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State considers improvements to Amber Alert system

SPRINGFIELD– AMBER Alerts, public notices about abducted children, will now be delivered faster in Illinois.   The state is being provided with new technology, free of charge, which will distribute AMBER Alerts through highway signs, radio and TV stations, text messages and e-mails, all at once. Craig Burge, the Illinois State Police AMBER Alert coordinator,…Continue Reading

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New-look history museum reopens its doors

DECATUR–  The site responsible for much of Macon County’s history has undergone a facelift.   The Macon County History Museum is opening its doors again after several weeks of being closed due to many upgrades that include new wood flooring, upgraded walls and paint, and new exhibits.   Museum Director Nathaniel Pierce says he decided…Continue Reading

Styx

Styx, Tesla to perform at Illinois State Fair despite Meatloaf cancellation

SPRINGFIELD–  The cancellation of a headlining act isn’t disturbing the State Fair too much.   The Department of Agriculture announced Wednesday morning that despite former headliner Meatloaf canceling his State Fair appearance last week, the two bands performing with him, Styx and Tesla, will play as scheduled.   The two bands will play the August…Continue Reading

Standardized Test

Advanced Placement tests could lead to college credit under proposal

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois lawmakers are considering legislation that would give more students who take Advanced Placement tests college credit.   The bill would require state public universities and community colleges to give students who score a three or higher on a five-point scale college credit for the exam. The legislation passed the House…Continue Reading

Andy Manar Office

Senate group advocates for local coal usage

DECATUR– Democratic State Senator Andy Manar and other downstate lawmakers are stepping up to the plate to promote the usage of local coal.   Manar and state reps from Williamson and Montgomery Counties spoke out against the state outsourcing and importing coal from the western United States.   “Illinois energy companies spend an inordinate amount…Continue Reading

Concussion Test

IHSA creates working group to address youth concussion concerns

CHICAGO (AP) — The governing body of Illinois high school sports is creating a new concussions-related advisory council that’ll include former Chicago Bear Dave Duerson’s son.   That and other initiatives the Illinois High School Association is announcing Tuesday comes in the wake of a class-action suit alleging the IHSA isn’t doing enough to protect…Continue Reading

IDOT Hearing

City officials focus on Brush College developments during IDOT hearing

DECATUR–  The Illinois Department of Transportation’s statewide listening tour made a stop in Decatur today (Monday) to hear what residents, city, and economic development officials had to say about future roadwork.   “It is important to us to be able to take inventory of what is important to the people that live in these areas,”…Continue Reading

Mike Thomas & Tim Beckman

Illinois AD Thomas backs Beckman despite player allegations

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Illinois athletic director Mike Thomas says he backs football coach Tim Beckman following allegations by a former player that his injuries were mishandled.   Thomas says he still plans a full review of the claims made by former offensive lineman Simon Cvijanovic (svee-YAHN’-oh-vich). Thomas says he believes Beckman put “the welfare…Continue Reading

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