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Man in officer-involved shooting identified
LEXINGTON (25News Now) - The McLean County Coroner has identified the person who died in Saturday’s officer-involved shooting on Interstate 55 near Lexington. Coroner Dr. Kathy Yoder says 37-year-old Trayvon Little of Springfield died at the scene. Preliminary autopsy results show Little died from multiple gunshot wounds. Toxicology results...
Springfield woman charged after making death threat against city council member
A Springfield woman has been charged after allegedly making a death threat against alderman Check Redpath Sr. Samantha G. White, 43, of Springfield faces a single count of threatening a public official. It is a class 3 felony punishable by two to five years imprisonment. According to a court document,...
Tornado Watch issued for parts of Central Illinois through 10 pm
Peoria, Ill (WMBD) — The National Weather Service has issued a Tornado Watch for parts of Central Illinois through 10 pm Tuesday. Scattered thunderstorms are expected to develop this evening posing a risk of large hail, damaging winds, and tornadoes, mainly north of I-74. Conditions are favorable for a few strong tornadoes along and east of I-39.
Jacksonville woman identified as driver in head-on collision with ISP trooper on I-72
CURRAN, Ill. (WICS) — More information has been released about a wrong-way driver who hit a State Trooper’s squad car outside of Springfield on Saturday, according to our media partner at WLDS. According to the Illinois State Police, Sarah K. Racey, 20, of Jacksonville, has been identified as...
Springfield woman remains in jail after last week’s attempted bank robbery
A woman remains behind bars for attempting to rob a bank in Springfield. Police were called to Security Bank on Stevenson late last week after a woman demanded money from a teller and made a gesture that she had a gun in her waistband. The woman left the scene in...
Parkway Pub attacker sentenced to IDOC on new gun charges
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WICS) — A Springfield man who was convicted of aggravated battery in connection with the death of the Parkway Pub owner pleaded guilty to possession of a handgun. Dalton McDermott, 29, was sentenced to four years in the Illinois Department of Corrections. McDermott will serve a six-month...
Springfield diner to be featured on America's Best Restaurants
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WICS) — Lulu’s Diner will be hosting a visit from America’s Best Restaurants (ABR) in mid-March 2024. America’s Best Restaurants, a national media and marketing company focusing on bringing attention to local, independently-owned restaurants, will bring its ABR Roadshow to the restaurant on March 12th. Popular dishes will be highlighted, along with an extensive on-camera interview with husband-and-wife owners Landi and Klorida Skenderi about the restaurant’s special place in the community. The episode will be aired extensively on social media channels at a later date.
Wrong-way driver strikes squad car in Sangamon Co.
NEW BERLIN, Ill. (WCIA) — Over the weekend, an Illinois State Police squad car was hit head-on by a wrong-way driver in Sangamon County. Around 9:35 p.m., the driver was traveling east in the westbound lanes of Interstate 72 near New Berlin. The vehicle struck an ISP squad car while a State Trooper was inside. […]
Illinois Man Keeps Streak Alive: Jail 3 Years In Row
Illinois Man's Drunken Rampage in Joliet Leads to Third Consecutive Year in Jail
Another Once Popular Illinois Shopping Mall is Closing in March
Another Illinois shopping mall that's been dying slowly, will finally turn off the lights permanently after serving the community for over 40 years. That statement above needs a little clarification. Not ALL the lights are being turned off. It's being reported that two parts of this mall will remain alive... for now.
Springfield Police Division Prioritizes Transparency and Accountability with the Introduction of Body Worn Cameras
SPRINGFIELD— The Springfield Police Division is thrilled to announce the forthcoming implementation of Body Worn Cameras (BWCs) for its officers, marking a pivotal moment in the pursuit of transparency, accountability and community trust. The introduction of BWCs is designed to bolster the safety of Springfield Police Officers and the citizens they serve, fostering an environment of trust and responsibility. Over the next several weeks, training will be provided to Officers relative to the use of BWCs and the public will begin to see the cameras worn by Officers as a part of their uniform.
Champaign, Springfield neighborhoods recognized as state cultural districts
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WCIA) — Three neighborhoods in Central Illinois have been recognized as cultural districts by the state government. Governor J.B. Pritzker announced 10 communities are being named ‘cultural districts’ at a news conference Monday. These include the North First Street neighborhood in Champaign, the Southtown neighborhood on the east side of Springfield, and the […]
Keokuk man charged after police chase into Illinois, back to Iowa
KEOKUK, Iowa (KWQC) - A Keokuk man was arrested after Keokuk police say he led them on a chase into Illinois and back to Iowa. Keokuk police initiated a traffic stop about 10 a.m. Sunday on a gray Chevrolet Trailblazer at North 5th Street and Grand Avenue, according to a media release. The driver identified as 45-year-old Travis E. Scott had felony arrest warrants as well as a suspended driving status.
Here’s the Timeline for the Storms Hitting Portions of Indiana, Kentucky, and Illinois Tonight that Could Produce Tornadoes and Hail
We are enjoying 70+ degree day temps in February which means... we'll pay dearly. There is an enhanced risk for severe thunderstorms across portions of the region. Severe thunderstorms are possible anywhere from 7 PM to 5 AM from northwest to southeast. Damaging winds, large hail, and tornadoes are all possible with these storms.
Pritzker announces $6 million for CEJA Returning Residents Program
(WAND) - Governor JB Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity launched $6 million in funding for the Illinois Returning Residents Clean Jobs Training Program as part of a larger goal to "equitably grow Illinois' clean energy workforce through the landmark Climate and Equitable Jobs Act." The...
Springfield resident share their experience with racism in Sundown Towns
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WICS) — For Black History Month, we wanted to talk about the history of sundown towns in America. Historically, a sundown town is a place where white residents forced black people out of town before sundown, by way of violence and discrimination. We sat down with some...
Severe Tuesday evening storms possible
QUAD CITIES, Iowa/Ill. (KWQC) -- ***FIRST ALERT DAY FOR ISOLATED SEVERE STORMS TUESDAY 4PM-8PM***. Tuesday evening there will be a threat for severe storms the will include the possibility of damaging wind, hail, and even an isolated tornado, primarily on the Illinois side of the Mississippi. Although the severe threat will not be widespread you’ll want to stay sky aware as any storms that form will be fast movers and the weather situation where you are could change rapidly. After the storm threat for the Quad Cities ends, likely between 7 and 8 pm, winds will really pick up and temperatures will drop sharply. Wednesday morning gusts between 30 and 40 mph and temperatures in the teens to low 20s will yield wind chills in the single digits either side of Zero. During the night we might even see a dusting of snow but the ground and roads will be so warm that travel issues are not anticipated, outside of the gusty winds, for the Wednesday morning commute. With highs in the 30s Wednesday it will be the coldest day of the week, by far, as daytime chills stay in the teens! We’ll be back to the 40s to near 50 Thursday with 50s Friday and 60s and 70s for the weekend. Another system brings showers and storms back for next Monday.
Have You Noticed The Funny Things Happening With Fish At Illinois And Wisconsin Culver’s?
Something funny is going on with Walleye at Culver's restaurants all throughout Illinois and Wisconsin, and we are 100 percent here for it!. Lenten season is in full effect right now, and fish fry's always go hand-in-hand with that. Many folks would say Wisconsin holds the crown when it comes...
Record warmth leading to potentially severe storms
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WICS) — Big changes in the weather are coming to central Illinois. After record-breaking warmth, Tuesday evening will turn drastically colder as a sharp cold front plows into the region. As the cold front marches in and collides with the unseasonably warm air, scattered showers and storms will likely develop by late afternoon and evening, and some storms could become severe. The Storm Prediction has placed all of central under either a Marginal or a Slight Risk (levels 1& 2, out of 5). Storms that erupt could produce large hail up to 2" in diameter and also cause damaging wind gusts over 60 MPH. There is also a small risk for a few isolated tornadoes. So please stay weather alert and have multiple means of receiving weather alerts and notifications. Also have a safety plan in mind for you and your family.
Strong cold front moves in tonight with chance of severe storms, damaging winds, hail
(WAND) - Today will likely be the warmest on record for the month of February across Central Illinois!. Highs will approach 80° this afternoon making this not only a record for the date, but also for the month. As a very strong cold front moves in tonight, this could...