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Library makes Mayor response letter public

DECATUR—The Decatur Public Library board of trustees has made their letter to Mayor Julie Moore-Wolfe public.   The board on Thursday unanimously approved sending the letter in response to Mayor Moore-Wolfe’s request for the library building’s title to be in possession of the city of Decatur. The City of Decatur helped the library purchase the…Continue Reading

Illinois Capitol Floor

Along with the IL General Assembly, local lawmakers losing approval

SPRINGFIELD — “I don’t like the legislature, but I like my own local lawmaker.”   Even that beloved local lawmaker might be on thin ice, if results of a new survey released by Illinois Policy Action are to be believed. The survey says the Illinois General Assembly enjoys a 9.8 percent approval rating.   “Just…Continue Reading

Decatur Police SUV

Decatur Police take nearly $28,000 of narcotics off the streets

DECATUR – The Decatur Police Department conducted a narcotics raid Thursday which resulted in the seizure of a rifle and a large amount of narcotics.   Decatur Police Lieutenant Shannon Gutierrez Seal says the Street Crimes Unit searched a house in the 2700 block of Jamar Trail in Decatur on Wednesday.  As a result of…Continue Reading

DPS Work Session

Johns Hill, Stephen Decatur dominate work session discussion

DECATUR – A school with only 360 students that could hold 1,100, and an old, deteriorated magnet facility in need of repairs: what does DPS-61 do with Stephen Decatur Middle School and Johns Hill Magnet School?   Those two topics were the main concerns during the Board of Education’s open work session on Thursday night.  Members…Continue Reading

Police Lights

Macon County Sheriff’s Office detains Warrensburg-Latham student following incident at school

WARRENSBURG–  Macon County Sheriff’s deputies have confirmed that they had detained a Warrensburg-Latham high school student Tuesday morning after their actions prompted the district to call the police.   Sergeant S.E. Flannery with the Sheriff’s Department said they were dispatched to the high school at the request of the school’s administration. Flannery said no violence…Continue Reading

Illinois State University Bridget

ISU board of trustees to meet to discuss budget Friday

NORMAL–  A week after the University of Illinois announced savings of roughly $35 million, Illinois State University trustees are looking at ways to cut costs as the state’s budget impasse continues.   The board is scheduled to approve a fiscal year 2016 budget on Friday that includes at least 10% in cuts from state funding.…Continue Reading

Caterpillar Decatur

Caterpillar releases third-quarter results

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Caterpillar was stung by ongoing weakness in the mining and oil and gas industries during the third quarter and revenue fell short of expectations.   The construction and mining equipment maker lowered its full-year earnings forecast with expectations that the costs of restructuring the company will rise sharply.   Shares fell…Continue Reading