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Millikin University Winter Commencement 2015

DECATUR–  144 Millikin University students graduated Sunday afternoon during the school’s winter commencement. Xin ‘Water’ Zhao was the undergraduate speaker, John R. Blakeman was the graduate speaker, and Dr. Edward C Elliot was the winter commencement speaker. The ceremony was held in the university’s Kirkland Fine Art’s Center.Continue Reading

littleBits, Star Wars

Creativity shines at CMofIL

DECATUR – Several children used their creativity and imagination to build Star Wars themed gadgets at the Children’s Museum of Illinois over the weekend.   Using littleBits, the kids designed and built things to fit into the Star Wars theme, as the new movie is scheduled to come out soon.  The Museum held two workshops…Continue Reading

Christmas Baskets

Dove, Inc. making Christmas baskets for local families

DECATUR – Everyone deserves to have a good Christmas, and Dove, Inc. wants to help make that happen for hundreds of Macon County families.   The non-profit group is teaming up with the Northeast Community Fund to collect donations of Christmas supplies to dole out to 300 to 400 local families.  Dove’s Angie Williams says…Continue Reading

Humane Society new home

Macon County Humane Society settles in to new home

DECATUR – They’ve tripled in size, added a fenced-in backyard, and have room to grow, but the best thing about the Humane Society’s new location – they own the land.   Serving Decatur and Macon County since 1923, the Humane Society finally owns the property in their new, permanent location.  In between, the not-for-profit animal…Continue Reading

Red Kettle Fire

Local first responders compete in support of Red Kettle Campaign

DECATUR – It’s another exciting weekend for the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign as law enforcement agencies and fire departments from Macon County are manning the bell-ringing duties.   This year is the fifth annual “Guns vs. Hoses” weekend benefiting the Salvation Army of Decatur.  The fundraising event is usually the most popular for the…Continue Reading

Juan Luciano

ADM CEO Luciano to become board chairman January 1st

CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Archer Daniels Midland Company (NYSE: ADM) today announced that CEO and President Juan R. Luciano has been named chairman of the company’s board of directors, effective Jan. 1, 2016. Luciano succeeds Patricia Woertz, who has served as chairman since 2007, and who was Luciano’s predecessor in the CEO role. She retired from that…Continue Reading

Dan Gritti

Gritti “excited” to lead Millikin football team

DECATUR–  Millikin’s new head football coach knows how to win.   The University this week hired former Rhodes College head coach Dan Gritti to succeed Pat Etherton after Millikin wrapped up a 2-8 season.   Gritti, during his five year stint as head coach at Rhodes, Gritti compiled a 29-19 record, including back-to-back 8 win…Continue Reading

Weed

Bill aims to lower pot penalties

DECATUR – A bill to lower penalties for “small amounts” of marijuana possession is getting a second chance, this time with the changes Gov. Bruce Rauner wanted.   Rauner had issued an amendatory veto on a bill passed earlier this year, arguing that while he agreed with the principle of keeping people out of jail…Continue Reading

Labor Day Union Picnic

Union leadership rallies in Springfield as part of statewide event

SPRINGFIELD– There wasn’t much breathing room in a basement meeting facility at Springfield’s Prairie Capital Convention Center when up to 2,000 union members rallied as part of a series of statewide events. In addition to lagging contract negotiations, they’re upset with the lack of a budget under new Gov. Bruce Rauner, painted as someone elected…Continue Reading

E-Citations

County Board approves e-citations

DECATUR – Local authorities should be able to save some time when it comes to paperwork thanks to a new electronic citation system passed by the Macon County Board.   The measure passed unanimously 18-0 at the board’s monthly meeting.  Officers will now be able to fill out an e-citation on their computer, and they…Continue Reading