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YMCA opens interactive kids wellness center

DECATUR– Light up machines, traditional workout equipment and an interactive light-up wall are just some of the exercise options for kids in the YMCA’s new Youth Wellness Center.   The organization, along with McDonald’s, unveiled their new wellness center Wednesday afternoon after a six month construction period.   YMCA CEO Matt Whitehead said offering elementary…Continue Reading

Make Space 2016

Make Space workshops foster creativity

DECATUR – The Children’s Museum of Illinois is continuing its Make Space workshops in 2016, giving kids the chance to use their imagination to solve problems.   “These projects don’t really have a solid end result,” says Kate Flemming, Museum Executive Director.  “It’s really about letting the kids use their imagination.  We are very excited…Continue Reading

Mitsubishi Plant Web

Illinois is struggling to keep manufacturing jobs

SPRINGFIELD – More than 580 jobs in Illinois will be affected by seven businesses planning to close up shop in the next few months.   The latest Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification, or WARN, report says seven businesses notified the state they’d have mass layoffs while four other companies revised their layoff information.   Illinois…Continue Reading

Independent Map Coalition

Group pushing redistrict reform says they have over 500,00 signatures

SPRINGFIELD–  The group hoping to change the way legislative districts in Illinois are drawn say they are nearing their goal of 600,000 signatures.   The Independent Maps Coalition is advocating for political maps to be drawn by a non-partisan committee or a computer algorithm, instead of the current way they are drawn, which is by…Continue Reading

Rodney Davis & Dick Durbin

Obama’s final State of the Union draws mixed reviews from Illinois lawmakers

WASHINGTON– Reaction to President Obama’s final State of the Union address is mostly split along party lines among Illinois’ congressional delegation. A particular section of the speech being criticized by Republicans is the portion dealing with ISIS, where Obama said the organization doesn’t threaten the “national existence” of the United States. “We just need to…Continue Reading

school board

Important dates for DPS 2016-17 school year

DECATUR – The Decatur Public School District has put together their preliminary calendar of important dates for the 2016-17 school year.   Among the list of important dates are a few less PLC half-days.  The preliminary calendar has just six half-days scheduled for the next school year.  Professional Learning Community days are the days that…Continue Reading

Obama

Illinois politicians prepare for Obama’s State of the Union

Chicago – President Obama is promising a different kind of speech for his final State of the Union address, but Illinois politicians hope he outlines realistic policy goals.   The White House has said Obama’s final address “will think beyond the next election,” and indicated it won’t be the typical listing of his policy initiatives.…Continue Reading

City of Decatur

Changes to the 2016 MLK Jr. Freedom March

DECATUR – This weekend marks the 30th anniversary of events celebrating the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Decatur.   A few things will remain constant, but the Decatur Human Relations Commission would like you to note that the Freedom March is changing up a little this year.  Assistant City Manager Billy Tyus says…Continue Reading