• Comptroller Mendoza urging lawmakers to pass budget

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza is urging lawmakers to pass a budget during this special legislative session, or else the state could soon face serious consequences.

  • Lawmakers absent from Special Session

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill (WAND)- It's day three of the Special Session at the Illinois Statehouse, but both chambers seem to be missing lawmakers.  

  • Governor names new DCFS department head

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) – A branch of the Illinois government will soon have new leadership. 

  • New state law cracks down on repeat gun offenders

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - Legislation that cracks down on repeat gun offenders and creates an anti-gun violence task force has been signed into law.

  • Illinois adopting "income shares" method for child support payments

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - Child support orders established after July 1, 2017 will use a new method to determine payments.

  • Head-on crash in Sangamon County sends 1 to hospital

    SANGAMON COUNTY, Ill. (WAND) - Illinois State Police say one person was taken to the hospital after a two-vehicle crash on Illinois Route 125 in Sangamon County Friday morning.

  • Rock The Dock returns for 25th anniversary

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - The public is invited to enjoy the sights and sounds of the 25th Anniversary of the "Rock The Dock" fireworks show at the Lake Springfield Marina Friday evening.

  • Rabid bat sightings prompt statewide warning

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

  • Day 2: Special Session

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill (WAND)- Day two of Special Session at the Illinois Statehouse did not produce any visible movement on the budget, but it appears things could be moving behind closed doors.  

  • 'Prairie Days' family festival set to return

    PAWNEE, Ill. (WAND) – An annual festival returns to the Pawnee area this June. 

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    Police involved in armed robbery manhunt

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) – Springfield police are looking for two armed robbery suspects. 

  • Fake money, robberies disrupt online sales

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

  • Nothing accomplished on first day of Special Session

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill (WAND)- Lawmakers were back in town for a 10-day special session Wednesday, and at a cost of nearly $40,000 a day, nothing of consequence was done. 

  • Arrest made in June 19 Springfield shooting

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - The Springfield Police Department says a man wanted in connection with a June 19 shooting that left one injured has been taken into custody.

  • Governor Rauner calls on lawmakers to pass a budget

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND)- On the eve of a ten day special session Governor Rauner held an address to urge the General Assembly to unite and pass a balanced budget for the first time in nearly three years.  

  • Governor Rauner urging unity among state lawmakers

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - Governor Bruce Rauner appeared at the Old State Capitol in Springfield to urge lawmakers to put aside their differences and agree to state budget.

  • Coroner identifies victim of deadly motorcycle crash

    SANGAMON COUNTY, Ill. (WAND) – We now know the name of a central Illinois man who died in a Tuesday morning motorcycle crash.

  • Suspect sought after man shot multiple times

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - The Springfield Police Department is investigating a shooting on the city's east side Monday evening.

  • Springfield to gain government crime help

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) – The Illinois capitol is getting some federal help to slow down crime. 

  • Rail crossing safety

    State officials weigh which crossings get lights, gates.

  • Group calls for approval of 911 funding bill

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill (WAND)- It's something that is often taken for granted, but members from the Illinois Chapter of the Association of Public Safety Communications Officials (IL APCO) and the Illinois Chapter of the National Emergency Number Association (INENA) are urging Governor Rauner to sign a measure into law that would increase funding for 911 services, or risk losing dispatch services in some parts of the state.  

  • Convenient passport registration day offered in Springfield

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - The Sangamon County Circuit Clerk's Office is partnering with Illinois National Bank to offer a passport registration day on June 24.

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    UFC fighter Matt Hughes remains hospitalized

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - HSHS St. John's Hospital says UFC fighter Matt Hughes was hit by a train Friday.

  • Juneteenth celebration gets extra guests

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - Juneteenth is an annual celebration honoring the end of the Civil War and the end of slavery. 

  • Severe storms possible Saturday evening

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

  • Increased police presence at Springfield Juneteenth celebration

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - Visitors to Springfield's Annual Juneteenth Celebration in Comer Cox Park this weekend will notice a heavier police presence than in previous years.

  • Several Springfield construction projects underway next week

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - The Springfield Public Works Department has announced several construction projects scheduled to begin next week.

  • Former LLCC worker sentenced to prison

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - A former Lincoln Land Community College employee who pleaded guilty to defrauding hundreds of thousands of dollars from the institution has been sentenced to prison.

  • Renovating Downtown Springfield

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill (WAND)- There are some major projects in the works to transform Downtown Springfield.  

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    RV dealer lot victim of theft, vandalism

    MAROA, Ill. (WAND) - An RV dealership in Maroa said they were the recent victims of a theft and vandalism case sometime Thursday evening. 

  • Arrest made in shooting of pregnant woman

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - Police in Springfield have arrested a suspect in connection to shooting that killed a pregnant woman.  

  • IDOT could put a stop on construction

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill (WAND)- Illinois' budget gridlock could take another hostage if no budget is passed by June 30th.  

  • Illinois Made, Illinois Proud: Hill Prairie Winery

    OAKFORD, Ill. (WAND) - When you think of wineries, you may think of states such as California, or even countries such as France or Italy.

  • State officials recognize Elder Abuse Awareness Day

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - Lieutenant Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti joined Illinois Department of Aging officials in Springfield Thursday afternoon to recognize World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.

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    Child welfare check results in meth bust

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - The Springfield Police Department says a child welfare check resulted in four arrests after officers found an active meth lab in the basement of the home they went to.

  • Illinois may lose Powerball, Mega Millions lottery games

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

  • Rauner calling lawmakers back to Springfield for special session

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - Governor Bruce Rauner is calling for a special session with lawmakers to pass a compromise balanced budget plan.  

  • APL, PetSmart hosting adoption events this weekend

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - The Animal Protective League is inviting individuals and families that can provide loving homes to a new pet to attend one of several adoption events in Springfield this weekend.

  • Police: 2 wanted for pepper spraying 2 adults, 1 infant

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - The Springfield Police Department is seeking the public's help in identifying two people wanted for shoplifting and the battery of three people, including a five-month-old infant.

  • American Legion hosting job fair for veterans

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - Veterans in need of a job are encouraged to attend a job hiring event in Springfield next month.

  • Illinois ranked 19th in child well being

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

  • New senior center opening in Springfield

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - A ribbon cutting ceremony celebrated the completion of a new senior center in Springfield Tuesday afternoon.

  • Donations needed for Match for Courage

    CHAMPAIGN-URBANA, Ill, (WAND) -  The current and former board members of Courage Connection and the Junior League of Champaign-Urbana have created a matching gift fund called Match for Courage.  

  • Capital City Celebration expanding event

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill (WAND) - The annual Capital City Celebration will kick off July 1st.  

  • Police arrest armed robbery suspect

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) – Police arrested a man accused of trying to rob a business. 

  • LLCC offering free Campus Visit Day

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - High school students and other members of the community who are looking to pursue a college degree are invited to check out Lincoln Land Community College during Campus Visit Day on June 13.

  • Blood donation opportunity coming to central Illinois

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) – People in Springfield will have a chance to donate blood on Wednesday.

  • Sangamon County Fair cuts admission price in half

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - Visitors to the Sangamon County Fair this year will be able to save on admission costs.

  • Macon County Senior Speller advances to State Finals

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

  • Government issues canned food recall

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

  • 2017 State Fair Wine Competition underway

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - Close to 400 wines will be evaluated within the next couple of days at the Illinois State Fair Wine Competition.

  • 73 new American citizens sworn in

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND)- Central Illinois welcomed 73 new American citizens Friday afternoon.  

  • Springfield police cracking down on gang activity

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - Springfield police say the efforts into cracking down on gangs in the city have resulted in officers identifying five dozen people believed to be affiliated with gangs.

  • Lincoln Troubadours bring alive sounds of the past

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND)- Songs heard more than 100 years ago can once again be heard throughout the Capitol City.  

  • Honoring our fallen

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND)- A one of a kind wall honoring those lost in the war on terror has made its way to Springfield.  

  • An Act of Kindness

    CHATHAM, Ill. (WAND)- When Tiffany Wubker was driving to work on Thursday, she thought it was just going to be a normal day, until she saw an act of kindness that made her day.  

  • Band tour to continue despite gear theft

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) – A Springfield band had to cancel a show after discovering someone stole equipment. 

  • Farmers market provides weekly summer fun

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) – Illinois plans to celebrate the foods its farmers grow this summer. 

  • Man gets life term for New Year's Eve double slaying

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) – The man found guilty of a double slaying was sentenced to life in prison on Thursday.

  • Summer camp offers outdoor fun, thrills

    CHATHAM, Ill. (WAND) – Central Illinois children with disabilities are having fun at an overnight camp this June. 

  • Gwendolyn Brook's 100th birthday celebration

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND)- Illinois Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White hosted a poetic celebration for Gwendolyn Brooks on what would have been her 100th birthday. 

  • Copper thieves targeting cell phone towers

    SANGAMON COUNTY, Ill. (WAND)- Copper thieves in Sangamon County are targeting cell phone towers throughout the county.

  • Businesses attend Ameren Illinois' energy efficiency symposium

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - Hundreds of businesses, nonprofit organizations, and vendors attended a one-day energy efficiency workshop in Springfield on Wednesday.

  • Central Illinois Foodbank receives crucial donation

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND)- The Central Illinois Foodbank in Springfield received a large donation of milk just in time for summer vacation.  

  • Crime Stoppers seeking tips in Springfield robbery

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - Sangamon County Crime Stoppers is seeking tips to help solve a robbery that happened at a Circle K service station in Springfield on June 3.

  • Law Enforcement Torch Run makes its way through Springfield

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - Illinois State Police Troopers, local law enforcement agencies, and other volunteers helped to bring the Flame of Hope through Springfield Wednesday afternoon.

  • West Nile Virus discovered in central Illinois

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

  • Illinois gas prices reach record June levels

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

  • Stabbing victim speaks out in hopes to end violence

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill, (WAND)- "When I left the store, I felt someone bump me from behind, so I turned around and asked the guy what’s up. Then all the sudden I felt fire in my back," said Michael Dunhoff the victim of a random stabbing in Springfield. The attack happened on May 27th at the Casey’s on Ridge Ave. when Michael stopped to grab a drink before heading to work.   "I touched my back and I pulled out my hand and it was bloody red, so I asked him ...
  • Illinois AFL-CIO endorses Pritzker for governor

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND)- While it's still early in the election season, JB Pritzker is wasting no time bringing in the endorsements.  

  • Springfield center officially changes sponsorship

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) – A Springfield sports arena has officially taken up a new name. 

  • Sangamon County adds four new correctional officers

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) – The Sangamon County Sheriff’s Office added four new officers to its staff this week. 

  • Lawmakers pass bill requiring financial statements for executive orders

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - Legislation that would require a fiscal impact statement for every executive order has been passed by the Illinois General Assembly.

  • Arrest made in Casey's General Story stabbing

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - Sangomon County Sheriff's Department are investigating how a man ended up stabbed at a Casey's General Store.

  • Two injured in overnight Springfield shooting

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) – Two people needed hospital treatment after a Tuesday morning shooting in Springfield. 

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    Hospital affiliate offers advanced diabetes care

    ILLINOIS (WAND) - Diabetes patients are gaining access to advanced care options this month. 

  • Anti-Violence #Offlimits Challenge going viral

    SPRINGFIELD,Ill (WAND)- A 12 year old is taking efforts into his own hands through social media to combat the recent string of shootings that have left three people dead over the course of a month.  Cameryn Davis posted a plea on Facebook to recruit more help from kids his age to choose a more positive path. Davis said, "cause I've seen a lot of kids my age  following the violence and the gangs and stuff like that, so I want to start my own thing so kids will fol...
  • Springfield Alderman facing backlash

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND)- A Springfield Alderman is in hot water after a controversial post on social media about gun violence in the city. 

  • Springfield offering free electronic recycling

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND)- Have an old TV you have been meaning to get rid of? The City of Springfield is now offering free electronic recycling to any city resident.  

  • A shooting in the Champaign area leaves one neighbor uneasy

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill (WAND) - Darien Carter was shot and killed near the intersection of Fifth and Eureka around six o'clock. 

  • Butler calls for Constitutional Convention

    Springfield, Ill. (WAND) – The state constitution is nearly 50 years old.  Now, after a budget stalemate lasting more than 700 days, State Representative Tim Butler, (R) Springfield, is seeking a Constitutional Convention. Butler has introduced House Joint Resolution 68 which would allow the question of calling a state Constitutional Convention to be on the 2018 Illinois General Election Ballot.

  • Coroner identifies child found in pool

    PLEASANT PLAINS, Ill. (WAND) - The Sangamon County Coroner has released the name of a toddler who was found dead in a pool at a Pleasant Plains home on June 1.

  • Springfield police seeking identity of robbery suspect

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - The Springfield Police Department is seeking the public's help in identifying a person wanted in connection with a robbery at a Circle K Sunday night.

  • 4 injured in I72 crash including 9 day old baby

    Illinois State Police are investigating a crash that sent 4 people to the hospital including a 9 day old baby.

  • Organization raising money for Ill. State Fairgrounds repairs

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - The Illinois Fairgrounds Foundation is hosting a fundraising drive in Springfield Sunday afternoon to help facilitate repairs of aging fairgrounds structures.

  • 4 injured in single-vehicle crash on I-72

    SANGAMON COUNTY, Ill. (WAND) - Two adults and two children were taken to the hospital after a single-vehicle crash on Interstate 72 in Sangamon County Sunday morning.

  • 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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