• Site of Springfield ax murder to be demolished

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - The site of a 1981 grisly Springfield ax murder is set to be demolished. Someone walked into Lauterbach Cottage Hardware Store on March 18, 1981, grabbed an ax from the back and swung at three people. One person died. The man was never caught. Now, that site will be no more. A private contractor removed asbestos from the building Thursday. The building in the 1500 block of South Grand Ave. E. will be demolished within a week. The suspect from the decade...

  • Man accused of paying teens to shoplift for him

    URBANA, Ill. (WAND) - A man is accused of convincing two teens to shoplift for him.  26-year-old Lamar Reese was charged with two felony counts of contributing to the criminal delinquency of a minor. A police report states two 14-year-old boys were caught stealing Friday at Macy's at Market Place Mall. The boys told police Reese asked them to steal clothing items and offered to pay them each $100 for shoplifting.  Reese is due back in court May 22.

  • Board approves setback increase, downs height restrictions for wind project

    CLINTON, Ill. (WAND) — Wind energy is one step closer to being a reality in DeWitt County.

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    Comey memo: Trump complained about Flynn's 'judgment issues'

    WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump told former FBI Director James Comey that he had serious concerns about the judgment of his first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, and his chief of staff asked days later if Flynn's communications were being monitored under a secret surveillance warrant, according to memos maintained by Comey and obtained by The Associated Press. 

  • Lincoln's childhood, political writing available in collection

     ILLINOIS (WAND) – An online database now holds thousands of documents that shine a light on Abraham Lincoln’s life. 

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    Charge: Woman used bitcoin, dark web in murder-for-hire case

    WHEATON, Ill. (AP) - A suburban Chicago woman faces charges accusing her of going online and using bitcoin currency to hire someone to kill the wife of a man with whom she was having an affair. 

  • Police looking for man in connection with Walmart incident

    MATTOON, Ill. (WAND) - Mattoon police have released pictures of man they are looking for. 

  • Man dies in aftermath of Decatur crash

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) – A man lost his life after suffering life-threatening injuries in a Decatur crash.

  • Dems rip Rauner over veterans home no-shows

    Springfield, Ill (WAND) – The Rauner Administration is being told by state lawmakers to quickly make a decision on how to handle the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy.

  • Cold temperatures freezing out local businesses

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - Even with the sun shining, temperatures are still below average for this time of year.  

  • Social workers could replace police in schools

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) – A bill would replace police officers in schools with social workers. 

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    Police: Serial shoplifter stole again from Circle K chain

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) – Police say a known shoplifter stole again from the same chain of stores he robbed before. 

  • Plan for charter school moves forward in Champaign

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WAND) – The Unit 4 school board has new information to look at as it considers creating a new charter school. 

  • 'Secure Choice' looks to give workers tools to save

    ILLINOIS (WAND) – A new state program will require businesses to set up ways for employees to save money. 

  • Glenwood High School 'all-clear' after threat

    CHATHAM, Ill. (WAND) - Glenwood High School was evacuated after a threatening message was left on a bathroom wall. 

  • Crossing Healthcare will finally get promised grant money

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - Crossings Health Care will soon get the money that is owed to them to expand their health care programs. 

  • Woman's death leads to fine against nursing home

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WAND) – A nursing home is facing a five-figure fine after a woman’s death.

  • Grant announced for Southern South Central Illinois Regional Planning

    EFFINGHAM COUNTY, Ill. (WAND) - Effingham County is getting a major boost. Senators Tammy Duckworth and Dick Durbin announced a grant for the Southern South Central Illinois Regional Planning Thursday. The group will get $70,000. It serves Effingham, Fayette, Jasper, Marion, and Clay counties.
  • UofI joins American Talent Initiative

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WAND) - The University of Illinois is joining a national initiative to help more students attend. The school is now part of American Talent Initiative. The goal is to help more low and moderate income level students go to the schools of their dreams. To keep membership, UofI must maintain a 70 percent graduation rate.
  • Sen. Sam McCann announces he is running for Governor

    (WAND) - Senator Sam McCann announced he will be running for Governor. He will run with Aaron Merreighn. McCann and Merreighn must reach the 25,000 signature requirement to make it onto the ballot for the General Election as the conservative party candidates. If that happens, they will face democratic nominee J.B. Pritzker and incumbent Republican Governor Bruce Rauner.
  • Old marina on Lake Springfield could become office building

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - The old marina on Lake Springfield could become an office building. The Springfield Planning and Zoning Commission approved a petition to rezone the old marina. A design architect wants to build on the property. Earlier this year, the council gave marina operator Chris Weihmeir 30 days to clean up the property or else the city is pulling the plug on the lease.
  • Local couple running home daycare argues to keep guns in house

    SHELBYVILLE, Ill. (WAND) - A local couple is filing a lawsuit to keep their handguns in the house, even though it operates as a home daycare. Darin and Jennifer Miller of Shelbyville filed a federal lawsuit against a statewide ban on handguns in home daycares. The couple said DCFS employees told them in March and April they could not keep a handgun in their home, because it is the location of the daycare. The couple argued they should be allowed to keep their gun there, because it ...
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    Presidential Library seeks judges for student competition

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - The Presidential Library is looking for judges for its student history competition. The state's best history students will compete in the finals for the Illinois History Day competition. Participating students will explore the past by creating exhibits, skits, videos, papers, and websites. The regional competition is Thursday, May 3. Judges will work from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Lunch will be provided to volunteers. Volunteers do not need to be professional...
  • Ebertfest underway in Champaign

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WAND) - Ebertfest is underway in Champaign. This year is the most diverse year the festival has seen. The wife of Pulitzer-Prize-Winning movie critic Roger Ebert, an Urbana native and University of Illinois graduate, launched the festival from the presidents house in Urbana in honor of her husband's career. The festival runs through Sunday.
  • Corks and Forks fundraiser held Thursday night

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - The annual Corks and Forks fundraiser for the Decatur Area Arts Council returns Thursday night. The event will be held at the Decatur Conference Center and Hotel. Corks and Forks includes food samplings from area restaurants as well as alcohol samples. There will also be a silent auction with items to bid on. The event runs from 6:30 to 9:30 with tickets available at the door for $55.
  • Springfield gets first ever female fire division chief

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - Heather Moore is now the first woman to ever hold the role of fire division chief in the city of Springfield's history.  Moore was promoted from fire captain to division chief of training during a pinning ceremony Wednesday. She is one of seven women to ever be a firefighter in Springfield. Five are currently on staff. Springfield got its first female firefighter, Melanie Bryant, in 1994. Its first female fire captain was Cristy Long in 2010.
  • Reward offered for info leading to arrests of Springfield killers

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - Police are still searching for the home intruders turned killers who murdered a man in his Springfield house. 23-year-old Sterling Raye-Washington was shot and killed on Jan. 25. Another woman was wounded by at least two home invaders. A reward of up to $5,000 is being offered for information leading to the killers' arrests. If you have any information, call Crime Stoppers at 788-8427.
  • Little brown bat named Chicago's Official Mammal for 2018

    CHICAGO, Ill. (WAND) - The Little Brown Bat has been named the official mammal of Chicago for 2018. The bat was chosen in conjunction with Lincoln Park Zoo's 150th birthday. The goal is to highlight work done by the zoo's Urban Wildlife Institute that works to examine interaction between urban areas and a natural ecosystem. The Chicago-area bat is threatened by a fatal fungal condition. The zoo will be working with the public library to educate children and families about the bat ...

  • Decatur police to participate in Distracted Driving Week

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - April 23-27 is Distracted Driving Awareness Week.

  • Shedd Aquarium celebrates otter's 18th birthday

    CHICAGO, Ill. (WAND) - Shedd Aquarium in Chicago is celebrating one of its otter's birthdays!

  • Babies of senators now welcome in Senate chamber

    No one in the Senate, apparently - at least not enough to block a historic rules change that passed Wednesday allowing the newborns of members into the chamber.

  • 1 killed in overnight car crash

    DANVILLE, Ill. (WAND) – A person from Danville lost their life in a Vermilion County car crash.

  • Task force, stronger opioid response at center of bill

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) -  A bill will look to change the opioid fight by reclassifying a drug. 

  • Door 4 Brewing Company: where craft beers have a story to tell

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - Door 4 Brewing Company sees success in collaboration.

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    Car seat trade-in program returns to Target

    (WAND) – Target says it’s bringing back to a way to trade in old car seats for a discount.

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    A boom, a whoosh of air and then terror on Flight 1380

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) - There was a loud boom, and the plane started shaking violently. Air whooshed through the cabin, and snow-like debris floated down the aisle as oxygen masks dropped from the ceiling.

  • Federal appeals court hears arguments in Aaron Schock corruption case

    (WAND) - A federal appeals court began hearing oral arguments in the Aaron Schock corruption case Wednesday.

  • Illinois residents fight for stricter guns laws

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - After rallying at the State Capitol a few months ago, Moms Demand Action were back in Springfield today asking for stricter gun laws.

  • 2 Macon County deputies hospitalized after chase, crash

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - Two Macon County deputies were injured after a suspect took off from police on Tuesday night. 

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    Coaches charged with sex crimes against teens enter pleas

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) – Two school coaches accused of making sexual advances toward teens have entered not guilty pleas.

  • Restaurant reopens after new inspection

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) – A restaurant is back open a week after inspectors found mouse feces and cockroaches in it. 

  • APNewsBreak: Illinois youth tackle football ban dead for now

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The sponsor of a proposal to ban Illinois children younger than 12 from playing tackle football told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the measure aimed at delaying the effects of helmet-banging head trauma lacks the votes to pass this session.

  • Decatur sees significant economic boom

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - Decatur is seeing a significant increase in economic activity for the first four months of 2018.

  • State leaders introduce new ways to fight opioid crisis

    (WAND) - Officials introduced new ways to fight the opioid crisis. States Attorneys and law enforcement leaders are calling for more home visits.

  • Group looks to change Danville's form of municipal government

    DANVILLE, Ill. (WAND) - A group of citizens and business owners are working to try and change Danville's form of municipal government.

  • HSHS Southern Illinois Division showcases improvement initiatives

    (WAND) - Leaders with HSHS Southern Illinois Division hospitals met with legislators in the state capitol to share improvement initiatives they have undertaken.

  • Villa Grove man accused of sexually abusing 5-year-old

    MATTOON, Ill. (WAND) - A Villa Grove man as been arrested by Mattoon police, accused of sexually abusing a 5-year-old girl. Police said 29-year-old Colton Figgins has been charged with predatory criminal sexual assault. He was arrested around 12:30 p.m. Tuesday. He was transported to the Coles County Jail.
  • Danville police investigate armed robbery at gas station

    DANVILLE, Ill. (WAND) - Danville police are investigating an armed robbery at a Circle K gas station.

  • DMH Cancer Care partnering with American Cancer Society

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - The American Cancer Society is partnering with Decatur Memorial Hospital Cancer Care and hotels to provide overnight accommodations to cancer patients who have to travel for treatment.

  • Disability caregivers rally for living wage

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - Disability caregivers are rallying at the Capitol Wednesday to press for a bill setting a $15 minimum wage for the field.

  • Decatur named one of cleanest cities for ozone pollution

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - The American Lung Association released the 2018 State of the Air Report.

  • Charges dismissed in school threat case

    A judge has dismissed charges against the man accused of posting threatening online messages about a Taylorville school.

  • 2 juveniles charged with killing 5 pelicans

    NEWTOWN, Ill. (WAND) - Charges have been filed against two Newton teens after shooting and killing five white pelicans at Newton Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area.  

  • Decatur police searching for Domino's armed robber

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - Decatur Police are still trying to find the person who robbed Domino's Pizza Sunday.

  • New cafe opens at Allerton Park and Retreat Center

    MONTICELLO, Ill. (WAND) - A new cafe is opening at Allerton Park and Retreat Center.

  • Today is National Stress Awareness Day

    (WAND) - April 16 is National Stress Awareness Day.

  • Salad recalled for possible E. Coli contamination

    (WAND) - Freshway Foods is recalling some salad sold at Schnucks stores.

  • Oklahoma wildfires kill 2 people, threat continues

    OKLAHOMA CITY (WAND) — Officials say wildfires have killed two people in western Oklahoma and continue to threaten that area and the western North Texas.

  • 7 inmates dead, 17 injured in South Carolina prison fighting

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (WAND) — Seven inmates have been killed and at least 17 others seriously injured amid fighting between prisoners inside a maximum security prison in South Carolina.

  • NASA is launching a satellite to discover undocumented planets

    From the Associated Press: CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Calling all planets that orbit around bright, nearby stars: NASA’s new Tess spacecraft is looking to do a head count. 

  • This yard decoration went on the vacation of a lifetime

    MOUNTLAKE TERRACE, Wa. (WAND) - A Washington State family had a lawn ornament that was stolen… but taken on the adventure of a lifetime. 

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    R. Lee Ermey passes away at 74

    From the Associated Press: LOS ANGELES (AP) — R. Lee Ermey, a former marine who made a career in Hollywood playing hard-nosed military men like Gunnery Sgt. Hartman in Stanley Kubrick’s “Full Metal Jacket,” has died. 

  • French visitor seeks Strasburgs

    He's out to visit every Strasburg. Number six is in Illinois.

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    200 million eggs have been recalled from salmonella concerns

    From the Associated Press: RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — More than 200 million eggs distributed to restaurants and grocery stores in nine states have been recalled because of bacterial contamination. 

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    Illinoisan of the Day nominations are now being accepted for the Illinois State Fair

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - The nomination period is open for the Illinoisan of the day honor at this year's Illinois state fair.

  • Multiple organizations are working together to restore the historic Black Hawk statue

    From the Associated Press:  OREGON, Ill. (AP) -- Groups are working to complete restoration of a century-old landmark known as the Black Hawk statue in northern Illinois. 

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    The Salvation Army is teaming up with Marquis to start fundraising season early

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - Tis almost halfway to the season of giving but the salvation army is getting a head start for fundraising. 

  • Gay rights lawyer dies from self-immolation in a protest

    From the Associated Press: NEW YORK (AP) — A lawyer who burned himself to death in a grisly protest against ecological destruction was a nationally known gay rights advocate and lead attorney in a famous case involving transgender murder victim Brandon Teena. 

  • Saturday night shooting leaves one man in the hospital

    DECATUR, Il. (WAND)- One man is in the hospital after being shot in Decatur Saturday night.  Decatur police say they were called to the 10000 block of East Elmhurst Ave, after residents in the area heard shots fired.  Just after that report came in, another officer was alerted by Decatur Memorial hospital that a man came in with a gunshot wound to the chest. His injury was determined to be non life threatening, according to Decatur police.  The victim is sa...
  • Wisconsin professor says firing shows anti-conservative bias

    MILWAUKEE (WAND) — A dispute between a conservative professor and the university that fired him is going before the Wisconsin Supreme Court, which will hear arguments this week on whether the firing was the result of a provocative blog post or his conduct.

  • Doctors keep licenses despite sex abuse

    WASHINGTON (WAND) — The first time that Dr. Anthony Bianchi came onto a patient, California's medical board alleged, the gynecologist placed a chair against the exam room door, put his fingers into the woman's vagina and exposed his erect penis.

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