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Holiday scam targets prepaid debit cards

DECATUR—A new scam is circulating Macon County just in time for Christmas.   Macon County State’s Attorney Jay Scott and Sheriff Tom Schneider say scammers are targeting the owners of prepaid debit cards.   Scott says the scammers are using automated calls, claim to be from VISA, and indicate that there is a problem with…Continue Reading

Illini beat Mizzou

Illini win 5th in a row and retain Braggin’ Rights trophy

ST. LOUIS — There was no panic when the shots refused to fall for 9-1/2 minutes and the 20-point lead dwindled to just five.   Illinois survived the drought by turning up the intensity on the other end.   “To be honest, I don’t think we took that many bad shots,” said Malcolm Hill, who…Continue Reading

Oakley Brick Church

Strong winds cause damage in northeast Macon County

DECATUR – Some severe weather throughout the county on Wednesday has caused damage to several residences and businesses.   According to the National Weather Service, a “down-burst of wind” caused heavy damage to the roof of the Oakley Brick Church of the Brethren today (Wednesday) in Oakley, IL.  Pastor David Roe says it was a…Continue Reading

Rauner in Decatur

Gov. Rauner on holiday outside U.S., but staff won’t reveal location

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has left the country for the holidays, but his staff won’t say where he went or even why they don’t want to disclose his whereabouts.   Spokeswoman Catherine Kelly said Wednesday the wealthy businessman-turned-governor left the U.S. last weekend for a two-week vacation with family. She said he’s…Continue Reading

Unemployment Application

IDES: Macon County unemployment rate slightly rose in November

DECATUR – Unemployment rates in Illinois increased in 12 metro areas and only decreased or was unchanged in two during the month of November.   Eight metro areas across the state saw job loss compared to a year ago, according to data released by the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) and the U.S. Bureau…Continue Reading

Dredge

Lake Decatur dredging 28% complete as project wraps for winter

DECATUR–  13 additional days of drinking water. That’s how much room the dredging project has created in Lake Decatur since it began two years ago.   The $91 million project, being carried out by Great Lakes Dredge & Dock, wrapped up for the winter this week after spending the majority of the summer and fall…Continue Reading

Salvation Army

Gold coins provide boost to Salvation Army kettle campaign

DECATUR– The Salvation Army found two gold coins in one of their kettles yesterday and an 1897 $20 gold piece in a kettle today.   Salvation Army Major Wes Dalberg said the two coins were found in kettles located at the Kroger Store in Fairview Plaza and the gold piece was dropped in a kettle…Continue Reading

Mitsubishi Plant Web

Worker’s comp reform needed to attract new business

NORMAL – Without some reforms to areas like worker’s compensation, it might be difficult for the state to attract new business, particularly to the now closed Mitsubishi Motors plant in Normal.   State Sen. Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington) said a prospective buyer he spoke to has said they’re not interested in moving to Illinois until the…Continue Reading