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Tony Smith

Koch out as State Superintendent; board hires Tony Smith

SPRINGFIELD– There’s a change at the top of the Illinois State Board of Education.   The board today (Wednesday) agreed to hire Tony Smith for $225,000 per year. He is executive director of the W. Clement and Jessie V. Stone Foundation, an Oak Park-based group which gives money to educational causes. He also spent four…Continue Reading

Dennis Butterfly

Dennis students 1 step closer to getting landmark declaration

DECATUR–  The monarch butterfly was named the official state insect in 1975 because of the efforts of two third grade classes at Dennis School in Decatur; now, 40 years later, more 3rd graders are attempting to get the butterfly monument at the school turned into a state landmark.   Members of the Historical and Architectural…Continue Reading

Pothole Repair

Potholes remain a problem for Public Works Department

DECATUR–  This past winter may have been less harsh than those of 2014 and 2013, but the Decatur Public Works Department is still working just as hard to fix roads pockmarked with potholes.   Public Works Director Rick Marley said in 2014 his department fixed, filled in, or repaired over 52,000 potholes, but despite less…Continue Reading

Crop Planting

Wet weather slows crop planting statewide

SPRINGFIELD– The ground is too wet to do much planting.   The weekly crop progress report from the USDA in Illinois shows decent numbers for oats and winter wheat, two crops which Illinois grows enough of to “make a difference” but far from the headlining corn and soybeans.   “We’ve reached 39 percent complete in…Continue Reading


Bombers Hold Down Lions for LOVC Win

Argenta-Oreana stayed red hot behind Austin Brown’s 10 strike out performance to beat LSA 4-1. Brown went 7 innings giving up just one run while striking out 10 Lions. Konnor Damery drove in 2 RBIs to lead the Bombers.  Continue Reading

Decatur Youth Hockey Contest

Decatur Youth Hockey up for national prize

  DECATUR—Decatur’s Youth Hockey league is getting some national exposure.   The league’s entry into the 2015 Kraft Hockeyville USA competition made it into the top 10 out of over 18,000 entries nationwide.   Because of its advancement, the Decatur Civic Center is already guaranteed at least $20,000 in renovations and could get up to…Continue Reading

Technology Startup

Illinois leading the way in technology startups

SPRINGFIELD– The state of Illinois plans to boost its investment in technology companies.   The state has $12 billion to $15 billion to invest at any moment, and since 2005, the law has allowed 1 percent of that to be invested in Illinois-based high-tech companies. In 2011, the limit became 3 percent, but the actual…Continue Reading

Lou Lang

State democrats accuse Governor Rauner of ‘misleading’ budget talks

A rift may be growing between Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democratic lawmakers just as the governor wants to push his legislative agenda. As Rauner toured the state during the legislative break touting his so-called “turnaround agenda,” he said he believed lawmakers would be willing to work with him after reaching an agreement on the budget…Continue Reading

Scientology Building

Durbin wants IRS to determine tax status for religions, not Congress

WASHINGTON– The Church of Scientology’s tax-exempt status as a religion is not for Congress to question, according to U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.). While Durbin has in the past urged the Internal Revenue Service to look into the tax-exempt status of certain organizations, he’s not doing so with the Church of Scientology, a religion gaining…Continue Reading