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Medicinal Marijuana

State welcomes public input on adding diseases to medical marijuana list

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois residents who want to add specific diseases to the state’s medical marijuana pilot program have another chance to submit suggestions during January. The Illinois Department of Public Health will accept petitions starting Jan. 1 and continuing through the month. The program allows people to suggest new diseases for the program twice…Continue Reading

Mt. Zion Fieldhouse

MZHS unveils new Fieldhouse and Auditorium (Photos included)

MT. ZION – After eighteen months of construction, Mt. Zion High School is happy to finally reveal their 50,000 square foot fieldhouse and 1,500 seat auditorium.   The high school hosted an open house Monday night showcasing their brand-new facility.  On the athletic side, the fieldhouse holds a full, 200 meter track, and four courts…Continue Reading

PARCC Results

PARCC results “disappointing” for DPS-61

DECATUR – The test scores from the PARCC exam have finally been released, and the Decatur Public School District says their results aren’t where they want them to be.   The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers’ test was given to third through 12th graders.  Statewide, about 33 percent of students met…Continue Reading

Toy Collection

3,400 kids to receive toys this Christmas from SA

DECATUR – The Salvation Army is fully prepared for another year of toy distribution, and they plan to help 200 more families this year.   Starting tomorrow, December 15th through the 17th, Decatur and Macon County children in need will be receiving toys thanks to donations from the community.  Dave MacDonna says this year they…Continue Reading

Chapin Rose Action

Budget negotiations ‘progressing’ according to local lawmaker

DECATUR–  A state mandate has forced payments to public sector employees to continue, and a bi-partisan temporary spending plan got municipalities the money they are owed, but where does the state find itself when it comes to the larger budget picture?   “I think the compromise made last week was a good start,” Republican State…Continue Reading


Education funding reform won’t come until after a budget is passed

SPRINGFIELD– There’s agreement among legislative leaders that the state’s education funding formula needs to be changed, but it won’t happen until after the budget stalemate is settled.   Leaders mentioned the issue after the latest budget talks with Gov. Bruce Rauner, and all said it’s a complicated matter which needs to be studied.   Regional…Continue Reading

Synthetic Marijuana

New law to help police crack down on synthetic marijuana sales

DECATUR—New laws meant to crack down on the sale of synthetic marijuana, or K2, are going into effect January 1st.   The adjustment to the Illinois Controlled Substances Act will strengthen law enforcement’s ability to classify what is, and what is not, synthetic marijuana.   Decatur Police Lieutenant Cody Moore says the way the law…Continue Reading

Graduation Cover Photo

Millikin University Winter Commencement 2015

DECATUR–  144 Millikin University students graduated Sunday afternoon during the school’s winter commencement. Xin ‘Water’ Zhao was the undergraduate speaker, John R. Blakeman was the graduate speaker, and Dr. Edward C Elliot was the winter commencement speaker. The ceremony was held in the university’s Kirkland Fine Art’s Center.Continue Reading

littleBits, Star Wars

Creativity shines at CMofIL

DECATUR – Several children used their creativity and imagination to build Star Wars themed gadgets at the Children’s Museum of Illinois over the weekend.   Using littleBits, the kids designed and built things to fit into the Star Wars theme, as the new movie is scheduled to come out soon.  The Museum held two workshops…Continue Reading

Christmas Baskets

Dove, Inc. making Christmas baskets for local families

DECATUR – Everyone deserves to have a good Christmas, and Dove, Inc. wants to help make that happen for hundreds of Macon County families.   The non-profit group is teaming up with the Northeast Community Fund to collect donations of Christmas supplies to dole out to 300 to 400 local families.  Dove’s Angie Williams says…Continue Reading