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Kidzeum of Health and Science receives $100,000 donation

SPRINGFIELD - The Kidzeum of Health and Science has received a significant donation from Scheels. More>>

Sacred Heart-Griffin debuts helmets designed to alert staff to head injuries

SPRINGFIELD - A Springfield high school football team will be among one of the first in the state to debut new technology designed to alert sideline staff when a player takes a hard hit. More>>

Student allegedly brings weapon into Springfield high school

SPRINGFIELD - A Springfield high school student has been apprehended after allegedly bringing a weapon into Lanphier High School. More>>

Quaker Steak and Lube in Springfield closes its doors

SPRINGFIELD - A popular restaurant in Springfield's Legacy Pointe development has closed its doors suddenly, and perhaps permanently. More>>

Former Springfield teacher sentenced to 7 years for aggravated criminal sexual abuse

SPRINGFIELD - A former Springfield teacher has been sentenced to seven years in prison for sexually abusing a boy more than a decade ago. More>>

Stevenson family exhibit planned for Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum

SPRINGFIELD - Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum officials are planning to create an exhibit featuring former Governor Adlai Stevenson II and his family's political dynasty. More>>

Ribbon cutting ceremony held in Springfield to celebrate Kid-Friendly Park Zones

SPRINGFIELD - A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held by the Sangamon County Department of Public Health, Springfield Park District, and multiple Sangamon County Park Districts to celebrate a recently-launched Kid-Friendly Park Zone initiative. More>>

Springfield motorists asked to avoid section of Woodside Road due to construction

SPRINGFIELD - The Sangamon County Sheriff's Office is asking Springfield motorists to avoid traveling on Woodside Road, between Iron Bridge Road and Route 4, due to construction. More>>

Ameren Illinois begins massive system upgrade

CHATHAM - A 10-year, $400 million project that would overhaul natural gas distribution throughout central and southern Illinois has been started by Ameren Illinois. More>>

Springfield police arrest 3 in January murder Video included

SPRINGFIELD - The Sangamon County Sheriff's Office has announced that three people have been arrested and charged in the January 31st murder of Justin Sharp. More>>

Springfield mayor announces municipal buildings to be used as cooling centers

SPRINGFIELD - In response to the heat advisory in effect until Monday evening, Springfield Mayor J. Michael Houston announced that City facilities will be available for use as cooling centers for those who otherwise might not be able to find relief from the heat. More>>

Villa Park receives $432,000 fire department grant

SPRINGFIELD - A $432,000 federal grant was awarded to Villa Park on Thursday to purchase vehicles for its fire department. More>>

Springfield police arrest man after 3-day search

SPRINGFIELD - A three-day search is over, as Springfield police have arrested a man accused of causing trouble across the city. More>>

Female Soccer Player Suiting Up to Help Southeast Football Kicking Game Video included

SPRINGFIELD -- The role of the high school kicker is more important than many -- even coaches -- give it credit for.An accurate leg can make the difference between missing or making the playoffs. That's why the Southeast High School football team is taking an unconventional approach to their kicking game.

Construction on $20 million Springfield underpass begins

SPRINGFIELD - Officials attended a Springfield groundbreaking ceremony on Thursday for a project that would combine rail lines running through Springfield into a single corridor. More>>

Springfield Ethnic Festival canceled due to declining attendance

SPRINGFIELD - According to festival officials, Springfield's annual Ethnic Festival has been canceled due to declining attendance. More>>

Appeals court rules term limits question cannot appear on November ballot

SPRINGFIELD - A ruling that a term limits question cannot appear on the November ballot has been upheld by the 1st District Court of Appeals. More>>

Illinois ACT scores improve slightly from last year

SPRINGFIELD - Illinois State Board of Education officials have announced that the state's high school graduating class of 2014 earned a composite score of 20.7 on the ACT. More>>

Sangamon County committee approves $2.6 million settlement

SPRINGFIELD - A Sangamon County committee has approved a multimillion-dollar settlement offer to the family of a former clown who died in jail in 2007. More>>

First human case of West Nile in Illinois reported by health officials

SPRINGFIELD - Illinois' first human case of West Nile Virus this year has been reported by state health officials. More>>

Running from Coast to Coast for Firefighters

A Dallas, Texas man is running thousands of miles from the western edge of the United States to the East Cost.Jeff Venable ran in marathons in all 50 states. His wife, Linda Venableis a retired firefighter after 33 years with the Dallas Fire Department.When Jeff and Linda decided to start a non-profit organization, theycombined their love for firefighters with the love of running and they are giving back.So Jeff is running about 40 miles a day to raise money for three charities. Those chariti... More>>

Skeletal remains found in Rochester identified

SPRINGFIELD - According to Sangamon County Coroner Cinda Edwards, the skeletal remains found in Rochester on July 19, 2014 have been identified. More>>

Rainy days lower Illinois State Fair attendance this year

SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois State Fair's attendance is down about 9 percent from last year due to frequent rain throughout this year's event. More>>

Central Illinois park receives anonymous $25,000 donation

BERLIN - A central Illinois park will soon have new playground equipment, thanks to an anonymous donation of $25,000. More>>

Scammer Claimed She and Her Son had Cancer

TROY, Ill. (AP) -- A southern Illinois woman is facing charges after allegedly trying to scam people for money by falsely claiming she and her son had cancer.Melissa D. Barton, 25, of Troy was arrested Thursday at the Abraham Lincoln Capitol Airport in Springfield. Police said, she was on her way to Chicago to appear on the "Dr. Phil" show.Troy Police Chief Brad Parsons said, Barton was charged with theft by deception -- similar to charges filed against her Aug. 5.Parsons said, she faced addi... More>>

An Eco-friendly State Fair

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Illinois State Fair officials say they're ramping up recycling at this year's event as part of an effort to have the most eco-friendly fair in the country.The fair last year recycled more than 25,000 pounds of aluminum, cardboard and plastic. This year it added paper to the recycling effort. Fair manager Amy Bliefnick said, the efforts began about four years ago with the goal of become the nation's most sustainable fair. The fair partners with Illinois Correctional... More>>

Springfield police make arrest in early morning armed robbery

SPRINGFIELD - Springfield Police have made an arrest in an armed robbery that occurred at a gas station early Friday morning. More>>

14-year-old arrested for allegedly throwing railroad spikes onto Interstate 55

SPRINGFIELD - A 14-year-old has been arrested by an Illinois State Police Trooper for allegedly throwing railroad spikes from a railroad overpass onto northbound lanes on I-55. More>>

Sangamon County Child Advocacy Center to hold 25th anniversary celebration

SPRINGFIELD - The Sangamon County Child Advocacy Center is holding a celebration at the Sangamon Auditorium on August 15 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the organization and to pay tribute to the center's founding Chairman of the Advisory Board. More>>

Former Western Horse Show manager honored by Illinois State Fair

SPRINGFIELD - A trophy in the American Saddlebred Western Pleasure division of the Society Horse Show at the Illinois State Fair has been renamed in honor of a longtime volunteer and former Western Horse Show manager. More>>

Household toxic waste collection being held this fall by Illinois EPA

SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency is offering residents the chance to safely dispose of household hazardous waste in six counties this fall. More>>

3 Illinois at-risk youth organizations to split $3.3 million grant

SPRINGFIELD - A U.S. Senator has announced that a $3.3 million Department of Labor grant will benefit three Illinois organizations that support at-risk youth. More>>

SIU School of Medicine donating school supplies

SPRINGFIELD - The Southern Illinois University School of Medicine is going to deliver backpacks and school supplies to a Springfield elementary school on August 14. More>>

Proposed rule could limit driver's license phone calls

SPRINGFIELD - Illinois licensing officials are pushing for a call limit to be added to the Secretary of State's office's appointment system, as businesses are flooding the office with requests for appointments for special immigrant driver's licenses. More>>

Nationally recognized poets scheduled for "Poets in the Parlor" events

SPRINGFIELD - Several nationally recognized poets will perform in "Poets in the Parlor" events in Springfield this fall. More>>

Quinn pushes to rename Springfield building after former U.S. senator

SPRINGFIELD - Governor Pat Quinn is pushing to rename Springfield's Illinois State Museum Building to honor a late U.S. senator. More>>

2 bills that improve emergency response in rural areas signed by Quinn

SPRINGFIELD - Two pieces of legislation that would help improve emergency response in rural areas in Illinois has been signed by Governor Pat Quinn. More>>

Papers of Abraham Lincoln project adds 2 new documents

SPRINGFIELD - A project dedicated to identifying and publishing documents written by or to Abraham Lincoln has added two previously unknown papers to its collection.

Springfield moving forward with rainwater recycling project

SPRINGFIELD - Officials in Springfield are moving forward with a project that would help recycle rainwater runoff.

2013 Illinois education reports overdue

SPRINGFIELD - According to Illinois State Board of Education officials, last year's state education reports have been delayed due to problems collecting information. More>>

Central Illinois couple wins sustainable farming award

SPRINGFIELD - A couple from Morgan County will receive a sustainable farming award at the Illinois State Fair. More>>

Illinois State Fair harness races postponed due to track conditions

SPRINGFIELD - Harness races at the Illinois State Fair have been postponed due to unfavorable track conditions.  The races will now be run starting at noon on Wednesday. More>>

Toxins produced by algae unlikely in Illinois drinking water

SPRINGFIELD - In an effort to keep the state's drinking water safe, Illinois officials are looking out for algae blooms similar to the one that tainted drinking water around Toledo, Ohio.

Illinois State Fair open to the public

SPRINGFIELD - The annual celebration of agriculture known as the Illinois State Fair is now officially open to the public. More>>

Illinois department collected over $1.4 billion in child support

SPRINGFIELD - For the first time in state history, the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services says it has collected more than $1.4 billion in child support. More>>

3 indicted in fake kidnapping scheme

SPRINGFIELD - A federal grand jury in Springfield has indicted a woman allegedly kidnapped from a Champaign mall on June 11, and the two men who appeared to kidnap her. More>>

Changes made to Illinois school immunization requirements

SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois State Board of Education and Illinois Department of Health are encouraging parents and guardians to make sure their children's immunizations are up to date, and are informing people of changes that were made to the current requirements for students. More>>

Inspectors ensuring safety of rides and riders at Illinois State Fair

SPRINGFIELD - According to the Illinois Department of Labor, five inspectors have been sent to the Springfield fairgrounds to check the rides at this year's Illinois State Fair. More>>

Illinois State Fair kicks off with its annual Twilight Parade

SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois State Fair will continue its tradition of kicking off the year's festivities with its annual Twilight Parade on Thursday. More>>

Springfield police seeking suspect in bank robbery

SPRINGFIELD - The Springfield Police Department is seeking the public's assistance in locating a suspect in the August 4 bank robbery at Marine Bank. More>>

Mental care facilities for prisoners could cost Illinois taxpayers nearly $17.8 million

SPRINGFIELD - The housing and treatment of mentally ill prisoners could soon be more expensive for Illinois taxpayers. More>>

2014 Paralympic gold medalist to lead Illinois State Fair Twilight Parade

SPRINGFIELD - The grand marshal for this year's Illinois State Fair twilight parade will be a member of the U.S.'s gold medal-winning Paralympic sled hockey team. More>>

Springfield man receives 20-year sentence for burglary

SPRINGFIELD - A central Illinois man has received a 20-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to a 2013 burglary of a garage.

FBI director makes stop in Springfield to meet with law enforcement officials

SPRINGFIELD - During a visit to Springfield on Tuesday, FBI Director James Comey said that stopping public corruption and violent crime are priorities in the region. More>>

Several states work together to increase alligator snapping turtle population

SPRINGFIELD - Steps are being taken by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources to protect the state's alligator snapping turtles. More>>

Illinois' soybean and corn crops in great shape

SPRINGFIELD - In its weekly crop-status update, the U.S. Department of Agriculture says that Illinois' soybean and corn crops are in good shape. 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>>

Budget cuts force Illinois historic sites to reduce hours

SPRINGFIELD - Thirteen of the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency's historic sites will have to cut their hours starting after Labor Day. More>>

Deadline for 'Governor's Hometown Awards' applications is approaching

SPRINGFIELD - According to state officials, the deadline to submit applications for the 32nd annual "Governor's Hometown Awards" competition is fast approaching. More>>

New law changes Illinois ATV registration fee schedule

SPRINGFIELD - The registration fee for those who own all-terrain vehicles and only use them on private property has been eliminated due to legislation that was signed into law by Governor Pat Quinn on Friday. More>>

Quinn signs legislation allowing timely insulin injections

SPRINGFIELD - A measure that would allow diabetics to take their insulin wherever and whenever they need to without the fear of potentially being charged with indecent exposure has been signed by Governor Pat Quinn. More>>

Election results for Illinois commodity boards announced

SPRINGFIELD - The winners of recent state commodity board elections have been announced by the Illinois Department of Agriculture. More>>

Quinn signs extension to Illinois drone law

SPRINGFIELD - Legislation that would extend state drone regulations to privately-owned craft has been signed by Governor Pat Quinn. More>>

Some Illinois patients have waited over 90 days for decisions on nursing home care

SPRINGFIELD - According to an Illinois audit, over half of those seeking state-paid nursing home care have been waiting for a decision on their cases for over 90 days. More>>

U.S. senator urging federal board to look at rail delays in Illinois

SPRINGFIELD - A U.S. senator from Illinois is urging federal rail officials to look into delays along the Amtrak route from Carbondale to Chicago, as well as blocked rail crossings in the Chicago suburbs. More>>

"American Idol" open auditions at Illinois State Fair

SPRINGFIELD - This year the Illinois State Fair will offer fairgoers food, music, rides, and the chance to win a record contract. More>>

Springfield police make an arrest in July burglaries

SPRINGFIELD - Detectives at the Springfield Police Department have made an arrest in multiple burglaries to unoccupied houses in which large appliances were stolen. More>>

Springfield police investigating reports of counterfeit money

SPRINGFIELD - Reports of counterfeit money being used at local businesses are being investigated by Springfield and Sangamon County authorities. More>>

Grandstand roof won't be fixed in time for Fair, still safe

SPRINGFIELD -- The Illinois State Fair opens in one week, but repairs to the fairgrounds' grandstand roof will not be done in time for the fair to open. 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>>

Springfield police arrest 5 after car crash

SPRINGFIELD - Springfield police made five arrests Tuesday night following a high-speed chase between two cars that ended with one of the cars crashing and rolling over, coming to a stop on top of three vehicles at a car dealership. More>>

Skeletal remains found in Rochester positively identified

ROCHESTER - Illinois State Police Investigators announced Wednesday that female skeletal remains found in a residential area in Rochester have been positively identified. More>>

Federal agencies investigating downtown Springfield pipe bomb

SPRINGFIELD - A Secretary of State Police bomb squad disabled a pipe bomb after it was found outside of a downtown Springfield restaurant, and now federal agencies are investigating the incident. More>>

Illinois issues nondiscrimination reminders to insurers

SPRINGFIELD - Insurers have been cautioned by the state of Illinois about discriminating against transgender people. More>>

National branding campaign to promote farmer veterans

SPRINGFIELD - A new logo will make it easier for people to identify agricultural products produced by Illinois farmers, fishermen, and ranchers who served in the military. More>>

Nominees sought for Senior Illinoisans Hall of Fame awards

SPRINGFIELD - Nominees are being sought by the Illinois Department of Aging for the 2014 Senior Illinoisans Hall of Fame awards. More>>

IED Found in Downtown Springfield

IED Found in Downtown Springfield

SPRINGFIELD- An improvised explosive device is found in downtown Springfield Monday night. More>>

No timetable set for Murray Developmental Center closure

SPRINGFIELD - A southern Illinois center for people with developmental disabilities is closing, and state officials say the closure will be a "long process." More>>

Over 10 percent of Illinois government workers making more than $100,000

SPRINGFIELD - According to a published report, over 10 percent of Illinois government employees made more than $100,000 in 2013, and that back-wage payouts and overtime were responsible for many of the larger salaries. More>>

State Fair managers in Illinois fined for soliciting beer tickets

SPRINGFIELD - According to a report released by Executive Inspector General Ricardo Meza's office, managers of two state fairs in Illinois have been fined for soliciting and accepting beer tickets for the events. More>>

CWLP responding to power outages and downed power lines

SPRINGFIELD - City Water, Light, and Power Electric Department crews are responding to reports of power lines down, as well as power outages, as a result of the gusty winds experienced this afternoon. More>>

Emerald ash borer found outside quarantined areas in Illinois

SPRINGFIELD - According to the Illinois Department of Agriculture, the emerald ash borer has been found in two more central Illinois counties. More>>

Central Illinois food processing plant loses license

SPRINGFIELD - After being cited for repeated violations of the state's Meat and Poultry Inspection Act, a central Illinois food processing plant has had its license revoked. More>>

Coalition wants Illinois to quickly adopt hydraulic fracturing rules

SPRINGFIELD - A coalition of labor and business groups known as "Growing Resources and Opportunity for the Workforce in Illinois" is asking the Illinois Department of Natural Resources to move faster in implementing rules for hydraulic fracturing. More>>

Illinois pheasant hunting permits available in August

SPRINGFIELD - According to state officials, controlled pheasant hunting permits in Illinois will soon be available. More>>

Standard and Poor's gives Illinois credit rating negative outlook

SPRINGFIELD - Standard Poor's Rating Services's outlook on Illinois' credit rating has changed for the worse. More>>

Illinois State Fair discount pass to increase in price

SPRINGFIELD - Time is running out for those who wish to purchase the best discount for carnival rides at the Illinois State Fair. More>>

State lawmaker says Illinois' concealed carry law is 'complicated'

SPRINGFIELD - One of the lawmakers who sponsored a bill that allows Illinois residents to carry concealed weapons is suggesting that the law may be too hard on gun owners from other states. More>>

Lawyers asking for Supreme Court ruling to be factored into pensions case

SPRINGFIELD - Lawyers representing Illinois retiree groups are planning to use a recent Supreme Court decision on health care benefits to expedite their case on challenging the state's pension legislation. More>>

FutureGen financing plan approved by Illinois Appellate Court

SPRINGFIELD - According to a decision by the Illinois Appellate Court on Tuesday, state regulators can force Illinois electricity customers to help pay for the $1.6 billion FutureGen project. More>>

Rule changes announced for 2014-2015 deer season

SPRINGFIELD - A number of changes for the upcoming deer hunting season has been announced by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. More>>

Mobile Home Park Lock Down

SANGAMON COUNTY- A lock down at a mobile home park near Riverton ended without any injuries Tuesday night. More>>

Illinois State Board of Education looking for volunteers for bilingual council

SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois State Board of Education is seeking seven new members to serve on its bilingual education advisory council.

Wind turbine repairs being considered by Springfield Park District

SPRINGFIELD - Steps are being taken by the Springfield Park District to fix a dysfunctional Southwind Park wind turbine. More>>

Lincoln Tomb documentary to be made by Iowa filmmaker

SPRINGFIELD - An Iowa filmmaker is partnering with the Lincoln Monument Association to make a documentary about Abraham Lincoln's tomb in Springfield, Illinois. More>>

Corn and soybean crops in Illinois faring well

SPRINGFIELD - In a weekly crop-status update, the United States Department of Agriculture says Illinois' corn crop is faring well, and is maturing faster than normal. More>>

Early morning fire in Springfield closes Illinois state building

SPRINGFIELD - A small fire has caused the Illinois Secretary of State's office to close its Howlett Building for the day. More>>

Consolidation of Regional Offices of Education not easy

SPRINGFIELD - According to Illinois state education officials, the details of coming mergers of Regional Offices of Education around the state are still being worked on. More>>

Stores across central Illinois raise over $155,000 for St. John's Children's Hospital

SPRINGFIELD - During a six-week campaign involving 22 Walmart and Sam's Club stores across Illinois, over $155,000 was raised for St. John's Children's Hospital.

Ashmore receives $18,750 rural development grant

SPRINGFIELD - United States Senator Dick Durbin has announced that a central Illinois rural development project received a grant worth nearly $19,000. More>>

Over 300 cellphone citations issued by Springfield police since January 1

SPRINGFIELD - Although an Illinois law banning the use of cell phones while driving took effect six months ago, Springfield police have issued hundreds of citations to people using cellphones while driving. More>>

Kayakers Rescued from Sangamon River

High water levels in rivers can be dangerous. When the water rises, it collects tree branches and other debris from along the river bank. On  More>>

EPA says Illinois landfills have enough capacity to last 21 years

SPRINGFIELD - According to the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, municipal landfills in the state have a combined life expectancy of 21 years. More>>

Bill placing new restrictions on RTA and CTA signed by Quinn

SPRINGFIELD - Legislation barring members of major transit agencies from holding other government offices has been signed by Governor Pat Quinn. More>>

Springfield man dies of injuries sustained in ATV crash

SPRINGFIELD - A Springfield man who sustained critical injuries in a all-terrain vehicle crash on July 3 has died. More>>

Springfield Police release drunk driving/seat belt violation statistics

SPRINGFIELD - Law enforcement agencies throughout Illinois participated in the Independence Day "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over/Click It or Ticket" effort, and one local police department is releasing their statistics gathered for that campaign. More>>

Overtime costs for Illinois prisons top $60 million for second year in a row

SPRINGFIELD - For the second year in a row, the Illinois Department of Corrections has paid over $60 million in overtime costs. More>>

Flag thefts at Springfield insurance agency

SPRINGFIELD - Multiple flags were stolen from R.W. Troxell Insurance Agency in Springfield, and you can help catch the person behind this crime. More>>

Houston Seeks 4 More Years

Springfield – He was the mayor of Springfield in 1979. He is the mayor of Springfield in 2014 and wants to serve another 4 years.

According to Quinn, Illinois bill backlog at lowest level since 2010

SPRINGFIELD - According to Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, the amount that the state owes on its overdue bills has dropped to $3.9 billion. More>>

Job prep event being held at Springfield Public Library

SPRINGFIELD - State Representative Sue Scherer is partnering with Lincoln Land Community College to host a free job prep event at the Springfield Public Library from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Monday, July 14. More>>

American Legion Department of Illinois holding hiring event for veterans

SPRINGFIELD - A hiring event targeting military veterans and spouses will be hosted by the American Legion Department of Illinois Friday, July 11. More>>

Former head teller of State Bank of Lincoln pleads guilty to embezzlement

SPRINGFIELD - A Lincoln woman has pleaded guilty to embezzling nearly $2 million from the State Bank of Lincoln. Nancy J. Huskins, 62, pleaded guilty to one count of bank embezzlement during her court appearance Thursday. More>>

Insurance premium refunds to be issued to state retirees

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Supreme Court has ruled that nearly $23 million in insurance premiums belong to state retirees, but there’s no established timetable for the return of that money.

Springfield man sues Illinois State Police after FOID card denial

SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois State Police faces a lawsuit from a Springfield man who says he was denied a Firearm Owner's Identification card even though he received a gubernatorial pardon for previous felony convictions. More>>

Deadline to file claims in computer settlement approaching

SPRINGFIELD - Consumers who may have overpaid for computerized equipment containing dynamic random access memory, a type of memory chip used in electronics, have until August 1, 2014 to file a claim to get some of their money back. More>>

Springfield in Running for Dog Park Prize Money

Springfield - Barker Park is nothing more than an empty field right now, but when you look around the neighborhood, you'll see support for turning this into Springfield's newest dog park. More>>

Repairs expected to patch leaks in Executive Mansion roof

SPRINGFIELD - Multiple leaks in the roof of the Executive Mansion in Springfield are being patched by workers. More>>

Illinois Housing Development Authority sees record number of buyers

SPRINGFIELD - According to the Illinois Housing Development Authority, over 4,500 home-buyers have reserved more than $500 million in mortgage financing, and officials say that's a record in the agency's 30 years of mortgage lending. More>>

Resolution honoring Alan Dixon passed by U.S. Senate

SPRINGFIELD - A resolution honoring the late U.S. Senator Alan Dixon has been approved by the U.S. Senate. More>>

3 administrators fired by Illinois treasurer

SPRINGFIELD - According to letters obtained by the Associated Press, Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford fired three top administrators after an investigation by the treasurer's inspector general. More>>

Identities of 2 killed in weekend motorcycle crash released

SPRINGFIELD - The identities of two people from central Illinois who died in a holiday weekend motorcycle crash have been released by authorities. More>>

Two People Die in Motorcycle Crash on I-55

Two people are dead in a motorcycle crash on I-55 near the Stevenson Drive exit in Sangamon County. As traffic was slowing down for a crash, police said, a motorcyclist lost control and slid onto the left shoulder. State police said, the 48-year-old man of Normal died at the scene. His 35-year-old female passenger was transported for medical injuries, but later died at the hospital. More>>

Military support expansion plan signed by Quinn

SPRINGFIELD - The expansion of a program that assists military families in Illinois during conflicts or wars has been approved by Governor Pat Quinn. More>>

Police Gearing Up for Holiday Travel Video included

Springfield - Alcohol and driving, two things that just don't mix. More>>

Former eastern Illinois township supervisor indicted for wire fraud

SPRINGFIELD - According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, a former eastern Illinois township supervisor has been indicted for allegedly stealing over $60,000 from the township. More>>

Road work in Illinois suspended over holiday weekend

SPRINGFIELD - Motorists should expect fewer delays for the holiday weekend, as the Illinois Department of Transportation says it is suspending non-emergency roadwork where possible starting Thursday afternoon and continuing through the end of the day Sunday. More>>

Law enforcement agencies team up to keep Illinois roads safe

SPRINGFIELD - Officials on the state and federal level are teaming up to enforce safe driving this holiday weekend. More>>

Lower kindergarten age among several new laws effective this week

SPRINGFIELD - Children will be required to attend school at a younger age and young adults seeking driver's licenses must complete training, as several new laws take effect in Illinois this week. More>>

Illinois Emergency Management Agency warns of heat-related hazards

SPRINGFIELD - On average, more people die from heat-related causes each year than any other weather hazard, yet many still don't take heat dangers seriously.

Free meal program for children to continue through August

SPRINGFIELD - A free meal program designed to provide children with healthy lunches and breakfasts while school is not in session will continue through August, according to Illinois State Board of Education officials. More>>

The Magic House is recruiting reading volunteers

SPRINGFIELD - The Magic House is partnering with Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church' summer food program in Springfield, and they are asking for volunteers to read with children on Tuesdays this summer, beginning July 1. More>>

Springfield hosts 5th annual Music in the Park concert series

SPRINGFIELD--Sunday afternoon in Springfield’s Douglas Park was a bit more musical than most.

Pension ruling may not be available until next year

SPRINGFIELD - A ruling on whether Illinois' pension overhaul law is constitutional could be delayed until next year, as a Sangamon County judge wants to consider all the issues raised in multiple lawsuits. 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>>

Mass Construction Project to Relocate Over One Hundred Springfield Homeowners

More than one hundred Springfield residents will be forced to relocate within the next few years because of a massive railroad construction project.

IEPA seeks enforcement action for fuel leak

SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency will seek enforcement action against a gas station that leaked fuel into sanitary sewers in Lisle, Illinois. More>>

Soccer Fans Cut Work; Watch Team USA Thursday

Springfield - For workers at Buffalo Wild Wings, Thursday was another day on the job, but for many of the soccer fans in attendance, it was a day away from the office. More>>

Illinois senator to resign in July

SPRINGFIELD - An Illinois lawmaker says he will resign his position in July before becoming chairman of the Regional Transportation Authority. More>>

Springfield residents can "Meet the Mayor," discuss municipal issues

SPRINGFIELD - Springfield residents will get the chance to voice their opinions on municipal issues as Mayor J. Michael Houston will hold his next "Meet the Mayor" event on June 26 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. in the Mayor's office.

Flashing yellow arrow traffic signals to be installed in Springfield

SPRINGFIELD - New flashing yellow arrow traffic signals are being installed at several Wabash Avenue intersections in Springfield, according to the Illinois Department of Transportation. More>>

Woman sentenced to 78 years for murder, dismemberment

SPRINGFIELD - A woman who was convicted of killing and dismembering her husband received her sentence today. More>>

Historic sites in Illinois expected to reduce hours

SPRINGFIELD - While historic sites in Illinois aren't expected to close because of budget cuts, they are expected to shorten visiting hours after Labor Day. More>>

Organic farmers may receive reimbursement for certification

SPRINGFIELD - The cost of federal certification for organic farmers in Illinois will be partially reimbursed, according to the Illinois Department of Agriculture. More>>

Company chosen for Carpenter Street underpass construction

SPRINGFIELD - The first stage of the $315 million Springfield Rail Improvements Project is set to begin, as Halverson Construction Co. Inc. of Springfield has been chosen to begin construction of the Carpenter Street underpass. More>>

Unclaimed items to be auctioned by Illinois treasurer

SPRINGFIELD - Nearly 9,000 pieces of unclaimed property, including vintage coins, jewelry, and presidential campaign buttons will be auctioned, according to Illinois' treasurer's office. More>>

Illinois' winter wheat harvest gets rolling

SPRINGFIELD - Illinois' harvest of winter wheat is in full swing, while the state's latest soybean and corn crops grow taller. More>>

Illinois community colleges promote electric vehicles with road trip

SPRINGFIELD - In an effort to promote electric vehicle charging stations, Illinois community colleges are participating in a three-day road trip. More>>

Former police chief's brother sentenced for money laundering

SPRINGFIELD - A former suburban Chicago police chief's brother has been sentenced to six months in prison for obstruction of justice and money laundering in a grant fraud scheme.

Springfield police arrest man for unlawful use of firearm

SPRINGFIELD - Springfield police have arrested a man on Sunday who allegedly fired a gun, damaging a house in the process. More>>

Attorneys' fees in Illinois to increase 12 percent

SPRINGFIELD - On Monday the Illinois Supreme Court announced the annual registration fee for active state attorneys will increase 12 percent, from $342 to $382, beginning in January. More>>

Illinois lottery contractor $200 million short on profits

SPRINGFIELD - When the fiscal year ends next week, Illinois' lottery contractor will likely be $200 million short of the money it promised to the state this year. More>>

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>>

Arrest made in Springfield shooting incident

SPRINGFIELD - The Springfield Police Department has made an arrest in regard to a shooting Tuesday night on East Monroe. More>>

Illinois Secretary of State's office experiences computer outage

SPRINGFIELD - The main computer at the Illinois Secretary of State's office briefly stopped working Thursday, stopping transactions for about three hours. More>>

Renovation of Lincoln-Herndon Law Offices planned

SPRINGFIELD - Plans to overhaul the Lincoln-Herndon Law Offices site in downtown Springfield are underway. More>>

Springfield municipal buildings and Lincoln Library available as cooling centers

SPRINGFIELD - In response to the hot weather, Springfield Mayor J. Michael Houston has announced the availability of three City facilities for use as cooling centers for citizens who might not otherwise be able to find relief from the heat. More>>

Springfield Police to begin drunk driving crackdown

SPRINGFIELD - Springfield Police announced plans on Wednesday for July 4th traffic enforcement, focusing on both drunk and unbuckled drivers, and is part of the statewide Independence Day "Drive Sober of Get Pulled Over" and "Click It or Ticket" effort.

Panel may compel anti-violence director to answer questions

SPRINGFIELD - On Monday, Illinois lawmakers will decide whether to subpoena a former official in Governor Pat Quinn's administration to answer questions about his anti-violence program. More>>

Numerous Vehicle Burglaries on Springfield's North End

Springfield-Springfield police said they arrested three teens after the broke into numerous vehicles. Police told WAND that most of the vehicles the teens stole from were unlocked. Two of the teens are minors and one is Stephen Sullivan, 19.The three teens were seen opening up the doors of a vehicle on the 2300 block of North Cahokia Drive.Police Chief Dan Mounce said, "we received information through the investigation that they may have been involved upwards of 60 car burglaries although we ... More>>

Sangamon County Historical Society Unveils New Website

Springfield - It started with an idea from the north, then made it's way to the capital city. More>>

Illinois investors becoming active in medical marijuana business

SPRINGFIELD - Several investors around the state are jockeying for positions in the medical marijuana business as they wait for Illinois' new medical marijuana law to kick in, and some of those investors are politically connected. More>>

Springfield Police leadership positions reorganized

SPRINGFIELD - The police chief in Springfield has promoted four lieutenants as part of a restructuring plan.

Sunbather injured after truck runs over her

SPRINGFIELD - A central Illinois woman was injured Saturday after a pickup truck ran her over while she was sunbathing near a Lake Springfield boat launch.

Local convention center and bank team up with SOHO festival to raise money

SPRINGFIELD - The Springfield SOHO Music Festival is a community development project that promotes local music and assists local charities with public recognition and fundraising, and while Friday evening's festival was well attended, Saturday's rain put a damper on the event.However, The Prairie Capital Convention Center will assist SOHO's efforts to help raise funds for the charities. SOHO will be part of the Bank of Springfield ribbon cutting held Friday, June 13 at the Prairie Capital Con... More>>

Illinois departments to monitor prescription drug use in nursing homes

SPRINGFIELD - A program has been launched to help prevent the dangerous and inappropriate use of prescription drugs to subdue nursing home patients, according to Illinois officials. More>>

Quinn designates $7.4 million for Cook County construction

SPRINGFIELD - Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has designated about $7.4 million to go toward construction projects in Cook County. More>>

Illinois officials advise caution after bear sightings

SPRINGFIELD - State officials are advising residents to take commonsense precautions and to not panic after a recent increase of the number of bear sightings in northern Illinois. More>>

Lions Club offers free eye screenings for diabetic retinopathy

CHAMPAIGN - The Champaign Lions Club and the Lions of Illinois Foundation will provide free diabetic retinopathy screenings on Friday, June 13 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Promise Healthcare. More>>

Lt. Gov. Simon calls for Mississippi River sustainability plan

SPRINGFIELD - The lieutenant governor of Illinois is calling for a plan to make the Mississippi River more sustainable.

GOP requests more time to collect signatures for redistricting proposal

SPRINGFIELD - The State Board of Elections is being requested by top Illinois Republicans to grant an extension to a group that's gathering signatures to take the political mapmaking process away from lawmakers. More>>

Illinois lawmaker loses House seat due to felony conviction

SPRINGFIELD - Elected officials are stripped of their seats following a felony conviction due to a law in Illinois, which means Derrick Smith will lose his state House seat after being convicted this week of taking a $7,000 bribe. More>>

CI Sports Report with Elise Menaker: Blind Bowling

CI Sports Report with Elise Menaker: Blind Bowling

In this week's Central Illinois Sports Report WAND's Elise Menaker shows you bowling from another perspective.

Term limits legislation introduced by Illinois lawmaker

SPRINGFIELD - A proposal has been introduced by an Illinois lawmaker that would ask voters in 2015 if term limits should be imposed on leaders in the state Legislature. More>>

Illinois State Board of Education to honor top teachers

SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois State Board of Education, as well as the state's top teachers unions, will host a luncheon at the governor's mansion in Springfield on Wednesday to honor nearly 30 top teachers from around Illinois. More>>

Utility company cracking down on violations

SPRINGFIELD - Customers that have installed swimming pools too close to overhead power lines risk having their electrical service interrupted, according to City Water, Light and Power. More>>

Illinois Department of Corrections holds Summit of Hope expo

SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Department of Corrections is holding an expo that focuses on helping ex-offenders, parolees, and probationers get services and information for reentry into society. More>>

New recycling program started by Illinois Department of Agriculture

SPRINGFIELD - A new program that would help farmers recycle fertilizer and pesticide containers is set to begin in late July.

Fun in the Sun: Be Prepared Video included

Springfield - When the temps go up, a trip to the pool can cool you off, but it can also put you at risk. More>>

An additional $1.8 billion in spending approved by Quinn

SPRINGFIELD - Illinois will be allowed to spend an additional $1.8 billion in the current budget year due to legislation that Governor Pat Quinn has signed. 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>>

Analysis shows Illinois has 22 fugitive escaped inmates

SPRINGFIELD - Prison data collected and analyzed by the Associated Press shows that nearly two dozen inmates who escaped from Illinois prisons or transition centers over the years have not been caught. More>>

Illinois lawmakers want easier firefighter hiring for state veterans

SPRINGFIELD - State lawmakers, including U.S. Senator Mark Kirk, have asked Governor Pat Quinn to make the firefighter certification process easier for military members in Illinois More>>

SOHO Music Festival Celebrates 10 Years of Giving Back

Rocking out for charity! It's been the main mission of the SOHO Music Festival for ten years. Usually all the proceeds go to one organization. But

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>>

Veterans commemorate D-Day at Springfield memorial

SPRINGFIELD - The 70th anniversary of the World War II D-Day invasion at Normandy, France was remembered by dozens of veterans and their families during a ceremony at Springfield's Oak Ridge Cemetery. More>>

Illinois to pay approximately $4 million to mail ballot measure information

SPRINGFIELD - Illinois officials say the state will spend approximately $4 million to print and mail educational materials about multiple efforts to change the state's constitution in the November election. More>>

Presidential museum receives slate that Abraham Lincoln likely used as a boy

SPRINGFIELD - The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield announced in a news release that a slate has been donated by descendants of a teacher who taught Abraham Lincoln and other children in a Kentucky cabin classroom. More>>

More than 200,000 Illinois jobs posted online in May

SPRINGFIELD - According to Illinois officials, advertisements for more than 200,000 jobs were posted in May, and 85 percent of them were for full-time work. More>>

Fifteen charged for allegedly defrauding Medicaid home services

SPRINGFIELD - Following investigations conducted by members of the Central Illinois Health Care Fraud Task Force, fifteen people face federal charges for allegedly defrauding the Medicaid home services program in Illinois. More>>

St. John's Hospital to lay off 43 managers

SPRINGFIELD - In an announcement on Thursday, St. John's Hospital says it will lay off 43 managers over the next few months. More>>

Live album from Chicago-based jazz trio wins award

SPRINGFIELD - An album recorded by a Chicago-based jazz trio during a live performance at a Springfield theater has earned an award. More>>

First avian case of West Nile virus in 2014 confirmed

SPRINGFIELD - The first positive tests for West Nile virus in mosquitoes and birds have been confirmed by the Illinois Department of Public Health. More>>

AT&T Relocates Up to 200 Jobs out of Springfield

AT&T has decided to consolidate the jobs at it's call center in Springfield into other facilities around the state. The main one being a call center in

New dog park to be included in Barker Park development

SPRINGFIELD - The creation of a new dog park in Springfield Park District's new Barker Park development could be one step closer to a reality thanks to a local donor. More>>

Springfield may create inspector general position

SPRINGFIELD - A Chicago firm has been hired by the Springfield City Council to help the city create an inspector general's office to look into wrongdoing in government. More>>

Legislator sponsors resolution to honor former state senator

SPRINGFIELD - A resolution is being pushed by an Illinois legislator that would name a highway in Springfield after a former state senator.

D-Day remembered at World War II Memorial

SPRINGFIELD - On the 70th anniversary of the Invasion of Normandy, a ceremony that is dedicated to the men who made D-Day a success will be held at the Illinois World War II Memorial in Springfield's Oak Ridge Cemetery on Friday, June 6.

Lost tax revenue could hurt Illinois' financial rating

SPRINGFIELD - According to a statement released by a bond rating agency Tuesday, if lawmakers don't extend the temporary income tax increase, Illinois' financial rating could take a hit. More>>

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