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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

Scam Alert

Illinois’ Attorney General is warning about a new credit card scam

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is warning people about scammers taking advantage of consumer confusion over new credit cards embedded with computer chips.   Banks and major credit card issuers have been sending consumers the new, more secure cards.  Madigan said Wednesday scammers may target consumers who have not yet received the…Continue Reading

Mt. Zion Police Lobby

Mt. Zion Police Department unveils much-needed additions

MT. ZION – As the village continues to grow, the Mt. Zion Police Department has finally added space while their department grows, too.   The Mt. Zion Police Department held an open house on Wednesday night to showcase their added area.  Police Chief Adam Skundberg says their department has essentially doubled in size after taking…Continue Reading