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Coroner identifies inmate who died at Macon County Jail

DECATUR–  The inmate who died over the weekend while in custody at the Macon County Jail has been identified as 35 year-old Michael Carter of Decatur.   Carter died shortly after noon on Saturday in the St. Mary’s Hospital emergency room. The Macon County Sheriff’s Department says Carter was taken to St. Mary’s after reportedly…Continue Reading

Treasurer Mike Frerichs

Treasurer’s Office savings accounts hits milestone

SPRINGFIELD — The number of people with college savings accounts through Illinois Treasurer Mike Frerichs’ office just hit 400,000.   Treasurer Frerichs hopes to see that number continue to grow as families invest in their children’s future.   “They can be opened up for as low as $25,” says Frerichs. “They don’t have to be…Continue Reading

Michael Madigan and Bruce Rauner

Rauner, lawmakers, remain distant on budget compromise

DECATUR–  Twenty days into the new fiscal year and the man leading the state says no budget compromise is in sight.   Governor Bruce Rauner joined Byers & Company on Monday and told WSOY he thought negotiations between himself and democratic leadership were still stalled, “We have presented our plans and we have laid out…Continue Reading


Visitation & Funeral information for Mayor McElroy finalized

DECATUR– Funeral and visitation details for Mayor Mike McElroy have been set.   A public visitation has been set for noon until 2 pm on Wednesday at Our Lady of Lourdes and the funeral will be held the following day, Thursday at 11 am at the church.   McElroy passed away on Friday morning after…Continue Reading

Mike McElroy Announcement

Friends and colleagues remember Mayor Mike McElroy

DECATUR — The Decatur Community is reeling today with the news of the passing of Mayor Mike McElroy.   Friends and family are offering good words and memories of the late Mayor…   “Tuna loved politics from the days he was in high school.  He loved the city and truly loved working with the City…Continue Reading


UPDATED: Mayor Mike McElroy passes at age 63

BREAKING: Decatur Mayor Mike McElroy has passed away at the age of 63 following a single vehicle car accident Friday morning.   Assistant City Manager Billy Tyus said McElroy was traveling southbound on the  22nd street viaduct when he suffered an apparent medical emergency causing his vehicle to crash near the 5 points intersection.   Tyus…Continue Reading


Bar owners welcome new ‘happy hour’ law

DECATUR—The state’s new happy hour laws may provide you with some new business lunch options, but bar owners say they aren’t expecting their profits to skyrocket.   This week, Governor Bruce Rauner signed a bill that legalizes ‘happy hour’ pricing in Illinois for the first time since the 1980s. Prior to the signing, Illinois was…Continue Reading

Unemployment Application

State Unemployment Rate for June

ILLINOIS — The Illinois Department of Employment Security says the state’s unemployment rate dropped to 5.9 percent in June. It was the first time the state jobless rate fell below 6 percent since 2008.   The department said Thursday in its monthly unemployment report that the state nonetheless lost 7,500 jobs for the month.  …Continue Reading

Aaron Schock

Former Congressman Schock still spending campaign money

SPRINGFIELD — Former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock has spent more $1 million out of his campaign fund on lawyers—and yes, that’s legal.   The latest Federal Election Commission filing show Schock has taken out more than $1 million in legal fees in the past three months as a federal grand jury looks at his campaign spending.…Continue Reading