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Bond set at $1,000,000 for driver involved in fatal accident

DECATUR – The Macon County Sheriff’s Office has provided an update on the fatal crash that occurred on August 6th as the driver has just been released from the hospital.   Sergeant Scott Flannery says on Tuesday, Richard Rodgers Jr, 32, of Effingham, IL was released from a local hospital and was immediately arrested by…Continue Reading

Bruce Rauner

Rauner asks U of I to reject a bonus for outgoing Wise

SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Bruce Rauner wants University of Illinois trustees to reject a deal that would pay Chancellor Phyllis Wise a $400,000 bonus when she resigns.   Rauner wrote Tuesday to trustees Chairman Ed McMillan before he and the other two members of the trustees’ executive committee consider the deal Wednesday.   The governor said…Continue Reading

Wind Farm

Proposed wind farm draws ire from area residents

DECATUR–  A proposed wind turbine farm in northwest Macon County is stirring some concern among area residents.   Many of them aired their concerns on Tuesday morning during the Macon County Zoning Board of Appeals meeting, where officials associated with the wind farm were also present.   The proposed wind farm includes 140 wind turbines…Continue Reading

City of Decatur

City Council to name new Mayor of Decatur next week

DECATUR – Mayor pro-tem Julie Moore-Wolfe could be the next Mayor of Decatur by next week.   The City Council will take up a vote next Monday to name Moore-Wolfe as mayor.  The council met on Monday evening in a closed session to discuss the vacancy after the sudden passing of Mike McElroy.  All six…Continue Reading

Illinois Capitol Floor

A new database allows you to see where campaign money goes

SPRINGFIELD — Searching through political contributions and campaign spending in Illinois is easier thanks to a new online database.   It’s called Illinois Sunshine, and it allows you to find information about political donations and expenditures dating back to 1994.   Sarah Brune, deputy director of the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform, says it’s not…Continue Reading

Dick Durbin in Decatur

Durbin touts benefits of new transportation bill during Decatur stop

DECATUR–  Congress hasn’t passed a long-term mass transportation funding bill since the last one expired in 2009, but Senator Dick Durbin says that has the possibility of changing before the end of the calendar year.   Durbin was in Decatur Monday afternoon to tour the Midwest Inland Port and talk about the current mass transit…Continue Reading

Police Tape

Update on Sunday morning shooting

DECATUR — The Decatur Police Department says the victim of the early Sunday morning shooting has died as a result of his injuries.   The shooting occurred in the 800 block of E. Prairie Street, and the Decatur Police responded to the call at 1 AM on Sunday morning.  Police say they have identified a…Continue Reading

Scam Alert

Sheriff’s Office warns of new phone scam

DECATUR– There’s a new scam taking place in Macon County.   Macon County Sheriff’s Lieutenant Jamie Belcher says their office has begun receiving calls in regards to a person calling people at their homes identifying themselves as a detective with the Sheriff’s Office under the name Lewis Flemming. Belcher said the calls began arriving at…Continue Reading

Tennis

Ursula Beck Tennis Classic has 1st time winner

DECATUR–  Chuck Kuhle went into the Ursula Beck tennis tournament expecting a higher level of play due to a larger purse and by all accounts he got exactly what he was expecting.   The week-long tournament wrapped up on Sunday afternoon with Luke Saville, an Australian, defeating Kevin King 6-4, 6-4, to win the singles…Continue Reading

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