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Champaign named one of top bed bug infested cities in the U.S.

ATLANTA, Ga. - Champaign, Illinois was named as one of the top bed bug infested cities in the United States, according to a report issued by Orkin on Thursday. The list is based on treatment data from the metro areas where Orkin exterminators performed the most bed bug treatments from December 2017


Police slowly rolling out body cameras

URBANA, Ill. (WCIA) -- Several months after city council passed an amended budget to buy body cameras for police, the department is starting to slowly roll them out. The police department bought a new video recording system. All of the equiptment has arrived. That includes 14 squad car cameras, 60 b


Illinois Emergency Management Agency warns residents to brace for weekend storm

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - The Illinois Emergency Management Agency is urging residents to prepare for this weekend's blast of winter weather, which is forecasted to dump between 4"-8" of snow on northern Illinois, followed by cold arctic air that will bring single digit temperatures to the state.


Housing Authority of Champaign Worries Federal Shutdown Could Impact Affordable Housing Programs

The federal Department of Housing and Urban Development is currently closed due to the partial government shutdown, and has said it will provide operating funds to local housing authorities only through February.


Two people fight over gun; Suspect steals items from victim

URBANA, Ill. (WCIA) -- Police are investigating after a person was robbed at gunpoint. It happened at the Eldorado Apartments on Philo Road in Urbana. Police say suspect stole $1,000 worth of items from the victim.


Shots fired, armed robbery reported in Urbana Wednesday

URBANA, Ill. (WICS/WCCU) — Urbana Police is investigating two gun-related incidents in Urbana Wednesday night. The first happened around 5 p.m. Wednesday. Urbana Police were called to a shots fired report in the 800 Block of North Matthew Avenue. We're told no one was injured and no arrests have bee


Sweet Victory: Illini players enjoying the fun of first Big Ten win

CHAMPAIGN, Ill (WCCU) - It has been 325 long days but the Big Ten drought is finally over for Illinois. The Fighting Illini back in the win column after last nights dominant 95-68 win over Minnesota. Their last victory in Big Ten play came on February 25, 2018 against Rutgers.


CODE RED: Weekend winter storm to hit Central Illinois

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WICS/WRSP) — ACODE RED WEATHER ALERT remains in effect for Saturday as another round of winter will soon be targeting central Illinois. At least this evening into Friday will offer a break in the action with mostly cloudy skies and seasonably chilly temperatures, but by late Frida


Illinois Gov. Pritzker signs gun dealer licensing bill into law

Illinois new governor signs his first bill into law, and it deals with gun control. Flanked by Chicago’s Mayor and Police Superintendent, Gov. JB Pritzker signed the bill requiring firearm dealers to now be licensed by state police. The licenses cost $1,500.


Our pick: Top news from 2018

That’s a wrap. Another year is in the books. As 2018 rides off into the sunset, let’s recap last year’s top 10 news events, listed in no particular order. Without any further ado:


Teen birth rates are on the decline in Central Illinois

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WICS/WRSP) — From the most recent data collected, teen births went down from 2015 to 2016. Sangamon County went down from 151 births to 126, Champaign went down from 124 to 103 and Macon County went down from 121 to 115.


Would-be sale leads to robbery, gunfire in Urbana

URBANA — A would-be sale of items set up through the internet went bad Wednesday night, resulting in gunfire that drew a heavy police response in southeast Urbana. Urbana police Lt. Rich Surles said a 25-year-old Danville man told police he had traveled to Urbana to sell an iPhone, an Apple watch, a


Church hosts breakfast for charity

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WCIA) -- A local church will host their annual pancake breakfast this weekend. Mt. Vernon United Methodist Church has been hosting this fundraiser for 51 years. They will be serving up pancakes and sausage all day. Last year, they served over 300 guests.


Another Illinois lawmaker hits the pension lottery

There’s a lot of talk about renewed bipartisanship and a new day in Springfield. Dozens of state lawmakers have already opted out of the pension system. The General Assembly should take the lead and phase out their own defined-benefit system and get to work on a constitutional fix for the rest of Il


Champaign-Urbana Public Health District cancels services for Saturday

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WCCU) — School districts are not the only ones making changes because of the inclement weather. The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District is canceling its services on Saturday.


Region prepares for another snowstorm

People in the region are bracing for a storm the National Weather Service says could bring a half-foot of snow to parts of the state. National Weather Service forecasters say the storm is expected to start Friday afternoon. Total snow accumulations of 4 to 6 inches are possible in northern and centr


82.3 percent of Champaign Early Chldhd Cntr teachers stay put; average earns $51,819.69 per year

More than 82.3 percent of teachers stay at Champaign Early Chldhd Cntr year to year, according to the 2018 three-year average in the latest Illinois schools report card. The Illinois State Board of Education records data concerning faculty salary, retention and attendance because maintaining a stabl


Looking for something to do this weekend or next?

St. Louis Cardinals Caravan; 4:30 p.m. Jan. 19; Parke Regency Hotel, Bloomington. Russian National Ballet presents Swan Lake; 7:30 p.m. Jan. 19; Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts, downtown Bloomington; $20-$40.


Illinois State Police conducting roadside safety checks in February

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WICS/WRSP) — Illinois State Police announced scheduled roadside safety checks for the month of February. Troopers will be on the lookout for drivers to stop what they call the fatal four violations:


Club shows off skills before competition

URBANA, Ill. (WCIA) -- A group of middle school students is taking its creativity to a competition in Chicago. Future City Club is a nationwide middle school program. Students design and build a model of a futuristic city. The competition has a different theme every year. This year, it is "Powering