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Man hurt in Champaign drive-by shooting

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WCIA) — A 34-year-old man from Champaign is recovering after he was hurt in a drive-by shooting Saturday evening. The shooting happened in the 1100 block of Joanne Lane. The victim told Champaign Police officers that he was in the front yard of a home when a vehicle sped past and he heard […]
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Two Decatur women sought by police in separate gun threat incidents

DECATUR — Police said they are seeking two Decatur women involved in separate incidents of making threats with a gun. Detective Sgt. Steve Carroll with the Decatur Police Department said the first trouble occurred Friday night when a man said a 51-year-old woman pulled a gun and menaced him by pressing the barrel of the weapon against his teeth.
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Pickup truck strikes building, damages parked cars

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WCIA) – Champaign Police responded to a report of a “vehicle striking a building” Saturday night. Before crashing into a storefront, a Dodge Ram 2500 damaged several parked vehicles. It happened outside Meet Fresh, a restaurant on 2nd St. and University Ave. One woman said her sister’s car was one of the damaged […]

Illinois mother, son sentenced in money laundering conspiracy involving drugs

URBANA, Ill. – A federal judge recently sentenced a central Illinois mother and son in a money-laundering conspiracy involving drugs. Jennifer Fisher, 50, of Springfield, Illinois, was sentenced to 14 months in prison with a $10,000 fine. Her son Courtney Johnson, 32, of Decatur, Illinois, was sentenced to 7.5 years in prison.

Blood donations welcomed on July 4th

The use of blood never takes a day off at the hospitals we serve, and it’s been such a challenging summer for the blood supply so far that these additional donations on the holiday are greatly needed!. We’re so grateful for the volunteer donors who are stepping forward on...

2022 Power Forward Zacharie Perrin Commits To Illinois

Earlier this week, the Illinois Fighting Illini got some exciting news as 2022 prospect Zacharie Perrin announced he would be committing to the program. This has to be welcome news for Illini fans as the program continues rolling on the recruiting trail. Perrin comes out of France and is a...

Lake Land College grieves baseball player

MATOON, Ill. (WCIA) Lakeland College student athlete, Lucas Otto, has died as a result of a collision on I 72. Otto graduated from ALAH in 2020 and played for the Springfield Horseshoes. Lake Land College is grieving the player. “The Lake Land College Athletic Community is deeply saddened by the...

Road lanes closing on U of I campus

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WCIA) — Two road lanes on the University of Illinois campus will be closing this week as construction crews complete electrical work for streetlights. The construction zone will be located on Kirby Avenue between First and Fourth Streets, in the immediate vicinity of Memorial Stadium and State Farm Center. One lane of eastbound […]
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Watch now: Hike through history at Lincoln Trail Homestead State Park

A little known but important Abraham Lincoln site is located 10 miles west of Decatur. Melody Arnold, chairperson of the Friends of Lincoln Trail Homestead State Park, and James Farris, head of the group's historical research and development committee, discuss the park's significance.

‘It takes everybody’: family urges community to end gun violence

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WCIA) – After two tragedies, one family said it’s their responsibility to share their story and help each other heal. Gun violence has been on the rise in Champaign for years. 2021 was a record-breaking year for homicides. Almost ten years ago, Bobby White died during an armed home invasion in Champaign. “He […]

Springfield woman, son sentenced for marijuana money laundering conspiracy

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WICS/WRSP) — A Springfield mother and her son were sentenced for marijuana and money laundering conspiracy. Jennifer Fisher, 50, was sentenced to 14 months in prison and fined $10,000 for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute marijuana and conspiracy to commit money laundering. Fisher is accused...

Second man dies after I-72 crash

SANGAMON COUNTY, Ill. (WCIA) — The Sangamon County coroner released the name of a second man who died following a Wednesday crash on I-72. In a news release, Coroner Jim Allmon said 27-year-old Zachary Wilham, of Decatur, died in a Springfield hospital Thursday afternoon. He said Wilham died from multiple blunt force injuries he got […]

Woman found unconscious inside house fire

DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - A woman was rescued after she was found unconscious inside a house fire in Decatur. Decatur firefighters were called to the 200 block of S. 16th St. around 7 p.m. They said there was a fire in the kitchen of the home. A woman was found...

Second driver dies following head-on collision on Interstate 72 east of Springfield

A second driver in a Wednesday night head-on collision on Interstate 72 has died. Zachary R. Wilham, 27, of Decatur, died one day after his car collided with one containing Lucas S. Otto, 20, of Arthur, a pitcher for the Springfield Lucky Horseshoes summer collegiate baseball team. Otto had been heading home following a Wednesday night game against the Normal CornBelters. ...
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Decatur Park District offering full slate of 4th of July activities

DECATUR — The Decatur Park District is offering a variety of activities to help families celebrate the Fourth of July, ending with fireworks over Lake Decatur at dusk. The day begins with the annual Staley Run White and Blue fun run at 8 a.m. in Nelson Park. Kids can take part in the half-mile run at 7:30 a.m. or join the adults in the 2-mile or 5K run/walk.