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No budget after first day of new fiscal year

SPRINGFIELD – Still no final budget decision in Springfield after the first day of the new fiscal year.   A one-month spending plan proposed from Democratic lawmakers cleared the state Senate Wednesday afternoon but fell short in the House.  The $2.2 billion, one-month spending plan was deemed “unconstitutional” by Gov. Bruce Rauner’s budget director.  Democrats…Continue Reading

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U of I women’s basketball players file suit against program, University

CHAMPAIGN– Racist taunts and segregated practices are among in the allegations in a $10 million lawsuit involving the women’s basketball program at the University of Illinois.   Seven former players have filed a federal civil rights suit against the school, claiming women’s basketball coach Matt Bollant and former assistant MikeDivilbiss created a racially hostile environment. They allege the…Continue Reading

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Millikin unveils new welcome court

DECATUR– When Millikin students return to campus this fall, they will have a new welcome court inviting them in.   The university unveiled the redesigned welcome court, located between the Richard’s Treat University Center and Schilling Hall, during a ceremony on Wednesday afternoon.   With several students and faculty in attendance, President Dr. Patrick White…Continue Reading

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Local area firework displays

The following communities will have their firework celebration on Friday, July 3rd (start time indicated in parenthesis). Assumption- Slag Pile (9 pm) Mt. Zion- Fletcher Park (9 pm) Monticello- Lodge Park (9 pm) Pana- Pana Tri-County Fairgrounds (9 pm)   The following communities will have their firework celebration on Saturday, July 4th (start time indicated…Continue Reading

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“Veteran” can now be listed on your driver’s license

ILLINOIS – Beginning tomorrow, July 1st, U.S. military veterans will be able to get an update driver’s license/ID card with the word “VETERAN” displayed under the signature on the front of the card.   Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White made the announcement today and says that now veterans can proudly display that they served…Continue Reading

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Heavy rains further delay crop progress

CHICAGO (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture says rain is delaying winter wheat harvest and hay cutting in northern and central Illinois.   The USDA’s weekly crop report was issued Monday.   It says that precipitation statewide averaged 1.92 inches, or 0.94 inches above normal and there was just one day suitable for fieldwork…Continue Reading

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Dunkin Donuts expanding to Decatur in 2015

DECATUR–  Brettwood Village shoppers will soon have a new spot to satisfy their sweet tooth.   The City of Decatur confirmed on Monday that a Dunkin Donuts shop is being put in at 3016 N. Water Street. The building was formerly a Dairy Queen and US Cellular store and is located adjacent to Kroger and…Continue Reading

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Caring Black Men hosts 2nd forum

DECATUR – Open dialogue and good conversation took place between the community and members of the Decatur area law enforcement.     Caring Black Men, a group of local African-American men, hosted its second public forum in hopes to foster understanding between our community and our law enforcement.  Mayor Mike McElroy opened the forum by referencing major tragedies involving…Continue Reading

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