Decatur, ILWAND TV

Deputies respond to Decatur crash

DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - Macon County deputies responded late Thursday to a crash in Decatur. The crash was at U.S. 36 and Twin Bridge Road. Deputies told WAND News the crash was minor in nature. Details were limited about possible injuries and damage late Thursday night.
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Rockford, ILWIFR

Man shot in the head near Lincoln Middle School

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - Rockford Police Officers are sent to Lincoln Middle School Thursday evening where they say a man was shot in the head. Police say the man was driving a pickup truck when he came to a stop in the parking lot of the school. Officers believe the...
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Lincoln, ILThe Southern

78-year-old Lincoln woman dies; husband says he shot her because she had Alzheimer's

An 80-year-old Lincoln man told police that he shot his 78-year-old wife in the head because she had advanced Alzheimer’s disease and he couldn’t take care of her anymore. John C. Kotopka told the officers that his wife, who he said had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s about two years ago, had become extremely combative with him and other caregivers when they tried to help her with her basic needs.
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Male Shot In The Face, Still Developing…

You can follow us on Twitter, Youtube, Facebook. UPDATE: 1 Male shot in the face. Shooting investigation on Charles and 11th Street. Adult male victim in a vehicle came to rest in the parking lot of Lincoln Middle School. Injuries appear to be non-life-threatening at this time. Officers are on...
Decatur, ILHerald & Review

Decatur man denies firing warning shots over 'sexual fidelity issue'

DECATUR — Tony J. Pettis, a Decatur man who is accused of delivering a warning by threatening to kill a male victim and shooting two bullets into the ground near the victim’s feet, told a judge he was innocent. Pettis, 38, appeared in Macon County Circuit Court Wednesday with defense...

16 COVID-19 cases reported at Lincoln long-term care facility

LINCOLN (HOI) -- A long-term care facility in Lincoln has 16 COVID-19 cases. Logan County Health Department said this is not the first recent outbreak it has seen. As of Wednesday, 16 people at Christian Village have COVID. Six of the cases are from the past 24 hours according to a sign posted on the door at the Logan County long-term care facility.
Mclean County,

McLean County Board to consider approval of massive wind farm

MCLEAN COUNTY (HOI) - Dozens of wind energy turbines will be sprouting up on more McLean County farmland if elected leaders approve the project. A Chicago-based energy firm is applying for a special use permit to build up to 64 turbines over 14,000 acres in Bellflower and West Townships, southeast of Bloomington-Normal.

Tazewell County Health Department closing COVID-19 testing site in Pekin

PEKIN (HOI) — The Tazewell County Health Department on Thursday announced its COVID-19 testing site in Pekin will close on July 1. According to the health department’s press release, testing will continue throughout the community at local hospitals, Heartland Health Services, pharmacies and physicians offices. Also announced on Thursday by...

Pride Fest Is Back For 3rd Annual Bloomington Street Party

Pride Fest returns to the Twin Cities this weekend, after a one-year COVID hiatus. This is the third annual celebration of LGBTQIA+ Pride Month hosted by The Bistro in downtown Bloomington. Owner Jan Lancaster started the tradition on The Bistro’s 25th anniversary in 2018. The city shuts down the 300...

Heavy rainfall expected over the weekend

BLOOMINGTON – Heavy rainfall is expected throughout the weekend, leaving a possibility of flooding in its path. So far, the National Weather Service of Central Illinois reports a total of 1.5 to 2.5 inches of rain has fallen throughout today, Thursday. Heart of Illinois ABC Chief Meteorologist Brian Walder told...

Rivian Plant Employment Tops 1,900

Rivian has now hired 1,000 people in the past four months at its plant in Normal, with spokesperson Zach Dietmeier saying the total number of workers is about 1,900 — and hiring continues. "By the end of the year we expect to be somewhere in the neighborhood of 2,500 employees...

Generosity becomes a pet project

NORMAL (HOI) - The Humane Society of Central Illinois is grateful for a $3,000 donation from Subaru Dealerships. The money will go towards the care of animals at the shelter, which may include vaccinations, microchipping, or getting spayed or neutered. "It's a tremendous honor to be their recipient. I'm able...

Clinton Police Chief explains frustration filled Facebook post

CLINTON – As the summer months warm up, Clinton Police is noticing a significant increase in methamphetamine and theft cases, causing the city’s top cop to turn to social media to share his frustration. In a Facebook post this week, Clinton Police Chief Ben Lowers said, “the deadbeat, drug-abusing thieves...
Lincoln, ILLincoln Courier

LCT’s 'The Grunch' makes debut at LCHS with alumni appearances

LINCOLN - The Lincoln Community Theatre presentation of “The Grunch” opens this weekend, but not without some fanfare as they approach the 50th season of LCT. At the 2021 summer shows, performed at Lincoln Community High School’s auditorium, LCT will be able to host many returning alumna, with the first group kicking off “The Grunch”.
Mclean County,

COVID Delta Variant Concerns McLean County Health Officials

The rate of new coronavirus cases continues to drop in McLean County, but county officials say the presence of the more contagious delta variant is cause for concern. One test sample taken from McLean County last month showed the variant — first detected in India — is present in McLean County.