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Del’s Popcorn shop damaged in overnight fire

DECATUR– A downtown business is reeling after an overnight fire. Del’s Popcorn Shop on Merchant Street caught fire just after midnight this morning. Del’s owner Kemper Wilcutt says the blaze started in the rear of the restaurant near an electrical box and destroyed much of their back production room as well as causing fire and…Continue Reading

Flash Index

State’s economic outlook improves slightly

CHAMPAIGN– The Illinois economy is growing at a rate seldom seen since the recession. The University of Illinois Flash Index this month is 107, up from 106.6 a month ago. It has been at 107 or higher post-recession only at the end of 2013 (September and December) and the start of 2014 (January). Economist Fred Giertz calls…Continue Reading

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U of I Board puts together budget preparations

URBANA, Ill. (AP) — University of Illinois administrators are pushing to finish a plan by next month to deal with the 31.5 percent cut Gov. Bruce Rauner has proposed in state funding for universities. Urbana-Champaign campus Provost Ilesanmi Adesida (il-eh-SAHN’-mee ah-deh-SEE’-dah) told faculty leaders in a meeting Monday that everything from campus expenses to new…Continue Reading

Bruce Rauner

Rauner sets dates for 18th district special election

SPRINGFIELD– Gov. Bruce Rauner has called for a special election to fill the vacancy caused by former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock’s resignation. Rauner’s office wants a special primary election held on June 8 and a special election on July 24. Candidates will be able to file nominating papers with the state board of elections between…Continue Reading

Selfie Stick

Lollapalooza among music festivals to ban selfie stick

LOS ANGELES (AP) — You can bring your beach towels and floral headbands, but forget that selfie stick if you’re going to the Coachella or Lollapalooza music festivals. The sticks are banned this year at the events in Indio, California, and Chicago. Coachella dismissed them as “narsisstics” on a list of prohibited items. Selfie sticks…Continue Reading

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Rauner joins push to bring intelligence agency to Illinois

O’FALLON, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner has joined the effort to persuade a little-known federal spy agency to move its regional headquarters out of St. Louis. Rauner on Monday outlined his support for relocating the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency offices during a news conference. The governor later met with 150 business leaders at a…Continue Reading

Tammy Duckworth

Duckworth confirms Senate bid; will challenge Kirk in 2016

CHICAGO– The 2016 race for U.S. Senate is under way. U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-Hoffman Estates) entered the race today via a two-minute campaign video. “I look forward to visiting your community soon, and if you elect me as Illinois senator, I will fight my heart out to represent you with honor and integrity,” she…Continue Reading

Gleason

Gleason appointed City Manager

DECATUR—Decatur’s new City Manager enjoyed a warm welcome during a city-hosted meet & greet on Wednesday night at the Decatur Civic Center.   Tim Gleason was announced as the new city manager earlier this month and was appointed to his new position during the March 16th council meeting.   Wednesday Gleason said he was quickly…Continue Reading

Bruce Rauner

Rauner happy with budget progress

JOLIET– It took him longer than he wanted, but Gov. Bruce Rauner is satisfied with the agreement to address the shortfall in the current budget. At an event in Joliet Friday, Rauner was asked by the operator of a preschool when she could expect the state to catch up on payments in its child care…Continue Reading

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