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Scovill’s cheetahs spotlighted during Endangered Species Day

DECATUR– Scovill Zoo’s two big cats are being spotlighted on the 10th anniversary of Endangered Species Day.   Scovill is 1 of 229 Association of Zoo & Aquariums (AZA) accredited zoo’s nationwide that have been chosen to participate in the day.   Zoo director Ken Frye says the AZA has chosen the cheetah as one…Continue Reading

Decatur Public Library

County Board approves library consolidation plan

DECATUR–  The Macon County Board has approved a plan to consolidate the county offices with the Decatur Public Library.   The board voted unanimously to approve the measure that will have the county offices move into the unused space on the 2nd floor of the library.   “This has been more than a year in…Continue Reading

Michael Madigan and Bruce Rauner

Right to Work proposal voted down in Illinois House

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Democrats in the Illinois House have voted down a plan similar to Gov. Bruce Rauner’s proposal to allow local governments to permit workers to opt out of unions.   Thursday’s vote was 0-72-37. The Democrats who control the House cast “no” votes. The entire Republican caucus, with the exception of one…Continue Reading

Michael Madigan and Bruce Rauner

Illinois House to vote on Right to Work today

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP)– The Illinois House is planning a vote on Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner’s proposal that would allow local governments to permit workers to opt out of unions.   Democratic Speaker Michael J. Madigan’s office says Thursday’s vote is planned even though the governor hasn’t filed a bill with the Legislature.   Rauner has…Continue Reading

Power Lines

Ameren prepares to take rate-hike request to ICC

DECATUR–  Ameren Illinois is professing its need for a $110 million price hike, in part to create a stronger electrical grid.   Ameren says the rate hike would add between $2 to $7 per month for customers, depending on where they live.   Since the current modernization plan began in 2012, Ameren says they have…Continue Reading

Amber Alert

State considers improvements to Amber Alert system

SPRINGFIELD– AMBER Alerts, public notices about abducted children, will now be delivered faster in Illinois.   The state is being provided with new technology, free of charge, which will distribute AMBER Alerts through highway signs, radio and TV stations, text messages and e-mails, all at once. Craig Burge, the Illinois State Police AMBER Alert coordinator,…Continue Reading

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New-look history museum reopens its doors

DECATUR–  The site responsible for much of Macon County’s history has undergone a facelift.   The Macon County History Museum is opening its doors again after several weeks of being closed due to many upgrades that include new wood flooring, upgraded walls and paint, and new exhibits.   Museum Director Nathaniel Pierce says he decided…Continue Reading

Styx

Styx, Tesla to perform at Illinois State Fair despite Meatloaf cancellation

SPRINGFIELD–  The cancellation of a headlining act isn’t disturbing the State Fair too much.   The Department of Agriculture announced Wednesday morning that despite former headliner Meatloaf canceling his State Fair appearance last week, the two bands performing with him, Styx and Tesla, will play as scheduled.   The two bands will play the August…Continue Reading

Standardized Test

Advanced Placement tests could lead to college credit under proposal

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois lawmakers are considering legislation that would give more students who take Advanced Placement tests college credit.   The bill would require state public universities and community colleges to give students who score a three or higher on a five-point scale college credit for the exam. The legislation passed the House…Continue Reading