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Trial begins for former Decatur prison guard

DECATUR– The trial has started for former Decatur Correctional Center officer Timothy Ware.   Ware has been charged with misconduct for allegedly soliciting contact information from female inmates and former inmates, and then lying about it.   Ware was terminated by the Department of Corrections following the 2012 incidents and is facing two to five…Continue Reading

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Lt. Hotwick phone scam

DECATUR – The Macon County Sheriff’s Office says you should be on the lookout for another phone scam.   Lt. Jamie Belcher says only one person in Mt. Zion has received the call and didn’t fall for it, but you should still be aware.  The person called and identified himself as Lt. Bill Hotwick from…Continue Reading

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City approves two tax increases ahead of 2016 fiscal year

DECATUR–  Taxes will be going up next year as the Decatur City Council voted to approve an increase in the hotel use tax and utility tax, the latter of which applies to gas and electric.   The Council on Monday voted unanimously to approve both increases. Beginning on January 1st, hotel use tax will increase from its…Continue Reading

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Property taxes will increase for Mt. Zion residents

MT. ZION – Residents of the Village of Mt. Zion will see an increase in their property taxes this year after the board of administrators approved the 2015 tax levy.   After passing with 5 yes votes, 0 no votes, and one abstaining, the tax levy will be going up about 10 percent over last…Continue Reading

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Senate agrees to release tax revenues to local governments

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Senate is joining house lawmakers in passing a bipartisan appropriations bill releasing some tax revenues.   The measure makes sure local governments get long-awaited tax dollars they are due, with Decatur expected to receive about $500,000.  Democratic State Senator Andy Manar says it’s always good to see something go through with bipartisan…Continue Reading

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Congressman Davis disagrees with Obama’s ISIS plan

SPRINGFIELD — An Illinois politician says President Obama is addressing the latest terrorist threat all wrong.   While Senator Dick Durbin used a press release to praise the plan Obama laid out Sunday night to battle the Islamic State group in the wake of attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, Republican Congressman Rodney Davis of…Continue Reading

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City Council to take on tax increases Monday night

DECATUR–  The Decatur City Council tonight will consider some tax increase proposals, and a budget for the upcoming fiscal year.   The Council will vote tonight on utility and hotel use tax increases, as well as a 2016 budget, and will also hold a public hearing on the proposal to increase property taxes by 14.6%.…Continue Reading

Gas prices bottom out; prices could increase in coming weeks

Gas prices bottom out; prices could increase in coming weeks

DECATUR–  Gas prices may have reached a low point in the week following Thanksgiving, but you don’t need to worry about the prices spiking back up.   Citing the AAA Fuel Gauge Report, AAA spokeswoman Beth Mosher says the days of gas dropping by 3 to 4 cents per day may be over, “I think…Continue Reading

Malcolm Hill and the Illini fall to ISU

Illini top WCU 80-68

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Kendrick Nunn scored 27 points and Michael Finke added 24 to help Illinois survive Western Carolina Saturday, 80-68. Illinois (4-5) pulled away late. But the game was tied as late as the 7:58 mark in the second half when Elijah Pughsley hit a 3-pointer to make the score 59-59. But Illinois answered…Continue Reading

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