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    CHAMPAIGN - WAND News has learned a Champaign man has died after a vehicle/pedestrian accident on IL State Route 49 in Vermillion County.The victim has been identified as Mathew F. Wheeler, 29.Police sayMore >>
    CHAMPAIGN - WAND News has learned a Champaign man has died after a vehicle/pedestrian accident on IL State Route 49 in Vermillion County.The victim has been identified as Mathew F. Wheeler, 29.Police sayMore >>

Urbana property taxes to rise because of tax exemptions for hospitals

URBANA -- Champaign County property tax bills will be mailed out on May 2nd, and in Urbana, residents should brace themselves for a bigger bill than usual.

Warm Weather and Crime

DECATUR - Violent crime and warm weather. Many think the two go hand in hand.

Shooting Investigation in St. Elmo

FAYETTE COUNTY - Police say a man was found shot to death in his pickup truck Saturday, April 19.Police say Matthew Austin, 47, was found by a family member. Police say Austin appears to have died from a single gunshot wound in St. Elmo. Austin's death remains under investigation. An autopsy is scheduled Monday in Effingham. More>>

Death Investigation in Effingham

EFFINGHAM - The death of a 44 year old woman from Effingham is under investigation.Cassandra Pollard was found dead by a friend shortly after 9:00 AM on Saturday, April 19. Pollard had reportedly been visiting the home since Friday, April 18. Ms. Pollard was pronounced dead at the scene by Fayette County Coroner Bruce Pollard. An autopsy is scheduled Monday. More>>

Decatur Man Hosts Twelfth Annual Easter Dinner For Homeless

Decatur -- Vinnie Barbee has a unique way of celebrating holidays.For Thanksgiving, he sponsors a toy drive, and during Christmas time, he dresses up as Santa to give those toys to sick children.Easter is no exception for Barbee, and this year, he got the grills going to serve the people he says are part of his extended family."They've got rib tips, smoked ham with pineapple glaze, yea," said Barbee. "They got that with baked beans, chicken taters, corn, dinner rolls."All part of the menu at ... More>>

Newest Urbana Public Arts Project Dedicated

Urbana--The newest addition to Urbana's public arts program was officially dedicated Saturday. The finish project aims to keep the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. alive. Urbana officials, residents and even the sculptor himself all gathered at King Park Saturday afternoon to dedicate the city's new "Byways to Equality" sculpture.The artwork depicts several famous scenes from the Civil Rights Movement and sculptor Preston Jackson says growing up during the 1960's was the perfect source of... More>>

A Community tries to Raise Money to Make a New Summer Camp a Reality

DECATUR - A new summer camp could be coming to Decatur, but only if the funds are there. Saturday, leaders of First Gig Rock 'n Roll Camp held an all-day benefit concert to raise money to make the camp a reality. It would be the first band camp in Macon County to focus on rock n' roll music. Campers get to learn how to play multiple instruments and put on a live concert at the end of the program."First Gig Summer Camp is an idea we had to bring a new kind of music camp into town," Mike Schone... More>>

Schools Could See Major Cuts in State Funding Aid

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

Ten Arrested in Christian County Drug Sweep

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

Springfield Alderman Seeking Changes in Video Gaming

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

Home buying season off to strong start in Champaign County

Champaign County -- Home buying season is off to a strong start in Champaign County. The number of houses sold in March was up a little more than eight percent from last year's sales. So far, the trend More>>

Cuts Could be Coming to Department of Agriculture

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

Some Groups Calling for Changes to Concealed Carry Signage

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

Man Arrested for Murder in Charleston

CHARLESTON - Charleston Police say Larry Steeples, 52, has been arrested and charged for the murder of Gina Giberson. More>>

FedEx to Expand Springfield Ground Shipping Center

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

Renovations completed for three Danville schools

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

Man Charged with Drug Induced Homicide

EFFINGHAM - A new charge came down Monday morning in the case against Jay C. Miller, 23, of Altamont. Effingham County State's Attorney Bryan Kibler filed a Class X felony charge of "Drug Induced Homicide" More>>

Pana's Kitchell Park Receives Grant

PANA - "This will be the largest revitalization of Kitchell Park since 1908," said Pana Mayor Steve Sipes. "When the grant is finished we can simply say we have the best all around park in downstate Illinois." More>>

Costly Road to Recovery for Tornado Stricken Towns

WASHINGTON, Illinois - The long road to recovery for tornado-torn Washington, Illinois is proving to be a costly one.Governor Pat Quinn announced $45 million in state aid would be going to tornado stricken More>>

Trout Fishing Season Underway

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

Proposal to Lower Hunting and Fishing License Cost for Seniors Passes House

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- A proposal that would lower the cost of fishing and hunting licenses for seniors is moving through the Illinois Legislature. The House passed a measure on Friday that would More>>

Timothy Giles Sentenced to Two Life Terms

DECATUR -Timothy Giles, who previously pleaded guilty to two counts of first degree murder for the deaths of Cindy Eaton and Lindsey Eaton, was handed two life terms in court Friday.The Eatons were More>>

One of men killed in Fort Hood grew up in Effingham

EFFINGHAM - A man who grew up in central Illinois was one of four people killed in this week's shootings in Fort Hood, Texas.Army Sergeant Timothy Owens, 37, died during Wednesday's shooting.Owens grew More>>

Winning "Lucky Day Lotto" Ticket Sold

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

'Fair Tax' Legislation Gaining Ground at Capitol

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

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