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Robin Whitaker- Winner of Newell's Christmas Wish

Newell’s Auto Body Christmas Wish

  DECATUR – Some people cannot afford to have a reliable vehicle, but when one is given to you, it can be pretty life changing.   “I was so shocked.   It’s hard to say someone is deserving of anything, but I am so glad to have these people in my life,” says Robin Whitaker of…Continue Reading

Michael Madigan and Bruce Rauner

Budget meetings continue, Speaker Madigan absent this time

CHICAGO — Republican leaders say the latest budget meeting was productive, even though one legislative leader was absent.   House Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago) was not in attendance at the third meeting in as many weeks between leaders and Gov. Bruce Rauner. Madigan spokesman Steve Brown says he had a “scheduling conflict” without offering specifics.…Continue Reading

Decatur Public Library

Library Board lays out building terms

DECATUR – The Decatur Public Library Board has extended their offer to the City of Decatur for the sale of the library building at 130 N. Franklin Street.   Last month, the city made an initial offer to buy the building for $10, among other promises.   The Library’s proposal would set the library’s rent…Continue Reading

Purse Theft Safety

DPD offers purse and wallet safety tips

DECATUR – The Decatur Police Department is offering some tips for you to keep your purses and wallets safe and by your side this holiday season.   Lieutenant Shannon Gutierrez Seal says there is often an increase of wallet and purse thefts over the holiday season because many of you are out and about.  …Continue Reading

Star Wars at the Avon

Local fans are ready to see Star Wars

Decatur – The Metcalf family sure is ready for the new Star Wars movie, along with millions of other fans nationwide.   Matt, Julie, Cole, and Corissa were at the Avon in downtown Decatur an hour and a half before the 7 pm premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, already seated in the perfect…Continue Reading

County Board

Decatur man removed from county Circuit Clerk race

DECATUR – The Macon County Electoral Board voted Thursday to remove Bryan Hott from the March 15th General Primary ballot.   Hott filed to be a Democratic candidate in the Macon County Circuit Clerk race.  However, Macon County Clerk Steve Bean says the board determined that Hott had less than the 148 signatures required to have…Continue Reading

Unemployment Application

November unemployment rate slightly inflated

CHICAGO – The state unemployment rate rose slightly last month, but the Illinois Department of Employment Security says that’s mostly because more people are looking for work.   The Illinois jobless rate came in at 5.7 percent in November, up .3 percent from October’s rate.  Despite the slight rise, IDES Analyst Evelina Loescher says there…Continue Reading

Bruce Rauner Action

Legislative leaders, Governor set to meet Thursday

CHICAGO– Gov. Bruce Rauner and legislative leaders will meet again today to discuss how they can end the budget stalemate. It’s the third meeting in as many weeks, but after last week’s discussion, the Republican leaders admitted they’re not talking about the final budget numbers yet, but instead focusing on aspects of the governor’s agenda.…Continue Reading

Travel Traffic

Holiday travel numbers to hit record highs

DECATUR– Holiday travel could reach the 100 million mark this year for the first time since AAA began recording travel numbers.   Early estimates from AAA show that 100.5 million Americans will travel at least 50 miles this holiday season, a 1.4% increase over 2014, and the first time that number reaches 9 digits.  …Continue Reading