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Lawmaker task force to address rewriting of ‘drone’ rules

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois will form a task force to come up with rules for the use of drones under a plan signed into law by Gov. Bruce Rauner.   The Republican inked the legislation Tuesday, offering no comment.   Members of the task force will be appointed by the governor and will include…Continue Reading

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Grow Decatur town hall meeting

DECATUR – Dozens of Decatur residents joined Grow Decatur leaders to speak about issues that our city faces on Tuesday night.   Grow Decatur says, this time, they wanted to target the African-American community to ask for their input and feedback.  The meeting took place at the Boys and Girls Club and saw plenty of…Continue Reading

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Fatal crash rate up in Illinois

SPRINGFIELD — More cars mean more accidents, and that means more fatalities.   The National Safety Council says the first half of the year has recorded a fourteen percent increase compared to last year.  More favorable weather and a better economy for driving are the reasons.   Illinois transportation secretary Randy Blankenhorn says numbers are…Continue Reading

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Moore-Wolfe appointed city’s 1st female Mayor

DECATUR–  A city founded in 1829, not many ‘firsts’ happen in Decatur anymore, but Monday night was one of those rare occasions as Julie Moore-Wolfe was appointed to the position of Mayor, the first woman to claim that title in Decatur’s history.   Moore-Wolfe, a 6 year City Council veteran has served in the interim…Continue Reading

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College athletes will not be allowed to unionize

CHICAGO — The National Labor Relations Board has dismissed a historic ruling that Northwestern University football players are school employees who are entitled to form what would be the nation’s first union of college athletes.   The NLRB released its decision Monday. The losing side does not have an option to appeal.   Northwestern had…Continue Reading

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Working group seeks additional firms for Governor’s Mansion repairs

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The organization leading an effort to renovate the Illinois governor’s mansion is inviting design firms to submit credentials to be considered for the job.   The Illinois Executive Mansion Association says it will review qualifications and shortlist no more than 10 firms for the project.   Jeff Evans is the owner…Continue Reading

Decatur City Council Contemplation

Council to appoint Moore-Wolfe as new Mayor tonight

DECATUR–  The Decatur City Council is expected to appoint current Mayor pro tempore Julie Moore-Wolfe as the next mayor of Decatur tonight during their regularly scheduled meeting.   Moore-Wolfe has been serving in the temporary role since former Mayor Mike McElroy’s death on July 17th.   City Manager Tim Gleason says the council members met…Continue Reading


YMCA, area organizations team up for backpack giveaway

DECATUR– Going back to school is expensive, and with curriculums continuing to evolve, more and more families are finding that they need help. On Saturday the Decatur Family YMCA, in partnerships with other area companies and organizations such as Comcast, the Boy Scouts, Mr. John’s School of Cosmetology, and First Christian Church participated in the…Continue Reading

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