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IDOT reminds you of drone regulations

SPRINGFIELD – With drones being one of the most popular gifts this holiday season, the Illinois Department of Transportation’s aeronautics division is giving you some reminders before you take your toy out to fly.   Whether you are a serious hobbyist or an occasional backyard drone user, IDOT Flight Safety Coordinator Joe Samudovsky says there…Continue Reading

Fairview Park Pavilion

Park District moves forward with event fee proposal

DECATUR–  The Decatur Park District is moving forward with their plan to standardize how they host events at parks and pavilions.   The Park Board of Commissioners Wednesday mulled over an update of their existing special event and road run policies that was first discussed in November.   Park District Operations Director Ryan Raleigh said…Continue Reading

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Uncontested political races on the rise in Illinois

SPRINGFIELD– 11 months before Election Day, more than half of state legislative elections may have already been decided. Of the 158 House and Senate races in 2016, 81 currently have only one candidate. University of Illinois Springfield political science professor Kent Redfield says that’s the goal of the current’s redistricting process controlled by whatever party is…Continue Reading

Richland Community College

Richland continues search for new president

DECATUR – Richland Community College’s Board of Trustees is initiating the search process for a new president.   Board Chairman Bruce Campbell says they have begun to identify community members and college faculty to sit on a search committee.  In October, current president Dr. Gayle Saunders announced she will be retiring in the spring of…Continue Reading

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IL grad rate ranks 20th; Decatur sits below average

CHICAGO — New data from the U.S. Department of Education show that 86 percent of Illinois students graduate from high school.   That’s the 20th-highest graduation rate in the country.  However, here in Decatur, data shows our grad rate is only 74 percent.  The Education department says that the 82.3 percent national graduation rate for…Continue Reading

Mt. Zion Fieldhouse

MZHS principal to assume IHSA role

MT. ZION – Principal Kraig Garber will be leaving Mt. Zion High School at the end of the 2015-16 school year to take over an Assistant Executive Director post with the IHSA.   The Illinois High School Association made the announcement Monday that they have accepted the recommendation to hire Garber for the role.  Also…Continue Reading

Andy Manar

Manar: Both sides ‘losing’ during budget impasse

DECATUR– In a week in which House Speaker Michael Madigan drew criticism from both Democrats and Republicans for suggesting an increase in taxes to partially solve the budget deficit, State Senator Andy Manar isn’t joining the chorus.   Joining Byers & Company Tuesday morning, Manar said the blame for the budget impasse should be put…Continue Reading

Salvation Army helps families with gifts for Christmas

DECATUR–  From books and puzzles, to Star Wars figurines or Frozen dolls, nearly two thousand Macon County children will have something to unwrap on Christmas.   The Salvation Army held the first day of their toy distribution Tuesday morning, wrapping up a month-long push to collect the toys from the community.   Salvation Army Major…Continue Reading


Mt. Zion principal Garber added to IHSA Board of Directors

SPRINGFIELD– The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Board of Directors met at its regularly scheduled meeting at the Pere Marquette Hotel in Peoria on Monday where the Board voted to accept recommendations from IHSA Executive Director-Elect Craig Anderson to hire current Mt. Zion High School Principal Kraig Garber and Lincoln High School Athletic Director Sam…Continue Reading