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John Shimkus

Illinois Congressman John Shimkus prepares for upcoming primary

Decatur – Illinois Congressman John Shimkus joined Byers and Company to talk about the upcoming primary for the Illinois 15th district.   Shimkus has served in office since 1997 and this March will have Kyle McCarter opposing him. McCarter was a former Illinois State Senator and former St. Clair County Board member.   Shimkus, on…Continue Reading

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UPDATED: Decatur fire claims one victim, leaves another injured

DECATUR – A 64-year-old male is the victim of a residential fire in Decatur early Thursday morning.   Deputy Fire Chief Richard Pruitt says the Decatur Fire Department was called out to a fire shortly after 1 a.m. Thursday in which a single-family residence on North Drive was engulfed in flames.  When they arrived, firefighters…Continue Reading


Lawmakers want Obama’s birthday to be a state holiday

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A group of Illinois House Democrats are proposing President Barack Obama’s birthday become the next state holiday.   Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, Harry Truman and Lyndon Johnson are the only former presidents with their own state holidays.   The proposal says Aug. 4 would be considered a “legal holiday” in which…Continue Reading

Manar Mitchell

Reactions fairly positive following budget address

SPRINGFIELD – With governor Rauner mentioning areas he will compromise in, along with supporting 100 percent education funding, many local legislators are optimistic after the second budget address.   “One of the positive things in terms of education for our area is the governor wants to fund K-12 at 100 percent – the last six…Continue Reading

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Mt. Zion renews Superintendent’s contract, hires new principal

Decatur – Two unanimous votes passed at the latest Mt. Zion Board of Education meeting.   The first vote that passed was that Dr. Travis Roundcount’s Superintendent contract be extended by five years. Roundcount has been Superintendent of Mt. Zion Community Schools for five years.   Mt. Zion Board President Todd Garner says that he…Continue Reading

Bruce Rauner

Rauner delivers second budget address

SPRINGFIELD – Gov. Bruce Rauner is again asking lawmakers to work with him to get the state of Illinois turned around.   Giving his second budget address Wednesday, Gov. Rauner spoke about many of the fiscal issues Illinois faces today – including the most glaring problem of not having a budget for the current fiscal…Continue Reading

Vote 2016

Andrea Zopp states her case for the 2016 Illinois U.S. Senate election

Decatur – Former President and CEO of the Chicago Urban League, Andrea Zopp, joined Byers and Company to talk about her background and qualifications as she runs for U.S. Senator.   Republican Senator Mark Kirk is the current incumbent. Zopp is running against Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth along with Illinois State Senator Napoleon Harris. According to…Continue Reading

gail saunders

Decatur Chamber recognizes Dr. Saunders’ presidential tenure

DECATUR — Dr. Gayle Saunders was the guest of honor at a retirement reception during the Greater Decatur Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours hosted at Richland Community College.   Saunders, who announced in October of last year her plans to retire this spring, has served as Richland’s President since 2001 as the college’s sixth…Continue Reading

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Decatur Community comes out in support of Taylor (Video Included)

    DECATUR — MacArthur’s auditorium was flooded with yellow Tuesday as the DPS Board of Education hosted an open work session. While the focus of the session was to discuss budget reductions, the majority of it involved members of the community voicing their support for Superintendent Lisa Taylor. One of those who spoke out…Continue Reading