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Local unemployment drops below 6%

DECATUR—Decatur’s unemployment rate has crept under the 6% mark for the first time in nearly a decade.   According to the latest figures by the Illinois Department of Employment Security, Decatur had an unemployment rate of 5.9% last month, down from 7% a month ago and 8.3% last year at this time.   Decatur’s numbers…Continue Reading

Soccer Players

Park District, soccer program, gear up to host Midstate Cup

DECATUR– Midstate Soccer Club and the Decatur Park District are preparing to host the largest youth soccer tournament in Central Illinois this weekend.   Over 130 teams, with age ranges between 3rd grade and high school, will make the trek to Decatur to participate in the 3-day tournament.   Midstate Soccer Club director Colin Bonner…Continue Reading

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Senate committee votes down proposed worker’s comp. reforms

SPRINGFIELD– Pieces of the governor’s “Turnaround Agenda” are at least getting a hearing, but – in a Democrat-controlled legislature – not much more. A party-line vote this (Wednesday) afternoon kept a workers’ compensation restructuring from going to the Senate floor.   Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno (R-Lemont) presented the bill to a committee: “It addresses…Continue Reading

Farm Land

Corn planing nearly completed as farmers stay ahead of schedule

SPRINGFIELD– Illinois farmers made progress in planting soybeans over the last week.   “Things are cloudy and maybe kind of a little bit damp but producers did manage to get about four days of field work done, and soybean planting moved up 22 percentage points,” USDA crop statistician Mark Schleusener said.   Soybeans statewide are…Continue Reading

Michael Madigan and Bruce Rauner

Madigan, Democrats plan to introduce unbalanced budget

SPRINGFIELD– The plan is to pass a budget that’s out of balance.   Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan (D-Chicago) said Democrats, who hold supermajorities in the House and Senate, would run a “spending plan” this week for about $36.3 billion worth of expenditures.   “We will publicly acknowledge that we don’t have the money to…Continue Reading

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Two dead after separate shooting incidents in Decatur

DECATUR–  Heading into Memorial Day weekend, Decatur had just one recorded homicide in 2015, but after the extended weekend, that number more than doubled.   Two people died in the city this weekend in two separate shooting incidents.   The first shooting occurred in the early morning hours on Saturday when police found Paul Robinson…Continue Reading