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St. Patty's parade 2016

Sea of green floods downtown Decatur for St. Patrick’s parade

DECATUR – The weather held up Saturday morning as hundreds gathered to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day during the annual parade downtown Decatur.   Despite being a cloudy day, parade coordinator Jim Wrigley says they had close to 60 floats/organizations and nearly 1,000 people walking along.   “Because of the weather I have quite a few…Continue Reading

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Illini guard Tate arrested for domestic battery

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Illinois point guard Jaylon Tate has been arrested on a misdemeanor charge of domestic battery.   The junior from Chicago was being held in the Champaign County Jail on Saturday, and a bond hearing was scheduled for later Saturday.   Jail records did not indicate whether he has hired an attorney.…Continue Reading

2016 CASA volunteer dinner

Macon County CASA celebrates volunteer contributions

FORSYTH – The Macon County CASA programming is issuing thanks to all of their volunteers over the past two years who gave up some of their time to help children.   CASA, Court Appointed Special Advocates, is a program that services children neglected and abused in the county’s court system. Executive Director Pam Burkhart says…Continue Reading

Dennis donor night

Fundraiser aims to push Dennis’ Habitat project over halfway

DECATUR – Dennis Lab School’s donor night is expected to push them well over half-way towards their fundraising goal of $30,000.   Dennis teacher Ashley Keeling says they are hoping Friday’s donor night results in about $5,000, which would put their total up to around $20,000 for the project.  While it isn’t a necessary amount,…Continue Reading

Voting Booths

Early voters crowd polling stations in week leading to the Primary

DECATUR – Macon County Clerk Steve Bean says today was a busy day from the early voting polls throughout the area.   Bean says as of 10 am on Friday, March 11th 1,575 ballots had been cast in the Clerk’s Office. 307 ballots are still outstanding from military, overseas, other mail requests, and nursing home voters.…Continue Reading


House scheduled to return April 4th, Republicans not happy

SPRINGFIELD – Don’t expect the Illinois House to come back until its scheduled April 4 session, despite members of the GOP raising concerns in both chambers.   After the state Senate adjourned Thursday, several Republican members decried the House for being off until next month.   State Sen. Jason Barickman says House Speaker Michael Madigan…Continue Reading

Unemployment Application

State unemployment rate rises to start 2016

SPRINGFIELD – The state unemployment rate rose to 6.3 percent in January.   That rate is up from 6.1 in December 2015. Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) Analyst Evelina Loescher says the good news is that 1,500 jobs were added in January.   “The strong areas for the month were trade, transportation and utilities,…Continue Reading

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City, County apply for grants to start Beltway project

DECATUR – The Macon County Board met last night to discuss fees and grants among other things.   The board has decided it will submit an application for the FASTLANE grant that would help start the Macon County Beltway project.   Bruce Bird, Macon County engineer, explains what the grant would accomplish if received.  …Continue Reading