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Illinois House of Representatives

Legislation would limit mentally ill from obtaining guns

April 26 – Illinois Democrats are advancing plans preventing people with mental illnesses from legally owning firearms.   The plans target state gun owner’s identification cards, which allow people to possess firearms. The bills are up for consideration this month by the House and Senate chambers.   One plan would temporarily suspend gun permits of…Continue Reading

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Bill to give students choice between ACT, SAT

April 26 – Illinois students would be able to take the ACT at school under new legislation recently passed in the House.   State law requires schools to offer one college entrance exam to all students.  Traditionally, that has been the ACT, but the state recently entered into a 3-year contract for schools to give…Continue Reading

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Police chase results in multi-vehicle accident

April 26 – A man attempting to flee Decatur Police Monday evening smashed into another vehicle, ending the chase.   Interim Police Chief Jim Getz says his officers attempted to initiate a traffic stop on a vehicle around 6:05 p.m.  The subject did not stop for the officers, and attempted to flee from the police.  Getz…Continue Reading

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County Circuit Court creates Foreclosure Mediation Program

April 26 – Macon County residents facing foreclosure will have another shot at keeping their homes through mediation.   The program was started by the Macon County Circuit Court along with the University of Illinois College of Law’s Community Preservation Clinic.  Judge A.G. Webber IV says starting May 2, 2016, all newly filed complaints for…Continue Reading

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Bargain Bash to present the community a chance to give back

April 26 – The Junior Welfare Association is giving the public an opportunity to give back this weekend.   The Bargain Bash has returned and Katrina Marmor, JWA President and co-chair of Bargain Bash gives some insight on what the event is and will bring.   “What this is going to be is a huge…Continue Reading

Road Work

Voters could mandate taxes are used towards road repairs

April 26 – A proposed constitutional amendment would ensure taxpayer dollars meant for roads and bridges are spent as intended.   The so-called lockbox constitutional amendment would prevent lawmakers from diverting money intended for infrastructure spending to other state expenses. Todd Maisch, the Illinois Chamber of Commerce president, said the amendment would be a victory…Continue Reading

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Macon County Board member resigns

April 25 – Keith Ashby has resigned as a Macon County Board member due to a lack of attendance.   In a letter addressed to Board Chairman Kevin Greenfield, Ashby states: “Since I am unable to attend meetings on a regular basis, it is with regret I submit my resignation from the Macon County Board…Continue Reading

Kyle Karsten

LSA Executive Director steps down

April 25 – After 7 years in the position, Kyle Karsten is resigning as Executive Director at the Lutheran Schools Association, effectively immediately.   The LSA Board of Education “wishes Karsten the very best in his future endeavors.”  Board Chairman Mike Atwood provided WSOY a copy of a letter sent to LSA parents from Karsten.…Continue Reading

Dennis Hastert

Individual sues Hastert for cash in hush money case

April 25 – A man who alleges he was sexually abused by former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert decades ago and was later promised $3.5 million to stay quiet has filed a lawsuit saying he’s only been paid about half the money.   The person known as “Individual A” in court documents filed the lawsuit…Continue Reading

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DPS School Board holds closed session ahead of Tuesday meeting

April 25 – The DPS Board of Education has adjourned Monday after meeting for a long, closed executive session.   According to their public notice, the board scheduled to meet Monday at The Decatur Club from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. for “a self-evaluation, practices and procedures or professional ethics when meeting with a representative…Continue Reading