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U of I Officials say a new Chancellor may be in place as early as next week

CHAMPAIGN– The University of Illinois may have an interim chancellor as soon as next week. Chancellor Phyllis Wise says “external issues” fueled her decision to step down, calling those issues a “distraction” to the U of I’s goals.  University spokesman Tom Hardy wouldn’t say if Wise was asked to resign. “The president accepted Chancellor Wise’s…Continue Reading

Decatur Celebration road closures and parking areas

Decatur Celebration road closures and parking areas

DECATUR – With the Decatur Celebration just days away, you should know about the several road closures that will be in effect.   A number of roads in the downtown Decatur area will be closed for this weekend’s celebration on the 7th, 8th, and 9th.  Decatur Public Works Director Rick Marley says this year’s closures…Continue Reading

Bruce Rauner Angry

Rauner not moved by threat of credit downgrade

SPRINGFIELD– The threat of a credit downgrade isn’t going to move Gov. Bruce Rauner to raise income taxes. The budget impasse has already claimed the credit rating of the state-supported corporation which runs Chicago’s McCormick Place and Navy Pier, since the legislature didn’t appropriate the money needed for a required monthly $20.8 million payment on…Continue Reading

Phyllis Wise

U of I Chancellor Wise resigning effective August 12

URBANA, Ill. (AP) — University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Chancellor Phyllis Wise is resigning.   In an announcement Thursday, Phyllis cited “external issues” involving her that she says are a distraction to the university.   Wise has become embroiled in a number of issues for which the university has drawn criticism. They include the decision not…Continue Reading


79th annual Lantern Parade

DECATUR–  Handmade lanterns lit up Fairview Park on Wednesday night as kids from several neighborhoods took part in the Park District’s 79th annual Lantern Parade throughout the park and around Dreamland Lake.Continue Reading

Andy Manar and Chapin Rose

Mayor Mike McElroy remembered on Senate floor

SPRINGFIELD — Legislators honored the late Mayor Mike McElroy today with a resolution on the Senate floor.   The resolution was sponsored by Senators Andy Manar and Chapin Rose.  Both spoke fondly of the late mayor along with Senator Kyle McCarter.  Senator Manar said if you wanted to see McElroy’s influence on the city of…Continue Reading

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