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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

Heart Gala

Survivors honored during annual Heart Gala

DECATUR—Prescott Paulin knows a thing or two about heart health.   In August of 2014 the 29 year old went into cardiac arrest at the end of Abe’s Amble 10K Race at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield.   “I’m grateful to be alive and I’m grateful that our community has created an event where…Continue Reading

Scam Alert

SCAM ALERT: Phone scam identified by sheriff’s office

DECATUR— The Macon County Sheriff’s Office has identified a phone scam circulating Macon County. The following is a press release by the Sheriff’s Department detailing the scam. Our office and the Decatur Police Department have been receiving several complaints regarding a phone scam involving a person identifying himself as Deputy James Marshall with the Macon…Continue Reading

Jay Scott

State’s Attorney’s office creates task force to combat gang violence

DECATUR—The Macon County State’s Attorney’s office is launching a new task force aimed at curbing gang violence.   Macon County State’s Attorney Jay Scott said the new unit, headed up by Assistant State’s Attorney Pamela Domash, will focus all of their efforts in the stoppage and prosecution of gang related crime.   “Pamela has been…Continue Reading

United Way Annual Meeting 2015

United Way announces $1.5 million in total for 2014 Campaign

DECATUR—The United Way had another strong year in fundraising in 2014.   The organization’s 2014 campaign, which lasted from August through January, raised $1.5 million for local community organizations. That number is down from the previous year’s total of over $2 million.   United Way executive director Debbie Bogle says the organization wrapped up their…Continue Reading

Niantic Fire Dept

Niantic man dead after Thursday morning house fire

NIANTIC– A Thursday morning house fire claimed the life of a 64 year old Niantic man.   Macon County Coroner Michael Day said in a news release that firefighters found David Register’s body while battling the fire. An autopsy shows Register died from smoke inhalation.   The fire consumed a house on the 300 block…Continue Reading

Farm Land

Farmland prices dipped slightly statewide in 2014

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — A land-managers’ organization says farmland prices fell across much of Illinois in 2014 but more sharply in the eastern part of the state than other areas.   An annual survey conducted by the Illinois Society of Professional Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers found prices across most of the state ranged from…Continue Reading

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