announces headliners, changes

    The Decatur Celebration announced its entertainment lineup Tuesday. 

  • Full 'Pink' Moon shines bright in the sky

    April's full moon is known as the full "pink" moon. The it will not appear pink in the sky, but will light up the night. 

  • Macon County road closures announced for this week

    The Macon County Highway Department has announced the temporary closure of portions of Hampshire Road and Drummer Road on April 11 and 12.

  • Shot fired at Decatur IHOP, 1 arrested

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - Decatur police say an investigation into shots being fired at an IHOP restaurant has led to the arrest of one person.

  • Decatur church hosting 56th "Stars Over Athens"

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - One local church is gearing up to host its annual celebration of Greek culture next month.

  • Last average frost and freeze dates

    CENTRAL ILLINOIS - A frosty start to Saturday is expected across the area. This is not out of the ordinary as the final average frost date isn't until next week across much of the area.  The average last freeze date for the area is this week.
  • New face of DPS 61

    DECATUR- Friday it was an opportunity for WAND to meet and greet one on one with the new leader of Decatur schools. Dr. Paul Fregeau will begin his job as Superintendent July 1st. 

  • Driver who hit produce stand facing DUI charges

    Decatur police arrested a man after he slammed into a produce stand on Monday afternoon. 

  • A chilly Friday morning expected

    CENTRAL ILLINOIS – Clouds have cleared and a brisk northwesterly flow is helping to pump in cooler air. Air temperatures will dip into the lower to middle 30s, with wind chill values into the middle 20s by Friday morning. Make sure to grab a heavy jacket, gloves, stocking caps and your shades before you head out to work or school.   

  • Piatt County Mental Health Center receives $1000 dollars from 3 Degree Guarantee

    DECATUR - March has come to an end and this month Piatt County Mental Health Center was the charity selected for Chief Meteorologist JC Fultz's 3 Degree Guarantee. JC and the weather team got 20 out of 23 days correct for an accuracy of 85%, meaning Piatt Co. Mental Health Center will receive $1,000 dollars! 

  • Durbin Critical Of Republican Use Of Nuclear Option

    Decatur – Senate Republicans used the so-called nuclear option to change the rules for confirming a U.S. Supreme Court justice.  The move broke a Democratic filibuster.

  • Macon County Clerk will not seek re-election

    Macon County Clerk Steve Bean says he will not seek re-election. 

  • 90-year-old honored for volunteer work at Fairview Park

    A volunteer for the Decatur Park District was honored on Wednesday for his 16 years of service. Ralph Monts is 90 years old and volunteers at Fairview Park.

  • Man sets car on fire at Decatur gas station

    Decatur Police Department officers arrested a man on Wednesday morning after he set a car on fire in a gas station parking lot. 

  • Payless confirms closing Decatur store

    CENTRAL ILLINOIS, Ill (WAND) - Shoe chain Payless ShoeSource confirms one Decatur store and a Danville store will close.

  • 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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