Updated: 9:10 PM WCIA is on the scene of a Train vs. Farm Equipment accident near Savoy. A witness said the collision sounded like a transformer explosion. The train stopped east of Wal-Mart and the accident occurred after 7. A medical helicopter did leave the scene. The Champaign County Sheriff's Department confirms that one person was on the medical helicopter
UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS -- Demand to attend the University of Illinois is on the rise, but it hasn't come without some growing pains. WCIA-3's Anna Carrera spoke with the woman in charge to see what the future may hold. This year didn't come without challenges, but Chancellor Phyllis Wise says everything that's happened has helped the university grow. Just this
UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS -- Staff and faculty at UI got an email which has everyone upset. President Robert Easter says there was a glitch in the wording of the state's public pension funding law. The error eliminates a year of pension contributions and interest and reduces benefits. Easter says he's been in talks with lawmakers to address the problem.
LINCOLN -- Abraham Lincoln history just got even more interesting. The newly-expanded Lincoln Heritage Museum will tell the 16th President's story from a first-person perspective. Visitors will walk through Lincoln's most defining moments. It opens Saturday, at 10 am. Tours last about 90 minutes. The project began in 2010.
SPRINGFIELD -- The Central Illinois Honor Flight will no longer fly high to help Illinois' veterans visit historic sites. The Effingham-based organization will be closing and handing its operations over to the Land of Lincoln Honor Flight, based in Springfield. Paul Kramer says he's happy to do it for the veterans. Kramer says flights are already scheduled for veterans in
URBANA -- A city leader says he supports the police chief's proposal to get tasers. Tom Costello is the chairman of the city's Civilian Police Review Board. He says he's talked with Chief Pat Connolly about tasers before, but understands why the department is bringing it up again. If the city council approves the plan, members of the review board
CHAMPAIGN -- Students from St. Matthew Catholic School got to meet paralympian Brian Siemann Thursday. He's been competing for ten years. Siemann says he enjoys talking with students about his diet, technique and rigorous training schedule. Siemann won the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon in 2011, but he's traveling this weekend and can't compete.
DECATUR -- One area school opened its doors Thursday to showcase its unique way of education. Durfee Magnet School hosted Tech-Xploration 2014. People were invited to take self-guided tours through classrooms to learn how kids are using technology in their everyday lessons. The project showed how students are blogging, creating e-books and using iTunes University. All staff and students are
Update: 4:53 pm, 4/24/14, Thursday CHAMPAIGN -- Ebertfest got underway Wednesday, but Thursday, it became official with a countdown. The unveiling of the Roger Ebert statue has been a year in the making. Life-size and made of bronze, the name of the statue is "C-U at the Movies." It's described as "interactive art." Roger is giving his famous "thumbs up"
URBANA -- Wild baby animals are one of the sure signs of spring. If you've been out much lately, you've probably seen them around. Sometimes they're exploring their new home with mom close by. But, if not, it's not always a sign that something's wrong. Even though your instinct may be to rescue them, sometimes they're fine where they are.