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EIU, Bradley University, join growing list of colleges to ban hoverboards

CHAMPAIGN– Add Eastern Illinois University and Bradley University to the growing list of colleges and universities restricting hoverboard use because of concerns about fire danger.   Bradley told students on Thursday that they will not be allowed to bring the two-wheeled scooters into the private Peoria university’s residence halls, fraternity and sorority houses and a…Continue Reading

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Federal grant to help locals get back to work

DECATUR – Your friends and neighbors who have recently lost their jobs will be getting another chance to find work thanks to a grant awarded to Workforce Investment Solutions.   The Macon County Board approved a $450,000 federal grant to be used by the workforce training group.  Workforce can now use the money to seek…Continue Reading

Decatur Teacher Education Pipeline

Decatur Teacher Pipeline aims to boost local education

DECATUR – Getting quality teachers to locate and stay in urban areas like Decatur has been a challenge, but a new program from Illinois State University hopes to make it easier.   “Illinois State University produces the most teachers in the state and is always top ten in the nation,” Chicago Teacher Education Pipeline Executive…Continue Reading

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Continuum of Care works to alleviate homelessness

DECATUR – There are about 238 homeless individuals in Macon County, and the Homeless Council Continuum of Care is hoping to find a place for many of those people to stay.   The Continuum is made up of several social service agencies in Macon County and meets on a regular basis to discuss issues surrounding…Continue Reading

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Decatur police identify north-side homicide victim

DECATUR– Decatur Police are investigating a homicide that occurred late Wednesday night near the Wellington Apartment complex leaving one 21-year old male dead.   Police Chief Brad Sweeney, through a press release, said they responded to a shooting at 11:15. Upon arrival they found a 21 year old black male who suffered a gunshot wound…Continue Reading

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Universities take issue with Rauner spending comments

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Public universities have responded to Gov. Bruce Rauner’s criticism of their spending habits. The Republican governor’s deputy chief of staff sent a memo to legislators Wednesday criticizing hefty tuition hikes over the decade and wasteful spending on administration and executive compensation. But the memo didn’t mention steep declines in state funding…Continue Reading

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Police searching for convenience store robbery suspects

DECATUR– Decatur Police are looking for two suspects connected to the overnight robbery and shooting at the MLK Last Stop Store.   Police Chief Brad Sweeney says the two suspects dressed in all black, including masks and sunglasses to hide their identity. Sweeney says they brandished handguns as soon as they entered the store before…Continue Reading

Andy Manar

Lawmakers turn to new law with hopes of increasing voter participation

DECATUR–  Over 2 million eligible voters in Illinois aren’t registered to fill out a ballot on Election Day, and that’s a problem for a group of lawmakers, among them, State Senator Andy Manar.   Manar joined fellow State Senator’s Don Harmon, Jacqueline Collins, Toi Hutchinson, and Daniel Biss, Wednesday afternoon to renew the push for…Continue Reading

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SA Men’s Shelter operating over-capacity through cold nights

DECATUR – It hasn’t been easy, but the Salvation Army Men’s Shelter got by the past few, brutally cold nights.   Director of Men’s Services Jeff Mueller says they have brought in almost double their capacity to keep some of Decatur’s homeless off of the streets.  While they usually serve about 33 men, Mueller says…Continue Reading

Senator Napoleon Harris

Recall legislation aims to give voters power

CHICAGO – One lawmaker is proposing legislation giving voters the option to recall all elected officials in Illinois.   Currently, Illinois law lets voters petition to recall a sitting governor, but Senator Napoleon Harris thinks that should be extended to all levels of government.   “As I like to put it – sometimes when you…Continue Reading