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Police looking for suspect involved in an afternoon armed robbery

Auburn - A bank was robbed at gunpoint on Thursday afternoon. More>>

Car crash and a shooting could be related

Springfield - A shooting is under investigation, possibly related to a car crash.

Firehouse Subs Donates Grant to Wapella Fire Department

Springfield - Aging vehicles, aging equipment, and very little money to buy new or to upgrade, a situation many small fire departments face. More>>

Suicide prevention conference is Friday in capital

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- The latest research on stopping youth suicide will be presented at the 2014 Statewide Suicide Prevention Conference on Friday in Springfield. More>>

Audit finds IL treasurer not turning guns over to ISP

SPRINGFIELD -- A state audit found that since 2010, Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford has collected 30 unclaimed firearms.

State Fair Theme Unveiling: "Making Memories" in 2014

Springfield - From agriculture, to racing, the Illinois State Fair offers a little bit of everything each year. More>>

More Illinois Drivers Going Green

Springfield - Drivers in Illinois are going paperless when it comes to renewing their vehicle registrations.

Lights Out Challenge, Recycling Drives, Green Celebration and More

SPRINGFIELD - Lincoln Land Community College celebrates Earth Week with activities including a lights-out challenge, athletic shoe and small electronics recycling drives, Earth Day dinner, Green Celebration, bird banding tour and solar snacks.

Oral history of Ill. community colleges readied

A yearlong effort to capture the stories of a schooling system that covers the entire state and educates nearly one million students will be unveiled next week. More>>

Central Illinois Rallies Around Boston

Springfield - It was a shock to the whole world, a bombing at last year's Boston Marathon.

Video Gambling Exclusion List Prompts Questions

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- A proposed "exclusion list" designed to keep criminals away from the video gambling industry is prompting questions from those who want more protections to help problem gamblers. More>>

Investigator wants tougher legislative ethics laws

The Illinois General Assembly's top ethics officer is again recommending stronger rules to govern lawmakers -- including open records about when they recommend a constituent for a job or university admission. More>>

Police looking for information, after Thursday afternoon shooting

Police in Springfield are investigating a shooting that happened Thursday. More>>

Lawsuit for Illinois Treasurer delayed

Springfield - A decision regarding Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford's request to throw out a lawsuit filed against him by a former employee has been delayed.  More>>

Schools Could See Major Cuts in State Funding Aid

Springfield - Schools could see about $451M less in state aid funding if the temporary state income tax increase isn't extended according to the Illinois State Board of Education. More>>

Governor Quinn Announces $1.4 Million for Construction Project in Sherman

Governor Pat Quinn today announced an investment of $1.4 million for a road construction project in Sherman. More>>

Rutherford returns $30 million in unclaimed money

Illinois state Treasurer Dan Rutherford  says his office has returned nearly $30 million in previously unclaimed property to 15,000 owners in the first three months of 2014. More>>

Mumps cases up in Sangamon and Morgan Counties

The  number of people sick with mumps is up in both Sangamon and Morgan Counties. More>>

Ten Arrested in Christian County Drug Sweep

Taylorville - Taylorville:  it's the county seat, and the heart of Christian County. This county, according to some, has a bad reputation when it comes to drugs. "I've always,when you say christian county, More>>

American Idol contests to perform at Illinois State Fair

Springfield - The Illinois State Fair announced the American Idol Live! Tour will join the Grandstand line-up on August 8. More>>

Scammers using fake US Postal Service emails

Consumer advocates say scammers are using bogus U.S. Postal Service emails to steal personal information. More>>

"Protect the Melon" campaign to teach students about helmet safety

Jacksonville - Students in will get a lesson geared toured helmet safety while riding a bike, roller skates, scooters, and skateboards. More>>

Officials: Save Monarch butterfly, plant milkweed

Illinois officials are asking residents to help increase Monarch butterfly populations by planting and preserving milkweed. More>>

Illinois strip club tax brings in less revenue

Illinois officials say a strip club tax has generated less than 40 percent of the money that was expected when the surcharge was approved. More>>

Springfield Alderman Seeking Changes in Video Gaming

Springfield - It's a gamble. With video game machines, every time you put money in, you could be a winner or a loser. More>>

Illinois consumers could pay more for sugary drinks

Springfield - The price of pop could be going up, as some Illinois lawmakers are proposing an increase in our state's soft drink tax.

Jake Owen and Boston to join Illinois State Fair line-up

Springfield - The Illinois State Fair welcomes two more bands to their Grandstand line-up. The Illinois State Fair announced country singer Jake Owen and classic rock band Boston. More>>

Suspect sought, after man was stabbed and robbed

Springfield - Police continue to look for a suspect, after a man was stabbed in the head and face then robbed. More>>

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes... Literally!

More than 300 men turned the streets of Springfield into a runway Saturday afternoon. Strutting in heels!! The Prairie Center Against Sexual Assault held it's 8th annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes march. More>>

Cuts Could be Coming to Department of Agriculture

Springfield - Illinois soil; it's good for growing corn and soybeans, which in turn is good for our economy. Unless lawmakers extend the income tax increase that is set to expire this year, the Department More>>

Voters to decide on 2 constitutional amendments

Voters in Illinois will be tasked with deciding whether to amend the state constitution in at least two different ways. More>>

Illinois Senate approves ban on ticket quotas

Legislation that would ban police departments from issuing quotas on tickets has been approved in the Illinois Senate. More>>

Some Groups Calling for Changes to Concealed Carry Signage

Springfield - If you have a concealed carry permit, and you see a sign that says no guns allowed, you know you can't bring it in. But what if you're at home, and someone visits your home while carrying More>>

Historic Sites Could Close

SPRINGFIELD- Preservationists worry historic sites across the state could close if Governor Quinn's budget doesn't pass.  The Illinois Historic Preservation Agency controls 56 sites across the state, More>>

Bill would guard against denial of disaster aid

Draft legislation would require the state to step in with disaster aid if the federal government denies requests for help. More>>

School funding proposal advances, changes likely

Legislation that makes sweeping changes to Illinois' public school funding is progressing in the Illinois Senate, but changes are likely before it could become law. More>>

Quinn announces $8.6B construction program

Gov. Pat Quinn says a new $8.6 billion construction program will improve roads and bridges throughout the state. More>>

I-TEAM: Firestorm Over Sprinklers

State Capitol - Lawmakers are being asked to block the state fire marshal from implementing mandatory fire sprinkler rules without approval from the General Assembly. As the WAND I-TEAM reported last More>>

Barbershop robbed, police looking for two suspects

Springfield - Crime Stoppers needs help solving an armed robbery at the "Kut N Up" barbershop. More>>

FedEx to Expand Springfield Ground Shipping Center

Springfield - Simply put, FedEx saw an increase in the demand for ground shipping.   That means more space is needed at the ground shipping center in Springfield.   That's especially good news because More>>

School funding overhaul advances in Ill. Senate

Legislation that would dramatically change the way schools are funded in Illinois for the first time since 1997 is advancing in the Illinois Legislature. More>>

Illinois House OKs IHSA hearings

The Illinois House has narrowly approved legislative hearings looking into how the Illinois High School Association operates. More>>

Trout Fishing Season Underway

SPRINGFIELD - The spring trout fishing season is now underway.Each spring the Illinois Department of Natural Resources stocks more than 60,000 rainbow trout in bodies of water where fishing is allowed. More>>

Medical marijuana bill to help minors with epilepsy moves to the house

Springfield - The State Senate okays a plan that would give minors with epilepsy access to medical marijuana. More>>

Two Arrests Made in Connection with Springfield Murder

SPRINGFIELD - Police made yet another arrest in connection with a deadly shooting in Springfield last week.Jason Underwood, 28, is now facing first degree murder charges.Police say Anthony McGrone was More>>

Winning "Lucky Day Lotto" Ticket Sold

SPRINGFIELD - Someone woke up $150,000 richer today!WAND News has learned a winning "Lucky Day" lotto ticket was sold at the Thornton's gas station off of West Wabash in Springfield.The winner hasn't stepped More>>

'Fair Tax' Legislation Gaining Ground at Capitol

Springfield - Under the proposed 'fair tax' legislation, if you make more, you'll pay more, likewise, if you make less, you'll pay less. Senate Democrat Don Harmon's proposal would have those making less More>>

Groups seek end to sex-offender turnaround policy

Prison reform groups are asking the Illinois Supreme Court to stop a state practice forcing more than 1,000 sex offenders to serve parole behind bars because they have no appropriate place to live. More>>

2 Illinois media groups back hearings into IHSA

Two media groups are backing legislation requiring hearings into the operations of the Illinois High School Association. More>>

Bill banning smoking at colleges passes Ill. House

Legislation prohibiting smoking on the campuses of Illinois public universities has passed the House. More>>

TAP Shows Support of Autism Day at the Capitol

Springfield - On Wednesday supporters of Autism wanted to make sure kids and their families are not forgotten on World Autism Day. More>>

Military honors given to buried soldiers

Springfield - Veterans who were buried without military honors, finally got those honors Wednesday morning, at Springfield's Camp Butler. More>>

Police still looking for suspects involved in a July arson

Springfield - Police need you help solving an arson from last July. More>>

Electronic cigarette bill advances to state Senate

The Illinois House approved legislation that'd require stores to keep electronic cigarettes behind the counter. More>>

Lincoln Presidential Half Marathon celebrates 50th anniversary

Springfield - The 50th anniversary of the Lincoln Presidential Half Marathon takes place this Saturday. More>>

Voting rights could change in Illinois

Springfield - The constitution in Illinois could change, when it comes to voting rights. More>>

Ill. State Police disqualify firearms instructor

Illinois State Police officials have disqualified a Bolingbrook firearms instructor and informed at least 327 applicants they will not receive a license to carry concealed weapons because of improper training. More>>

Denton McCaster found guilty of murder

SPRINGFIELD- A woman accused of killing and dismembering her husband is found guilty of murder.A Sangamon County jury convicted Juatasha Denton McCaster of first degree murder, concealment of a homicide, More>>

Workers Call for Raise in Minimum Wage

Springfield - Workers, who are paid at minimum wage, said at the State Capitol on Tuesday, it's time for an increase at a state and federal level. The state's current minimum wage is $8.25, which is tied More>>

Jury deciding fate of woman charged with dismembering her husband

Springfield - The jury is deliberating the fate of a woman charged with murdering and dismembering her husband. More>>

Group proposes higher gas tax to improve roads

A transportation group is proposing a plan to change the way Illinois pays for road construction, including an increase in gas taxes. More>>

Group names Illinois' 10 most endangered places

SPRINGFIELD -- A preservationist groups has released its list of the 10 most endangered historic places in Illinois. More>>

Bill would let drivers 'sign and go' for speeding

Legislation being considered by lawmakers in Springfield would allow drivers to keep their licenses in hand after getting speeding tickets. More>>

REO Speedwagon concert to benefit storm victims

The classic rock band REO Speedwagon will perform this summer at Illinois State University as part of the "Rock to the Rescue" More>>

Ill. motorcycle advocates kick of safety campaign

SPRINGFIELD -- As temperatures warm up, motorcycle advocates are urging riders to be safe when they hit the road this spring and summer. More>>

genHkids gets helpful donation from Ameren

Springfield - A central Illinois coalition that helps educate kids about healthy food choices was given a helpful donation. More>>

Winning Lucky Day Lotto Ticket sold in Arcola

Arcola - A winning Lotto ticket was sold in Arcola. More>>

Arrest made after apartment fire

Springfield - One person has been arrested after a Sunday evening apartment fire. More>>

Springfield Police Investigating a Double Shooting

Springfield - Police in Springfield say, two people have been shot near South Grand Avenue and Wirt Avenue. More>>

Surgical center to open at St. John's Hospital

Springfield - One of the best surgical centers in the nation will open at St. John's Hospital in Springfield. More>>

Illinois House OKs measure to allow bobcat hunting

Illinois lawmakers have advanced a proposal to allow bobcat hunting for the first time in more than 40 years. More>>

Ill. State Police patrol in honor of dead trooper

The Illinois State Police have begun 24 hours of aggressive patrolling to catch motorists violating safety laws. More>>

CWLP receives top honors

Springfield - Springfield's City Water Light and Power was presented with top honors for its water system. More>>

Trial continues for woman accused of killing and dismembering her husband

SPRINGFIELD -- The Springfield woman accused of killing and dismembering her husband, then dumping his body in rural Mechanicsburg continues her jury trial today. More>>

Quinn budget increases education spending

Gov. Pat Quinn has proposed a $36.8 billion state spending plan that includes more than $300 million extra for education as long as lawmakers make the temporary income tax increase permanent. More>>

Quinn: Extending income tax hike is 'tough choice'

Gov. Pat Quinn knows that trying to make a temporary income tax increase permanent will be a "tough choice" for Illinois lawmakers. More>>

Rally set to support the Fair Tax Act

Springfield - A large rally is being held today at the state capitol. More>>

'Conversion therapy' ban advances in Ill. House

A bill banning so-called conversion therapy aimed at changing the sexual orientation of gay young people is advancing in the Illinois Legislature. More>>

Jury trial begins for woman accused of killing and dismembering husband

SPRINGFIELD -- The Springfield woman accused of killing and dismembering her husband, then dumping his body in rural Mechanicsburg appeared in court today for the start of her jury trial. More>>

Bill would allow early release for older inmates

Legislation working its way through the Illinois House would allow some prison inmates over the age of 50 to be released early. More>>

Lawmakers Unsure of What to Expect From Budget Address

Springfield - Schools are struggling to balance their books, while the state continues to struggle balancing its own. Many lawmakers at the capitol are worried about what Governor Quinn will say during More>>

DIRT Team gets tip for a meth making lab, arrests four

Sangamon - The DIRT team arrested four people, three on meth related charges the other on an outstanding warrant. More>>

SMTD looking for public opinion

Springfield - The Springfield Mass Transit District wants the publics opinion on its transportation system plan. More>>

Commission: Remove juveniles from sex registries

A study says requiring juveniles to register as sex offenders impairs rehabilitation efforts for a crime that very few of them ever commit again. More>>

Crowds Gather for a Day of Free Healthcare

Regardless of the upcoming requirement for all Americans to sign up for a healthcare plan by march 31st, Some people will still be out of coverage. Such as the homeless. It hasn't been Kevin Balcom's More>>

Illinois schools participate in practice exams

About 125,000 Illinois public school students will be taking practice exams beginning this week to prepare for the new set of learning standards the state is set to adopt next year. More>>

SIU medical students offer free health clinic for uninsured

Springfield - A free community health clinic for homeless and uninsured individuals is this Monday evening. More>>

'Poetry Out Loud' champion named

A Wheaton high school senior has won the title of 2014 "Poetry Out Loud" Illinois state champion. More>>

Feds Eye Ex Lawmaker For Child Porn

State Capitol - Federal agents were searching for child pornography when they seized computers from former state Rep. Keith Farnham's home and offices this month. A search warrant released by the Illinois More>>

Eighteen year old dies after crash

SPRINGFIELD- An 18 year old is dead after a crash in Springfield. The Sangamon County Coroner pronounced Jamakya Green dead at the scene at 12:50 AM Saturday morning. The single vehicle crash happened More>>

A Return to Love

Eighteen national guard members receive a special honor for serving in Afghanistan. Saturday afternoon, they were recognized at the Freedom Salute Ceremony. The guard members returned home about 3 months More>>

Welding Jobs Are Hot

Springfield - Looking for a life long vocation? Welders are in demand. "There is a super big demand for people welding," Jeff Cooper of the Midwest Technical Institute (MTI) told WAND News. "In another More>>

MTI awards local, Midwest students in welding competition

SPRINGFIELD -- Midwest Technical Institute's Springfield, Illinois campus hosted its 7th annual high school welding competition today. 100 students from 24 area schools attended.The top three winners received More>>

Health ins. sign-ups in Springfield Sat., help line open

SPRINGFIELD -- Get Covered America is partnered with Springfield Public Schools to help families sign up for health insurance.An insurance enrollment workshop is set for Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 More>>

Minimum wage bill passes Illinois Senate committee

A plan to raise Illinois' minimum wage is heading to the Senate floor. More>>

Illinois Senate approves prison chief

The Illinois Senate has approved retaining the state's director of prisons. The Senate voted 37-18. More>>

Get covered event this Saturday

Springfield - Students are helping with a new push, during the final days leading up to the health care sign up deadline. More>>

Former employees asking bankrupt company to pay millions in unpaid overtime

Springfield - Former employees of the Treasure Hunters Roadshow want more than 12-million dollars in unpaid overtime. More>>

Bill waives hunting, fishing fees for Ill. seniors

Legislation would waive hunting and fishing license fees for Illinois senior citizens. More>>

Sherman Fire Protection Referenda does not pass

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Sherman - Voters let their voice be heard on Tuesday, the votes spoke against the referenda to help provide new equipment for the Sherman Fire Protection District. More>>

HyVee construction to cause some traffic delays

Springfield - Construction signs are going up on MacArthur Blvd, for the building of Springfield's new HyVee. More>>

Rauner wins GOP nomination for Illinois governor

Businessman Bruce Rauner has defeated three veteran lawmakers to win the Republican nomination for Illinois governor. More>>

US Rep. Rodney Davis wins Republican nomination

Freshman U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis has again won the Republican nomination to represent the 13th District in south-central Illinois. More>>

Get Pulled Over Crackdown numbers released

Springfield - Police have released numbers for their Get Pulled Over Crackdown on St. Patrick's Day. More>>

Springfield engineer faces prison after fraud plea

A July sentencing date has been set for a Springfield engineer who pleaded guilty to participating in a scheme to defraud the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency. More>>

Congressman honors late Central Illinois icon

Springfield - It's been one week since family and friends honored the life of long-time weathercaster and Central Illinois icon. More>>

Teen dead after being struck by a train

Springfield - A 19-year-old is dead, after she was struck by a train. More>>

Office Max beginning move out of Illinois in April

Office Max is beginning its process of moving 1,600 jobs out of Illinois after merging with Florida-based Office Depot. More>>

Lessons Learned from the Springfield Tornadoes of 2006

Eight years ago this is what many of you were dealing with. Severe weather struck most of Central Illinois. And two tornados ripped across parts of Springfield.. causing unimaginable damage. And as hundreds More>>

Charges filed for man who attacked a police officer

Springfield - A grand jury has indicted the man involved in an officer attack that happened back in February. More>>

Primary election early voting ends on Saturday

Springfield - The last day for early voting is this Saturday. More>>

State to sell hundreds of pieces of IDOT equipment

The Illinois Department of Transportation plans to sell hundreds of piece of surplus heavy equipment on the state's online auction site. More>>

Disaster recovery workshops offered in Ill. towns

Workshops in two Illinois communities hit by tornados last fall will help community leaders learn how to lead recovery efforts. More>>

Interstate 72 road work to last into late fall

Springfield - Construction could cause some delays for commuters along Interstate 72. More>>

Ronald McDonald House announces total remodel for Springfield location

Springfield - The Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Illinois (RMHCCI) announced they will remodel their building, after 28 years. More>>

State superintendent: education cuts 'devastating'

The head of the Illinois State Board of Education says proposed cuts in education funding could be "devastating" to school districts. More>>

Students Hoping Governor Doubles MAP Grants in Budget Address

Springfield - A college degree; you need it to get a good job, but for many, paying for college means taking out student loans, or being lucky enough to get a MAP Grant. Each year, there are about 140,000 More>>

Illinois fiscal reputation costs $80 million more

A study contends that Illinois wears a "scarlet letter" when it borrows money -- which has cost at least $80 million over a five-year period. More>>

Ill. lottery game fund multiple sclerosis research

Proceeds from the newest Illinois Lottery game will be used to fund research into multiple sclerosis. More>>

One dead, after early morning fire in Riverton

Riverton - One person is dead, after an early morning fire. More>>

'Poetry Out Loud' state contest set for capital

Sixteen high school students from around Illinois will compete for the state championship in an annual poetry performance contest. More>>

Pre-trial continues for man arrested, after a scuffle with a police officer

Springfield - A pre-trial will continue next Thursday, for a man accused of sexual assault and injuring an officer. More>>

Jake Owen and Boston to perform at 2014 Illinois State Fair

Springfield - Two more bands are set to perform at this years Illinois State Fair. More>>

'Pay it Forward' college plan gets House approval

The Illinois House has approved a plan to study alternative ways for people to pay for college. More>>

Ill. gun owners, activists lobby in Springfield

Illinois gun activists announced plans to encourage state lawmakers to relax the list of outlawed places for concealed carry during their annual lobbying day in Springfield. More>>

Bill banning smoking with children in car advances

Springfield - A bill to make it illegal for motorists to smoke in the car with a child has advanced in the Senate panel. More>>

Blood donations hit all time low

Springfield - Blood donation have hit the lowest level in years. More>>

After FEMA denial, Ill. turns to state tornado aid

After the denial of federal disaster assistance, Gov. Pat Quinn is offering $45 million from state coffers to help Illinois communities recover from November's deadly tornadoes. More>>

District 186 dealing with 5-million in cuts

Springfield - District 186 is discussing more than 5-million dollars in cuts for the district. More>>

Bill would punish dispatchers who alert criminals

The Illinois Senate has advanced legislation making it a crime for 911 dispatchers to tip off criminals when law enforcement is nearby. More>>

Lawmakers Create Heroin Task Force

Springfield - Heroin, it has become enemy number one for many lawmakers statewide, and across the aisle. Lawmakers have said that the number of heroin related deaths are at epidemic proportions all around More>>

Ill. bill could mean interest-free college loans

An Illinois state lawmaker says he's sponsoring legislation that would give what could amount to interest-free loans to college students. More>>

Gun activists plan Wednesday rally in Springfield

Illinois gun owners are getting ready to rally in Springfield as part of an effort to convince legislators to relax firearm regulations. More>>

House fire under investigation

Springfield - A fire damaged home on Springfield east-side is under investigation. More>>

Unions Hoping Arizona Pension Decision Will Be Same In Illinois

Springfield - Pension reform: two words, and a political philosophy that lawmakers debated for years. "We all knew that repairing the damage that had been done over decades would not happen over night," More>>

DIRT celebrates one year return

Springfield - Today, the Sangamon County Sheriff's Office celebrated the one year return of the Drug Interdiction and Response Team. More>>

Sangamon Count to see referenda's on primary ballot

Springfield - Three referenda's will appear on the March primary ballot for Sangamon County. More>>

Illinois bill backlog could fall to $5.6 billion

Illinois officials say the state's backlog of unpaid bills is decreasing. More>>

Illinois prepares for statewide tornado drill

LINCOLN -- Tornado sirens across Illinois are getting ready to sound as part of a statewide emergency preparedness drill. More>>

Police arrest two men connected to a 2012 double murder

Springfield - Police have arrested two men in connection with a double murder, on December 31,2012. More>>

Restoration work underway at Lincoln Tomb

A $700,000 restoration project at the temporarily closed Abraham Lincoln tomb in Springfield is expected to finish in April. More>>

Lawmakers Looking to Make College Campuses Smoke Free

Springfield - E-cigarettes, or vapor products, have become a hot commodity amongst smokers. Much like cigarette taxes, some lawmakers want to tax and regulate these tobacco alternatives. Both E-cigs More>>

Ill. Senate passes 'revenge porn' bill

The Illinois Senate has approved a proposal making it illegal to display what some are calling "revenge porn." More>>

Man arrested, after he is shot by a police officer Friday

Springfield - Police have charged a man for a home invasion and sexual assault, which lead to a scuffle with a police officer. More>>

Illinois DCFS Director Arthur Bishop resigns

The director of the state's child welfare agency who pleaded guilty to stealing money from clients of a Chicago social-service agency 20 years ago has resigned from his post. More>>

Illinois bill requires prescription for cold meds

Legislation proposed by a state senator would require anyone with a cold to get a doctor's prescription to buy certain medicine. More>>

Ill. Senate panel passes sexual assault proposal

Legislation altering the time limit for when prosecutors can press charges in sexual assault cases is advancing in the Illinois Legislature. More>>

"Fill the Ford"

Springfield - The Central Illinois Food Bank and the Illinois Farm Bureau tried to "Fill a Ford" truck bed with food. More>>

Legislation allowing bobcat hunt gets early OK

A bill that'd make it legal to hunt bobcats in Illinois is advancing in the state Legislature. More>>

Crime Stoppers looking for car burglary suspect

Jacksonville - Crime Stoppers of Morgan and Scott Counties are seeking information about a recent burglary of a vehicle. More>>

I-TEAM: You're On Your Own

Springfield - Democrats in the General Assembly will try to pass a ballot initiative later this Spring that could eventually change the states income tax from a flat rate to a graduated tax. Republicans More>>

Car hit by a train in Springfield

Springfield - An alleged drunk driver is expected to be okay, after her car was hit by a train. More>>

ISP prepares to issue concealed carry permits

Illinois State Police say they're getting ready to issue the state's first concealed carry permits in the coming days. More>>

Florida Georgia Line to perform at Ill. State Fair

Springfield - One of country music's top vocal duos is coming to the Illinois State Fair this summer. More>>

Lawmaker Wants Reforms to College Illinois Program

Springfield - To get a good job, you need a college degree. To pay for college you may need student loans, federal or state grants, and perhaps even work study. You can also invest in prepaid tuition More>>

Ill. GOP candidates differ on changes to gun laws

The four Republican candidates for Illinois governor disagree on whether assault-style weapons should be banned. More>>

Illinois House sets $34.5B spending amount for '15

An Illinois House Committee says the state will have $34.5 billion to spend in the upcoming fiscal year. More>>

Allegiant to offer one way airline tickets for $69

Springfield - A dream vacation could be cheaper than you think, thanks to Allegiant. More>>

Mayor calls for special City Council meeting

Springfield - A special City Council meeting will take place this evening at 5:30p.m. in the city council chambers. More>>

Fireplace could be cause of Springfield apartment fire

Springfield - Investigators believe a fireplace is to blame for a fire that heavily damaged two apartments. More>>

FutureGen gets OK for Morgan County pipeline route

Illinois regulators have given the FutureGen Alliance the go-ahead for a 30-mile carbon dioxide pipeline. More>>

Part of Ill. highway could be named after officer

State lawmakers are expected to name part of an Illinois highway after a police officer killed last fall. More>>

State Police continue to investigate a police and suspect struggle over a gun

Springfield - A police officer is expected to be ok, after a scuffle with a suspect, leaving him with head and facial injuries. More>>

Police and suspect struggle over gun, both taken to the hospital

Springfield Police are on scene in the 1800 bock of Gregory Court. More>>

Fire crews called to apartment complex fire

Springfield - An apartment complex is evacuated after a fire. More>>

Luxury Boat Sales Sail In Sinking Economy

Springfield - While the economy struggles to stay above water the boating industry stays afloat. The National Marine Manufacturers Association says recreational boating is pumping $121 billion into the More>>

EF-1 tornado strikes Mechanicsburg area

The National Weather Service has confirmed an EF1 tornado hit the Mechanicsburg area. The path of the storm was about 300 yards wide. More>>

Ill. earns top rating for fighting drunk driving

Mothers Against Drunk Driving gave Illinois a top rating for the state's efforts against drunken driving. More>>

Illinois regulators OK massive transmission line

Illinois regulators have signed off on the route for a massive high-voltage transmission line that would run through 19 counties, traveling from Quincy to the Indiana border. More>>

4 suspected tornadoes hit central Illinois

The National Weather Service says four possible tornadoes touched down in central Illinois, causing minor damage. More>>

Lawmakers want to ban smoking on Illinois campuses

A proposal to ban smoking on public college campuses is advancing in the Illinois Legislature. More>>

Bill would exempt Olympians from paying state tax

An Illinois lawmaker says Olympic athletes who win medals shouldn't have to pay state tax on their awards. More>>

"Revenge Porn" bill closer to becoming law

Springfield - A proposal could make it illegal to display what some call "revenge porn." More>>

Survey: Ill. ranks first in green building space

Springfield -- A survey finds that Illinois leads the nation in the amount "green" building space it has. More>>

Delay on budget talks could hurt schools

Springfield - Lawmakers are focusing on budgets as they returned to the State Capitol on Tuesday. More>>

Cyber Crime Tip Line brings in more scam related warnings

Springfield - A cyber crime tip line is still going strong for the Sangamon County Sheriff's Office. More>>

Illinois Senate eyes tax on soft drinks

An Illinois lawmaker wants to tax soft drinks as part of an effort to promote healthy living. More>>

Ice Leaves Central Illinois Frozen, Without Power

Springfield - While ice on the roads is changing from a solid to slush, ice is still frozen on light poles and on power lines. A problem that power companies deal with every winter. The winter storm More>>

Lawmakers calling for change to school funding

State lawmakers say now is the time for a change to the state's school funding formula. More>>

Keeping 911 Recordings from the Public

SPRINGFIELD- An Illinois politician wants to keep 911 recordings out of the public's hands. Senator Bill Cunningham wants it exempt 911 recordings from the state's open records law. He said, the calls More>>

Springfield Sewer Caved in

Springfield- Sixth Street north of Carpenter Street in Springfield is down to one lane. That is because a sewer caved in. A crew will start to repair it on Monday. All lanes should be back open to traffic More>>

I-TEAM: DNR Fish Story Costs Employee Job

Springfield - A top administrator at the Illinois Department of Natural Resources has resigned because the agency says he violated rules by participating in professional fishing tournaments while on sick More>>

IDOT says employee dies in central Ill. accident

State officials say an Illinois Department of Transportation worker has died in an accident in Stark County in central Illinois. More>>

Ill. to honor service members killed in Gulf War

Members of the public are invited to attend a ceremony to remember U.S. service members from Illinois who died in the Gulf War. More>>

Illinois sites named to National historic register

More than two dozen Illinois buildings and downtown districts have been added to the National Register of Historic Places. More>>

A Life Changing Surgery Thousands of Miles Away

When Dr. Kristen Ferguson signed up for her church's annual mission trip, she had every intention of leaving her stethoscope at home. "This wasn't set up to be a medical mission," said Ferguson. It was More>>

Former Inmate Sues Correctional Officers

SPRINGFIELD- A former inmate at the Sangamon County jail is now suing three correctional officers.

Train derails at central Ill. grain elevator

A freight train has derailed at a grain elevator in central Illinois, injuring two and spilling an estimated 100,000 bushels of corn. More>>

Cyber Crime Tip Line seeing immediate action

Springfield -  The Sangamon County Sheriff's Office opened up a new hot line Tuesday to help catch online criminals, and they already have callers dialing in. More>>

Bill makes police tipping off criminals a crime

A state senator wants to make it unlawful for police to tip off criminals. More>>

American Legion Members Celebrate Lincoln's Birthday

Springfield - Members of the American Legion, from all over the Midwest, were celebrating Abraham Lincoln's birthday Wednesday. The trip to Lincoln's tomb is annual event for members from the American More>>

Time Can Be on Detectives' Side in Unsolved Murders

SPRINGFIELD- With time, solving a murder can become difficult. 

Semi and car collide, killing one

Springfield - One person is dead after a crash Wednesday morning in Springfield. More>>

Sacred Heart-Griffin football team up for sportsmanship award

Springfield - The Sacred Heart-Griffin football team is up for a National Federation of State High School Associations award. More>>

Ill. lawmakers want to tweak concealed carry law

Illinois lawmakers are considering amending the state's new concealed carry legislation. More>>

Affordable Health Care Enrollment Continues

Springfield - For many who are enrolling in the health insurance Marketplace, they're faced with tough decisions. Either pay for their groceries and bills, or pay for health care coverage. Since the More>>

Hotline to help track down cyber crime

Springfield - There is a new way to shut down cyber crimes. More>>

16-million Americans benefit from 2-1-1 services

Springfield - February 11th is National 2-1-1 Day, it is to recognized the free phone number that serves 90 percent of America's population. More>>

Illinois attorney general: ID theft complaints up

Lisa Madigan says her office received about 3,000 identity theft complaints in 2013, up from about 2,500 the year before. More>>

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