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Mattoon Fire Department Chief Tony Nichols retiring

MATTOON -- Fire Chief Tony Nichols has announced that he plans to retire after leading the Mattoon Fire Department for nine years and after serving in the department for 24 years.


Illinois Gov. signs bill raising minimum wage to $15

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D) signed a bill into law Tuesday to raise the state's minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025. Pritzker ousted former-Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) in November and campaigned on raising the minimum wage.


Ku Klux Klan yearbook photo surfaces on central Illinois campus

URBANA, Ill. (WAND) - A University of Illinois yearbook photo of 22 men, over the title Ku Klux Klan just recently surfaced and though the photograph was taken nearly 100 years ago, it sparked an enormous response online.


Illinois lawmaker puts the brakes on mileage tax proposal

SPRINGFIELD — A bill that would test a mileage tax for vehicles driving on state roads has been tabled, but that doesn’t mean it’s dead. Chicago Democrat Marcus Evans last week filed House Bill 2864, establishing a pilot program for a 2.1-cent tax on every mile a vehicle is driven on state roads.


US Supreme Court declines to review Coles County reassessment lawsuit

CHARLESTON -- The U.S Supreme Court indicated on Tuesday that it will not review a federal lawsuit against a Coles County property reassessment project. The court gave no indication of its reason for denying a review of the case, according to Erick Kaardal, the attorney who filed the lawsuit on beha


Shirts sold to benefit Coles Co. Sheriff's Dept. K-9 Fund

CHARLESTON, Ill. (WAND) - The Coles County Sheriff's Department is holding a fundraiser for the K-9 Fund. T-shirts and hooded sweatshirts are being sold to benefit the department's K-9 Fund.


Mattoon nature center seeks grant for state conference

MATTOON -- The City Council is scheduled tonight to consider approving a $2,500 grant to help the Douglas-Hart Nature Center host a state conference. The Mattoon Tourism Advisory Committee has recommending awarding this grant from the city's hotel/motel tax funds for the Environmental Education of I


Illinois State Police: Trooper injured in crash during traffic stop

STERLING, Ill. (KWQC) - An Illinois State Trooper was taken to the hospital for treatment of injuries after a tractor semi-trailer sideswiped his squad car. It happened during a traffic stop on Interstate 39 in Ogle County on Feb. 18, 2019.


Police: Man may be linked to thefts at Walmart stores in Westfield, Illinois

WESTFIELD, Ind. – Westfield police are looking for a man suspected of targeting Walmart stores in Indiana and Illinois. According to the Westfield Police Department, the man stole about $900 in electronics and other merchandise at the Westfield Walmart, 2001 E. 151st St., on Feb. 3.

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Man sentenced to 35 years for sex crimes against girls in Illinois, Iowa, other states

A man was sentenced last week to 35 years in prison for committing sex crimes against minor girls, specifically transportation of a minor for unlawful sexual activity and production of child pornography.


"Zombie Deer" reported in several Illinois counties

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WICS/WRSP) -- Animals with a disease known as "Zombie Deer" have been reported in 17 Illinois counties, as well as 23 other states, according to the Center for Disease Control.


Central Illinois under winter weather advisory starting at 9 p.m.

BLOOMINGTON — A winter weather advisory will take effect at 9 p.m. Tuesday and continue until noon Wednesday, as another winter storm is headed to the region. The National Weather Service expects a mixture of precipitation with snowfall expected to total up to 2 inches and ice accumulation of up to


Coles Roundup: Mattoon notches 19th win of season

Mattoon earned its 19th win of the season by defeating Richland County in a non-conference home game Tuesday night. Jaydon Noe led the Green Wave with 16 points. Jacob Spitz added 15. They moved to 19-8 with the win.


Police: Illinois gunman lied about Mississippi conviction to get firearm card

AURORA, Ill. (AP) — Illinois State Police say a man who fatally shot five people at a suburban Chicago manufacturing warehouse lied about his criminal history in 2014 to obtain a card from the agency that allowed him to purchase a handgun.


Ideas Illinois: Democrats, Pritzker Administration Changing Illinois Very Quickly

One of the jobs groups at the Illinois Capitol says the state’s new governor may be changing Illinois too quickly for some downstate communities. Greg Baise with the group Ideas Illinois said the state’s new governor is pushing Illinois toward a 15 dollar-an-hour minimum wage and at least two tax in


House bill would give way to rent control in Illinois

Illinois has prohibited local rent control ordinances since 1997. A bill in the Illinois House would establish six regional rent control bureaucracies across the state. A bill in the Illinois House of Representatives would reverse the state’s decades-long ban on rent control and create a new state b


Suspect in hit and run of Pontiac 12-year-old caught in Illinois

PONTIAC, Mich. (FOX 2) - It was last month when we told you about 12-year-old Christian Castle struck by a car riding his bike on Baldwin in Pontiac. The driver kept going - running all the way to Peoria, Illinois. That’s where Dominique Amos was found by U.S. Marshals. A tip to Crime Stoppers led t


Burnt food sets of 2 separate alarms

-- -- -- A fire alarm was set off by burnt food at 11:43 a.m. Tuesday at Giffin Hall in the Eastern Illinois University U-Court. Benjamin Corum of Charleston lost control of his vehicle and went off the road at 7:05 p.m. Saturday at 1615 Lincoln Ave.


Two Injured in Crash Sunday Night North of Effingham

Two people were injured in a single-vehicle crash Sunday night in the county. Effingham County Sheriff's Department was called at 8:40pm to US Highway 45 at 2050th Avenue, just south of the Effingham-Shelby County line. Deputies report a SUV driven by 26-year-old Melissa Hoene of Sigel was headed no


Mattoon City Council met February 14.

Mattoon City Council met Feb. 14. This portion of the City Council meeting is reserved for persons who desire to address the Council. The Illinois Open Meetings Act mandates that the City Council may NOT take action on comments received on matters that have not been identified on this agenda, but th