• Illinois State Fair offering free admission for first responders

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - Illinois State Fair officials are honoring all police officers, firefighters, and EMTs by providing free admission on First Responders Day this Friday.

  • FEMA assessments on Illinois flooding damage to begin

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - The Federal Emergency Management Agency is expected to begin flood damage assessments for four Illinois counties on Friday.

  • Chris Kennedy talks ties to Central Illinois

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill (WAND)- Democratic Governor candidate Chris Kennedy was in Springfield for the annual Democrat Day at the state fair.  

  • State Sen. Daniel Biss (D)

    Challenger for governor finds endorsement

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) – A challenger for Illinois governor gained a follower Thursday.

  • Group rallies in support of House Bill 40

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - Advocates of legislation that removes provisions that deny insurance coverage of abortions for women enrolled in Medicaid and State Employee Health Insurance gathered in Springfield to urge Governor Rauner to sign the bill into law.

  • Illinois' unemployment rate slightly increases in July

    CHICAGO (WAND) - The Illinois Department of Employment Security has announced that the state's unemployment rate slightly increased in July.

  • Illinois leader announces sixth term push

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) – Illinois’ Secretary of State says he will run for office again.   

  • Pittsfield FFA students and Rep Davidsmeyer watch as IL Governor Bruce Rauner signs HB470.

    Gov. Rauner signs bill naming corn state grain

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - Legislation that names corn the state grain of Illinois was signed into law by Governor Bruce Rauner.

  • Water main break causes clinic closure

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) – A water main break forced a clinic building to shut down. 

  • Senate passes resolution denouncing white nationalist, neo-Nazi groups

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - In response to the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia over the weekend, the Illinois Senate adopted a resolution urging law enforcement to recognize white nationalist and neo-Nazi groups as terrorist organizations.

  • Gov. Rauner speaks out against President Trump's Charlottesville comments

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - Governor Bruce Rauner is speaking out against President Donald Trump's comments on the violence in Charlottesville.

  • Children plant, harvest food in fair experience

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) – Children had a chance to help farmers at the Illinois State Fair. 

  • Illinois House back next week to vote on education funding reform

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill (WAND)- The Illinois House was in session on Wednesday but they did not take up an override vote of Governor Rauner's amendatory veto of SB1, instead they will do so next week.

  • Enjoy the Illinois State Fair from a different perspective

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - Since 1969 people from all over who come to the fair have been able to enjoy it from a completely different perspective.

  • Crime Stoppers offering $5,000 for information on deadly shooting

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - Springfield police continue to investigate an August 12 shooting that left one man dead. Detectives say Eric Robertson, 29, was shot by one of two unknown individuals in the 1700 block of East Edwards Street at 11 a.m.

  • Butter cow display continues drawing attention

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - Illinois State Fair officials gathered Wednesday in the Dairy Building at the fairgrounds to unveil the butter cow, or cows in this case. 

  • 'Priceless' state fair ticket now on display

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) – A piece of Illinois State Fair history is now on display in Springfield.

  • Governor's Sale of Champions a success

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - The 2017 Governor's Sale of Champions and 2017 Commodity Auctions were successful once again, with more than $133,000 in commodities and livestock auctioned off during the events.

  • Pillsbury Mills EPA Superfund cleanup in jeopardy

    Springfield, Ill (WAND) – An EPA Superfund cleanup at the old Pillsbury Mills plant could run out of money stopping the removal of hazardous contaminants around Labor Day.

  • Fairgoers invited to check out adorable animals at FFA tent

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - Fairgoers can learn more about how agriculture benefits the state while checking out adorable baby animals at the Illinois State Fair's FFA tent.

  • Steer showcased, sold at 'Sale of Champions'

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) – Steers went up for sale at the Illinois State Fair Tuesday.

  • Photo from Gov. Bruce Rauner's office

    Teacher, students named 'Illinoisans of the Day'

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) – A teacher and his students earned an honor from the governor for helping a farmer. 

  • Governor Rauner signs bill helping injured police dogs

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - Legislation that would allow emergency medical services to transport injured police dogs to veterinary clinics has been signed into state law by Governor Bruce Rauner.

  • IEMA making safety preparations for total solar eclipse

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - The Illinois Emergency Management Agency say state and local agencies are making preparations to ensure the public's safety before, during, and after the total solar eclipse on August 21.

  • Committee looks to raise Coliseum repair money

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) – Help could be coming for a building at the Illinois fairgrounds that’s fallen into disrepair. 

  • Vehicle crashes in Springfield Schnucks, 1 arrested

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - Springfield police say one person was arrested after crashing a vehicle into the front of a Schnucks store on the city's southwest side early Tuesday morning.

  • Coroner: Woman died from train collision injuries

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) – Sangamon County leaders have identified a woman killed in a train collision. 

  • Discounted admission during Illinois State Fair's Agriculture Day

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - The Governor's Sale of Champions, truck and tractor pulls, and live music are just some of the featured attractions during Agriculture Day at the Illinois State Fair.

  • Total solar eclipse set to arrive in Illinois

    ILLINOIS (WAND) – Illinoisans only have to wait one more week for the total solar eclipse. 

  • Unemployment tax system upgrades take effect next month

    ILLINOIS (WAND) - Illinois Department of Employment Security officials say businesses will be able to file reports and pay unemployment insurance taxes online starting next month.

  • Free, reduced price school lunch guidelines released

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - Eligibility guidelines for free and reduced-price lunch, breakfast, and after-school snacks through the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program for the 2017-2018 school year have been released.

  • Produce judged in state fair contest

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) – Illinoisans are putting their vegetable-growing skills to the test at the Illinois State Fair. 

  • Gov. Rauner signs local government streamlining bills

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - Two bills that would allow local officials and residents to consolidate units of local government has been signed into law by Governor Bruce Rauner.

  • Photo from Gov. Bruce Rauner's office

    Law prevents programs from expelling preschool students

    ILLINOIS (WAND) – A new Illinois law is meant to protect preschool-aged children from expulsion. 

  • Signed law removes sexual assault report deadlines

    ILLINOIS (WAND) – A law signed by Gov. Bruce Rauner will look to help sexual assault victims find closure. 

  • A vigil in Springfield pays respects to victims from Charlottesville protests

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - A peaceful vigil in downtown Springfield on Sunday paid respects to the victims from the Charlottesville, Virginia protests. 

  • Senate votes to over-ride the Governors amendatory veto on school funding

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - Lawmakers met in Springfield on Sunday to vote on school funding.  

  • Pedestrian killed, train incident

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - The Sangamon County Coroner's Office says a woman is dead after an apparent train versus pedestrian incident.

  • Springfield morning homicide victim identified

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - Springfield Police are investigation a homicide on Saturday morning.

  • Springfield armed robbery investigation

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - Springfield Police are investigation an armed robbery that happened Friday morning.

  • Staying safe during the total solar eclipse

    ILLINOIS, Ill. (WAND) - With the total solar eclipse drawing nearer, it's important that you have the right eye wear for the occasion.

  • School funding showdown looming

    Springfield, Ill (WAND) – A big showdown Sunday as the legislature tries to figure out a way to put a new school funding formula into place.

  • APL cashes in on State Fair

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill (WAND)- Restaurants, bars, hotels all see a boost in business during the Illinois State Fair, but one local non-profit cashes in as well.  

  • Nonprofit begins interior work for family home

    SANGAMON COUNTY, Ill. (WAND) – A nonprofit business is renovating yet another house. 

  • Photo courtesy of Gov. Bruce Rauner's office

    Google awards 4-H computer science grant

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) – Google has announced a nationwide computer science partnership. 

  • Police: Armed man demanded money at Dotty's

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) – Police say a man tried to steal from a business Friday morning. 

  • Sangamon County authorities seize 34 dogs from home

    SANGAMON COUNTY, Ill. (WAND) - The Sangamon County Sheriff's Office says 34 dogs were seized from a home near Sherman this week.

  • Illinois State Fair rides pass inspection

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - All rides at the Illinois State Fair have passed their initial inspections.

  • Twilight Parade Highlights

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill (WAND)- With an introduction by the Governor himself, the beginning of the  Illinois State Fair kicked off Thursday at 3:00 p.m.

  • Opioid epidemic declared a national emergency

    ILLINOIS (WAND) - While federal officials decide whether to utilize more federal money to combat the opioid epidemic, the battle against overdoses continues across the country, including here in central Illinois.

  • 2017 Illinois State Fair opens with ribbon cutting

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - Governor Bruce Rauner was joined by Lieutenant Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti and State Fair directors, managers, and others to celebrate the official start to the 2017 Illinois State Fair.

  • Parents, lawmakers urge support of education funding reform

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill (WAND)- Days before the Illinois Senate is due back in session for a likely override vote of Governor Rauner's amedatory veto of Senate Bill One, supporters of the education funding reform bill gathered to show their support.

  • IDOA hosting Senior Day activities at the Illinois State Fair

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - The Illinois Department on Aging says it is hosting a wide variety of activities at the Illinois State Fair during Senior Day on August 14.

  • Illinois misses school payments, sends grant money

    ILLINOIS (WAND) – Illinois leaders say the state missed payments to public K-12 schools for the first time. 

  • Illinois State Fair passes available for purchase online

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - If you're planning on attending the Illinois State Fair this year, you can now purchase gate admission, parking passes, and carnival mega passes online.

  • Sangamon County Sheriff Wes Barr

    Sheriff to step down, spend time with family

    SANGAMON COUNTY, Ill. (WAND) – Sangamon County’s sheriff says he plans to step down.

  • Sangamon County authorities seeking tips in July 25 burglary

    SANGAMON COUNTY, Ill. (WAND) - The Sangamon County Sheriff's Office is seeking the public's help in its investigation into a burglary at Ma Ma Lee's Sandbar Tavern last month.

  • Photo courtesy of Crime Stoppers

    Burglar uses circular saw in theft attempt

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) – Investigators are looking for a man they say tried to steal from a restaurant. 

  • Photo courtesy of Gov. Bruce Rauner's office

    Governor: Signed bill to streamline spending, save money

    CHICAGO (WAND) – A newly signed bill will look to streamline spending in Illinois. 

  • Name released in deadly Sangamon County motorcycle crash

    SHERMAN, Ill. (WAND) - The Sangamon County Sheriff's Office says a man is dead after a motorcycle crash on County Highway 1 Tuesday night.

  • Farmers Markets fighting back against food waste

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - While farmers' markets remain an excellent way to get fresh produce statewide, sometimes that food can go to waste. 

  • Additional safety checks for Illinois State Fair rides

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - Illinois Department of Labor officials say crews will conduct additional, unannounced inspections of all amusement rides and attractions appearing at this year's Illinois State Fair.

  • Xuesong "Gary" Yang, 54

    Former UIS worker sentenced for rape

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) – A central Illinois college employee is headed to prison for sexual assault. 

  • Amtrak tickets sell fast for total solar eclipse

    CHICAGO (WAND) - Tickets for Illinois residents to have a cheap and easy way to experience the total solar eclipse through Amtrak have sold out. 

  • Unclaimed jewelry, baseball cards up for auction at state fair

    Springfield, Ill. (WAND) - There's something for almost every collection at this year's unclaimed property auction.

  • Pawnee power plant company addresses city officials

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - EmberClear Corp. addressed Springfield officials Tuesday to continue the push on bringing a natural gas power plant to Pawnee.

  • Fake eclipse glasses prompt warning

    ILLINOIS (WAND) – Glasses meant for viewing the total solar eclipse this month may not be good enough. 

  • Illinois State Fair nears opening day

    Springfield, Ill (WAND) - With Decatur Celebration in the rear view mirror the entertainment focus in the area now turns to the Illinois State Fair.

  • ISBE model of Amendatory Veto delayed due to "significant error"

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - Illinois State Board of Education officials say they were unable to transmit a model of Governor Rauner's Amendatory Veto of Senate Bill 1 due to a "significant error."

  • Springfield Fire Department investigating recent series of fires

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - The Springfield Fire Department is investigating a series of fires that were started over the course of a week.

  • Grand Marshals named for 2017 Twilight Parade

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - Three families who have served as vendors at the Illinois State Fair for a combined 176 years have been selected as this year's Twilight Parade Grand Marshals.

  • Photo from Gov. Bruce Rauner's office

    Organ donor registry opens for Illinois teens

    ILLINOIS (WAND) – Illinois teens can now register to become organ donors. 

  • EXCLUSIVE: One-on-One with Bret Michaels

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - Bret Michaels headlined the Decatur Celebration on Saturday night, playing to a packed and energetic crowd.  Before the concert, WAND’s Tamara Damante boarded his tour bus, for an exclusive interview.
  • Public invited to unclaimed property auction preview

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - The Illinois State Treasurer's Office is inviting the public to check out items that will be up for grabs during the Unclaimed Property Auction at the Illinois State Fair.

  • Agriculture secretary, farmers talk bill

    ROCHESTER, Ill. (WAND) – The U.S. Secretary of Agriculture paid a visit to central Illinois Monday. 

  • Gov. Rauner signs cybersecurity training bill

    CHICAGO (WAND) - Legislation that requires all state employees to receive annual cybersecurity training has been signed by Governor Bruce Rauner.

  • Safety study underway following concert death

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) – University of Illinois Springfield leaders are taking a closer look at concert safety after a man’s death. 

  • Purple Heart recipients honored on National Purple Heart Day

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - August 7th is Purple Heart Day, and the Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs held a ceremony to recognize those in the community with the distinguished honor. 

  • Coroner identifies victim in deadly crash on IL-97

    SANGAMON COUNTY, Ill. (WAND) - The Sangamon County Coroner has released the name of a Petersburg woman who died after a crash on Illinois Route 97 Saturday evening.

  • State fair adds craft beer competition

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - The state fair is right around the corner.

  • Therapeutic animals bring joy to lives

    SHERMAN, Ill. (WAND) - Therapy animals play a big role in many people's lives, and sometimes the therapeutic pet is not a dog or a cat.

  • Springfield taking stand against recent gun violence

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - Springfield residents are encouraged to take a stand against gun violence during "Take Back The City" this weekend.

  • Feeding the blue

    Springfield, Ill (WAND) – Feeding the blue.  Hope Presbyterian Church delivered 150 homemade sack lunches for the Springfield Police Department.

  • Illinois State Fair hosting Bicentennial Craft Beer Competition

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - More than a dozen breweries will gather at the Illinois State Fair to compete for the right to create and brew Illinois' Official Bicentennial Beer.

  • "Feeding the Blue" providing meals to Springfield police

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - Springfield police officers will be able to receive a free meal on Friday, courtesy of Hope Presbyterian Church.

  • Crime Stoppers seeking tips in recent motor vehicle burglaries

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - Crime Stoppers of Sangamon and Menard Counties is seeking the public's help in the investigation into recent burglaries to motor vehicles in Springfield.

  • IDPH reminding parents to get immunizations for children

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - The Illinois Department of Public Health is partnering with the Illinois State Board of Education to remind parents to make sure their children have the proper vaccinations before the start of the school year.

  • Cynthia Evans

    5 convicted, sentenced following ISP fraud investigations

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - Illinois State Police and the Illinois Office of the Attorney General say five people have been charged, convicted, and sentenced in connection with three separate fraud investigations.

  • Senate Democrats: SB1 changes increase spending by millions

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - Senate Democrats are firing back against Governor Rauner's amendatory veto of Senate Bill 1, saying the changes will create a $221 million hole in the state's budget.

  • Three-car Sangamon County crash victim identified

    SANGAMON COUNTY, Ill. (WAND) – A coroner has identified the victim of a deadly car crash. 

  • Cirque Italia returns to Springfield

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill (WAND)- The first official water circus in the country is once again making a stop in Springfield.  

  • Victim identified in Springfield shooting incident

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - The Sangamon County Coroner has released the name of a man found dead in a building on the city's south side early Tuesday morning.

  • Springfield Police Department accepting Citizen's Police Academy applications

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill (WAND) – The Springfield Police Department is now accepting applications for their next Citizen’s Police Academy in late August. 

  • Springfield war museum shuts down

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) – A museum full of Korean War history has closed its doors. 

  • Communities coming together for National Night Out

    ILLINOIS (WAND) - Law enforcement agencies are joining with city officials in communities throughout central Illinois to take a stand against crime in their neighborhoods during National Night Out.

  • Governor vetoes, counters school funding bill, IFT responds

    ILLINOIS (WAND) – Gov. Bruce Rauner made changes to a proposed public school funding plan.

  • Rep. Davis makes stop in Springfield to discuss tax reform

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - U.S. Representative Rodney Davis (R-IL) joined with representatives of the U.S. and Illinois Chambers of Commerce to speak with small business owners in central Illinois on Tuesday.

  • Illinois thrill rides to face tests for permits

    ILLINOIS (WAND) – Thrill rides will be reopened in Illinois if they pass a number of safety tests.

  • State Rep. Sue Scherer (D)

    Illinois leader backs push against sexual assault

    ILLINOIS (WAND) – An Illinois lawmaker is pushing against sexual assault on college campuses. 

  • Police: Accidental shooting killed Illinois man

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) – Police say a Springfield man died after sustaining a gunshot to the head. 

  • School funding bill sent to Governor

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill (WAND)- After weeks of demanding, Governor Rauner finally has Senate Bill 1 in his hands. 

  • Teen injured in Springfield shooting, police investigating

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - The Springfield Police Department is investigating a shooting that happened on the city's north side Sunday night.

  • Man found with gun, cocaine in Springfield

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) – A Springfield man is behind bars after police found drugs and a gun over the weekend. 

  • Fire breaks out in Springfield

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - Springfield firefighters responded to a fire Saturday evening.

  • State Fair animal safety

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - State Fair officials and the Illinois Department of Agriculture is asking livestock exhibitors to monitor the health of their animals.

  • Republican and Democrats name education funding reform negotiators

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill (WAND)- With just one day left of special session, and the weekend impending, Governor Rauner announced Friday morning he asked key Republican lawmakers to reach out to Democrats to negotiate an alternative to Senate Bill 1. 

  • Deadly crash in Sangamon County claims 1

    SANGAMON COUNTY, Ill. (WAND) - Illinois State Police say one person is dead after a three vehicle crash on Illinois Route 104 in Sangamon County.

  • Hiring surge expected for Illinois State Police

    ILLINOIS (WAND) – Illinois State Police could hire as many as hundreds of new officers. 

  • Snow accumulations for some Saturday

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

  • Girl Scouts celebrate 100 years of sales with new baker, cookies

    SPRINGFIELD – Girl Scout Cookie lovers can expect new varieties of the famous cookies starting February 10.

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