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Candidates for U.S. Senate, governor to attend agricultural forum

BLOOMINGTON - Illinois' candidates for U.S. Senate and governor will outline their views on state agricultural issues at a forum Wednesday afternoon. More>>

New forensics lab opened in southern Illinois

BELLEVILLE - The Illinois State Police have opened a new forensics laboratory in southern Illinois to help them solve crimes. More>>

Legislation allowing the study of industrial hemp signed by Quinn

CHICAGO - Legislation that would allow universities and the Illinois Department of Agriculture to study industrial hemp has been signed into law by Governor Pat Quinn. More>>

Increased speed limit legislation vetoed by Quinn

CHICAGO - Legislation aimed at increasing the speed limit on interstate highways around Illinois from 65 to 70 miles per hour has been vetoed by Governor Pat Quinn. More>>

Chicago man suspected in Galesburg slaying taken into custody

WOODSTOCK - A Chicago man suspected in a west-central Illinois stabbing death earlier this month has been arrested in McHenry County.On Monday, Christopher Croom, 29, was taken into custody with the help of U.S. Marshals.
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Kincaid village board accepts mayor's resignation

KINCAID - The mayor of a central Illinois village has resigned after being charged for allegedly possessing drugs and violating an order of protection. More>>

Cahokia man receives 25-year sentence for kidnapping

BELLEVILLE - A Cahokia man has been sentenced to 25 years behind bars for the 2012 kidnapping of an East St. Louis man. More>>

Farmer safety conference kicks off in Bloomington

BLOOMINGTON - The Grain Handling Safety Coalition and Country Financial will host their Inaugural Grain Safety Conference for Farmers on August 26 and August 27. More>>

Danville police investigate Monday morning bank robbery

DANVILLE - Danville police are investigating a bank robbery that occurred on Monday, August 25. More>>

Madigan and Illinois Department of Labor investigating allegations of wage violations and discrimination

CHICAGO - The Illinois Department of Labor and Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan's office have launched a joint investigation into discriminatory practices and wage violations against immigrant workers employed at Chinese buffet-style restaurants throughout the state. More>>

Explosion at southern Illinois recycling plant kill 2, injures several others

GRANITE CITY - Two people are dead and several others are injured following an explosion at a southern Illinois recycling plant. More>>

ADM opens new global headquarters in Chicago

CHICAGO - Officials at Archer Daniels Midland Company have announced that their new global headquarters in downtown Chicago has opened. More>>

Apple River Fort State Historic Site holding event focusing on pioneer tools

ELIZABETH - Those who enjoy learning about Illinois history will have a chance to see how early settlers made items such as bullets and tools. More>>

Weekend mediation session fails to end teacher strike

GALESBURG - Thousands of Galesburg students will be staying home as a weekend mediation session between the board of education and a teachers union ended without an agreement to a contract. More>>

IDOT cuts 58 positions following criticism of hiring practices

CHICAGO - Fifty-eight positions that are at the center of a lawsuit alleging questionable hiring practices are being eliminated by the Illinois Department of Transportation. More>>

Hoopeston police make arrest in early morning report of shots fired

HOOPESTON - A Watseka man has been arrested by Hoopeston police for allegedly firing a gun at someone he knew during the early morning hours of August 22. More>>

Farmer City Police investigating early-morning burglaries

FARMER CITY - The Farmer City Police Department and DeWitt County Sheriff's Office is seeking the assistance of the public in solving a series of crimes that occurred during the early morning hours of August 21. More>>

Head-on collision in Beardstown leaves 1 injured

BEARDSTOWN - Illinois State Police are investigating a crash that left a woman injured Wednesday afternoon. More>>

Illinois man receives 24-year sentence for sexual assault

TOULON - A Kewanee man has been sentenced to 24 years in prison for sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl. More>>

Final medical marijuana town hall to take place in Chicago

CHICAGO - Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago will be the venue for the last of three planned town hall meetings about the application process for the state's medical marijuana program. More>>

Police investigating Tuesday afternoon bank robbery

OAKLAND - Coles County Sheriff's Deputies, Detectives, and Charleston police are investigating a bank robbery that occurred at Oakland National Bank Tuesday afternoon. More>>

Illinois State Police honor 4 women for their help in locating murder victim's body

EFFINGHAM - Four women from Salem have been honored by Illinois State Police for their efforts in finding the body of seven-year-old murder victim Willow Long. More>>

Quinn signs law requiring IHSA to develop concussion certification program

CHICAGO - A new law requiring high school coaches and athletic directors to take concussion training courses has been signed by Governor Pat Quinn. More>>

Bloomington man convicted of aggravated arson

BLOOMINGTON - A 25-year-old Bloomington man has been convicted of aggravated arson after being acquitted of attempted murder. More>>

Man sentenced to 9 years for aggravated DUI

TUSCOLA - An Illinois man has been sentenced to nine years in prison for killing a motorcyclist while driving drunk. More>>

Medical marijuana could be coming to Clinton

CLINTON—In just a few weeks, the state will begin accepting applications for medical marijuana facilities, but in Clinton, one company is already making the case to for a cultivation center right outside of town.
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Monday morning rollover shuts down I-74 for hours

VERMILION COUNTY - Illinois State Police are investigating a crash that closed I-74 for five hours Monday morning. More>>

New Moultrie County Health Department facility offers more space

SULLIVAN - Officials at the Moultrie County Health Department are hoping their newly-opened $1 million facility will be more inviting and accessible to residents. More>>

Condition of centuries-old elm tree evaluated by officials

QUINCY - According to western Illinois officials, preliminary tests indicate that a centuries-old tree may not have been infected with Dutch elm disease. More>>

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan warning residents of phone scam

CHICAGO - Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is warning state residents to watch out for a new telephone scam, in which callers pose as representatives of technology companies like Microsoft. More>>

Central Illinois hospital cancels mission trip to Liberia

PEKIN - A central Illinois hospital's mission trip to Liberia has been canceled due to the deadly outbreak of Ebola in West Africa. More>>

Police seeking Marshall bank robbery suspect

EFFINGHAM - The Illinois State Police, Clark County Sheriff's Office, and Marshall Police Department are seeking the assistance of the public in identifying a suspect in the robbery of the First Financial Bank in Marshall. More>>

600 employees at Deere factories to face lay offs

MOLINE - Agricultural equipment giant Deere has announced over 600 employees in 4 of its Midwest factories will face an indefinite lay off. More>>

First of 3 medical marijuana meetings set for Collinsville on Thursday

COLLINSVILLE - The first of three town hall meetings aimed at answering questions about the medical marijuana application process in Illinois is going to be held in Collinsville on Thursday. More>>

Bloomington and Normal police warning residents of vehicle thefts

BLOOMINGTON - Residents of Bloomington and Normal are being warned by police to lock their cars and remove their keys from their vehicles after a recent string of vehicle thefts. More>>

Wednesday afternoon crash leaves 1 dead, 1 injured

CHRISTIAN COUNTY - One person is dead and another injured after a one-vehicle crash Wednesday afternoon. More>>

Mattoon police say more charges likely for 2 men arrested for alleged armed robbery

MATTOON - In an update to a story WAND brought you yesterday, Mattoon police are requesting that formal charges of home invasion be filed against two men who were arrested on Tuesday for alleged armed robbery. More>>

U.S. EPA denies PCB storage permit for Clinton Landfill

CHICAGO - The United States Environmental Protection Agency has decided not to give a central Illinois landfill a chemical waste permit that would allow it to store PCBs. More>>

Mattoon police arrest 2 men for armed robbery

MATTOON - Two central Illinois men have been arrested by Mattoon police for allegedly robbing a Casey's General Store. More>>

Central Illinois Foodbank mobile pantry coming to Jacksonville

JACKSONVILLE - Central Illinois Foodbank's mobile pantry is scheduled to make a stop in Morgan County on August 14. More>>

Veterans' handicapped parking law signed by Quinn

VILLA PARK - A plan that allows veterans with disabilities to get a handicapped parking designation with less difficulty has been signed into law. More>>

Chautauqua Renovations In Shelbyville

Shelbyville – Targeted for demolition a year ago, work will soon begin on renovating the historic Chautauqua building in Forest Park.
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Central Illinois man dies in helicopter crash in Piatt County

PIATT COUNTY - One man is dead after his crop dusting helicopter crashed just north of Mansfield. More>>

Services set for former Illinois state representative

CANTON - Services are set for former Illinois state representative Mike Smith, 48, who died in his home in Canton on Saturday.
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Effingham police investigating early-morning armed robbery

EFFINGHAM - The Effingham Police Department is investigating a report of an armed robbery that occurred on August 12, 2014. More>>

Mattoon Police seeking information, persons of interest in armed robberies

MATTOON - In an update to a story WAND brought to you yesterday, the Mattoon Police Department is seeking the public's assistance in identifying two persons of interest in the recent armed robberies that occurred on August 10 and August 11.
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Damaged Store Reopens In New Location Video included

Taylorvillle – There are few locally owned retail shoe stores anymore.
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Mattoon police seeking information on 2 armed robberies

MATTOON - The Mattoon Police Department is seeking assistance from the public in solving two separate armed robberies that happened on August 10 and August 11. More>>

McLean County public defender resigns

BLOOMINGTON - McLean County public defender Kim Campbell has resigned. More>>

300-year-old oak tree at Eastern Illinois University to be cut down

CHARLESTON - A bur oak tree, estimated to be nearly three centuries old, on the Eastern Illinois University campus will be cut down after part of it broke away. More>>

Clinton Landfill owners to appeal ban on PCBs and gas plant waste

CLINTON - A central Illinois landfill's owners are planning to appeal a ban on the disposal of PCBs and manufactured gas plant waste, saying the facility would pose no safety or health threat. More>>

Mattoon police arrest 2 in connection with home burglary

Mattoon- Two people are arrested in connection to a home burglary in Mattoon.
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Illinois' concealed carry application process getting easier

CARBONDALE - Illinois officials say that the initial rush of concealed carry permit applications is slowing down, and the process of obtaining a permit is becoming easier to navigate. More>>

3 dead in Quincy house fire

QUINCY - A house fire in Quincy has claimed the lives of a man and two children. More>>

Banks in Illinois undecided on allowing firearms in their buildings

CLINTON - Even though Illinois' concealed carry law went into effect several months ago, banks across the state are still undecided on whether or not people should be allowed to carry firearms into their institutions. More>>

Gallery Night to feature art created by local children and teens

CHARLESTON - The Coles County Art Council and Charleston TeenREACH are teaming up to host Gallery Night, an event that will showcase art created by local children and teens. More>>

Family of deceased Southern Illinois University student sues Carbondale

CARBONDALE - A lawsuit has been filed by the family of a deceased 19-year-old Southern Illinois University Student against Carbondale, its police chief, and the last person that saw him alive. More>>

Missing 3-year-old located in cornfield

ALTAMONT - After a search that lasted nearly three hours, a 3-year-old girl who was reported missing was found safe in a south-central Illinois cornfield. More>>

Harrisburg mayor passes away after year-long bout with cancer

HARRISBURG - The mayor of the southern Illinois city of Harrisburg has died of brain cancer. More>>

Grain bin safety demonstration held at Georgetown Fair

GEORGETOWN - The Vermilion County Farm Bureau Young Leaders Committee will host a Grain Bin Safety Demonstration at the Georgetown Fair on August 7 at 4:30 p.m. More>>

Urbana man dies after Interstate 55 crash

MAYWOOD - An Urbana man involved in a July 21 semi-truck crash near Chicago has died, bringing the total number of fatalities in the accident to five. More>>

Illinois receives $1.3 million in drug misrepresentation settlement

CHICAGO - A $35 million settlement has been reached between 42 states and a pharmaceutical company over the marketing of an organ-transplant drug. More>>

2 arrested after midday crash in Charleston

CHARLESTON - Two individuals have been arrested following an accident in Charleston August 1. More>>

Illinois State University preparing for incoming freshman class

NORMAL - Illinois State University is expecting a larger-than-normal incoming freshman class for the 2014-2015 school year. More>>

Comcast offers 6 months of free internet through special program

CHICAGO - On Tuesday, Comcast announced that families that apply and are accepted in the company's Internet Essentials program between August 4 and September 20 will receive up to six months of free Internet service. More>>

2 Illinois men arrested for illegally selling firearms

TINLEY PARK - Illinois State Police have made two arrests following a bust that found dozens of illegal weapons and multiple rounds of ammunition. More>>

1 dead, 2 injured after late-night crash

MORGAN COUNTY - One motorist is dead and two others are in serious condition after a late-night crash in Morgan County. More>>

Doddy pleads not guilty to charges in rest stop killing

DIXON - A northern Illinois man charged in the deaths of two people has pleaded not guilty to murdering one of them at a highway rest stop near Paw Paw. More>>

Iroquois County Public Health Department to host open house

WATSEKA - Iroquois County Public Health Department is hosting an open house on August 8, 2014 from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m. More>>

Investigators determine cause of fatal 2012 plane crash

TAYLORVILLE - Federal aviation investigators have identified the factors that contributed to a 2012 fatal small plane crash in central Illinois. More>>

Illinois doctor charged with illegally dispensing controlled substances has license suspended

EFFINGHAM - An Illinois doctor who is facing charges of illegally distributing controlled substances has had his license suspended by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. More>>

Law enforcement and fire officials conclude search in Dwight murders

DWIGHT - In an update to a story that WAND brought to you on Sunday, Illinois State Police say they're processing items found during a search connected to shootings in Dwight that left a mother and daughter dead. More>>

18 Illinois Air National Guardsmen returning home after 7 month deployment

PEORIA - Eighteen Illinois Air National Guard Security Forces members are expected to return home on Monday after a seven-month deployment to Southwest Asia.
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Multiple water-related laws signed by Quinn

CHICAGO - Legislation aimed at protecting water supplies has been signed by Governor Pat Quinn. More>>

Man-made wetlands could help reduce nitrate levels in drinking water

BLOOMINGTON - A central Illinois city that has struggled with nitrate levels in its public drinking water supply is turning to farmers for help, whose fertilizer-laden fields helped create the problem. More>>

Illinois State Police plan ground search in Dwight shootings

DWIGHT - Law enforcement authorities are planning to ground search an area that they believe is connected to shootings in Dwight that left a mother and daughter dead. More>>

Inmate seeking DNA tests in 1998 smothering death

BLOOMINGTON - Lawyers representing an inmate accused of the 1998 smothering death of his daughter are awaiting a central Illinois judge's decision on whether to allow genetic testing of evidence in the case. More>>

Legislation that expands ban on student cyberbullying approved by Quinn

CHICAGO - Legislation that extends the state's ban on student cyberbullying to include actions outside of school has been signed by Governor Pat Quinn. More>>

Emergency exercise planned for Gillman

GILLMAN - Gillman residents are being advised of an emergency exercise that will take place at Incobrasa Industries, Inc. on August 2. More>>

Disposal of PCBs and gas plant waste at Clinton Landfill stopped

CLINTON - Disposal of PCBs and manufactured gas waste at a central Illinois landfill has been stopped by state environmental officials. More>>

Illinois' U.S. senators want federal action taken on Asian carp

CHICAGO - Both of Illinois' U.S. senators are pushing for federal investigators to take action against the threat of invasive species, such as Asian carp. More>>

Peoria library placed on National Register of Historic Places

PEORIA - A library in Peoria has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
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Gunman Identified in Deadly Standoff

CHRISTIAN COUNTY - The Christian County Coroner releases the name of the gunman who was shot and killed during a standoff. More>>

Fire at Red Apple Family Restaurant

SULLIVAN - Multiple fire departments are responding to a fire at the Red Apple Family Restaurant in Sullivan. More>>

Danville police make arrests in armed robbery investigation

DANVILLE - Danville police are investigating an armed robbery that took place at a downtown business early Tuesday morning. More>>

Nonbinding question for increasing millionaires' tax approved by Quinn

BERWYN - Legislation that will allow voters to give their opinion on whether Illinois millionaires should pay more income tax has been signed by Governor Pat Quinn. More>>

Southern Illinois county board approves $7 million medical marijuana plan

MARISSA - A proposal for a $7 million medical marijuana cultivation center near the town of Marissa has been approved by the St. Clair County board. More>>

Illinois regulators file complaint against doctor

CHICAGO - Illinois regulators say that a 79-year old man was misled by a suburban Chicago doctor, who issued a fake medical marijuana certification to the man for a $250 fee. More>>

Central Illinois woman dies retrieving cell phone from burning home

BARTONVILLE - Bartonville police say a central Illinois woman is dead after running into her burning home to retrieve her cell phone. More>>

Quinn: Illinois EPA will prevent the storage of PCBs in Clinton Landfill

CHICAGO - According to Governor Pat Quinn, the storage of toxic PCBs in a central Illinois landfill that sits over the Mahomet aquifer will be blocked by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency. More>>

New fundraising record set for Illinois State University

CHICAGO - Illinois State University has announced that it set a fundraising record for the fiscal year that ended on June 30. More>>

Law expanding Illinois Holocaust commission signed by Quinn

SKOKIE - Legislation that will expand the Illinois Holocaust and Genocide Commission has been signed by Governor Pat Quinn. More>>

EIU makes 5-year deal with Oregon-based athletic wear company

CHARLESTON - Eastern Illinois University has made a five-year deal with a Portland, Oregon-based athletic wear company. More>>

Broadview park to receive $1.2 million for renovations

BROADVIEW - According to Governor Pat Quinn, the state is awarding about $1.2 million in capital construction funding to a suburban Chicago park to help renovate its recreation center. More>>

A Taylorville Building Collapses

A bustling business is now in ruins. The entrance of Too the Moon Tattoos in Taylorville is now pile of rubble.  And the owner of the . More>>

Northern Illinois man charged in woman's death

MCHENRY - A northern Illinois man has been charged with murder in the slaying of a woman whose skeletal remains were found in his home. More>>

Illinois woman drowns in Wisconsin lake after rescuing a boy

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS - Friends and family are mourning the death of an Arlington Heights woman who drowned while rescuing a 9-year-old boy in a Wisconsin lake. More>>

Southern Illinois University to hold special election this fall

CARBONDALE - A special election will be held by Southern Illinois University this fall because of an error that officials say invalidated its Board of Trustees student representative election. More>>

Chicago man sentenced to 40 years after DNA test linked him to sexual assault

CHICAGO - A Chicago man will spend the next 40 years behind bars after being convicted of sexual assault when a rape kit linked him to an attack in 2002. More>>

Medical marijuana zoning rules approved in Aurora

AURORA - Aldermen in the second largest city in Illinois have unanimously approved new medical marijuana zoning rules. More>>

Law enforcement officers serving lunch at Texas Roadhouse to benefit Special Olympics Illinois

NORMAL - On July 25, 14 Texas Roadhouse locations in Illinois will team up with their local law enforcement officers to host a benefit lunch that supports Special Olympics Illinois. More>>

Church Owned House An Eyesore

Farmer City – God’s creatures live here. Animals, bugs, bees and birds.
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Man robbed by police impersonators near Litchfield

LITCHFIELD - According to Illinois State Police, men who impersonated police officers robbed a driver on Interstate 55 near Litchfield. More>>

Insurers to pay over $8 million in refunds in Illinois

CHICAGO - Due to a provision of the nation's health care law, more than 108,000 health insurance customers in Illinois will benefit from more than $8 million in refunds. More>>

University of Illinois trustees expected to increase renovation budget

CHICAGO - University of Illinois trustees are expected to agree to a raise for head basketball coach John Groce and to increase the budget for renovations at Champaign's State Farm Center when they meet in Chicago on Thursday. More>>

Legislation to combat flooding signed by Quinn

OAK LAWN - Legislation aimed at tackling flooding around Illinois and protecting drinking water has been approved by Governor Pat Quinn. More>>

2 Illinois gang members plead guilty to conspiracy to distribute drugs

PEORIA - Two Illinois gang members pleaded guilty in federal court on Tuesday to conspiring to distribute drugs. More>>

World War II veteran wants to continue giving away American flags

LOVES PARK - A World War II Navy veteran who gives away free American flags every Memorial Day has raised $4,000 for a fund that would keep that tradition going after he passes away. More>>

Construction begins on mining facility at Southeastern Illinois College

HARRISBURG - A community college in southeastern Illinois has broken ground on a simulated mine facility that will be used for competitions and education. More>>

Northern Illinois man faces charges in second murder

ROCKFORD - A man already accused of killing a high school friend has now been charged with a second northern Illinois murder. More>>

Emotions Run High As Tom Michael is Introduced as EIU Athletic Director

CHARLESTON -- It's not his home, his alma mater, or the campus he's spent 23 years dedicated to serving.New Eastern Illinois athletic director Tom Michael says, however, he's right where he needs to be."I'm honored to accept the position as the tenth director of athletics for Eastern Illinois University," said a noticeably emotional Michael. During a brief press conference announcing his new position, he revealed that 15 years ago to the day -- July 22, 1999 -- Michael's father passed away."I... More>>

$1 billion Illinois road repair plan signed by Governor Quinn

CHICAGO - A nearly $1 billion capital construction spending plan intended to repair roads and bridges in Illinois has been signed by Governor Pat Quinn. More>>

Peoria man found guilty of first-degree murder

PEORIA - A former Baptist missionary has been found guilty of first-degree murder in the shooting death of his wife on Valentine's Day last year. More>>

Lt. Governor Sheila Simon launches Virtual Legal Clinic

DANVILLE - Illinois Lt. Governor Sheila Simon joined advocates at Crosspoint Human Services on Friday to launch her latest Virtual Legal Clinic, a program that helps downstate domestic violence survivors access free legal counsel. More>>

DeWitt County Sheriff's Office looking for tips in Wapella theft

WAPELLA - The DeWitt County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's assistance in identifying thieves that stole over $1,000 from a Wapella woman on July 20. More>>

Legislation allowing medical marijuana use for kids with epilepsy signed by Quinn

CHICAGO - Legislation that would allow minors with epilepsy to use medical marijuana has been signed by Governor Pat Quinn. More>>

Chicago man involved in fight dies after police use stun gun

CHICAGO - According to authorities, a man has died after Chicago police used a stun gun while trying to break up a fight. More>>

University of Illinois psychiatric clinic closing this fall

ROCKFORD - The University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford will close its psychiatric clinic this fall.
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Cybercrime detective testifies at Peoria murder trial

PEORIA - An investigator testifying at a Peoria murder trial says the Internet search history on the suspect's computer included queries on various ways to kill someone. More>>

Western Illinois University honored for improving retention rate

MACOMB - Western Illinois University officials say that the institution received an award for increasing its student retention rate.
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Northern Illinois man sentenced to 4 1/2-years for neglecting mother

JOLIET - A northern Illinois man will spend the next four and a half years behind bars for neglecting his elderly mother. More>>

Construction job training program announced by Quinn

CHICAGO - A new training program to prepare people for construction jobs has been announced by Governor Pat Quinn. More>>

Illinois unemployment rate decreases for fourth straight month

CHICAGO - According to the Illinois Department of Employment Security, the state's unemployment rate dropped for the fourth straight month, to 7.1 percent in June. More>>

Quincy man facing murder charges ordered to undergo mental evaluation

QUINCY - In an update to a story WAND brought you earlier this week, a Quincy man charged with first-degree murder has been ordered to undergo a mental fitness evaluation. More>>

Quincy woman pleads not guilty to unlawful restraint

QUINCY - A Quincy woman accused of locking her 5-year-old son in their basement has pleaded not guilty to unlawful restraint. More>>

Building in Normal leased to potential medical marijuana operation

NORMAL - Deals are being made in cities across Illinois, as aspiring medical marijuana growers are preparing to compete for a limited number of cultivation licenses. More>>

Southern Illinois man found fit to stand trial for murder

BENTON - A southern Illinois man has been found fit to stand trial, facing charges that he allegedly murdered his wife. More>>

Peoria home may have been damaged by fireworks

PEORIA - According to police, large fireworks might be to blame for a hole left in the roof of an elderly woman's home in Peoria on Saturday night. More>>

Northern Illinois woman pleads guilty to first-degree murder

WAUKEGAN - A northern Illinois woman has pleaded guilty to first-degree murder for her part in the killing of a man that she mistakenly believed sexually assaulted her. More>>

Legislation establishing new rules for grants signed by Quinn

CHICAGO - Legislation that overhauls the state's grant oversight and accountability process has been signed by Governor Pat Quinn. More>>

Quincy residents quadruple flag fundraiser goal

QUINCY - In under a week, residents of the western Illinois community of Quincy quadrupled a fundraising goal that will replace several dozen U.S. flags in the city's business district. More>>

Illinois committee approves medical marijuana rules

CHICAGO - Legal medical marijuana is one step closer to being a reality for qualified patients after a legislative committee approved rules for Illinois' new medical marijuana program. More>>

Illinois man sentenced to 18 years for assaulting girl

BELLEVILLE - An East St. Louis man will spend the next 18 years behind bars for the sexual assault of a 10-year-old girl. More>>

Southern Illinois teen charged as adult in shooting death

EDWARDSVILLE - A southwestern Illinois teenager will be charged as an adult in connection with the shooting death of a 16-year-old. More>>

Quincy man charged with first-degree murder

QUINCY - In an update to a story WAND brought you yesterday, a Quincy man now faces charges of first-degree murder after the man whose throat he is accused of slashing died. More>>

Chicago woman unfit for trial in baby's death

CHICAGO - A suburban Chicago woman is mentally unfit to stand trial for the death of her six-month-old granddaughter, according to a ruling made by a Cook County judge. More>>

Jury selection begins for Peoria man's trial

PEORIA - The trial of a Peoria man charged with shooting his wife to death is expected to begin. More>>

Western Illinois man injured in throat slashing dies

QUINCY - In an update to a story WAND brought to you last week, a western Illinois man has died after having his throat slashed last Wednesday. More>>

Illinois man wants to withdraw guilty plea in wife's death

PEKIN - A central Illinois man who is serving a 55-year prison sentence for shooting his wife says he wants to retract his guilty plea. More>>

EPA to remove soil contaminated with arsenic, lead from Tilton homes

TILTON - The United States Environmental Protection Agency says it has plans to remove soil from around 29 Tilton homes that was contaminated by a now-closed zinc smelter. More>>

Quincy man faces attempted first-degree murder charge

QUINCY - A western Illinois man is in jail on charges that he slashed the throat of another man. More>>

Some Illinois legislators giving pay increases to charity

CHICAGO - After the Illinois Legislature moved to not take furlough days for the first time in years, some state lawmakers decided to take matters into their own hands to save taxpayer dollars. More>>

Marine named Illinois Veterans' Affairs director

CHICAGO - A veteran who served three tours of duty with the U.S. Marines in Afghanistan and Iraq has been named acting director of the Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs. More>>

Bloomington to revise taxi regulations

BLOOMINGTON - Taxi and shuttle bus regulations continue to be revised by the city of Bloomington after a judge ruled them unconstitutional last year. More>>

NIU forms group to improve sexual assault policies

DEKALB - A task force has been formed at Northern Illinois University to help implement White House recommendations on sexual assault prevention. More>>

3 Bloomington teens charged in beating death of a man

BLOOMINGTON - In an update to a story WAND brought to you earlier this week, three Bloomington teenagers will face charges in the beating death of a homeless man. More>>

2 California men face charges for allegedly freeing minks from Illinois farm

CHICAGO - Two men from Los Angeles, California face charges of conspiracy and intrastate travel to damage and interfere with the operations of an animal enterprise after allegedly freeing approximately 2,000 minks from their cages on an Illinois farm and spray-painting "Liberation is Love" on the side of a barn. More>>

Central Illinois man arrested for indecent solicitation of a child

CHARLESTON - A central Illinois man has been arrested by Charleston police for allegedly having inappropriate conversations with a 14-year-old girl. More>>

Crowds gather in Illinois to watch "corpse flower" bloom

CHARLESTON - Crowds are expected to gather at Eastern Illinois University's Thut Greenhouse to watch an exotic plant known as the "corpse flower" bloom. More>>

Peoria officials want to build Asian carp processing plant

PEORIA - Peoria-area officials say they are trying to gain support to build an Asian carp processing plant in central Illinois. More>>

Illinois man has donated 20 gallons of blood in his lifetime

MATTOON - An Illinois man has reached his goal of donating 20 gallons of blood, and he says he has no intentions of stopping there.
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Volunteers from across the country in Danville this week

DANVILLE—Kids from across the country are in Danville this week to give back to a community that some of them barely even know.
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Washington's fire chief may keep his job after all

WASHINGTON - Washington's fire chief may end up keeping his job after a meeting of the board that wants him out broke up because it lacked enough members on-hand to vote. More>>

Illinois man's request to lower sentence rejected

EDWARDSVILLE - A man serving a 20-year prison sentence for his role in the 2007 kidnapping and beating death of a man has lost his bid to have his sentence reduced. More>>

National Guard airmen return to Peoria after serving overseas

PEORIA - After serving in southwestern Asia, about 40 members of the Illinois Air National Guard have returned home. More>>

Illinois adoptees' rights increased under new law

CHICAGO - Legislation aimed at allowing adoptees and birth family members to learn more about their family histories has been signed by Governor Pat Quinn. More>>

Quincy Park District creating pickleball courts

QUINCY - A game that combines elements of tennis and ping pong is getting a boost in a western Illinois community. More>>

3 teens could face charges in Bloomington beating death

BLOOMINGTON - Three teenagers from Bloomington could face charges in the death of a homeless man who died last week after complications from a June beating. More>>

Anti-patronage lawyer says Quinn administration should face federal scrutiny

CHICAGO - In a federal-court filing on Tuesday, anti-patronage lawyer Michael Shakman said Governor Pat Quinn's administration should face federal scrutiny to ensure that it complies with rules barring political hiring for non-political jobs. More>>

Illinois woman pleads guilty to second-degree murder, sentenced to 25 years

EFFINGHAM - A southern Illinois woman has been sentenced to 25 years in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree murder. More>>

Man suspected in 2 Illinois homicides appears in court

ROCKFORD - A man suspected in two homicides in Illinois and was arrested after a high-speed chase appeared during a court appearance on Monday to be injured.
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Search effort locates 3-year-old girl in western Illinois cornfield

PITTSFIELD - After an hours-long search that involved airplanes and drones, a three-year-old girl was found alive in a dense western Illinois cornfield. More>>

Economic impact of Illinois fairs to be gauged by surveys

MENDON - In an effort to gauge the economic impact of agricultural fairs, the spending habits of hundreds of fairgoers in 15 Illinois counties are being sought this summer.
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IHSA hearing in Chicago canceled

CHICAGO - A second Illinois legislative committee hearing involving the not-for-profit association that's in charge of high school sports in the state has been canceled. More>>

Future of prison in Dwight still uncertain

DWIGHT - After closing one year ago, the future of the former Dwight Correctional Center still remains uncertain. More>>

U.S. Senator says proposal would hurt community colleges

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Normal to hold renewable energy event next week

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Outreach grants for "Get Covered Illinois" available

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Mattoon woman arrested for alleged armed robbery

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Highway in Peoria named after former U.S. transportation secretary

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Illinois lawmaker will not seek re-election this fall

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New Illinois secretary of transportation chosen by Gov. Quinn

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Former ISU president found guilty of disorderly conduct

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Quinn makes small cuts to $35.7 billion budget

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