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Lisa Taylor

Lisa Taylor accepts position with Heyworth CUSD#4

April 21 – Today DPS Superintendent Lisa Taylor announced she has accepted a position with Heyworth CUSD#4.   Taylor says this announcement comes after a very emotional last couple of months.   “I just decided that in this point of my career I need to do what’s best for me and my family,” says Taylor.…Continue Reading

University of Illinois Quad

Uof I facing possible layoffs

April 20 – An email sent by a University of Illinois administrator says the school’s flagship campus is planning its first layoffs of civil-service workers as a result of the state financial crisis.   The Monday email from Associate Provost for Human Resources Elyne Cole says civil-service hiring was frozen April 18 and departments were…Continue Reading

Dennis Lab School

Weekend 5k to support Dennis’ Habitat for Humanity project

April 20 – Dennis Lab School is hosting another fundraiser event this weekend as they continue the process of rehabbing a home for a Decatur family in need.   Sixth and seventh graders at Dennis have been working diligently to raise $30,000 to start up a Habitat for Humanity Project.  The Habit Haul 5K run/walk…Continue Reading

Decatur Park District Large

Park Board approves 2016-17 budget, bans e-cigs

April 20 – The Decatur Park Board approved an ordinance banning smoking and approved the 2016-17 budget during Wednesday’s meeting.   The banned smoking approval is focused on e-cigarettes or vape pens. The board approved the measure banning the use of e-cigs in Park District facilities.   Park Board Commissioner, Chris Riley, was in favor of the…Continue Reading

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Beautiful art could soon fill the City of Decatur

April 20 – Local artists can now partner up with the City to put art on public right of ways throughout Decatur.   At their Monday night meeting, the Decatur City Council approved an ordinance allowing for public art to be put up on public right of ways, which include sidewalks and bike paths.  Assistant…Continue Reading

Archer Daniels Midlands Co. Tour

ADM to help teachers further science education

April 20 – ADM is offering Macon County teachers a unique learning opportunity.   The agribusiness company is currently accepting applications for this year’s ADM Science Teacher Summer Fellowship. Two Macon County teachers will be chosen for this internship, and will be given the opportunity to work alongside the ADM scientific community.   Research and Data…Continue Reading

Illinois House of Representatives

Illinois weighs legalization of daily fantasy sports betting

April 20 — Illinois lawmakers will try to legalize gambling in online daily fantasy sports with a measure to regulate various aspects of how the businesses operate.   A measure is scheduled to have its first vote in a House committee today would forbid company employees and anyone under age 21 from participating in the games.…Continue Reading