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Veteran Stand Down

Stand Down event to provide assistance to veterans in need

DECATUR–  For the fourth consecutive year the Salvation Army, in conjunction with the Coalition of Veterans’ Concerns, is hosting an event targeted at helping homeless and underserviced veterans get back on their feet.   The event will be held on Friday at the Salvation Army’s Community Center at 229 W. Main St. downtown Decatur from…Continue Reading

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Decatur is one step closer to getting its motor-fuel tax revenue

SPRINGFIELD – We are starting to see some promising compromise out of Springfield, even if they are small victories.   Gov. Bruce Rauner has given the “go” to disburse the already-collected motor-fuel tax to cities in Illinois.  After some review, the House overwhelmingly approved the measure after voting in favor 115-1.  Decatur City Manager Tim…Continue Reading

Monticello Mayor Chris Corrie

Monticello’s Mayor resigns due to health issues

MONTICELLO — The mayor of Monticello has resigned, saying he is struggling with chronic Lyme disease.   The (Champaign) News-Gazette reports that Chris Corrie gave the news to the Monticello City Council during Monday night’s session. The 56-year-old says he spoke with his doctors and they told him he needs to reduce his activity.  …Continue Reading

Fire for Effect preview

Decatur’s Vietnam War Veterans spotlighted in local film

DECATUR – The story of Decatur’s Vietnam War Veterans is coming to life thanks to local filmmaker Nick Walsh.   On the eve of Veterans Day, Walsh is giving you a sneak peek into his documentary titled “Fire for Effect.”  Several community members and students joined Walsh and some of our local Veterans at Richland Community College…Continue Reading

Donald Trump

Trump rails against Starbucks, Hillary, during Springfield stop

SPRINGFIELD– Donald Trump talked jobs leaving Illinois and the rest of the country during a rare campaign appearance downstate by a Republican Presidential candidate. Trump touted the fact that his crowd of 10,200 at the Prairie Capital Convention Center in Springfield was larger than an Elton John concert that drew 8,700.  But he says that’s…Continue Reading

Dennis Lab Link

Dennis Lab School toying with online community database

DECATUR – In order to further the project-based learning initiative at Dennis Elementary, the school is rolling out the “Dennis Lab Link.”   Keith Creighton, a teacher at Dennis, says the idea is to have a sort of “rolodex” database where you can find information or people that could help you with a project.  Creighton…Continue Reading

Anhydrous Ammonia Tank

Time be on the lookout for anhydrous theives

DECATUR – As farmers start applying anhydrous on their fields, the Macon County Sheriff’s Office is asking you to keep watch for possible thieves.   Anhydrous ammonia is a chemical used in the production of meth and thieves often target the nursing tanks to siphon off some of the chemical.  Macon County Sheriff Tom Schneider…Continue Reading

Unemployment Application

Business, labor groups agree to reform unemployment insurance

SPRINGFIELD — Changes may be coming to Illinois’ unemployment insurance after an agreement between business and labor groups.   The agreed reforms include making it easier for workers to be deemed ineligible for unemployment benefits if they’ve damaged property, consumed drugs or alcohol on the job, or repeatedly violated attendance policies.   Illinois Retail Merchants…Continue Reading

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