• Decatur motorcycle crash victim identified

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

  • German Company Acquires Akorn Inc.

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

  • Busy week expected at the Illinois State Capitol

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND)- Many important bills are expected to be heard at the Illinois State Capitol this week. 

  • Inaugural Distracted Driving Awareness Week kicks off

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND)- Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police and AAA kicked off the inaugural Distracted Driving Awareness Week. 

  • Clueless In Springfield - Ignoring Legislative Costs

    Springfield, IL (WAND) – When it comes to voting on bills impacting taxpayers wallets lawmakers rarely have any idea how much the legislation will cost according to an analysis by the Illinois Policy Institute.

  • Heavy rain possible mid week and over the weekend

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

  • Credit: U.S. FDA via Frito-Lay

    Frito-Lay recalls jalapeño-flavored chips

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

  • ISP focusing on distracted driving violations

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

  • Goodwill helping residents recycle old, broken electronics

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - Central Illinois residents needing to dispose of unwanted electronics are invited to attend one of three recycling event being held on April 22.

  • Baby Talk provides parenting tips

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

  • Man attempts to lure women and children into car at Wal-Mart

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill (WAND) - A warning from Springfield Police after a man attempts to lure females into his vehicle.  Police tell WAND News on Wednesday, April 19th a man was at the Wal-Mart on LeJune Drive attempting to lure several females into the parking lot along with their children.  Witnesses tell police the man said he was Wal-Mart security and stated there was a child predator in the area.  The suspect was driving an older blue pickup truck. Police believe it ...
  • SOS Police promote importance of becoming an organ donor

    SPRINGFIELD,Ill (WAND)- The Secretary of State's Police Department was busy Friday signing up Illinois residents to become organ donors.

  • Blagojevich request for 3rd sentencing denied

    CHICAGO (AP) -- A federal court has taken just three days to reject the appeal of imprisoned former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich seeking a third sentencing. 

  • HSHS St. John's Children Hospital mascot vote

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

  • Local deaths linked to drug for large animals

    A dangerous drug is showing up in Sangamon County.

  • Adopt-A-Highway volunteers honored

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) – The Illinois Department of Transportation honored thousands of volunteers for their work on the Adopt-A-Highway program. 

  • Rep. Davis continues Route 66 tour through Illinois

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - One U.S. Representative who's pushing to have Route 66 recognized as a national historic trail continued his tour of the road with two stops in central Illinois Wednesday morning.

  • Man in Halloween mask robs Springfield Dollar General

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - The Springfield Police Department is investigating an armed robbery that happened at a Dollar General on the city's southwest side Tuesday night.

  • Poetry Out Loud: Springfield Teen Aiming for National Prize

    The Southeast H.S. senior is about to make a return trip to the nation's capital for a poetry competition, where a big cash prize is in her reach.

  • Rain chances for Wednesday and Thursday

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

  • Governor Rauner moves into new home

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill (WAND)- It was moving day for Governor Rauner, as he moved from the Governor's Mansion to the Director of Agriculture's home on the Illinois State Fairgrounds. 

  • Suspect sought in Springfield Walgreens armed robbery

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - The Springfield Police Department is investigating an armed robbery that happened on the city's west side early Sunday morning.

  • Progress made in UIS contract talks

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - University of Illinois - Springfield Chancellor Susan Koch says progress is being made in contract negotiations between university administration and staff.

  • FBI investigating 2016 Springfield shooting death

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - The FBI Springfield Division is offering thousands of dollars for vital information in the December 2016 death of Alaysia Bennett.

  • Springfield man shot Monday afternoon, police investigating

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - The Springfield Police Department is investigating a shooting that left a man injured Monday afternoon.

  • Rain chances Tuesday night into Wednesday for some

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

  • UIS students react to strike authorization vote

    SPRINGFIELD- Students at the University of Illinois Springfield are reacting postively  to the UIS United Faculty members decision to authorize a strike if no deal with the university adminstration can be reached.  

  • 4 stabbed, shots fired at Illinois State Fairgrounds

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - The Sangamon County Sheriff's Office is investigating reports of stabbings and shots fired during a party at a building on the Illinois State Fairgrounds April 16.

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    Police arrest 2 in Southern View shooting, chase

    SOUTHERN VIEW, Ill. (WAND) - In an update to a story WAND News has been following, Sangamon County authorities have released the names of two people arrested following gunfire and a crash Saturday morning.

  • New concerts announced for Illinois State Fair

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

  • Witnesses save woman's life in train vs. car crash

    SPRINGFIELD- Around 3:30 Saturday afternoon two vehicles ran into each other causing one SUV, carrying a family to stop in a yard and a car with a woman inside landed in the middle of a set of railroad tracks. The train was traveling towards the woman's car, luckily, neighbors rushed to rescue her. Adam Corbin said ,"the white car came to rest on the railroad tracks and we grabbed a lady out of the car and got her to safety just as the train hit her car." This happened at...
  • Little Miracles 5K raising money for NICU

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - Hundreds of people gathered at Washington Park in Springfield Saturday morning to raise money for HSHS St. John's Children's Hospital.

  • Shots fired in Southern View, 1 arrested

    SOUTHERN VIEW, Ill. (WAND) - The Springfield Police Department says one person is in custody following a report of shots fired in Southern View Saturday morning.

  • Rauner congratulates Juvenile Justice Specialists class

    Governor Bruce Rauner welcomed a new class of Juvenile Justice Specialists on Friday. 

  • Rauner against abortion coverage for state workers and Medicaid recipients

    Governor Bruce Rauner is against legislation that would allow the state to cover abortions for its employees and those on Medicaid

  • UIS United Faculty vote to authorize strike

    After nearly two years of contract negotiations the University of Illinois-Springfield United Faculty has voted to authorize a strike vote. 

  • Active weather pattern setting up

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

  • Car burglaries on the rise in Springfield

    A recent uptick in vehicle burglaries has police on alert in Springfield. 

  • Teen charged with 3 counts of murder

    A Springfield teen is charged with three counts of first degree murder for the stabbing death of a 17-year-old. 

  • ALPLM removes John Wilkes Booth Figure

    There is one less figure in the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum.  

  • Republican Senator seeks evidence-based school funding formula

    SPRINGFIELD- Bloomington Senator  Jason Barickman is hoping to change the school funding formula in the state.  

  • Amaranth Apple Festival coming to Springfield this July

    SPRINGFIELD - Downtown Springfield, Inc. is inviting central Illinois residents to sample some of the best food the city has to offer during the Amaranth Apple Festival July 14 and 15.

  • IDOT debuts new mobile-friendly website

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - The Illinois Department of Transportation has redesigned their website to be more friendly to mobile users.

  • UHCCF helping families afford medical treatment

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

  • HSHS St. John's Hospital to host organ and tissue donor sign-up event

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - In honor of National Organ Donation Month HSHS St. John's Hospital is hosting an organ and tissue donor drive.

  • Police arrest suspect in Springfield bank robbery

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - The Springfield Police Department has announced one person is in custody in connection with a bank robbery that happened Tuesday morning.

  • Active weather pattern set to return

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

  • Kumler Food Pantry reopens after being vandalized

    Just 48 hours after being vandalized by pre-teens, the Kumler Food Pantry is back to serving those in need.  

  • NOAA Weather Radio programming event in Clinton

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

  • Lawmaker backing bill to make teaching licenses more obtainable

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - Central Illinois students interested in becoming teachers may soon have a new way to receive their teaching license.

  • Woman robs Springfield bank

    Police in Springfield need help finding a bank robbery suspect. 

  • Springfield Public Schools testing water for lead

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - Springfield Public School District 186 officials say they are testing water at the schools for lead, as required by a new state law.

  • Man pleads guilty in Pillsbury Mills asbestos case

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - A Sherman man has pled guilty to multiple federal charges in connection with asbestos removal at the former Pillsbury Mills plant in Springfield.

  • Credit: Kumler Outreach Ministries

    Child arrested in Springfield food pantry vandalism

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - The Springfield Police Department says an arrest has been made in connection with the vandalism of Kumler Outreach Ministries' food pantry.

  • Full 'Pink' Moon shines bright in the sky

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

  • National Heritage Areas worried about potential cuts

    The attractions that make up the National Heritage Area are an economic engine for the areas they are in.

  • Springfield food pantry vandalized Saturday night

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - Springfield police are investigating the recent vandalism of Kumler Outreach Ministries' food pantry.

  • Rodney Walker, Jr. (also known as "RJ") listens as his dad coaches the Sky Ice 8th grade AAU team.

    Like Walker, like son: AAU gives glimpse of Rodney-RJ duo

    PEORIA -- The Sean Livingston Showcase brings in AAU teams from all across the region, including Rodney Walker's Decatur-based Sky Ice teams, which are located throughout the state. One of those teams has an extra level of importance for Walker, and not just because he coaches it. His namesake is the team's star. Click the video above to hear Eisenhower's varsity coach ...

  • Last average frost and freeze dates

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

    Springfield- It's becoming increasingly expensive to use an ATM. A new bill is trying to change that.  

  • A chilly Friday morning expected

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

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

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

  • Lifeline Budget passes the House

    Springfield- After a more than two hour long heated debate, the Lifeline Budget passed the Illinois House. 

  • Crime Stoppers needs help breaking up fraud ring

    Crime Stoppers needs help finding two subjects who have been creating fraudulent checks. 

  • Stopgap spending plan moving through Capitol

    The Democrats in the Illinois House are proposing another stopgap spending plan. Democrats are calling for an $800 million temporary budget bill. 

  • Macon County Clerk will not seek re-election

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

  • Heavy rain possible Wednesday; Strong storms east

    CENTRAL ILLINOIS - SPC has trended severe weather threat farther southeast for tomorrow afternoon. 2-Slight Risk (Yellow) from Paris to Mattoon to Shelbyville southeast. 1-Marginal (Green) from Hoopston to Champaign to Monticello to Decatur to Taylorville southeast. 

  • Talks continue over Right to Know Act

    Springfield- Negotiations over the Right to Know Act are continuing at the state capitol. 

  • GOP Senators unveil Taxpayer Bargain Plan

    Springfield- Add another plan to the growing list of ideas to fix the state's budget problems.  

  • Ameren to donate thousands of dollars to local STEM program

    SPRINGFIELD-  $15,000 in grant money will be donated to the Brandon OUTREACH program in conjunction with the Springfield Urban League.  Ameren Illinois has provided over $100,000 of support to the SUL over the last 8 years. 

  • Illinois Supreme Court denies Gov. Rauner's appeal request

    SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Supreme Court has denied Governor Bruce Rauner's request to hear a direct appeal to a decision regarding stalled contract negotiations between the state and AFSCME.

  • (Provided Photo/Springfield Police Department)

    7 new Springfield officers sworn in

    The seven officers will now participate in a 20-week field training program with veteran 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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