CHARLESTON -- He was a prisoner of war during World War II. Now, decades later, one Central Illinois Hometown Hero is getting a medal.
Update: 10:21 pm CHARLESTON -- It's a gathering of athletes who are maybe not the best in the state, but all have big hearts.
MATTOON -- Music was in the air at Lake Land College Friday night. It was a packed audience as more than 130 students from 20 junior high schools took to the stage.
Update: 6:02 pm MATTOON -- Two people are dead after a car crash. It happened at the corner of 1200 North and 800 East.
CHARLESTON -- Eastern Illinois University is "greener" these days.
COLES COUNTY -- An area man was arrested.
MATTOON -- The Coles County Sheriff's Department is investigating a woman's death.
MATTOON -- Hundreds of 8th grade students from across Central Illinois got to see what their futures may hold.
COLES COUNTY -- An area man could face felony charges for having child pornography.
Update: 6:11 pm CHARLESTON -- It's hard to say how often orders of protection are violated because they have to be reported by victims or witnesses.
COLES COUNTY -- Another man pleads guilty to charges stemming from September's barn party in Charleston.
Latest: 6:01 pm CHARLESTON -- People in Coles County say they're not surprised to see someone they know behind bars.
Update: 12:11 pm, 4/7/14, Monday EFFINGHAM -- Charges have been upgraded for at least one suspect in the death of an area woman.
Update: 10:30 pm, 3/30/14, Sunday CHARLESTON -- 150 years ago, a large brawl over the Civil War happened in Coles County.
MATTOON -- An area radio station is using the airwaves to give back.
CHARLESTON -- The number of kids with autism is changing and this mom is seeing it right in her own community.
CHARLESTON -- The president of Eastern Illinois University is retiring.
Update: 10:05 pm, 3/26/14, Wednesday COLES COUNTY -- These parents say when their daughter got into a bad situation, she took them to what she thought was a safe haven.
MATTOON -- Some students are hosting their 2nd Annual Spring Fling Bazaar.
COLES COUNTY -- Two puppies are back in safe hands after being stolen.
Latest: 5:03 pm, 3/25/14, Tuesday ILLINOIS -- A Coles County mother, fighting to change the state's medical marijuana law, could be closer to her wish.
OAKLAND -- Students were fighting to save the agriculture and art programs at their school.
CHARLESTON -- Eastern Illinois University is trying to deal with a budget deficit.
Update: 3:30 pm, 3/24/14, Monday OAKLAND -- Monday evening, the school board is set to talk about if the Ag and art teacher positions should be part time.
CHARLESTON -- Just a week after Coles County banned synthetic drugs, the city is looking to do the same.
MATTOON -- Police are investigating a home invasion.
MATTOON -- A police response to one block led to four arrests.
COLES COUNTY -- Officials say synthetic drugs are officially banned.
COLES COUNTY -- County officials want to put stricter rules on synthetic marijuana.
MATTOON -- Firefighters saved a dog from a burning home Monday.
COLES COUNTY -- People are concerned about a proposed one-percent sales tax increase, but it's not because of that one percent.
Update: 10:04 pm, 3/9/14, Sunday CHARLESTON -- A family whose home was destroyed in a fire is getting a break form the community.
CHARLESTON -- The mayor is disgusted by a problem plaguing the city park.
MATTOON -- Being green was the focus at Lake Land College Wednesday.
COLES COUNTY -- The Coles County Farm Bureau Mall Show takes place this weekend.
MATTOON -- No one was hurt in a fire. Crews were called to General Steel and Metals, a scrapyard, on Logan Avenue.
MATTOON -- Police arrested a 23-year old Danville man on charges of criminal sexual assault.
CHARLESTON -- A woman is dead after a semi hit the car she was driving.
ASHMORE -- A homeowner near the Embarras River is frustrated with IDOT.
Update: 10:03 pm, 2/23/14, Sunday ASHMORE -- It took a team effort from several fire departments to rescue people from the Embarras River.
CENTRAL ILLINOIS -- State regulators approved the final route for a new Ameren transmission line.
COLES COUNTY -- A car hit the back of an IDOT truck while workers were filling potholes along I-57.
CHARLESTON -- Dozens of students stayed home sick from school.
Update: 4:14 pm, 2/18/14, Tuesday COLES COUNTY -- An area many says he's not guilty after police say he was involved with a drug-related death.
COLES COUNTY -- Slick roads make for dangerous driving.
Latest: 4:37 pm, 2/14/14, Friday MATTOON -- Teens were back to school Friday after having a few days off.
CHARLESTON -- A Hometown Hero is using social media to honor fallen soldiers.
DOUGLAS COUNTY -- It was a 911 call this dispatcher will never forget.
CHARLESTON -- The way some roads are being treated has changed.
MATTOON -- Police arrested an area man on charges of aggravated battery to a child.