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Road Work

Voters could mandate taxes are used towards road repairs

April 26 – A proposed constitutional amendment would ensure taxpayer dollars meant for roads and bridges are spent as intended.   The so-called lockbox constitutional amendment would prevent lawmakers from diverting money intended for infrastructure spending to other state expenses. Todd Maisch, the Illinois Chamber of Commerce president, said the amendment would be a victory…Continue Reading

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Macon County Board member resigns

April 25 – Keith Ashby has resigned as a Macon County Board member due to a lack of attendance.   In a letter addressed to Board Chairman Kevin Greenfield, Ashby states: “Since I am unable to attend meetings on a regular basis, it is with regret I submit my resignation from the Macon County Board…Continue Reading

Kyle Karsten

LSA Executive Director steps down

April 25 – After 7 years in the position, Kyle Karsten is resigning as Executive Director at the Lutheran Schools Association, effectively immediately.   The LSA Board of Education “wishes Karsten the very best in his future endeavors.”  Board Chairman Mike Atwood provided WSOY a copy of a letter sent to LSA parents from Karsten.…Continue Reading

Dennis Hastert

Individual sues Hastert for cash in hush money case

April 25 – A man who alleges he was sexually abused by former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert decades ago and was later promised $3.5 million to stay quiet has filed a lawsuit saying he’s only been paid about half the money.   The person known as “Individual A” in court documents filed the lawsuit…Continue Reading

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DPS School Board holds closed session ahead of Tuesday meeting

April 25 – The DPS Board of Education has adjourned Monday after meeting for a long, closed executive session.   According to their public notice, the board scheduled to meet Monday at The Decatur Club from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. for “a self-evaluation, practices and procedures or professional ethics when meeting with a representative…Continue Reading

Richland Community College

Temporary funding bill gives Richland miniscule relief

April 25 – Officials at Richland Community College say the temporary funding they are getting from the state is only a small fraction of what they should have received at this point.   Several other Illinois colleges and universities will receive funding to help get them through the summer months.  After both the House and…Continue Reading

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Baby TALK Early Head Start receives award of excellence

April 25 – Baby TALK has been recognized by ExceleRate as a top early learning and development provider.   Baby TALK Early Head Start received the Gold Circle of Quality designation from ExceleRate Illinois. ExceleRate is a comprehensive system that allows early childhood programs to apply to be recognized for the services that they offer…Continue Reading

ADM Window

Time is running out to apply for the ADM Science Teacher Fellowship

April 25 – There’s still time for teachers in the area to apply for a chance to work alongside the ADM scientific community.   The ADM Science Teacher Summer Fellowship will give an opportunity to two Macon County teachers to spend a couple months with researchers.   Dr. Paul Bloom, Vice President of Processing Chemical Research…Continue Reading

Oglesby Mansion

Oglesby Mansion open after restoration

April 24 – While it is still an ongoing work in progress, the Macon County Conservation District has finished some major restoration on the Oglesby Mansion in Decatur’s historic district.   Richard J. Oglesby served as a U.S. Senator, a Union General in the Civic War, a three-term governor of Illinois, and a close friend…Continue Reading