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Rose happy with stop-gap higher education funding

April 22 – Illinois lawmakers have approved a $600 million higher education fix Friday as the budget impasse continues.   Several of the state’s universities and community colleges have struggled due to a lack of funding from the state.  The Senate unanimously approved the deal Friday after House members voted 106-2 for it.  Gov. Bruce…Continue Reading

Video Gaming

Video gambling in Forsyth a dead issue for now

April 22 – For the time being video gaming is not coming to Forsyth.   David Wendt, trustee on the Village of Forsyth board, says video gambling has been a topic of discussion for the last several months.   Late last year the public inquired on local gambling. In January the board had a general…Continue Reading

Illinois Capitol Floor

Senate passes bill to remove tax on feminine hygiene products

April 22 – Illinois lawmakers are advancing proposals that would make feminine hygiene products and contraception more affordable for women.   The Senate overwhelmingly approved a measure on Thursday that would exempt feminine hygiene products from the state sales tax. The plan heading to the House is a part of a national movement to eliminate…Continue Reading

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Culprit nabbed in park burglary case

April 22 – The Decatur Park District has announced that they have found and arrested the culprit in the East Mound burglary case.   $15,000 worth of items was stolen from the Park District’s facility Wednesday night.   Another suspect who has been identified is being sought. Many of the stolen items have been recovered.…Continue Reading

Michael Kehoe benefit

Decatur native raises $37,000 at benefit for new project

April 22 – A benefit was held at the Decatur Club for Decatur native Michael Kehoe’s project Johego.   Kehoe gave an overview of what his goal was with his project and was followed by a question and answer session with those in attendance.   Johego is a nonprofit tech startup that is dedicated to…Continue Reading

Underage drinking town hall

Town Hall meetings tackle local underage drinking

April 21 – A community group is working to lessen the amount of local youth who drink while underage.   The Decatur Drug-Free Community Coalition hosted a town hall meeting Thursday evening with a group of area experts to speak about how underage drinking affects our community.  Executive Director Vivian Goodman says there are many…Continue Reading

Unemployment Application

March’s local unemployment up compared to 2015

April 21 – The Illinois Department of Employment Security says all metropolitan areas in Illinois experienced year over year increases in unemployment rates for the second consecutive month.   Macon County’s unemployment rate again dropped compared to February 2016, but last month’s 7.9 percent rate is a full one percent higher than when it was…Continue Reading

school board

Board members react to Taylor’s decision

April 21 – A couple DPS 61 board members are offering their thoughts after the decision of Lisa Taylor.   Superintendent Taylor has announced she will take a position with the Heyworth, IL school district.  Her last day in Decatur will be July 1st.  DPS board member Fred Spannaus says Taylor leaving is a big loss.…Continue Reading

Park district stolen golf cart

Items stolen from Decatur Park District facility

April 21 – $15,000 worth of items have been stolen from the Park District’s facility at East Mound Park.   Park Police Chief Ed Culp says between the hours of 3:40 p.m. on April 20 and 7:55 a.m. April 21, thieves entered the storage building and took several items.  A 2013 yellow SCAG mower was…Continue Reading