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Dredging Continues As Water Rates Are Set To Increase

DECATUR–  Decatur residents can expect to see higher numbers on their water bills come June as the city readies to implement their last round of water rate increases on May 1. The 25% rate increase will mark the 3rd in three years and will be the final round of adjustments stemming from a 2012 decision…Continue Reading

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IDOT extends dates for listening tours

DECATUR– The Illinois Department of Transportation is bringing its listening tour to Decatur next month.   IDOT began the statewide tour this month to meet with community leaders and residents to hear about their views on the state’s infrastructure and what they view as pressing issues.   Acting IDOT secretary Randy Blankenhorn says with several…Continue Reading

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Group to again petition for independent restructuring of political maps

CHICAGO– Groups who want to change how Illinois’ legislative districts are redrawn are beginning a new petition drive to amend the state’s constitution.   Redistricting reform failed to make it on the ballot in 2014. Dennis FitzSimons, chairman of Independent Maps, says this time around they’re getting an earlier start so the proposal has a better…Continue Reading

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Two people sentenced in Champaign mall kidnaping hoax

URBANA, Ill. (AP) — A woman must serve at least one year in prison for faking her own kidnapping at a Champaign mall last year. The Champaign News-Gazette reports 20-year-old Monica Adriana Zacatlan Ramirez of Urbana has been sentenced to 18 months in prison. Twenty-six-year-old Eduardo Guerroro Cortez, who police say helped Ramirez in the hoax,…Continue Reading

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Farmers push through wet weather to continue planting crops

SPRINGFIELD– Cold, wet weather is holding down the planting so far in Illinois. “Corn planting is 31 percent complete,” said Mark Schleusener, state statistician for the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service. “That compares to 28 percent one year ago and 37 percent for the five-year average. Corn emerged is just one percent. It’s been too…Continue Reading

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Decatur Police seeking public help in armed robbery

DECATUR– The Decatur Police Department is seeking your help in locating the suspect in an armed robbery of the Casey’s store on South Taylorville Road.   In a news release, police sergeant Christopher Copeland said the robbery occurred on Sunday, April 26th, at about 12:35 am.   Copeland said the suspect has been identified as…Continue Reading

ADM expands facility production in North Dakota & Ontario

ADM expands facility production in North Dakota & Ontario

CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Archer Daniels Midland Company (NYSE: ADM) today announced that it is investing to give the company’s Enderlin, North Dakota, processing plant the ability to crush soybeans in addition to canola and sunflower seeds. At the same time, the company will convert a canola processing line in Windsor, Ontario, to a flex line that…Continue Reading

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Decatur Youth Hockey advances to finals in Hockeyville USA Contest

DECATUR—The Decatur Youth Hockey Association is now just one step away from being able to claim their hometown as Hockeytown USA.   The Decatur Youth Hockey Association advanced to the finals of the Kraft Hockeyville USA contest after defeating Albertville Arena in Albertville, Minnesota in the final four round of voting.   Decatur Youth Hockey now…Continue Reading

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