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American Red Cross Partners with AmeriCares to Help Tornado Survivors

Peoria - Victims of Illinois November tornadoes will have another option for assistance, through AmeriCares.

Danville considers letting people raise chickens

DANVILLE, Ill. (AP) -- The eastern Illinois city of Danville is considering letting its residents raise chickens after a local woman asked that they do so. More>>

Mayors' group pushes for Illinois pension reform

CHICAGO (AP) -- More than two dozen Illinois mayors are set to hold a news conference, hoping to encourage state lawmakers to make changes to pension systems for local police and fire departments. More>>

Suspect accused with shooting three is in custody

Danville - One man is behind bars after three others were shot. in stable condition. Police say shots were fired because of a ve... More>>

GOP lawmaker objects to 9-0 vote for Obama library

A Republican lawmaker is protesting after an Illinois House committee recorded a 9-0 vote to commit $100 million for President Barack Obama's library and museum, even though the committee's four GOP members weren't there. More>>

Illinois medical marijuana: $100 for patient card

Illinois regulators crafting the first rules for the state's new medical marijuana industry have lowered patient fees and deleted a section that angered gun owners. More>>

Record-holding Ill. covered wagon repaired

The world's largest covered wagon has been fixed after workers spent a month repairing wind damage from a winter storm. More>>

Steaks, Gelato & $20 Million

Taylorville - Steaks, gelato and $10 of Illinois Lotto quick picks. $9 of those tickets wasted. $1 worth $20,250,000. Steve and Wilma Durbin are newlyweds. Now they are the states newest millionaires. More>>

Illinois State Police release details of crash on Route 48

Blue Mound - One person is hospitalized, after a crash on Route 48. More>>

4-H Memorial Camp to host week long summer camp

Monticello - The 4-H Memorial Camp will host a free week long camp for children of wounded, disabled or fallen military service members. More>>

Police in Mattoon arrest two Rantoul resident for prostitution

Police in Mattoon have arrested a Rantoul man and a Rantoul woman, for prostitution and other charges. More>>

One dead, after single vehicle crash

One person is dead, after a single vehicle crash in Menard County, on Wednesday morning at 4:53 a.m. More>>

Farmers off to slow start planting corn crop

Spring planting across the nation's Corn Belt is sputtering because the soil remains too soggy or cold for effective seeding. More>>

Peoria school district lays off 200 workers

Peoria's school board has voted to lay off nearly 200 employees -- mostly full- and part-time teachers. More>>


Effingham native, Sgt. Timothy Owens, was killed in last week's fort hood shooting. Now his hometown is paying tribute. Friday night, more than 75 men and women gathered at Effingham County Courthouse More>>

Life & Death Lessons In A High School Parking Lot

Shelbyville - Police, fire and ambulance sirens scream through Shelbyville at noon responding to a head on fatal accident. The good news is this is not a real accident. It is a simulation to teach the More>>

Dish Network scam targeting residents in Piatt County

The Piatt County Sheriff's Office is warning residents of a Dish Network Scam. More>>

Police make an arrest for March 9th fatal shooting

Hoopeston - Police say they have a suspect in custody, for a March 9th fatal shooting, at the Downtown Hotel in Hoopeston. More>>

Eagle Creek golf course opening date pushed back

Findlay - The Golf course at Eagle Creek in Findlay was set to open today, but the closed sign is still up. More>>

Quinn, Rauner to make first 2014 joint appearance

Gov. Pat Quinn and his GOP rival, Bruce Rauner, are scheduled to appear together for the first time in the 2014 campaign for Illinois governor. More>>

Vigil held tonight for Fort Hood victim from Effingham

Effingham - Tonight community members will honor a fallen soldier, from the Fort Hood shooting spree. More>>

Decatur woman charged in Madison County kidnapping and robbery incident

Edwardsville - A woman from Decatur is charged, after kidnapping and robbing a Southern Illinois University student. More>>

$20,250,000 Lotto Ticket Sold in Taylorville

Taylorville - A 20-million dollar ticket was sold Thursday night at Kroger. More>>

Concerts return to Allerton Park

Monticello - Concerts are coming back to the Allerton Park and Retreat Center for the summer. More>>

Taylorville residents wonder if a bobcat is roaming the area

Taylorville - Lions, tigers, and...bobcats? People in Christian County are wonder if they saw something out of the ordinary.

Growth is seen in Illinois help-wanted ads

Illinois businesses placed help-wanted ads online for truck drivers, registered nurses and retail supervisors in March. More>>

Illinois hires firm to reopen resort's golf course

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources says it has hired an Indiana company to reopen and run the golf course at a state-owned resort in eastern Illinois that closed in 2009. More>>

Illinois residents warned about ATM scam

The Illinois attorney general is warning residents about hackers gaining unauthorized access to bank accounts and illegally withdrawing money from ATMS. More>>

Renovations completed for three Danville schools

Danville -- Construction on a Danville elementary school is complete, and on Monday evening, students and parents are invited to celebrate. East Park Elementary School began a $12.8 million renovation More>>

Danville parents struggle to bring their adoptive children home

Danville -- Even after three kids, Jeff and Tiffany Nardoni knew their family was far from finished. But before they could think about adding on, they experienced a terrible tragedy. "Theo, my oldest More>>

Illinois plant where 5 died almost demolished

State environmental regulators say a former plastics plant in central Illinois where a 2004 explosion killed five people is now all but demolished and cleaned up. More>>

Bement Holds Town Meeting Over Drug Problem

Drug abuse in a small Central Illinois town has the attention of the community and the sheriff. One person has died in Bement from an overdose.

One dead, another recovering after two apparent overdoses

Bement -- One man is dead and another woman is recovering after a series of apparent drug overdoses in Bement. Police found a 24-year-old man dead in his home last Friday. Just two days later, authorities More>>

Police investigating possible drug related overdose incidents

Bement -  Police are investigating two possible drug overdose incidents, which occurred in the small Piatt County town of Bement. More>>

EPA seeks public input on Ill. carbon-capture plan

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is accepting public comments on a plan to inject carbon dioxide deep underground in western Illinois. More>>

Police still looking for suspect after a high speed chase

Villa Grove - Douglas County investigators need your help finding a driver wanted in a high-speed chase on Sunday. More>>

Chicago man first to have gun-carry permit revoked

A Chicago man is the first in Illinois to have his permit to carry a concealed weapon revoked. More>>

Person Hit by Train in Lincoln

LINCOLN- One person was hit by a train in Lincoln Friday night. More>>

Cisco family asking community to help diabetic daughter

Cisco -- As an eight-year-old cheerleader, Kayden Wilhelm knows how to land a flip. But neither her nor her parents were expecting the flop that turned their worlds upside-down last September. "I remember More>>

Coles County Commemorates the Charleston Riot

You ask some people in Coles County about the Charleston Riot and they will give you an answer. "It was between citizens who opposed the war and Lincoln's policies," says Civil War re-enactor, Rod Miller. ..And More>>

Volunteers central to Illinois tornado cleanup

A central Illinois church has become home base for recovery operations in the tornado-ravaged community of Washington. More>>

Public shows interest in Illinois medical cannabis

Written comments by the hundreds are being reviewed by Illinois officials who are revising proposed regulations for the state's new medical marijuana program. More>>

CRIS teams up with Stony Creek Restaurant to offer meals to seniors

Danville - A new affordable option will be available for seniors to get breakfast and lunch. More>>

Flood insurance rate spikes to ripple across Ill.

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Tens of thousands of Illinoisans with flood insurance through a debt-ridden federal program are about to see a dramatic rise in their premiums. Under federal legislation signed into More>>

Steven Spielberg to receive Lincoln award

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation is set to honor Oscar-winning filmmaker Steven Spielberg. More>>

State Sen. Brady concedes Illinois governor's race

State Sen. Bill Brady has conceded the four-way Republican primary for Illinois governor. More>>

Police make an arrest after a weekend bar fight turned deadly

Danville - Police have arrested a man on an arrest warrant in Indianapolis, for the weekend bar fight that lead to the murder of a 25-year-old male. More>>

Rutherford describes 'challenging' Ill. gov race

Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford says the last few weeks on his campaign for Illinois governor have been the "most challenging of his life." More>>

Justin DeRyke Pleads Guilty to Killing his Niece

Effingham - The uncle of a girl who was killed in the Fall of 2013 in Effingham County said, he is responsible for the death of Willow Long.

Church groups building swing sets for Washington

Methodist youth groups from three states plan to build swing sets for families whose homes are being rebuilt after last year's tornado in Washington. More>>

Man charged for concealing a homicidal death

Sweetwater - The man charged in a Menard County murder is due in court today, for sentencing. More>>

Two men wanted for an alleged robbery at gun point

Mattoon - Police in Mattoon need your help locating two men, who allegedly robbed a family at gun point and stole money. More>>

Moweaqua Residents to Vote on the Sale of Alcohol

In Moweaqua, voters will be deciding whether or not to allow the sale of alcohol. It's been prohibited for quite some time and the city is split on changing that. It will be a referendum on the up coming More>>

Principal accused of domestic battery is sentenced

Arthur-Lovington - A principal of Arthur-Lovington Junior-Senior High School is sentenced to conditional discharge. More>>

The Andersons, Inc. will hold a career fair

Mt Pulaski - The Andersons Inc, is looking to fill seasonal and full-time position. More>>

Village Mayor of Kincaid arrested for a second time

Kincaid - The Kincaid Village Mayor is in trouble once again. More>>

New information released for shooting at The Downtown Motel

Hoopeston - Police are still investigating a shooting at The Downtown Motel, which happened on Sunday evening. More>>

State police dedicate rest stop to fallen trooper

Illinois officials will hold a dedication ceremony to officially rename a central Illinois rest stop after a state trooper who was killed during a crash in 2012. More>>

Fatal crash shuts down Interstate 57 for hours

Coles County - Interstate 57 was shut down for hours on Wednesday night, after a deadly crash. More>>

Eagle Creek Gets Wings Clipped

Findlay - The Eagle Creek Resort will not open this year. And the state will now have to find a new developer. Dennis Ballinger, of BMDD Resorts in Decatur, has notified the Department of Natural Resources More>>

Goodwill Career Center Reopens in Jacksonville

Jacksonville - The current unemployment rate in Illinois is 8.6%. That's about 2% above the national average. In Jacksonville, it's about 8.8%, a number that many hope will come down. The recently reopened More>>

Sword threats, fight lead to 4 arrests in Mattoon

Police in the eastern Illinois town of Mattoon arrested four people after a fight that included one man threatening another with swords. More>>

I-TEAM: Cowden Looks To Plug Holes With Sales Tax

Herrick - When it rains, it pours. Right into buildings in the Cowden - Herrick school district. Cowden - Herrick Unit 3A schools are joining with other Shelby County school districts in asking for voters More>>

New dress code for Danville Public Schools

Danville - Parents and students will soon learn the required dress code for public schools students next year. More>>

Human remains found after house fire have been identified

Homer - The Vermilion County Coroner has positively identified a set of bones discovered inside a home that caught fire in late January. More>>

Passerby spots body in Tuscola, police are investigation

Tuscola Police are investigating the death of a 26-year-old man. More>>

Police investigating a shooting in Hoopeston

Hoopeston - One person is dead, after a shooting in northern Vermillion County. More>>

Mobile home no longer livable after fire

Homer - A mobile home is heavily damaged, after a fire breaks out in Vermilion County. More>>

Ameren wants customers to take advantage of repayment plan

Ameren Illinois customers who have past due payments will be able to take advantage of a repayment plan. More>>

I-TEAM: Coal Ash Could Burn The Middle Fork

Oakwood - A recent coal ash spill has some eastern Illinois residents worried. Could a similar accident happen on the Middle Fork River? The Middle Fork River is clean and is the only National Scenic More>>

Bill could let drivers go 30 days before getting new license plate sticker

The Secretary of State has some good news for those who wait to buy a new license plate sticker until last minute. Soon drivers may be able to use a receipt from the Secretary of State as proof for 30 days. More>>

Ill. lawmakers have mixed reviews of speed cameras

Illinois lawmakers have mixed thoughts on a proposal that would allow communities around the state to install speed cameras, which are only allowed in Chicago. More>>

Police release more information about car chase that left one dead

Danville - Police released a preliminary autopsy report for the man who exchanged fire with police last week. More>>

World's Largest Covered Wagon to be repaired

Lincoln - The World's Largest Covered Wagon will soon stand tall on Old Route 66, after winds in January pushed the wagon over. More>>

Early voting begins Monday across Illinois

SPRINGFIELD -- Early voting begins for the March 18 primary begins across Illinois on Monday. More>>

Man arrested on a warrant is also charged with sexual assault

Mattoon - Police arrest a man wanted for violation of probation, he is also charged with criminal sexual assault. More>>

One dead after shootout with Danville Police

DANVILLE- One person has died after a car chase and shootout with Danville Police.Director of Public Safety Larry Thomason said that Scott C. Islam, 33 of Danville, has been identified as the person who More>>

Trash fine of Taylorville man has anonymously been paid

Taylorville - On Tuesday we told you about a man who needed help paying a fine for his trash removal, we have good news to share about his debt. More>>

Police respond to shots fired, car chase ensues

Danville - Police responded to an early morning report of shots fired. More>>

City Willing To Deal With Trash Hauling Bill

Taylorville - The city of Taylorville says it's willing to work with a disabled man who has owed the city $332 for nearly three years. The city ordered the owner of a property on East Poplar Street to More>>

Ill. gambling-expansion hearing reset for March 3

An Illinois state lawmaker seeking public input about possibly expanding gambling in Illinois has rescheduled a suburban Chicago public hearing. More>>

Illinois gas prices on the rise

Prices at the pump have climbed again, causing drivers to dig a little deeper to pay for gas. More>>

One dead after weekend crash

Hammond - A crash over the weekend left a woman dead. More>>

City Managers fight to keep Central Illinois' Water Clean

The future of Central Illinois' drinking water is in jeopardy. The town of normal is actively trying to make sure that it's not contaminated. A disposal company out of Peoria is seeking permission to transfer More>>

Updated - Sound the Alarm

This story contains updated and corrected information from the story that aired and was published online 2/21/14. We apologize for the errors contained in the original report.

Bond set for woman accused of shaking one-year-old

Charleston - Bond has been set for the daycare worker accused of shaking a one-year-old boy. More>>

Baby allegedly shaken by daycare provider still hospitalized

Charleston - A baby remains in critical condition following an alleged baby shaking. More>>

More than 32,000 without power in Illinois

Ameren Illinois says about 32,000 customers were without power in the state after a line of storms moved through Illinois. More>>

Tornado touches down in central Illinois

Emergency officials say a tornado has touched down in central Illinois. More>>

Boy found after amber alert was issued

UPDATE: The 5-year-old boy, Drake Whitker has been located. More>>

One-year-old allegedly shaken by daycare provider is breathing on his own

Charleston - The baby, allegedly shaken by his daycare provider is on the mend. More>>

Exelon to hold annual community meeting

Exelon will hold their annual community information meeting. The event will provide community members an opportunity to learn more about nuclear power and the Clinton Power station. More>>

1 million users view Ill. health insurance website

The official website for Illinois' health insurance marketplace has had 1 million unique visitors. More>>

Woman accused of shaking child in her care

Charleston - A Coles County daycare provider is accused of shaking a child, while they were in her care. More>>

Illinois Senate leader warns of $3B budget hole

A top Illinois Democrat is warning of a nearly $3 billion state budget hole that includes a $1.6 billion revenue decline next year when the state's income tax increase expires. More>>

Passenger dies in train versus car accident

Macoupin County - A train versus car accident left one dead on Friday afternoon. More>>

Police searching for two missing teens

The Illinois State Police is investigating the whereabouts of 14-year-old Amanda R. Reynolds of Carterville, Illinois, and 17-year-old Trevor T. Villalpando of Mascoutah, Illinois. More>>

Cocaine ring leader convicted of distributing in Springfield and Decatur

A Paxton man is convicted of conspiracy to distribute cocaine. Eddi Ramirez, 30, is guilty of overseeing a cocaine distribution network in Decatur and Springfield. More>>

Illinois lawmakers seek marijuana reclassification

Two lawmakers from Illinois are among 18 members of Congress who've sent a bipartisan letter to President Barack Obama supporting the removal of marijuana from Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act. More>>

Illinois begins campaign on driver cellphone ban

The state of Illinois has begun a public awareness campaign to remind drivers that all hand-held cellphone use is now illegal. More>>

Activities suspended for lack of volunteers

Bement - The community council in Bement is suspending activities for this year. More>>

Police arrest man for residential burglary

Charleston - Police arrested a man they say is responsible for a residential burglary. More>>

International phone scam hits central Illinois

An international phone scam apparently has hit central Illinois. More>>

Lawsuit accuses Rutherford of sexual harassment

CHICAGO (AP) -- A former employee in Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford's office has filed a lawsuit alleging sexual harassment. More>>

More frigid temperatures ahead for Illinois

Lincoln -- Forecasters expect the bitter subzero cold to continue in northern and central Illinois. More>>

Liquidations begin for Mattoon Sears store

Mattoon - The Sears store in Mattoon began their liquidation sale this Friday. More>>

Man arrested for aggravated battery to a child

Mattoon - Police have arrested a man for aggravated battery to a child.


Heavy snow forecast for Illinois

The Illinois Department of Transportation has geared up for another round of snow expected to blanket the state. More>>

New Study Ranks Illinois 3rd Best in Business Growth

An independent study shows Illinois has one of the most thriving private sectors in the nation. More>>

Record-holding Ill. covered wagon to be repaired

A central Illinois town's record-holding covered wagon will undergo repairs after being damaged by strong winds last week. More>>

Fire destroys home in Dalton City

Dalton City - Several fire departments responded to a rural house fire this Thursday afternoon. More>>

Ill. concealed-carry permits could come in March

Illinois State Police say the first applicants for concealed-carry firearm permits in the state could have those permits by the middle of March. More>>

Illinois tries to ease pain of propane shortage

The state of Illinois is offering more help to low-income households struggling to heat their homes because of a shortage of propane. More>>

Arthur-Lovington principal resigns after domestic battery charges

Arthur - A principal accused in a domestic dispute with his wife, has now resigned from his position. More>>

Second set of bones found are human

Homer - A second set of bones has been discovered inside a Vermilion County home that caught fire Friday night. More>>

New license plate to help raise money for childhood cancer cure

Springfield - A new license plate in Illinois was unveiled on Thursday to help raise money for a cure. More>>

Jobless rates rise in most Illinois metro areas

The state Department of Employment Security says unemployment rates increased in almost all of Illinois' dozen metro areas in December. More>>

Report: Illinois poverty remains stubbornly high

A new study finds Illinois' overall poverty rate is about the same as it was a half century ago. More>>

Principal arrested for domestic battery

Arthur - The principal of Arthur-Lovington School has been arrested for domestic battery. More>>

Central Illinois truck driver helps stranded drivers in Atlanta storm

Atlanta - Snow and ice covered roads are a common thing here in Illinois during the winter months, but for residents in Georgia its an unlikely scenario. More>>

Man found dead outside Oakwood home

VERMILION COUNTY- A man's body was discovered outside a home in Oakwood. The Vermilion County Sheriff's Department and Coroner were called out Wednesday morning to Cater Drive. There they found Michael More>>

Route 29 Project Nears Completion

Two new roads and 20 new jobs. "That's huge for Edinburg," said economic development officer, Mike Bell. In 2010, Lawmakers announced the six mile stretch of Route 29 that passes through Edinburg would More>>

Propane Prices Pinch Unemployed Video included

Shelbyville - Propane prices are starting to put the unemployed and low income families in a bind. Propane is used to heat homes, farms, businesses and schools throughout the state. Short supplies and More>>

Teacher in the running for $10,000 to revitalize classroom

A Piatt County 3rd grade teacher has been selected as one of ten nationwide finalists to win up to $10,000 from the Great American School Spectacular. More>>

Mother of Willow Long will spend 120 days in jail

Effingham - Ciara DeRyke, the mother of Willow Long entered a plea in the Effingham County Court on Tuesday. More>>

Town Loses Only Grocery

Delavan - Residents in this town of 1,700 north of Logan County are hoping Delavan's Finer Foods will rebuild. The communities only grocery burned Sunday and is a total loss. Firefighters arrived on More>>

Route 29 project organizers hold final meeting

Edinburg - Wednesday night marks a milestone in a longtime highway expansion project. More>>

Ameren Warns of Nationwide Email Scam

Scammers are using Ameren's name to get customers into paying bogus energy bills. More>>

Local hospital expanding hospice care services

Effingham - Saint Anthony's Memorial Hospital is expanding their services to include in-home hospice care. More>>

Durbin, Kirk want changes in disaster-aid formula

Illinois lawmakers want the federal government to change its formula for determining how much aid communities struck by natural disasters can receive. More>>

Ill. lawmaker sets forum in push to expand gaming

A lawmaker is launching the latest quest to broaden gambling in Illinois with a public hearing in southwestern Illinois. More>>

Autopsy results released for body found in field

Bloomington  -- McLean County released preliminary autopsy results of a body found in a Bloomington field. More>>

Remains found in house fire are not human

Homer - The Vermilion County coroner says, the remains found on Saturday were not human. More>>

Additional tickets released for Chicago concert

Bloomington - The U.S. Cellular Coliseum announced more tickets will be available for the sold out show headlining the band Chicago. More>>

Autopsy Monday for ISU student found in field

Bloomington  -- McLean County officials are investigating the death of an Illinois State University student whose body was found in a Bloomington field. More>>

Price increase for first class stamps

The cost of a stamp has climbed in price again. More>>

Illinois unemployment drops, but state sheds jobs

The Illinois Department of Employment Security says the state's unemployment rate dropped in December for a fourth straight month. More>>

Mayor of Washington to attend State of the Union

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk says his guest for next week's State of the Union will be the mayor of the tornado-damaged city of Washington in central Illinois. More>>

Fire damages home in Fairmont

Fairmont - A fire heavily damages a home in Fairmont. More>>

Chicago launches plan to encourage HPV vaccine

Chicago health officials are launching an initiative to encourage adolescents to get recommended shots for a sexually transmitted virus that can cause cervical cancer. More>>

Illinois to send pizzas to troops overseas

Military members deployed overseas will get about 10,000 Chicago-style pizzas in time for Super Bowl Sunday. More>>

Aid for low-income Illinoisans making home repairs

More than $6 million in federal money will be available in May for low-income Illinois homeowners to use for household maintenance such as roof repairs and heating system upgrades. More>>

Medical marijuana rules unveiled

Medical marijuana supporters are reacting to proposed regulations unveiled Tuesday by the Illinois Department of Public Health. More>>

Illinois sees record year for film, TV during 2013

Hollywood is spending big money in Illinois. Gov. Pat Quinn's office says "Chicago fire" spent $58 million in 2013. "Chicago PD" has spent $21 million in Illinois. More>>

Two teams come together for one cause

Two Central Illinois high schools were helping turn one family's tragedy into a good cause at Monday night's the St. Teresa Lady Bulldogs against the Central A & M Lady Raiders girl's basketball game. More>>

Pitbulls attack 4-year-old

Bloomington - A child is dead after she was attacked by three pitbulls. More>>

Child remains in critical condition after he was shot

Danville - A 5-year-old boy was shot when he and another child were playing with a gun. More>>

Lawmakers question Illinois' corporate tax breaks

Illinois lawmakers are questioning the effectiveness of the state's system for giving tax breaks to corporations. More>>

Clinton Lake fish kill blamed on water temps

Clinton - Wildlife officers say a change in water temperatures are to blame for a fish kill in Dewitt County. More>>

Tornado benefit tickets removed from resell sites

Officials at a central Illinois concert venue are asking ticket-selling websites to take down third-party listings for this month's tornado benefit concert by the band Chicago. More>>

Jacksonville woman dies after being struck by a car

Jacksonville - A woman is dead after she was struck by a car, on Thursday evening. More>>

Subway robbed at knifepoint

Bement - A Subway sandwich shop in Bement was robbed, and police are looking for the suspect. More>>

Quinn creates Illinois health innovation office

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has created a new state office to oversee changes in health care. More>>

Ill. man convicted in carnival worker's death

Jurors in west-central Illinois have convicted a Beardstown man of second-degree murder in the death of a carnival worker last July. More>>

FutureGen gets key US Energy Department approval

The U.S. Department of Energy has given the long-running FutureGen clean-coal project one of the final OKs it needs to start building. More>>

Benefit concert with band Chicago is sold out

It didn't take long for tickets to sell out for a free benefit concert to raise money for tornado recovery efforts in Illinois. More>>

Flu outbreak causes prison lockdown

Vandalia - A southern Illinois prison is on lockdown, because of a flu outbreak. More>>

Police investigating a pair of dead bodies found in Casey

Clark County deputies are investigating two unrelated cases of dead bodies found in the town of Casey. More>>

A county board member collapses at a board meeting

The Sangamon County coroner says, 78-year-old Merle Kirby of Greenview died of natural causes, just before 8 p.m. at Memorial Medical Center. More>>

Man found dead in his business

Monticello - A 31-year-old man was found dead in his business early Saturday morning. More>>

Grammy winning group Chicago to host benefit concert for tornado victims

Bloomington - The Grammy-award winning group Chicago will be putting on a concert for victims of the recent Central Illinois tornados, and those supporting the storm victims. More>>

$400,000 Lucky Day Lotto Winning Ticket Sold in Lincoln

Lincoln - A winner of a $400,000 Lucky Day Lotto ticket has yet to come forward. More>>

Missing person found dead in overturned truck

Tower Hill - Police say a Tower Hill man who was reported missing, died in a car crash. More>>

Crime Stoppers looking for answers to a car arson

Jacksonville - Crime Stoppers needs your help solving another crime of the week. More>>

Shelby County hosting electronics recycling event

Shelby County - An electronics recycling event is taking place this weekend. More>>

Forecasters say thaw could lead to Ill. flooding

Forecasters say rain and melting snow could cause flooding and ice jams beginning this weekend. More>>

Pearl Harbor Survivor Laid to Rest in Clinton Thursday

Clinton - He was a World War Two veteran from right here in central Illinois. He even survived the bombing at Pearl Harbor. On Thursday, this veteran was laid to rest in Clinton. Harold Fitzgerald was More>>

Central Illinois 7th graders ready for nationwide poetry contest

Teachers can sign up their 7th grade students for a nationwide poetry contest. More>>

Trial date pushed back for Justin DeRyke

Effingham - The trial date has been pushed back for an uncle accused of killing his 7-year-old niece, Willow Long. More>>

Crime Stoppers still needs help solving September crime

Crime Stoppers of Morgan County needs your help solving the crime of the week. More>>

Slick snow packed roads frustrate Illinois drivers

Roads across Illinois remained snow packed for days, leaving Illinois drivers frustrated, and questioning what is taking so long? More>>

City Council approved removal of city dams

Danville - The Danville City Council voted Tuesday night on the possibility of removing a pair of city-owned dams.


Helping the Helpers: Blue Mound Family Rescues Deputies

Blue Mound - Slick roads, strong winds, and massive snow drifts cause traveling hazards for even the most experienced driver. More>>

City Council to meet on possible removal of city dams

Danville - The Danville City Council will meet tonight, to possibly vote on removing a pair of city-owned dams. More>>

Judge: Chicago's ban on gun sales unconstitutional

A federal judge has ruled a Chicago ordinance banning the sale of firearms within the city limits is unconstitutional. More>>

Illinois bracing for second day of dangerous temps

Illinoisans are expected to awaken to another day of bitterly cold temperatures, with the mercury dipping to 16 below zero for a second day. More>>

Frigid Temperatures can be Deadly

Taylorville - Drifting snow and subzero temperatures made a dangerous combination for anyone venturing out Monday. Christian County sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp reported that the frigid temps can even be More>>

Christian County man dies due to cold temperatures

BREAKNG: The Christian County Sheriff says, an elderly man died because of the cold weather. More>>

Road update from Ed Cross

Ed Cross brings you the latest in road conditions.

Interstate update from Illinois State Police

Pesotum 1-6-14 UPDATE 9:20 AM -  Illinois State Police District 10 officials are advising the roadways in District 10 continue to be EMERGENCY TRAVEL ONLY.  More>>

SIU stranded after loss to Illinois State

Southern Illinois' men's basketball team is making new travel plans after its bus got stuck in the snow on a bitterly cold last night in the Midwest. More>>

For Jacob.. Dreams Really Do Come True

The Make-A-Wish Foundation makes dreams come true for thousands of kids across America. Imagine if you could close your eyes, dream your wildest dream, open them, and watch that dream come true. This new More>>

Local Schools Preparing for Next Winter Storm

Taylorville - There's still plenty of snow on the ground, and several more inches expected for parts of central Illinois this weekend. Area superintendents are already keeping a close eye on the forecasts. "Not More>>

Snow ends as Illinois faces plunging temperatures

After being blanketed by snow, the National Weather Service forecasts northeastern Illinois will be hit by single-digit temperatures before moderating early during the weekend before a deep freeze sets in. More>>

65 mph is still the speed limit on some roads

Motorists who are happy the speed limit is now 70 mph on many highways in Illinois might want to ease up on the gas going through Peoria and the Springfield area. More>>

Mattoon police make Christmas Eve burglary arrests

MATTOON -- Mattoon police made a Christmas Eve arrest of a man accused of breaking into his relative's home.Police say William A. Carter, 19, of Mattoon was arrested Tuesday, December 24, at 7:56 p.m. More>>

Santa visits tornado victims

Washington - Santa Clause made an early visit to central Illinois tornado victims. More>>

State officials urge safe driving during holidays

State officials are urging people to drive safely during the holiday season. More>>

Chicago-hub Amtrak trains to get free Internet

Amtrak trains operating out of Chicago to points across Illinois and the Midwest will soon offer free Internet access. More>>

Man to spend more than 16 years behind bars for child porn

Mattoon - A man from Mattoon will spend more than 16 years in prison for child pornography. More>>

The Allerton Mansion Opens Its Doors to the Public

For over 60 years visitors have only had access to the outside of the Allerton Mansion in Monticello. They could walk the gardens or hike the trails, but could never go in. Now, starting this Sunday, the More>>

Boeing books Cathay Pacific order for 21 777Xs

Boeing has booked a big order for its planned 777X aircraft. More>>

Several charged in meth ring operation

Charleston - A Loxa based meth operation led investigators to the main suspects. More>>

Effingham raising awareness about growing heroin issue

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Oakwood man dead after striking utility pole

Oakwood - One person is dead, after their vehicle skidded off the road. More>>

Mobile home park hit by discrimination lawsuit

The U.S. Justice Department has sued a southern Illinois mobile home park, alleging it violated the Fair Housing Act by discriminating against African-Americans and families with children. More>>

Roads slick after snow and dropping temperatures

Slick roads and dangerously cold temperatures causing several car related incidents. More>>

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    When Rescue Workers are Rescued

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    It's been a long time coming for the Shelbyville Fire Department. In April of last year.. a fire destroyed thousands of dollars worth of gear. After months of community fundraising, they were presentedMore >>
  • Kaylee Helton Celebrates Hope

    Kaylee Helton Celebrates Hope

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    At first, the day was calm. "The next thing I remember is being on the ground out in my dining room and I couldn't breathe. Kaylee Helton was sent to a hospital in St. Louis after a local a doctor anticipatedMore >>
  • Icy roads cause fatal morning crash

    Icy roads cause fatal morning crash

    Coles County - Snow and ice caused an early morning crash, leaving one person dead. More >>
    Coles County - Snow and ice caused an early morning crash, leaving one person dead. More >>
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