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Coroner rules Illinois student's death accidental
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WAND) — The Champaign County Coroner has ruled on the death of an 18-year-old University of Illinois student. Akul Dhawan was found dead outside a campus building around 10 hours after being reported missing by his friend. Emergency responders attempted to provide medical attention but Dhawan was pronounced dead at the scene.
Champaign County Teachers Face New Challenges: Implementing LGBTQ+, Asian American, and Pre-Enslavement Black History in Curriculum
Illinois lawmakers are back in Springfield, potentially discussing spending. A recent Illinois law permits firearm owners to retain certain types of weapons if registered by the start of the year, but state registration numbers are still low. Officials in Champaign County are raising funds to attract an airline to provide passenger service from Willard Airport.
Emergency crews respond to morning Windsor Rd. crash
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WCIA) — Emergency crews responded to a multiple-vehicle crash at the intersection of Windsor Road and Neil Street this morning. The crash occurred between three vehicles just before 8 a.m. Windsor Avenue was closed westbound following the accident, and traffic was backed up on both Neil Street and Windsor Avenue in all directions. […]
U of I Police, Crime Stoppers ask for help in year-long criminal investigation
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WCIA) — The University of Illinois Police Department and Champaign County Crime Stoppers are asking for help from the public in a criminal investigation they’ve been investigating for over a year. UIPD officials said the investigation stemmed from an incident that occurred on campus in the fall of 2022. They didn’t provide details […]
Champaign Public Works Director announces resignation
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WCIA) — The Public Works Director for the City of Champaign is stepping down from his role. City officials announced on Tuesday that Khalil Zaied is resigning effective March 8. Zaied, Director since October of 2022, will be moving out of state to attend to private family matters. “It is with a heavy […]
Police: Champaign man shot while sitting in his own driveway
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WAND) - Champaign Police are investigating a shooting that happened Monday night. CPD was called to the 700 block of W. Vine St. at 7:31 p.m. Officers learned a victim had arrived at the hospital by personal vehicle. The victim is a 34-year-old Champaign man. He is being treated for multiple potentially life-threatening gunshot wounds. He remains hospitalized but is stable.
Blankets of Hope by Queen Jordynn Huskisson
FISHER, Ill. (WCIA) — Blankets of Hope by Queen Jordynn Huskisson is dedicated to providing comfort and warmth to children battling cancer by handcrafting tie blankets. There mission is to bring moments of joy and support to these brave young fighters, wrapping them in love and encouragement during their journey.
Catalytic converter theft down 80% from 2022
URBANA, Ill. (WCIA) — Catalytic converter thefts are down, and Urbana Police Deputy Chief Richard Surles said three things are to thank; public awareness, police work and a new law all helped lower thefts. Surles gave credit to drivers among other things for catalytic converter thefts trending down by 80 percent. “Folks in the community, […]
Illinois girls high school basketball playoff scores (2/20/24)
Get live IHSA Illinois girls high school basketball playoff scores from Tuesday, February 20
East Michigan Ave. in Urbana to be closed this week
URBANA, Ill. (WAND) - East Michigan Ave. in Urbana will be closed this week for repairs. The street will be closed between Kinch St. and Greenbridge Dr. from noon Tuesday, Feb. 20 through 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 23. The City of Urbana Public Works Department will be doing street...
State leaders visiting Rantoul for mobile office hours
RANTOUL, Ill. (WCIA) — Illinois State Senator Paul Faraci (D-Champaign) and Congresswoman Robin Kelly (D-Illinois) are coming to Rantoul on Thursday to give residents a chance to be heard directly. They are hosting mobile office hours. Through the event, attendees can discuss local issues and get help with state and federal resources over a complimentary cup […]
Lester the Coffee Guy back at work in Champaign Original Pancake House
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WCIA) — A beloved restaurant employee in Champaign returned to work this weekend after experiencing a medical emergency last year. Lester Lindsey, also known as “Lester the Coffee Guy”, has worked at the Original Pancake House for decades. He returned to work Sunday, pouring coffee and serving food with a smile. Last October, […]
Weather Now: Warm This Week with Wet Weather by Thursday
Weather Now: Warm This Week with Wet Weather by Thursday.
WATCH: ‘That’s What She Said’ coming to Champaign’s Virginia Theatre this weekend
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WCIA) — This Saturday at 7 p.m., the Virginia Theatre is showcasing girl power as part of “That’s What She Said.” Jenette Jurczyk and Airiel Sadler joined Amanda Brennan to discuss the event. This marks the 9th year that “That’s What She Said” will take place. This year’s event features nine inspirational women […]
Learn about Willie Summerville at the Sousa Archives
If you have some time to get to the Sousa Archives and Center for American Music in the next couple of weeks, you can check out their special exhibit on William “Willie” Thomas Summerville. Summerville was a University of Illinois grad, former Marching Illini tuba player, spent most of his career as a choral director in Urbana schools, and was a founding member of Canaan Missionary Baptist church, where he was a deacon, treasurer, and music minister.
Monday's prep highlights: Hopkins powers Bunnies past Tribe
Danville 69, Rantoul 36. Nineteen points from Jerry Reed, 11 points from JaVaughn Robinson and 10 points from Devon Larkin helped the eighth-seeded Vikings (11-17) down the ninth-seeded Eagles on their home floor. DJ Davis. paced the Eagles (6-20) with 14 points, but Rantoul was unable to overcome a 35-19...
Urbana leaders to discuss committing $50,000 toward helping Willard Airport
URBANA, Ill. (WCIA) — Urbana leaders are getting ready to take the next step in potentially changing and improving air service at Willard Airport in Savoy. They’re looking to bring more flights to the heart of Champaign County. Urbana’s Committee of the Whole is meeting Tuesday night at 7. That’s where they’ll discuss the airport […]
University of Illinois researchers developing coal-based semiconductor
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WCIA) — Most electronic devices like smartphones and laptops are built with semiconductors inside. But U of I is working with material scientists around the world to build them with a more common material that would be able to shrink the semiconductors to allow for smaller devices. Researchers at the University of Illinois […]
A step-by-step guide to buying legal cannabis
Want to buy some cannabis? In the United States, 38 states have legalized cannabis for medical use and 24 for recreational use including Illinois. In our twin cities of Champaign-Urbana, we have four dispensaries each with their own vibe, but the process for buying cannabis is standardized. Wondering what exactly is that process? I got you covered, and because I’m a visual learner, I included photos for every step of the buying process. While it’s not illegal to take photos inside a dispensary, it’s still polite to ask, so I reached out to Cloud9 Cannabis‘s Alex Corrao who was super nice and helped make sure everyone in these photos wanted to be in the photos.
Champaign County African American Heritage Trail organizers are looking for muralists
The Champaign County African American Heritage Trail began taking shape in 2021, and has recently been expanding its footprint, and undergoing transformational projects. Now, the organizers are partnering with 40 North to “develop location-specific murals celebrating the lives and contributions of African Americans in the Champaign County area.” They’ve issued a call for proposals for artists interesting in creating a mural touching on one of these general themes: Education, African American “firsts” and pioneers, Power of Black women, Written word / lyrics, Possible other topics related to local African American history. The project is being funded by the Experience Champaign-Urbana Foundation, and a grant from the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity.