DeVito full of confidence coming off career day, restarting B1G play

CHAMPAIGN (WCIA) — A career day has Tommy DeVito feeling good heading into Saturday’s game at Wisconsin in the return of Big Ten play. The Illinois quarterback threw for a collegiate high 332 yards in a 31-0 win over Chattanooga last Thursday. His three touchdowns were also the most in a game for the Syracuse […]
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Westville house fire visible on I-74

WESTVILLE, Ill. (WCIA) — A large house fire sparked in Westville earlier today. The house is located on Wisconsin Street near R.P. Lumber. Black smoke and flames were visible on I-74. People in the town claim this fire to be one of several in the last two days. This is a developing story.
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Watseka football forfeits Week 6 game

WATSEKA (WCIA) — Watseka football won’t suit up this Friday night, electing to forfeit its game against Seneca. Warriors athletic director Barry Bauer says several issues are to blame for the cancellation to the Irish. “We get back some players next week from concussion protocol, other injuries and eligibility issues,” Bauer said in a text […]

Suspicious person spotted in Pana; schools enter soft lockdown

PANA, Ill. (WCIA) — The Pana School District entered a soft lockdown Tuesday. The Pana Police Department received two calls around 12:10 P.M. regarding a suspicious person riding a bicycle near North Hickory and Washington possibly carrying a long-gun strapped over their body. Officers quickly responded but could not locate the person. Due to the […]

Four accused of drunk driving on U of I campus

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WCIA) — Four Champaign men were arrested on the University of Illinois campus over the weekend after U of I Police officials said they were caught driving on campus while under the influence of alcohol. All four were arrested separately from one another. One of them also had a loaded gun in his […]

Woman sentenced to six years for shaking baby

CHARLESTON, Ill. (WCIA) — A woman from a Mattoon daycare has been sentenced to six years in the Illinois Department of Corrections after being found guilty of shaking a baby. During the trial in July, the jury found 51-year-old Carmen Petak guilty on one count of aggravated battery of Karac Kearny. On a second charge […]

Danville’s Saturday trash pickup day a sweeping success

DANVILLE, Ill. (WCIA) — The Noon Rotarians organized a trash pickup day in Danville. The group of 14 people spent around two hours on Saturday morning spread out over four different locations picking up litter. This was their way of giving back to the community. “As a Rotary club we want to be in our […]

Survey finds Americans experiencing pumpkin spice burnout

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WCIA) — A recent survey found Americans are experiencing pumpkin spice burnout. Fire Department Coffee, a veteran-owned brand based in Rockford, revealed the results of their August survey regarding coffee consumers and their relationship with the drink. With National Coffee Day on Thursday, here’s a taste of what Americans may be drinking. According […]

Memorial Health offers carside flu shots

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WCIA) — Memorial Health is offering drive-thru flu shots clinics in Springfield to the public to prepare for flu season. Flu shots are administered from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays to Friday at a drive-thru lab at 2950 S. Sixth St. An appointment is preferred and can be made here.   Additionally, […]

20 guns seized in police bust, suspect arrested

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WCIA) — Springfield Police announced on Tuesday that more than 20 guns were seized Sunday morning after their suspected owner was arrested. Officials said Springfield officers were dispatched to a building in the area of 1st and Ash Streets for a report of a man inside while the fire alarm was activated. The […]

Coroner: One dead in ‘neighborhood dispute’

LOVINGTON, Ill. (WCIA) — The Macon County Coroner announced on Tuesday that a Lovington man was killed on Monday in what he described as a “neighborhood dispute.” People living on South Logan Street were shocked to wake up and discover a heavy police presence in their neighborhood Monday morning. State Police took the lead in […]

Senator files bill amending SAFE-T Act

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WCIA) — An amendment has been filed to change the controversial SAFE-T Act’s pretrial release provisions.  Sen. Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) filed a bill Monday that changes conditions of prosecutors pursuing holding people accused of crimes. This is after several state’s attorneys and sheriffs across the state have openly criticized the SAFE-T Act.  Bennett says he […]

Dog rescued from mobile home fire

DECATUR, Ill. (WCIA) — Decatur firefighters responded to a mobile home on fire Monday evening and were able to rescue a family dog. Around 6:20 p.m., the DFD arrived at a mobile home on fire at 2528 Hedrick Court. The Decatur Police Department called in the fire while patrolling the area. When firefighters approached, they […]

Three killed in Christian County wreck

ASSUMPTION, Ill. (WCIA) – Three people are dead and another is seriously hurt after a Monday afternoon crash in Christian County. The crash happened at 1400N and 2500E road, two miles north of Assumption. Illinois State Police say two vehicles entered into the intersection and collided. One vehicle was a freightliner grain truck and the […]

Local National Weather Service Office helps with Hurricane Ian forecast

LINCOLN, Ill. (WCIA) – Hurricane Ian is on the way to the Florida Gulf Coast this week. While Central Illinois is almost a thousand miles away, local forecasters at the National Weather Service Office in Lincoln are still helping out with the forecasting. They are doing so by increasing the number of weather balloons they […]

Unit 4 discusses potential changes to schools of choice process

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WCIA) – Families in the Unit 4 School District might face some big changes. The Board of Education heard proposals Monday night that would change the schools of choice process. Board members say the city is segregated by socio-economic status, but they want to keep each school diverse. That’s why the district hired […]

War reenactors bring history to life in Vermilion County

WESTVILLE, Ill. (WCIA) – Cannons and muskets could be heard in Vermilion County Sunday afternoon. Members of the North West Territory Alliance (NWTA) reenacted a Revolutionary War battle in the Forest Glen Preserve. “We have fortifications to fight over. We have terrain to maneuver through. Just as they would’ve had in the 18th century,” NWTA […]