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State Expanding Services For Domestic Violence Victims

April 2, 20202 –  Today, the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) announced it is launching a $1.2 million plan to increase the capacity of its current statewide network of services for domestic violence and sexual assault survivors during the current COVID-19 pandemic. “While most Illinoisans are adhering to the Stay at Home order, not…Continue Reading

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Gov Announces “All In Illinois” Initiative

April 2, 2020 –  Governor JB Pritzker launched a new statewide effort today called ‘All in Illinois’ to reinforce the state’s core message, backed by scientists and public health experts: stay at home and stay safe. As Illinoisans continue to practice social distancing to stay healthy, ‘All in Illinois’ is a way to unite residents…Continue Reading

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YMCA To Provide Child Care To First Responders and Medical Professionals

April 2, 2020 – The Decatur Family YMCA will be providing child care for first responders and medical professionals in Macon County. With assistance from the Community Foundation of Macon County’s Emergency Response Fund – medical professionals and first responders are able to have a safe place for their children while they care for the…Continue Reading


City Waives Bus Fare and Adds New Protocol

April 2nd, 2020- In order to protect bus drivers from potential exposure the City of Decatur is asking all those who still rely on the bus system for transportation to now enter and exit the buses from the rear entrance. Handicap accessibility will still be operational, however, due to the new protocol, all bus fares…Continue Reading


LISTEN: ‘Coolest Thing Made in Illinois’

April 2nd, 2020- Dave Martin, recently retired from Caterpillar, joins Byers & Co. to talk about being on the ground floor of building the world’s largest mechanical truck having designed its initial electrical systems, and gives some mind-boggling statistics about the vehicle named the ‘Coolest Thing Made in Illinois’. Listen to the podcast now.Continue Reading

Dan Caulkins

LISTEN: State Representative Dan Caulkins

April 2nd, 2020- State Representative Dan Caulkins joins Byers & Co. to talk about how he is helping his constituents, whether there is room for party politics, the role of the National Guard, and his continuation of trying to change policy regarding FOID cards. Listen to the podcast now.Continue Reading

Paul Osborne

LISTEN: City Hall Insider with Paul Osborne

April 2nd, 2020- Former Mayor Paul Osborne joins Byers & Co. to bring you this week’s City Hall Insider. Osborne talks about being inspired by some of the stories he is seeing during the crisis, how his business has been impacted, his opinion of the governor, the use of this crisis in politics, and the Coronavirus…Continue Reading

Julie Moore Wolfe

LISTEN: City Daily Update with Mayor Julie Moore Wolfe – April 2nd

April 2nd, 2020- Mayor Julie Moore Wolfe joins Byers & Co. to bring you today’s City Daily Update. The Mayor talks about honor for Caterpillar, the changes to the bus service operations, the city’s level of preparation for the crisis, the local media’s role, and the issues of businesses and individuals not following safety guidelines. Listen…Continue Reading