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In fight to weaken union powers, Rauner faces uphill battle

In fight to weaken union powers, Rauner faces uphill battle

SPRINGFIELD– The theme of reducing the strength and influence of public employee unions in Illinois is losing steam. The Illinois Senate Wednesday overrode Gov. Bruce Rauner’s veto of a bill which would allow the state and unions to send matters to arbitration if they cannot agree. It also bans strikes and walkouts in those labor…Continue Reading

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New phone scam is targeting food establisments

DECATUR — The Macon County Health Department has learned of a new phone scam affecting food establishments around Macon County.   Kathy Wade is the Director of Environmental Health and says food establishments are getting phone calls from someone stating they are “with the health department.”  She says that individual then says they will be…Continue Reading

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7th U.S. Circuit Court will not rehear Blagojevich’s appeal

CHICAGO — A full appellate court in Chicago will not rehear the appeal of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s corruption convictions.   The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals posted a notice Wednesday indicating there would be no rehearing for the imprisoned Democrat.   Blagojevich had hoped the full court might overturn more of his…Continue Reading

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Lawmaker task force to address rewriting of ‘drone’ rules

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois will form a task force to come up with rules for the use of drones under a plan signed into law by Gov. Bruce Rauner.   The Republican inked the legislation Tuesday, offering no comment.   Members of the task force will be appointed by the governor and will include…Continue Reading

Grow Decatur Meeting

Grow Decatur town hall meeting

DECATUR – Dozens of Decatur residents joined Grow Decatur leaders to speak about issues that our city faces on Tuesday night.   Grow Decatur says, this time, they wanted to target the African-American community to ask for their input and feedback.  The meeting took place at the Boys and Girls Club and saw plenty of…Continue Reading

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Fatal crash rate up in Illinois

SPRINGFIELD — More cars mean more accidents, and that means more fatalities.   The National Safety Council says the first half of the year has recorded a fourteen percent increase compared to last year.  More favorable weather and a better economy for driving are the reasons.   Illinois transportation secretary Randy Blankenhorn says numbers are…Continue Reading

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