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Police seize over 3 pounds of marijuana following car chase

DECATUR–  One man is in custody following a high speed chase through the north end of Decatur on Monday.   According to the Decatur Police Department, Jonathan Roseman of the Macon County Sheriff’s Office conducted a traffic stop near mile marker 144 on Interstate 72 and after asking the subject to step out of the…Continue Reading

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Downtown wifi “possible” for City of Decatur

DECATUR – Cities like Springfield, Naperville, and Galesburg have implemented free downtown wifi, but the conversation in Decatur is in its early stages, if that.   Still, Assistant City Manager Billy Tyus says the idea of free downtown wifi is of interest in the City Manager’s office.   “Free wifi would be a means to…Continue Reading

Blood Donation

Red Cross in need of blood donations

DECATUR – The American Red Cross is continuing its request for you to give blood, as the winter months prove to be the toughest time to get donations.   “We have an urgent need for blood and platelet donations,” says Todd Kulman, Communications Manager for the Red Cross.  “We’ve seen fewer blood donations over the…Continue Reading

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A look at proposed legislation for 2016

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A snapshot of proposed legislation for Illinois lawmakers to consider in the 2016 session, which begins Wednesday:   — RECALLS: Chicago voters would have the power to launch recalls against mayors, a response to public outcry over recent police shootings. State law currently allows only a governor to be recalled.  …Continue Reading

Newsstand Record Powerball

Decatur residents prep for record Powerball

DECATUR – The largest Powerball jackpot in world history continues to soar as it has reached an estimated $1.4 billion, and Decatur residents are getting their fair share of tickets.   Newsstand Manager Scott Pond says they have seen at least a 75 percent increase in the recent weeks as the jackpot rises.   “It’s…Continue Reading

Illinois Capitol Floor

IL House cancels this week’s session

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois House won’t be meeting in Springfield this week as planned.   On Friday, House Speaker Michael Madigan sent a notice to his chamber canceling the two-day session this week.  Madigan spokesman Steve Brown says the “workload was not there.”   House members are expected to return on January 27, when Rauner…Continue Reading

Illini beat Purdue

Illini earn first Big 10 win over Purdue

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Malcolm Hill scored 30 points and Kendrick Nunn added 22 to lead Illinois past No. 20 Purdue 84-70 on Sunday.   Hill and Nunn were a combined 17 for 27 from the field for the Illini (9-8, 1/3 Big Ten).   Nunn returned after missing Thursday’s loss at Michigan State for the…Continue Reading

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Time to fill out your FAFSA application

DEERFIELD – If you have college students, it’s time for you and your family to make sure you get your free application for Federal Student Aid sent out.   One of the most common misconceptions is that only low-income families should fill out the FAFSA.  But, Jacqueline Moreno with the Illinois Student Assistant Commission says…Continue Reading

Tony Smith

Schools Superintendent introduces Healthy Community Incentive Fund

SPRINGFIELD – Schools in Illinois would have an easier time working with other organizations to try to get some money for good-living programs, under a new initiative from the new superintendent.   Tony Smith’s talking about the $15 million Healthy Community Incentive Fund.   “There’s a lot of research that suggests that when public, private,…Continue Reading

Reasonable Services

Reasonable Services looks forward to ‘bright’ 2016

DECATUR– For a decade here in Decatur, Reasonable Services/Extended Hands has been a saving grace for thousands of people in need of clothing, food, or spiritual guidance, and after a successful 2015, the organization is growing.   Located in the lower level of Kingdom Come Ministries, at 321 E. Leafland Avenue, the organization runs their…Continue Reading