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United Way sets $1.6 million fundraising goal for 2015 Campaign

DECATUR–  The United Way is taking a new approach to its 2015 campaign as they kick off their fundraising efforts this weekend. During their annual Day of Action, United Way Executive Director Debbie Bogle announced this year’s campaign will be chaired by a group of people, forgoing the usual method of just one person. The…Continue Reading

Black Chamber of Commerce

Illinois Black Chamber of Commerce names new Decatur chapter

DECATUR – The Illinois State Black Chamber of Commerce has announced they are severing ties with the Decatur Black Chamber of Commerce and are launching a newly formed chapter for Decatur.   President of the Illinois’ Black Chamber, Larry Ivory says they are proud to usher in a new group called the Metro Decatur Black Chamber…Continue Reading

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Illinois State Police to utilize “drones”

SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois State Police is getting some use out of what you might think of as a drone, but that’s not what they call it.   State Police have two Unmanned Aircraft Systems, or UAS’s, that they can deploy statewide to any type of emergency, according to State Police Captain Matt Davis. Davis…Continue Reading

Democrat Day

State Democrats endorse ‘open primary’ during Day at State Fair

SPRINGFIELD– Out of the governor’s office for the first time in twelve years, and holding only one of the two U.S. Senate seats from Illinois, you’d think Illinois Democrats would have little to celebrate. Instead, the master of ceremonies on Democrat Day at the Illinois State Fair Thursday thanked Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner. “Look around…Continue Reading

Wind Farm

Twin Forks Wind Farm passes EEHW committee

DECATUR – The Twin Forks Wind Farm is one step closer to its goal after Thursday night’s Environmental, Education, Health and Welfare Committee meeting.   The public had a chance to voice their opinion for almost an hour at the meeting.  Supporters and detractors voiced the pros and cons they felt would come along with…Continue Reading

2015 Chamber Awards

Mike McElroy honored at 2015 Chamber Awards

DECATUR – The business community is continuing to honor the late Mayor Mike McElroy as he was chosen as the Greater Decatur Chamber of Commerce 2015 Citizen of the Year.   The 2015 Chamber Awards took place on Thursday, August 20th over the lunch hour and saw several businesses nominated for different awards.  The awards…Continue Reading

Jesse White

Jesse White is retiring

SPRINGFIELD — Secretary of State Jesse White is calling it a career.   Illinois’ longest serving secretary of state, first elected to that post in 1998 after decades of previous public service, is finally retiring – for real this time.   White says he’ll focus on the Jesse White Tumblers, a group he founded in…Continue Reading

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2015 Greater Decatur Chamber of Commerce Business Awards

DECATUR–  The 2015 Greater Decatur Chamber of Commerce Business Award luncheon was held on Thursday, August 20th. Over 15 local businesses were honored with awards such as Outstanding Small Business, Business Expansion, Non-Profit of the Year, and Best Micro Business. Late Decatur Mayor Mike McElroy was awarded the Citizen of the Year award.Continue Reading

Len Goodman

Blago Lawyer: Appeal fight not over

CHICAGO– The last hope to get more convictions against former Gov. Rod Blagojevich thrown out is to go to the U.S. Supreme Court. With the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals rejecting his request for a rehearing before the full court, the highest court is his final appeal option. Typically, the Supreme Court addresses cases…Continue Reading

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