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Manar-backed bill to keep State Museum open passes Senate

Manar-backed bill to keep State Museum open passes Senate

SPRINGFIELD– The governor issued dozens of layoff notices to Illinois State Museum system employees and the legislature shot right back. State Sen. Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) says the governor’s layoff notices, effective September 30th, which also impact IEMA and DCEO among other agencies, ignores the legislative process. “Despite the fact that the legislative branch has…Continue Reading

NNO trolley

Decatur National Night Out (Gallery Included)

DECATUR – Dozens of members of the Decatur community came out to some of the parks this evening to celebrate the 32nd annual National Night Out.   NNO is a campaign that involves over 16,000 cities in all 50 states.  Director of Neighborhood Services for the City of Decatur Richelle Irons says Decatur’s walk involved…Continue Reading

Old King's Orchard welcome sign

Old King’s Orchard set to get new playground

DECATUR – A new playground facility will be coming to Decatur’s Peace Park thanks to the non-profit group KaBOOM.   KaBOOM is a national non-profit that helps build playgrounds all over the U.S.  With a generous donation from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois, a 3000 square foot playground is finally coming to reality.  …Continue Reading

Tuna Mural Wall

Downtown mural to honor late-Mayor Mike McElroy

DECATUR–  A downtown building will soon bear homage to late Decatur Mayor Mike McElroy.   Following the passing of McElroy last month, a group of residents, including Brian Byers, Kevin Breheny, Joel Fletcher, Julie Moore Wolfe, Shani Goss, Jerry Johnson, Ryan McCrady, and Kelli Runyon, began contemplating a memorial for McElroy, who died suddenly on…Continue Reading

Jesse White at St. Mary's

St. Mary’s, MCHD recognized for tissue and organ donor program participation

DECATUR–  Two Decatur health institutions are being honored this week for their efforts in promotion the state’s organ and tissue donation program.   St. Mary’s Hospital and the Macon County Health Department were both given plaques and recognized by the Secretary of State’s Office Tuesday afternoon for their efforts in promoting and educating people about…Continue Reading

Bruce Rauner

Gov. Rauner signs concussion bill

SPRINGFIELD – Governor Bruce Rauner is signing a new law designed to better protect student athletes who suffer concussions.   Senator Kwame Raoul sponsored the bill, and has 2 children of his own who suffered sports related concussions.  The new law requires a doctor to sign off before an injured student can return to sports…Continue Reading

Fairview Plaza

Call-center expansion to bring 300-500 jobs to Decatur

DECATUR–  A long vacant building on the city’s west side will have a new tenant this fall; and the company moving in is bringing 300 jobs along with it.   Convey Health Solutions announced Monday that they are opening their 9th operations center this year and has chosen Decatur as its home. The Florida-based company…Continue Reading

Matt Bollant

Racism claims against U of I women’s basketball program ‘unfounded’ according to independent investigation

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — A Chicago law firm hired by the University of Illinois to investigate allegations of racially motivated mistreatment made by former women’s basketball players concluded in a report released Monday that those charges are unfounded.   Seven former players sued the university, coach Matt Bollant, athletic director Mike Thomas and others on…Continue Reading