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Independent Map Coalition

Signatures to put redistricting issue on ballot top 400,000

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A coalition has more than two-thirds of its goal of 600,000 petition signatures to put a measure on the ballot creating a special commission to draw state legislative districts. The Independent Maps coalition announced Monday that more than 400,000 Illinois residents have signed petitions to put the proposed state constitutional amendment…Continue Reading


Park District to consider rules regarding drone usage in parks

DECATUR—The head of the Park Rangers wants park district officials and board members to develop regulations regarding the usage of drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles.   During Wednesday’s park board meeting, Chief Ranger Ed Culp presented the board with ideas and information regarding the UAVs, “My main concern with them is safety, the safety of…Continue Reading

Dry Ground

This week’s rain eases dry condition concerns

CHAMPAIGN – The recent rains we have been experiencing this week should quell concerns about dry conditions throughout Illinois.   State Climatologist Jim Angel says slow-moving, low-pressure systems are pretty common for November, and this last system dumped about two to nearly four inches of rain on Illinois.   “The largest amount I saw was almost 4…Continue Reading

Alzheimer's Awareness

Awareness, research led way in advancement of Alzheimer’s treatment

DECATUR—Despite being the 6th leading cause of death in the United States, experts in the field of Alzheimer’s disease say it still lacks the attention of cancer or heart disease.   According to the Mayo Clinic, 3 million people across the US are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease each year, and out of those three million,…Continue Reading

Richland Community College

Richland raises tuition for spring 2016

MACON – Due to a lack of state funding, Richland Community College’s Board of Trustees has agreed to raise the tuition effective spring 2016.   The board met at Meridian High School Tuesday night to discuss many issues the college is facing in lieu of missing out on funding from the state of Illinois.  Looking…Continue Reading

Mt. Zion Police

Mt. Zion’s property tax could be going up

MT. ZION – Mt. Zion residents could see a higher property tax come next fiscal year due to higher pension costs for the Mt. Zion Police Department.   Mike Foster with the Mt. Zion Police Pension Board asked the village board for $296,815 to be levied to go towards the pension fund.  That means your…Continue Reading

Rodney Davis

Central Illinois stands to gain in Cuban export legislation

DECATUR – Two U.S. Representatives from Illinois are introducing bipartisan legislation to help increase agricultural exports to Cuba.   Rep. Rodney Davis (R- Ill.) and Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-Ill.) both have signed on to support the Cuba Agricultural Exports Act, making it a bipartisan bill.  Both legislators were in Cuba last month trying to strengthen…Continue Reading

Clinton Nuclear Power Plant

Counter-terrorism drill planned at Clinton Power Plant

CLINTON – The DeWitt County Sheriff’s Office says they will be conducting a counter-terrorism drill at the Clinton Nuclear Power Plant Wednesday, November 18th.   The Macon County Sheriff’s Office and the Macon County E.M.A. will be participating in the drill along with numerous federal, state and local agencies.  DeWitt County Sheriff Jered Shofner emphasizes…Continue Reading