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Millikin 2015 Homecoming

Homecoming week at Millikin University

DECATUR – Millikin University is celebrating its 100th Homecoming with several events planned throughout the week.   The festivities began with the Homecoming Kickoff Carnival on the Miller Quad Monday night.  Later this evening is the annual fireworks display as well.  Those will take place at 8 p.m. on the Frank M. Lindsay practice field. …Continue Reading

Jesse White

No more vehicle registration renewal reminders due to budget impasse

SPRINGFIELD – The latest casualty of cuts due to the state’s budget impasse is the Illinois Secretary of State’s Office.   Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White says his office will suspend mailing out vehicle registration renewal reminder notices to the public because of the lack of a state budget.   “The lack of Fiscal…Continue Reading

Rodney Davis Action

Congressman Davis ‘shocked’ by Boehner resignation

DECATUR–  US Congressman Rodney Davis says the resignation announcement by House Speaker John Boehner caught him by surprise like it did for many across the nation.   Boehner made the announcement early Friday morning, saying he wanted to put the party in front of himself. Boehner has served as the Speaker of the House since…Continue Reading

OKO Build Day

OKOCC Playground Build Day (w/ pictures)

DECATUR – Old King’s Orchard Community Center finally has the playground they have been trying to get for years.   Saturday was build day at OKOCC where hundreds of volunteers helped from 8 around 4 p.m.  to build the playground from the ground up.  OKOCC President Alida Graham says it is truly amazing to…Continue Reading

Crossfit:D-Town Throwdown

D-Town Throwdown at DMH CrossFit Enhance Gym (Video Included)

    DECATUR — Hundreds of athletes and spectators came out to the 3rd annual DMH CrossFit Enhance D-Town Throwdown on Saturday.   The competition continues on Sunday, and over 260 athletes representing 45 teams are expected to participate in the two-day event.  The 45 teams, each representing their CrossFit gym, are made up of…Continue Reading


Midwest Inland Port Market Launch

DECATUR – Gov. Bruce Rauner, Archer Daniels Midland President/CEO Juan Luciano and many more were in Decatur to help introduce the market launch of the Midwest Inland Port on Friday.   President of the Economic Development Corporation Ryan McCrady began the introduction by highlighting the important strategic advantages the Midwest Inland Port (MIP) provides.  …Continue Reading

Salute to Heroes Central Park

Salute to Our Heroes in Central Park

DECATUR – The Knights of Columbus are out at Central Park today hosting the Salute to Our Heroes event.   Several visitors already went by Friday morning and enjoyed free coffee and donuts thanks to Marquis Beverage and Golden Glaze.  Chairman Fred Lohrstorfer is with the Knights of Columbus and says they are sending thanks…Continue Reading

Unemployment Application

August unemployment rate falls again in Decatur

DECATUR — Unemployment rates in every Illinois’ metropolitan areas declined in August for an 18th straight month but six metro areas lost jobs.   The Illinois Department of Employment Security said Thursday that four of the metro areas losing jobs were in the western half of the state.  The total number of nonfarm jobs in…Continue Reading

Phillip Nelson

Illinois AG director & State Fair director step down

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has accepted the resignation of the state’s Agriculture Department director and the director of the state fair.   The resignations of Phil Nelson and Patrick Buchen were announced late Thursday. The reasons for their resignations were not given.   In a statement, Rauner said he appreciated Nelson’s…Continue Reading

DPD new officers 2015

DPD welcomes 11 new officers

DECATUR – The Decatur Police Department is back to a full capacity as 11 new police officers were sworn in on Thursday.   Decatur Police Chief Brad Sweeney says his staff is full now, with 164 officers on the force.  He says this class was a bit more unique than usual.   “This ceremony was…Continue Reading