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Inn Turns To Inner City Farming

Decatur – It's called the Mercy Gardens. The Good Samaritan Inn is converting vacant city lots into inner city farms.

2 men sentenced to 30 years in prison for Decatur home invasion

DECATUR - Two central Illinois men have received 30-year prison terms after pleading guilty to a felony home invasion that took place in Decatur last year. More>>

Decatur Park District announces Labor Day facility hours

DECATUR - The Decatur Park District has announced Labor Day hours and closures for its facilities on September 1. More>>

Decatur's NAACP Reacts to 18-Year-Old Shot and Killed In Ferguson, Missouri

A demand for peace and justice continues to ring out in Ferguson, Missouri, weeks after a teen is shot and killed by a police officer.

Challenging You to Get Fit Video included

DECATUR-Live or work in Macon County and want to get fit? Now there's a way to get some serious motivation! The Macon County Wellness Challenge is sponsored by ACHIEVE and Grow Decatur.

Union Iron expands manufacturing operations in Decatur

DECATUR - Governor Pat Quinn announced on Thursday that Union Iron will consolidate and enlarge its Decatur manufacturing operations, creating 25 new full-time jobs in the process. More>>

Prayer and Peace vigils to be held in Decatur

DECATUR - The NAACP is partnering with Church of the Living God CWFF to hold prayer and peace vigils in Decatur on August 28. More>>

Central Illinois man arrested in connection with the death of his girlfriend

MACON COUNTY - A central Illinois man is in jail after Macon County Sheriff's deputies found his deceased girlfriend's body hidden in tall weeds near an intersection in Macon County. More>>

Interim principal hired for Decatur's MacArthur High School

DECATUR - The Decatur Public Schools Board of Education has hired an interim principal for MacArthur High School. More>>

Decatur Memorial Hospital to offer high school football injury clinics

DECATUR - Decatur Memorial Hospital is offering special Friday Night Sports Injury Clinics for high school football players during the regular football season. More>>

825,000 Pound Food Goal Video included

Decatur – Feeding the hungry. It's a growing problem.

On the Rooftop: First at Millikin University

A garden in one of the most unlikely places – built by a student – on the roof of Millikin University. More>>

Cool Places to Beat the Heat

Decatur- Temperatures topped 95 degrees in Central Illinois on Monday. A few places were open for people to keep cool on a scorching hot summer day.The Salvation Army's Men Shelter is just one place men can go to relax on hot days. On a normal day, the Director of Men's Services Jeff Mueller said, they assist 35 men.Because of the extreme heat on Monday, they added around 15 more cots he said. However The Salvation Army is not the only place people can go to to get away from the sun.The Old K... More>>

Crews Repair Asian Carp Barrier Video included

DECATUR-A contractor is repairing the fish screen meant to keep asian carp in the sangamon river from jumping into the lake. A crew started installing them last year and hadn't finished when winter hit.

Hot Jobs On A Hot Day

Decatur – At PT's Bar-B-Que in Decatur Perry Hines has been putting heat on his meat for 48 years. As far as doing his job Hines prefers winter over summer.

ADM opens new global headquarters in Chicago

CHICAGO - Officials at Archer Daniels Midland Company have announced that their new global headquarters in downtown Chicago has opened. More>>

Collapsing House Worries Neighbors Video included

Decatur – The house at 1308 S. Parkwood Place has a starting price of $600. Instead, it's likely to become a target for a demolition firm.

Mt. Zion Police make arrest in armed robbery

MT. ZION - The Mt. Zion Police Department has made an arrest in a series of robberies that have occurred in August. More>>

Millikin student volunteers, Salvation Army participates in United Way's Day of Action

DECATUR - Student volunteers from Millikin University's AmeriCorps VISTA program will work with The Salvation Army Homeless Shelter residents during the United Way's Day of Action on August 22 and August 23. More>>

Major road resurfacing project beginning in Decatur

DECATUR - Decatur motorists should plan for travel delays at Lake Shore Drive and 22nd Street between Eldorado Street and the U.S. 51 Bridge, as a major roadway improvement project is set to begin. More>>

I-TEAM: Tech Support Scam Hitting Central Illinois

DECATUR- People in Central Illinois have been hit with phone calls from cyber scammers over the past few weeks. The caller pretends to be from tech support, usually from Microsoft.

"Person Of Interest" In Trimby Death Video included

Decatur – Illinois State Police have not released much information into the death of 43 year old Tracy Trimby. But they have told the victim's daughter there is a "person of interest" in their investigation.

Natural Area Restoration Challenge given to local Conservation Foundation

DECATUR - The Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation has selected the Macon County Conservation Foundation to participate in a challenge to secure funding to pay for habitat improvements on a newly-acquired piece of property. More>>

New Macon County Health Department Administrator announced

DECATUR - A new Macon County Health Department Administrator has been announced by the department's Board of Health. More>>

One Decatur Food Pantry Uses Cooking to Get People Off the Streets and Into College

Felicia Parris stands before family and friends with confidence. She's a proud graduate, but getting to this point wasn't easy.  More>>

I-TEAM: Cancer Patient Could Lose Home Video included

Decatur – Juli and Phil Wright have a lot of bad luck. In fact, bad luck seems to be the only luck they have.

Scovill Zoo hosting adults-only "Zoo-rific Evening"

DECATUR - Scovill Zoo is hosting their 2014 "Zoo-rific Evening" from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 23. More>>

Employees at Decatur's Caterpillar facility celebrate milestone

DECATUR - Employees at Caterpillar Inc.'s Decatur facility are celebrating the production of their 75,000th wheel tractor-scraper. More>>

Liquor license lottery announced during Decatur City Council meeting

DECATUR - During Monday's Decatur City Council meeting, Local Liquor Commissioner Jerry Dawson announced that four Class A or Class B alcoholic liquor licenses will be issued to qualified candidates through a liquor license lottery. More>>

Civil Unrest & Police

Decatur – Police in Ferguson, Missouri have their hands full with looters and angry demonstrators.

City Radio Overhaul Potentially on Hold

DECATUR-A major overhaul of the city's radio system may be put on hold. That's because a lightning strike made the city question..if putting all their eggs in one basket is a good idea.

Decatur Police Chief to Retire

DECATUR-Chief Todd Walker will retire in September. The chief is a 28-year-veteran of Decatur Police and is retiring for personal reasons. He started as a patrol officer before working his way up to chief.

Council to Vote on Drainage over Bridge

DECATUR- Drive on the Rt. 51 bridge over Lake Decatur, and you can see why the state is moving forward with replacing the bridge decks.

Decatur City Council may reconsider radio communications contract

DECATUR - According to officials, the Decatur City Council may consider rescinding its approval of a radio communications contract due to a backup system failing after a lightning strike knocked out the main system. More>>

More Than 14,000 People in Central Illinois Use Food Banks Weekly

A new study reveals that almost 2 million people in Illinois use a food bank at least once a year. 230,000 of them use a food bank

A Decatur Church Cleans an Entire Neighborhood

Christopher Hunter isn't used to polishing his bike on a freshly cut lawn. But earlier this week, he came home to a yard that looked brand

ABC's Expensive For Many Families Video included

Decatur – Bells will begin ringing in another school year next week. But for many families the ABC's are more than they can afford.

Vigil Held for Child Abuse Victim in Decatur

On December 30th, 2013, Dominic Bradley was put on life support. Decatur police say his mother's live-in boyfriend, Manuel Gonzales, brutally beat him. The next day, Dominic was pronounced dead. He was 2 years old. "I've had moments where I sit and cry," said Renee Hutchinson. Those tears motivated Hutchinson to do something. She's president of the Baby James Foundation, a Decatur support group for victims of child abuse. "It angers you, because it's just hard to understand how someone c... More>>

B.G. Nevitt's Legacy Through Sweat & Work Video included

Decatur – It's been nearly a year since GT Church Pastor B.G. Nevitt was killed in a Decatur motorcycle accident. He may be gone but his work continues through the sweat of his congregation.

Decatur woman struck by vehicle dies

DECATUR - In an update to a story WAND brought you earlier this month, a Decatur woman who was struck by a vehicle while walking home from the Decatur Celebration has died. More>>

A Decatur Homeless Center Gets Another Year of Funding

The Oasis Day Center will keep it's doors open for another year. More>>

Vets Honored With Special Flights Video included

Decatur – World War II and Korean War veterans will be honored with special flights later this month.

Foot Golf Comes to Decatur Area

FORSYTH-There's a new type of golf in the Decatur area---but this game requires no clubs.  More>>

Williams' Death Opens Discussion About Suicide Video included

DECATUR-Robin Williams was battling severe depression when he took his own life. Over the years, he was open, talking about his problems with addiction and sobriety.

Decatur man sentenced to 72 years in prison

DECATUR - A Decatur man has been sentenced to 72 years in prison for the 2011 shooting death of a teen. More>>

AED's Save Lives

Decatur – When a basketball player collapsed at Meridian High School he was lucky Carol Dodson was in the crowd.

Decatur Correctional Center Holds Unique Cancer Fundraiser Behind Prison Walls

In 2005, the Decatur Correctional Center became the first correctional facility in the nation to host a Relay for Life event. Relay for Life  More>>

Dump Standing Water - West Nile Virus

Decatur – The Macon Mosquito Abatement District has discovered the West Nile virus in two batches of mosquitos captured in 19 traps.

Richland Community College receives "Ready to Respond Campus" designation

DECATUR - Illinois officials say Richland Community College has received a "Ready to Respond Campus" designation, the first such institution in the state to do so. More>>

A Plane Crash-Lands in Decatur

A pilot crash-landed in a cornfield near the Decatur Airport at about 5:45p.m. on Wednesday. Workers in the control tower saw the

Laptops a new school supply for Eisenhower students

DECATUR—Students at Eisenhower High School will be bringing some sleek school supplies to class this fall.

Streetscape Work Resumes Video included

Decatur – Work has resumed on Decatur's streetscape project.

More People Recycling in Decatur Video included

DECATUR-The blue recycling bins are easy to use. They tell you exactly what you can put in right on the lid and you don't have to sort it. And the simplicity is why city leaders say more people are recycling. More>>

Central Illinois Sports Report with Elise Menaker: Possible concussion-related changes for coaches

Central Illinois Sports Report with Elise Menaker: Possible concussion-related changes for coaches

Indiana and California, two states that already require concussion awareness training for high school and youth football coaches. Could Illinois soon follow in their footsteps? More>>

Buffett Grant to Help Sheriff, State's Attorney

DECATUR-A one point two million dollar grant will mean they can add two deputies here at the Macon County Sheriff's Department. And a new investigator at the State's Attorney's Department.

Millikin Police to Enforce Ordinance Violations

DECATUR-At Millikin, they have four officers to protect and serve students and staff and the wider public. And now, they have the ability to enforce ordinance violations. More>>

Bin Buster Video included

Warrensburg - Records could fall in central Illinois for this year's corn harvest.

Midnight fishing offered at Rock Springs Conversation Area

DECATUR - Rock Springs Conservation Are is offering residents a chance to fish at the Cattail Ponds at night on August 15, from 10 p.m. until midnight. More>>

ADM doubles profit in second quarter

DECATUR - A central Illinois company's profits more than double during the second quarter, thanks to rebounding grain exports and strong demand for ethanol. More>>

Decatur Park District holds 78th Annual Lantern Parade

DECATUR - The Decatur Park District is hosting its 78th Annual Lantern Parade at Dreamland Lake in Fairview Park on August 5. More>>

3-D animal archery offered at Rock Springs Conservation Area

DECATUR - The Rock Springs Conservation Area will offer residents a chance to try their hand at 3-D Animal Archery on August 14, from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. More>>

Several central Illinois communities participating in National Night Out

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

Anniversary of Caleb Witty's Murder Video included

DECATUR-It’s been three years since the shooting death of Caleb Alexander Witty and his murder is still unsolved. Witty was walking home from McDonald's with his 14-year-old sister on Decatur's east side.

RCC Set To Expand Student Success Center

Decatur – As Richland Community College finishes up one construction project another one starts.

Woman critically injured after being struck by vehicle

DECATUR - A 67-year-old Decatur resident has suffered life-threatening injuries after being struck by a vehicle when she was walking home from the Decatur Celebration. More>>

Man faces attempted murder charge over cookies

DECATUR - A Decatur man is accused of trying to kill his female roommate after she allegedly ate three cookies that he may have wanted. More>>

CHIC Gets Big Behavioral Health Boost

DECATUR-The Affordable Care Act aims to expand mental health and substance abuse benefits to 60 million Americans. And now, a grant will help serve more people at CHIC Clinic. More>>

Decatur Council to Vote on Radio Upgrades Video included

DECATUR- For the past 25 years has operated its own system, but now they're having a hard time getting replacement parts.City council will discuss switching to an inter-operable radio system meaning that agencies can speak to each other.

More than 100 People March in Decatur to Honor Unsolved Murder Victims

Loved ones lost to murder. But family and friends continue to fight for justice. It's called the C.A.W Memorial Walk.  More>>

Salvation Army Seeks Food Donations

Decatur – People line up with numbers at the Salvation Army food bank.

Groundbreaking set on phase two construction at Meridian schools

BLUE MOUND -- Meridian school leaders plan a groundbreaking ceremony Thursday evening, beginning phase two of the district's school facility improvements. More>>

Decatur Celebration kicks off Thursday night

DECATUR -- Decatur Celebration 2014 kicks off Thursday evening with Family night at the Carnival and the 2nd Annual Kick Off Concert. More>>

Salvation Army food pantries in dire need

DECATUR -- The shelves are running low at Salvation Army food pantries across Central Illinois, and Decatur's pantry is especially in need. More>>

Kansas man arrested after hit-and-run crash with motorcyclist

FORSYTH -- State police arrest a man who they say hit a motorcyclist then ran from the scene. More>>

Memorial walk Thurs. night for unsolved murder victims

DECATUR -- Families of the victims of unsolved murders will walk in their memory Thursday night.

New baby red panda at Scovill Zoo

DECATUR -- Scovill Zoo is now home to a new baby red panda. More>>

Free motorcycle training courses available

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

New camp donated to Girl Scouts of Central IL

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

Free Family Night at Children's Museum of IL

DECATUR -- Bring the whole family out to the Children's Museum of Illinois in Decatur Thursday night. It's Free Family Night, sponsored by the Education Coalition of Macon County. More>>

Tourism Brings $$ To Decatur & Illinois

Decatur – When people arrive in Decatur this weekend for Decatur Celebration, the Ursula Beck tennis tournament or the Illinois Sheriff’s Association meeting they will bring their wallets with them.

Ohio-based company to restore Scovill Zoo carousel

DECATUR - An Ohio company that hand-carved animal figures for a carousel at a central Illinois zoo over 10 years ago is giving those figures a touch-up this week. More>>

Central Illinois Sports Report with Elise Menaker: Multi-Sport Athlete Keegan McHood

Central Illinois Sports Report with Elise Menaker: Multi-Sport Athlete Keegan McHood

Baseball is a game where size doesn't really matter, but it can sometimes give you an advantage.

Illinois tourism officials to release economic impact numbers on tour

DECATUR - The Office of Tourism at the Illinois Department of Commerce is kicking off a five-day, 16 stop "Road Show" tour at the Lincoln Log Courthouse in Decatur on July 30 at 11:30 a.m. More>>

Home Security Systems Can be Hacked

DECATUR- Dale Baker has an ADT home security system. He'd be at home when it would start chirping. More>>

Macon County Conservation District accepting upland game hunting applications

DECATUR - Applications for upland game hunting at Friends Creek Conservation Area's Upland Game Management Area are now being accepted by the Macon County Conservation District. More>>

Crash Kills One, Injures Three Others

Crash Kills One, Injures Three Others

DECATUR- A 20 year old woman from Decatur is dead after a single car crash.

The Decatur Celebration is Less Than a Week Away!

Thousands of people, filling the streets of downtown Decatur. It happens every year at the Decatur Celebration, an event packed with

Decatur Police are Searching for a Suspect after a Museum Break-In

Decatur Police continue to search for a thief who broke into and ransacked a local museum.

52 Guns

Mt. Zion – Charities have found raffling a gun can generate big money.

Salvation Army to Open Decatur Thrift Shop Video included

DECATUR- The Salvation Army will be getting a new thrift store. They haven't said where the new thrift store will be yet, but they are starting to take donations to fill it.

Blood Donations Low

DECATUR-Every two seconds, someone needs blood.

Cash or Credit?

Krekel's Restaurant, counting cash never gets old. Or does it? The burger-chain used to be cash-only. But over the past year, it began  More>>

New donation site and thrift store announced by The Salvation Army

DECATUR - Beginning August 2, The Salvation Army will accept donations at their truck, located in the Kroger parking lot in Brettwood Village. More>>

Illinois gardeners and livestock owners mutually benefit from manure exchange program

DECATUR - Mutually beneficial relationships have been formed by Illinois gardeners and livestock owners through a free online manure exchange program. More>>

Downtown Retail Revival

Decatur – Full restaurants. Booming retail shops.

New phone scam making its way through Macon County

MACON COUNTY - The Macon County Sheriff's Office is advising the public of a new phone scam in the area. More>>

Central Illinois Sports Report with Elise Menaker: Team Lu

Central Illinois Sports Report with Elise Menaker: Team Lu

For the Shils family life is about turning the unexpected into the expected.

Community Partnering to Get Kids Immunized

DECATUR- Each year, hundreds of students miss school because they don't have the required immunizations.

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!

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