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Unclaimed Property

State’s unclaimed property auction raises $73,000

SPRINGFIELD – Bidders paid $73,000 for 8,000 pieces of commemorative coins, jewelry and baseball cards in the state’s unclaimed property auction, Illinois Treasurer Michael Frerichs’ office said today. The week-long online sale closed Friday. Among the winning bids were $12,052 for an Engelhard 10oz gold bar and $1,391 for a 1923D Saint Gaudens Double Eagle…Continue Reading

School for Cooks 2015

Salvation Army graduates first “School for Cooks” class

DECATUR – Several low-income Decatur residents will get to take another crack at the job market, this time with some culinary skills under their belt.   The Salvation Army of Decatur has graduated its first class in the “School for Cooks” program.  It is an eight week course offering a wide variety of cooking skills,…Continue Reading

Power Aggregation

Ameren receives rate increase approval from ICC

SPRINGFIELD– Ameren got its wish Wednesday as the Illinois Commerce Commission approved their rate hike increase.   The rate increase will cause your utility bill to increase by roughly $4 per month starting in January.   The power hike is worth $106 million to the utility, pushing electric delivery rates by 11.4%. The natural gas…Continue Reading

Deer Hunting Season

Illinois hunters harvest 85,000 deer during first round of hunting season

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Hunters in Illinois harvested more than 85,000 deer during the seven-day firearm season — a more than 10 percent increase over last year. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources on Wednesday said preliminary totals show 86,771 deer were harvested during the season that ended Sunday. During the seven-day period in 2014…Continue Reading

Decatur Public Library

Library Board digs into sale proposal

DECATUR–  The Decatur Public Library Board is making a list and checking it twice before agreeing to sell the building to the City of Decatur.   During a work session Wednesday night the board discussed a number of factors, including annual rent, the length of the lease, spacing issues, and utility costs.   “If you…Continue Reading

Illini beat Yale

Illini improve to 5-5 with win over Yale

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Kendrick Nunn is looking like the offensive leader Illinois has been searching for this season.   The junior guard scored 18 of his career-high 28 points in the second half and Malcolm Hill finished with 20 Wednesday night to help Illinois beat Yale 69-65.   “Nunn had a great game on us,” Yale coach James…Continue Reading

Millikin Cookie Party 2015

Millikin hosts 82nd annual Cookie Party

DECATUR – In the spirit of the holiday season, and with students preparing for finals, Millikin University held its annual Cookie Party on Wednesday.   Next week many students at Millikin will be taking final exams, and, in many cases, it causes a lot of stress for those students.  Director of Inclusion and Student Engagement…Continue Reading

Police Tape

Police investigate deadly overnight crash

DECATUR—Decatur Police are investigating an early morning accident that left one person dead.   Police Sergeant Chris Peters says the single vehicle accident occurred just after 3:30 am on the 3500 block of W. Center Street. Peters says police say they found a 1998 Chevy Tahoe on its top in the ditch just west of…Continue Reading

Richard Guebert

Lack of state budget concerns Illinois Farm Bureau

SPRINGFIELD– The state budget impasse was a big concern at the Illinois Farm Bureau’s annual meeting, and the governor wasn’t on hand to speak to farmers’ worries outside of a brief visit. Gov. Bruce Rauner didn’t address the delegates at the Chicago meeting this week, as he had done the past two years as a…Continue Reading