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Halloween safety tips from the Decatur Police Department

DECATUR – The streets of Decatur will be filled with children in costumes on Saturday, but you should know how to celebrate safely this Halloween.   The Decatur Police Department is offering tips to make sure everyone has a safe Halloween to remember.  Lieutenant Jason Walker says there isn’t necessarily an increase in accidents over…Continue Reading

Decatur LSA

Decatur LSA preparing for first ever IHSA playoff appearance

DECATUR–  Decatur LSA head coach Craig Bundy’s team has used the motto “1 and 0” all season as a way for them to stay focused, and Bundy, looking at his team’s first playoff appearance in school history, says it is more of the same this week.   In its previous 3 seasons of football, the…Continue Reading

Western Illinois University

Credit rating lowered for six Illinois universities

MACOMB — The budget downgrades in Illinois have been extended to universities – six of them in Illinois.   Moody’s Investors Service has downgraded the credit rating of Eastern Illinois, Governors State, Northeastern Illinois, Northern Illinois, Southern Illinois, and Western Illinois Universities.   “It actually means nothing to us, financially,” says Western budget director Matt…Continue Reading

Draft Kings

Proposed law would regulate daily fantasy sports betting

SPRINGFIELD– A new bill would define daily fantasy sports sites as separate from gambling, while subjecting the games to casino-like regulations. Daily fantasy sites like FanDuel and DraftKings, where customers pick fantasy teams of real-life players and win money based on how they perform in real games, have argued what they offer isn’t the same…Continue Reading

Richland Community College

Richland board begins planning process to find Saunder’s replacement

DECATUR–  Richland Community College President Dr. Gayle Saunders is retiring next spring, and the school’s board has begun the process of looking for her replacement.   During a special meeting Monday night the board discussed how they wanted to move forward in the search, eventually settling on the idea of a nationwide search.   Last…Continue Reading

CONO Dinner

Volunteers honored during 24th annual CONO awards

DECATUR– Neighborhood leaders and community volunteers were recognized Tuesday night during the Coalition of Neighborhood Organizations volunteer awards.   In its 24th year, Sue Lawson, CONO President, says it’s become a tradition and point of focus for community volunteers, “Our volunteers, many of whom have their own jobs, still come out and take the extra…Continue Reading

Students using iPads

DPS approves iPads for K-8, sets public hearing for increased tax levy

DECATUR – With technology continuing to be a focus in the education field, Decatur Public Schools will be dishing out more individual learning devices to its students.   All high school students already have Macbooks, and, starting in 2016, all K-8 students will be getting iPads.  Superintendent Lisa Taylor says the iPads are necessary as…Continue Reading

Day Care

State budget impasse continues to burden local agencies

DECATUR – The agencies making up the United Way of Decatur and Mid Illinois are suffering from the lack of state funding and could have to tap into reserves in as little as a month.   A United Way survey shows that large majorities of social service agencies that are expecting state funding have had…Continue Reading

Fairview Park Pavilion

Park District to address roof issues at Fairview Park pavilion

DECATUR—Struggling to make ends meet because of unsure funding from the State of Illinois for several years forced the Decatur Park District to put off a number of capital improvement projects, including a new roof at Fairview Pavilion 1.   The mounting list of projects includes a new roof at the large pavilion in Fairview…Continue Reading