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Durbin joins push to push smoking age to 21

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) is among the federal lawmakers who want to raise the age for buying tobacco products to 21. Durbin says raising the tobacco-buying age from 18 will stop people from smoking, citing information from the National Institutes of Health that 95 percent of adult smokers picked up the habit before they turned…Continue Reading

ADM Window

ADM looks to expand east-coast business with purchase agreement of New Jersey company

CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Archer Daniels Midland Company (NYSE: ADM) today announced an agreement to purchase Eatem Foods Company, a leading developer and producer of premium traditional, natural and organic savory flavor systems. “We’re accelerating our evolution from an ingredient supplier to a complete solutions provider by systematically building and acquiring capabilities to meet a wide range…Continue Reading

Dine United 2015

3 years in, Dine United continues to be a successful fundraiser

DECATUR – The United Way’s “Dine United” campaign is well underway in Decatur as they continue to raise money to give back to the community.   The campaign began on September 2 and continues through October 28.  During that time period, select local restaurants agreed to donate a portion of the proceeds of all lunch…Continue Reading

E Cigarette

Illinois AG Madigan joins fight for stricter regulations on e-cigarette use

SPRINGFIELD– The fight to more strongly regulate e-cigarettes in Illinois is pushing on. Attorney General Lisa Madigan has joined up with her counterparts across the nation in urging the FDA to stronger regulate the popular devices.   Illinois already has a law addressing how e-cigs and similar products are packaged, but Madigan spokeswoman Annie Thompson…Continue Reading

Runako

Scovill mourns the loss of longtime cheetah, Runako

DECATUR–  After twelve plus years as one of the main attractions at Scovill Zoo, Runako, one of the zoo’s two cheetahs, has passed away.   Zoo Director Ken Frye said the zoo was forced to euthanize the 13 and a half year old big cat because he was suffering from kidney failure that made it…Continue Reading

Comptroller Leslie Munger

Comptroller Munger could face tough election in 2016

SPRINGFIELD — Can being associated with Gov. Bruce Rauner spell doom for one Republican on next year’s ballot?   There will be a special election for comptroller in 2016, with Rauner’s appointee to the position, Leslie Munger, facing off with one of two Democratic challengers: State Sen. Daniel Biss or Chicago City Clerk Susana Mendoza.…Continue Reading

National Foodworks Services

National Foodworks Services ready to begin major construction

DECATUR – The old Brush College School is now a blank slate as National Foodworks Services prepares to begin major construction on the facility.   Crews have been gutting the old school for months as it transitions into a 40,000 square foot food production facility.  Tony Caccomo is one of the partners and says they…Continue Reading

Career Coach

RCC, EDC, City of Decatur unveil job training partnership

    DECATUR–  A new partnership between Richland Community College, the City of Decatur, and the Economic Development Corporation of Decatur/Macon County is aiming to connect prospective employees to area employers who are hiring. The partnership between the three entities culminated in the development of the EMSI Career Coach website that provides prospective workers and…Continue Reading

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