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Additional budget cuts could come pending pension plan approval

Additional budget cuts could come pending pension plan approval

SPRINGFIELD– An additional $2.2 billion in budget cuts could be coming if Gov. Bruce Rauner’s pension proposal isn’t passed.   That’s the amount of savings Rauner factored into his budget proposal for next year from a pension reform plan which hasn’t been introduced as legislation yet. If lawmakers don’t support the measure, Rauner says deeper reductions in…Continue Reading

Jim Langfelder

Numerous communities around Central Illinois face future with new Mayors

SPRINGFIELD– The mayor of Chicago won re-election, but some other mayors were not so lucky on Election Day. Rahm Emanuel got 55 percent of the vote in the Chicago election; a runoff after he failed to top 50 percent in the February primary. He defeated county commissioner Jesus ‘Chuy’ Garcia, a former state senator, by 65,000 votes.…Continue Reading

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Local Election Roundup

Local Election Roundup   Three Incumbents for DPS-61 Board win reelection DECATUR—The three incumbent candidates running for Decatur Public School board didn’t necessarily have to wait around until every ballot was counted to know they were getting reelected.   All three incumbents, Brian Hodges, Sherri Perkins, and Dan Oakes, easily won their reelection bids on Tuesday.…Continue Reading

City Council Election

Ray, Gregory, & Faber win Council Election

DECATUR–  Two new faces will be joining the Decatur City Council along with one familiar one.   Lisa Gregory and Bill Faber won their election bids to replace outgoing councilmen Larry Foster and Pat Laegeler on Tuesday night, while incumbent Dr. Dana Ray was reelected to her second term.   Dr. Ray led all council…Continue Reading

Mike McElroy Reelection

McElroy tops challengers; wins reelection bid for Mayor

DECATUR–  Aside from trailing after one precinct had reported, the reelection of Mayor Mike McElroy was never really in doubt.   McElroy won his reelection bid on Tuesday night, receiving just over 46% of the vote, or 5,190 out of 11,100 total votes cast.   McElroy, who has served as Mayor since 2009 and has…Continue Reading

Breaking News

Police identify homicide victim found on South Side

DECATUR– Decatur police have identified the woman found dead near the bike trail on the 1100 block of Lincoln Trail Drive on Monday.   The victim has been identified as 19 year-old Paige L. Mars of Decatur. Macon County Coroner Michael Day said Mars was shot multiple times in the chest and the head and…Continue Reading

Airplane Crash Photo

UPDATED: 7 dead following Bloomington airplane crash

BLOOMINGTON– Whatever caused a Cessna plane to crash near Bloomington early Tuesday morning remains unknown to air traffic officials. The small, twin engine, Cessna C414A, was carrying six passengers and a pilot on their way back from Indianapolis Monday night following the NCAA Basketball Championship game when it went down in a field near Bloomington.…Continue Reading

Single vehicle crash claims life of 1 in rural Macon County

Single vehicle crash claims life of 1 in rural Macon County

DECATUR—A 20 year-old Decatur man is dead following a single vehicle accident that occurred early Tuesday morning. The Macon County Sheriff’s Office were called to the scene of the accident shortly after 3:30 a.m. near the intersection of Bearsdale Road and Pershing Road in rural Macon County. Arriving on the scene, Sgt. Jason Brown and…Continue Reading

Crop Planting

Crop planting begins in Illinois

SPRINGFIELD– Corn planting in Illinois has scarcely begun.   USDA crop statistician Mark Schleusener says there is some corn in the ground, but not enough to show up in the year’s first weekly USDA crop progress report.   “Not really. It’s basically too cold and generally too wet, especially in the southern parts of the state, for…Continue Reading

Voting Booths

Slow start to early voting doesn’t hinder final numbers

DECATUR–  A slow start to early voting didn’t hinder final ballot numbers as of Monday night. As of 5 pm on Monday, Macon County Clerk Steve Bean says his office had collected just over 1,400 ballots ahead of Tuesday’s consolidated election. That’s just a tick over the 1,300 early ballots they saw during the last…Continue Reading