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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

CHICAGO - Proposed regulations that proponents argue will protect students who attend some colleges from amassing huge debts they can't pay off are being criticized by United States Senator Mark Kirk. More>>

Job fair being held by Dot Foods

MT. STERLING - The largest food industry re-distributor in the United States, Dot Foods, is hosting a fair July 8 to recruit 25 local residents for full-time and part-time warehouse order selector positions in Dot's dry and frozen warehouses. More>>

Chicago woman pleads guilty to stealing from Toys for Tots

CHICAGO - A Chicago woman has pleaded guilty Thursday to stealing over $25,000 from Toys for Tots. More>>

Non-binding birth control question to appear on November ballot

CHICAGO - Governor Pat Quinn has signed a non-binding November ballot question that will ask voters if they think prescription drug coverage plans should be required to include birth control. More>>

Gun used in deadly Dwight shootings recovered by police

DWIGHT - According to police, the gun used in shootings in central Illinois that left a Dwight mother and daughter dead has been recovered. More>>

Military families travel to Monticello for Camp Corral

MONTICELLO -- Military families from across the Midwest traveled to Monticello Sunday to start a week filled with fun.

Normal to hold renewable energy event next week

NORMAL - The Illinois Renewable Energy Conference will be hosted by the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs later this week in Normal. More>>

Outreach grants for "Get Covered Illinois" available

CHICAGO - Applications for grants that would help with the next insurance enrollment period under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul are now being accepted by Illinois. More>>

Illinois State Police, U.S. Marshals looking for suspect in two murders

STERLING - In an update to a story we brought you yesterday, Illinois State Police investigators are working with the Rockford Police Department, U.S. Marshals, and law enforcement nationwide to locate Terence Doddy.

Ruling from Illinois Supreme Court backs retirees on health benefits

CHICAGO - In a 6-to-1 ruling, the Illinois Supreme Court has sided with retired state employees who argue that health insurance premiums are a protected retirement benefit. More>>

Mattoon woman arrested for alleged armed robbery

MATTOON - Police have arrested a Mattoon woman who allegedly robbed a man at knife point on Tuesday. More>>

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

PEORIA - A stretch of highway in Peoria has been renamed after former U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. More>>

Illinois Department of Transportation director resigns

CHICAGO - Amid questions about hiring practices, a deputy director of the Illinois Department of Transportation has resigned, mere days after the replacement of the agency's transportation secretary.

Teen charged with DUI after wreck Wednesday night

DOUGLAS COUNTY - A central Illinois teen faces several preliminary charges, including Driving Under the Influence, after a wreck Wednesday night. More>>

Southwestern Illinois man pleads guilty in deadly crash

EDWARDSVILLE - A man from southwestern Illinois faces up to 14 years in prison after admitting in court that he was driving drunk when his sport utility vehicle hit a house, killing a widower inside. More>>

Health officials in Illinois offer picnic safety tips

CHICAGO - Health officials in Illinois have some safety tips when it comes to food for those planning to picnic this Fourth of July holiday weekend. More>>

Illinois State Police seeking person of interest in rest stop death

STERLING - Illinois State Police investigators are seeking the public's assistance for any information into the death investigation that occurred Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at the Willow Creek Rest stop located on I-39 southbound at the 84 mile marker. More>>

Illinois lawmaker will not seek re-election this fall

WATSEKA - An Illinois state representative is announcing plans to remove himself from the November ballot. More>>

VA clinic in Peoria says it doesn't need waiting list

PEORIA - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs clinic in Peoria was placed on a list of VA locations in need of further review due to the lack of a waiting list for patients.

American Red Cross asking central Illinois residents to donate blood

ILLINOIS - The American Red Cross is asking residents in central Illinois to donate blood to help prevent a summer shortage.

Second shooting in 4 days leaves Danville man dead

DANVILLE - An eastern Illinois man is dead after a shooting in Danville early Monday morning. More>>

Same-day registration bill signed into law

OAK PARK - A plan that will allow Illinois voters to cast ballots on Election Day, have more time to vote early, and not be required to bring photo identification to vote early has been signed into law by Governor Pat Quinn. More>>

Washington fire chief not offered new contract

WASHINGTON - The board that oversees the fire department in the central Illinois town of Washington has decided not to renew Fire Chief Mike Vaughn's contract. More>>

New Illinois secretary of transportation chosen by Gov. Quinn

CHICAGO - The head of the Illinois Department of Transportation has been replaced by Governor Pat Quinn. More>>

Department of Agriculture wants people to buy Illinois-made products

CHICAGO - The Illinois Department of Agriculture is urging residents of the state to spend some of their grocery money on products that were grown or made in Illinois. More>>

Belleville faces several charges after domestic dispute

BELLEVILLE - A southwestern Illinois woman faces multiple charges after stabbing her boyfriend in the head during a dispute. More>>

3 killed in southern Illinois wreck

MARION - According to Illinois State Police, excessive speed may have played a role in a three-car wreck that claimed the lives of three people in Williamson County on Monday. More>>

Illinois moving forward with Medicaid managed care

CHICAGO - A timetable for moving hundreds of thousands of poor and disabled patients into managed health care plans has been announced by Illinois' top Medicaid official. More>>

Former ISU president found guilty of disorderly conduct

BLOOMINGTON - A former Illinois State University president has been found guilty of disorderly conduct during an altercation with a university employee. More>>

Remodeled grocery store reopens in Danville

DANVILLE - In order to debut its newly remodeled Danville store, ALDI hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony Monday morning.

Unions in Illinois object to Supreme Court ruling

CHICAGO - A union that represents Illinois home care workers is criticizing a Supreme Court ruling which found that public sector unions can't collect fees from health care workers who object to being affiliated with a union.

Quinn makes small cuts to $35.7 billion budget

CHICAGO - Minor cuts have been made to a $35.7 billion state budget, as Governor Pat Quinn used his line-item veto power to eliminate $250 million to be used for renovations of the state Capitol. More>>

U.S. Representative to visit southern Illinois VA hospital

MARION - A United States Representative is planning to tour a southern Illinois veterans' hospital this week. More>>

New law speeds up school record transfer time for military families

MASCOUTAH - Legislation making it easier for military families moving to Illinois to enroll their children in schools in the state has been signed by Governor Pat Quinn on Saturday. More>>

Illinois Likely To Win Fertilizer Plant Over Iowa Video included

Tuscola – A $1.2 billion dollar investment.

Judge rules term limits, remap initiatives cannot appear on ballot

CHICAGO - Signature-driven ballot measures calling for legislative term limits and a new political redistricting process can't appear on the November ballot due to a Cook County judge's ruling. More>>

Huge party in Athens to raise money for Africa trip

ATHENS - The Athens Community Park Building will be host to a huge party on July 11 that will help one local family travel to Sierra Leone in Africa. More>>

New driver training course required starting July 1

ILLINOIS - A new law takes effect July 1, requiring people ages 18 to 20 who didn't take driver's education to complete a six-hour training course before applying for a driver's license. More>>

$12 Million Project Completed In Clinton Video included

Clinton – Syngenta has completed its $12 million expansion of its corn soybean research and development facility.

New questions surround Rauner daughter's admission into elite school

CHICAGO - New questions are being raised about the admission of one of Bruce Rauner's children into an elite Chicago public school. More>>

Chicago man arrested for impersonating federal agent

CHICAGO - A Chicago man has been arrested for allegedly impersonating a U.S. Marshals Service employee, according to federal prosecutors. More>>

Southern Illinois woman accused of killing cat free on bond

EDWARDSVILLE - A southwestern Illinois woman is free on bond after being arrested for allegedly killing a cat by dropping a frozen jug of water on its head. More>>

Anti-bullying bill signed into law Video included

CHICAGO - Anti-bullying policies will be required in Illinois' public schools under a new law that Governor Pat Quinn has signed.

Even More Possible Jobs Thanks to Route 29 Expansion

According to Eli Fry, employment isn't easy to come by in the small town of Edinburg.  "There's not much around here for, you know,

Quinn signs bill that allows psychologists to prescribe medication

CHICAGO - Legislation that allows psychologists in Illinois to prescribe medication to patients has been signed by Governor Pat Quinn. More>>

2 student fee proposals approved by SIU Board of Trustees

EDWARDSVILLE - Two fee proposals meant to help Southern Illinois University's sports programs and student newspaper have been approved by the Carbondale campus' governing board. More>>

Exonerated men reach settlement in lawsuit filed against Illinois State Police

CHICAGO - A $40 million settlement has been reached between the Illinois State Police and attorneys for five men convicted and later cleared of the 1991 rape and murder of a suburban Chicago girl. More>>

New study says 3-D mammograms could be better at detecting cancer

CHICAGO - According to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association on Tuesday, 3-D mammograms may be better at finding cancer than regular scans, but it isn't known if that means saving more lives. More>>

Pekin industrial accident claims 2 lives

PEKIN - Carbon monoxide poisoning has claimed the lives of two workers at an agricultural products plant in central Illinois. More>>

Lincoln cabin summer camp demonstrates early settler life

LERNA - Children may learn what it was like to be an early settler on the prairie this summer thanks to a Pioneer Youth Camp offered by Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site.

Children travel for free on Amtrak this summer

CHICAGO - During weekends this summer, children may ride for free on Amtrak trains between Chicago and Milwaukee. More>>

Southern Illinois woman dies in crash 1 day after wedding

HARRISBURG - An 18-year-old woman is being mourned by a southern Illinois community after losing her life in a weekend vehicle wreck a day after she got married. More>>

Illinois man wants lawsuit to be heard by judge outside his judicial district

BLOOMINGTON - An Illinois man who was imprisoned for murder before DNA evidence cleared him of any wrongdoing says he wants a judge outside his judicial district to hear his lawsuit accusing authorities of malicious prosecution. More>>

Illinois lawmakers vote to subpoena anti-violence chief

CHICAGO - State lawmakers have voted to subpoena a former state official to answer questions about Governor Pat Quinn's anti-violence program. More>>

Minimum wage question to appear on Illinois ballots in November

CHICAGO - Governor Pat Quinn has signed legislation Sunday that would put a measure on the November ballot asking voters if Illinois should raise the state's minimum wage to $10 an hour by 2015.

Private schools in Illinois required to run shooting drills

ROCKFORD - Legislation signed by Governor Pat Quinn on Saturday will require private schools in Illinois to conduct annual drills to prepare for potential school shootings and review their security preparations. More>>

New law helps fire departments buy new trucks

MOLINE - Governor Pat Quinn signed legislation on Saturday that would help Illinois fire departments to buy new trucks.

Peoria seeking grants to remove lead hazards

PEORIA - Peoria health officials say grant money is needed to eliminate lead hazards in more than 200 homes.

3 shot on porch at Danville home

DANVILLE - Danville Police say they are investigating after three people sitting on a porch were shot. More>>

Video game scholarships offered by Chicago university

CHICAGO - All those hours spent playing video games could pay off for some college-bound students, as a private university in Chicago is offering large scholarships for players of one game in particular. More>>

Fundraiser featuring wine tasting in Danville

DANVILLE - A fundraiser packed with wine tasting, desserts, elegant dining, live music, and prizes is being hosted by the Center for Youth and Family Solutions on June 20.

Oversight of used-tire sites improved by new law

CHICAGO - New legislation meant to improve oversight of used-tire storage and processing sites that can pose major environmental hazards has been signed by Governor Pat Quinn on Thursday. More>>

New Internet scam in Coles County

COLES COUNTY - The Coles County Sheriff's Office is warning local residents about an Internet scam. More>>

500 People Line Up for Mobile Food Bank in Jacksonville

The number is shocking. More than 105,000 people in Central Illinois don't know where their next meal is coming from. 4,700

Illinois' unemployment rate falls for third consecutive month

CHICAGO - Illinois' unemployment rate fell for the third consecutive month to 7.5 percent in May, according to the state Department of Employment Security. More>>

Local, state, federal authorities verify sex offenders in Vermilion County

DANVILLE - On June 12th, local, state, and federal authorities combined their efforts in Danville to verify over 200 registered sex offenders throughout Vermilion County.

Illinois Poison Center funding plan approved by Quinn

CHICAGO - Despite seeing a number of budget cuts in recent years, the Illinois Poison Center will remain open due to a funding plan signed by Governor Pat Quinn. More>>

Staffing reduction causes changes to service scheduling at Danville National Cemetery

DANVILLE -- A Central Illinois cemetery for veterans is switching its schedule after staff reductions earlier this year. Changes to how often fallen heroes are laid to rest at the Danville National Cemetery are causing some commotion. More>>

Acrobatic Monkey & The 4th Of July

Bethany – The names are catchy. “Feel The Fire”. “Acrobatic Monkey”. “X-Treme Explosion". "Jail Bait".

"Sovereign citizen" found guilty of harassing federal officials

CHICAGO - A woman who is a self-proclaimed adherent of the "sovereign citizen" movement has been found guilty of filing bogus liens against law enforcement officials and federal judges. More>>

Delays at Danville National Cemetery due to staff reduction

DANVILLE - The number of staff at Danville National Cemetery has been reduced by half, which is leading to delays in burying some veterans. More>>

Conference scheduled for the appeal of a mine permit

HARRISBURG - Opponents of plans for a coal mine near Harrisburg soon could know whether their appeal of a permit for the project may go forward. More>>

Bloomington zoo using state grant money to make improvements

BLOOMINGTON - A zoo in Bloomington will use a $700,000 grant to pay for parking, a new monkey exhibit, and other work. More>>

Police request help in solving Dwight shooting deaths

DWIGHT - Dwight police and Illinois State Police are asking for the public's help with their investigation of the shooting deaths of a mother and daughter. More>>

Soldier killed in friendly fire airstrike remembered by Illinois village

MOKENA - An Illinois soldier that died in Afghanistan last week is being honored by residents in a northern Illinois village. More>>

Piatt County Fair Stays Successful Year After Year

CERRO GORDO--For more than 60 years, the Piatt County Fair has drawn thousands of people to its ground, and by the looks of it, this year will be no exception.

Ballot measures voted on by Illinois election officials

CHICAGO - A ballot measure that would call for term limits for lawmakers in Illinois is one step closer to appearing on the November ballot. More>>

Northern Illinois manufacturer agrees to stay in state after receiving tax breaks

ROSCOE - A northern Illinois manufacturer that considered moving to Wisconsin will instead relocate to a different Illinois town after the state agreed to $1.7 million in subsidies. More>>

Tech center receives $2.5 million for expansion

CHICAGO - A downtown Chicago startup center called 1871 will receive $2.5 million for expansion, according to Illinois officials. More>>

Autopsy reveals Dwight mother and daughter were shot to death

DWIGHT - According to Dwight police, an autopsy shows that a mother and daughter killed in a home this past weekend were shot to death. More>>

Danville man sentenced to life in prison for triple homicide

DANVILLE - A Danville man has been sentenced to life in prison in an eastern Illinois triple killing. More>>

Monticello camp undergoing wipe down to rid grounds of norovirus

Monticello --Cleaning continues at a Monticello camp that was forced to close after dozens of campers and staffers contracted the norovirus.

Museums, other facilities across Illinois to receive state grants

CHICAGO - Millions of dollars in grant money will be given to museums throughout Illinois to pay for facility improvements and added exhibits. More>>

Restoration of Medicaid cuts signed by Quinn

CHICAGO - Legislation that would restore Medicaid cuts two years ago, as well as make other changes, has been signed by Illinois Governor Pat Quinn. More>>

East Peoria bar gunman identified by police

EAST PEORIA - The gunman who shot and killed two people at a sports bar before he was killed by an off-duty law-enforcement officer has been identified by authorities in East Peoria. More>>

Mobile health clinic to begin operations in August

BLOOMINGTON - Bloomington-Normal residents can expect to see a mobile health clinic in the near future that would help provide health care to people who otherwise might not get it. More>>

3-year-old boy drowns in swimming pool in Morris

MORRIS - A 3-year-old boy has drowned in a swimming pool in Morris, according to officials in Grundy County. More>>

Eastern Illinois University begins search for new president

CHARLESTON - The board of trustees at Eastern Illinois University hope to begin their search for a new school president by this fall. More>>

Lincoln to hold public hearing on possible railroad crossing closure Video included

LINCOLN - A public hearing will be held by the city of Lincoln on Monday, June 16 at 6:00 p.m. to discuss design plans for the Lincoln Depot grounds and the possible closing of the Pekin Street railroad crossing downtown. More>>

New lottery ticket designed to raise money for Special Olympics Illinois

NORMAL - The 2014 Special Olympics Illinois Summer Games starts today, and Governor Pat Quinn will be at the opening ceremonies to sign legislation that creates a "Go for the Gold" lottery ticket to benefit Special Olympics Illinois. More>>

Control of Dwight Prison given to different state agency

PONTIAC - Control of the recently closed state prison near Dwight will be transferred from the Department of Corrections to a different state agency. More>>

Southern Illinois copper tubing company sued over environmental issues

BELLEVILLE - A manufacturer of copper tubing based in southwestern Illinois is being sued for allegedly releasing cancer-causing toxins into the environment for several decades. More>>

Lawsuit filed over Peoria mayor's response to Twitter account

PEORIA - A lawsuit has been filed against Peoria's mayor and police chief by the American Civil Liberties Union, alleging they violated free speech rights with a raid on a man's home who created a parody Twitter account in the mayor's name. More>>

Rauner shares details on cost-cutting ideas for Illinois

CHICAGO - The Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner has revealed new proposals for cutting into what he calls wasteful spending in Illinois. More>>

Metropolis' annual Superman festival underway

METROPOLIS - A yearly festival honoring Superman is underway in the southern Illinois city that claims the iconic superhero as its favorite son. More>>

Illinois State urges students to study abroad

NORMAL - Illinois State University is hoping to double the number of students who study abroad over the next five years.Rita Bailey, the assistant provost at Illinois State University, says that graduates increasingly need to be able to work with a global workforce.

Illinois early education bill signed by Quinn

CHICAGO - A plan that guarantees a higher percentage of state grant money be set aside for early education has been signed into law by Governor Pat Quinn. More>>

Illinois tornado victims could be helped by tax exemption

WASHINGTON - Victims of last fall's tornadoes in the city of Washington are expected to benefit from a tax exemption that the Illinois Legislature passed in 2012. More>>

Strict e-cigarette restrictions supported by AMA

CHICAGO - The nation's largest doctors' group is seeking strict limits on electronic cigarettes, and is pledging to use its lobbying power to ensure those restrictions are put in place. More>>

Friendly fire incident claimed 5 lives, Illinois soldier among them

CHICAGO - A 19-year old soldier from northern Illinois was among the five troops killed in a friendly-fire incident in Afghanistan this week, according to a spokeswoman for the soldier's family. More>>

$257 million Powerball jackpot drawing tonight

CHICAGO - The Powerball jackpot stands at $257 million, and the next opportunity for someone to walk away with the money will be tonight. More>>

Illinois Representative Derrick Smith convicted of bribery

CHICAGO - Illinois state Representative Derrick Smith has been convicted of bribery by a federal jury in Chicago. More>>

"Cupcake bill" signed by Governor Quinn

CHICAGO - A "cupcake bill" that was introduced after a young girl's home baking operation was shut down by regulations has been signed by Governor Pat Quinn Tuesday. More>>

Christian County Sheriff's Office investigates fatal crash

CHRISTIAN COUNTY - The Christian County Sheriff's Office, Coroner's Office, and Illinois State Police Crash Reconstruction Unit are investigating a crash that claimed the life of one central Illinois woman. More>>

VA audit reveals about 900 Illinois veterans didn't receive requested care

CHICAGO - Nearly 900 veterans that requested appointments at Illinois' Veterans Administration hospitals in the past decade have not received them, according to information from a new audit. More>>

Coalition of unions threaten lawsuit over Chicago pensions law

CHICAGO - A newly-signed law aimed at overhauling two of Chicago's pension systems may soon face a lawsuit filed by a coalition of unions. More>>

Illinois farmers scrambling after massive losses to honeybee hives

WATERMAN - Northern Illinois has suffered major losses among hives of honeybees due to the harsh winter.

Quinn signs Chicago pension overhaul legislation

CHICAGO - Legislation that would help Chicago reduce a multibillion dollar pension shortfall by cutting benefits and increasing contributions for the city and employees has been signed by Governor Pat Quinn.

U.S. senator wants more details on VA audit findings

CHICAGO - The Veterans Administration is being urged by U.S. Senator Mark Kirk to release more information about wait times and the quality of care at its Illinois hospitals. More>>

Tuition rate increased by 2.1 percent at Illinois State University

NORMAL - In an update to a story WAND posted on Wednesday, trustees at Illinois State University have raised tuition for students starting school this fall by 2.1 percent, and on-campus housing costs were raised by 2.5 percent. More>>

Senate committee approves funding for correctional facility

CHICAGO - The Senate Appropriations Committee has approved nearly $48 million to help equip and staff a correctional facility in northwestern Illinois, according to United States Senator Dick Durbin.

Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department to close

ILLINOIS - The Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department will close their doors for the final time on June 30, 2014. However, both Ford and Iroquois Counties will open new, independent health departments on July 1, 2014.

Illinois governor signs CPR bill into law

NORMAL - Under a bill that Governor Pat Quinn signed into law, Illinois high school students will be required to get training on cardiopulmonary resuscitation and other safety skills.

Chicago Cubs to leave WGN after nearly a century

CHICAGO - After 90 years, the Chicago Cubs are leaving the radio station they've called home for decades. More>>

Illinois legislators increase scrutiny of veterans hospitals

CHICAGO - After an internal review showing that several dozen patients waited three months or more for appointments at two veterans hospitals, Illinois legislators are increasing their scrutiny of similar facilities in the state. More>>

World War II veterans that captured German submarine gather for the final time

CHICAGO - Nearly two dozen World War II veterans gathered in Chicago to mark the 70th anniversary of their capture of a German submarine. More>>

Illinois woman faces theft charges for bogus cancer claims

BELLEVILLE - A Belleville woman is accused of theft after wrongly collecting donations from hundreds of people she tricked into believing she had cancer. More>>

Taylorville Police request help to solve theft

TAYLORVILLE - The Taylorville Police Department is asking for assistance in solving a crime committed during the early morning hours of June 2. More>>

Tuition increase considered by Illinois State University

NORMAL - A 2.1 percent tuition increase is expected to be considered by Illinois State University trustees at a meeting on Friday. More>>

Illinois Attorney General warns public about email scam

CHICAGO - Illinois residents are warned by Attorney General Lisa Madigan that someone is scamming people through email by using her office's name. More>>

Company Shows Interest in Medical Marijuana Growing Center in Taylorville

Taylorville - Last fall, lawmakers passed legislation that would legalize medical marijuana for patients with one of 33 qualified illnesses. More>>

Arrest of shooting suspect solves armed robbery case

DANVILLE - The Department of Public Safety has announced that an armed robbery committed in May has been solved with the arrest of a man that is accused of shooting a police officer last Friday. More>>

McLean County Museum of History requests funding for tourism center

BLOOMINGTON - A tourism center in McLean County that would focus on the area's Route 66 history and Abraham Lincoln heritage could be in the works.

New allegations surface against Hines VA Hospital

CHICAGO - At a news conference in Chicago on Friday, U.S. Senator Mark Kirk voiced new allegations of patients who died while waiting for treatment at a suburban Chicago VA hospital. More>>

Two killed in early morning crash

MONTGOMERY COUNTY - A single-car crash claimed the lives of two people early Friday morning. More>>

Man withdraws motion to get life sentence overturned

EFFINGHAM - A southern Illinois man that was sentenced to life in prison for the 2013 stabbing death of his niece has given up on his quest to have that sentence overturned. More>>

Traffic stop leads to the discovery of two missing people

TUSCOLA - A routine traffic stop in Tuscola led to a big surprise for a Douglas County Sheriff's Deputy.

Officials say more testing shows MERS did not spread to Illinois man

CHICAGO - After additional testing, health officials are backtracking on an earlier report that an Illinois man contracted a mysterious Middle East virus from a traveler during a business meeting. More>>

Cook County pension changes approved by lawmakers

SPRINGFIELD - A plan to overhaul Cook County's pension system by increasing county payments and reducing some employee benefits was quickly advanced by lawmakers Tuesday.

Two injured in reported explosion at southwestern Illinois plant

EAST ALTON - Two people have been hospitalized after a reported explosion in a southwestern Illinois city Tuesday, according to authorities. More>>

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