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State employees could get special loans

SPRINGFIELD — State employees who won’t get paid until a budget is passed may be eligible for interest-free loans.   Through the treasurer’s office’s program which provides banks money for specific loans, some credit unions will offer loans for up to 50 percent of a state employee’s salary. No interest will be due until 31…Continue Reading

Scam Alert

Beware of new phone scam targeting seniors

DECATUR – The Decatur Police Department would like everyone to be aware of a new phone scam occurring that targets mostly seniors.   Officer George Kestner of the Crime Prevention Office says a scam is going around in which a suspect is calling elderly victims posing as an IRS agent and attempting to gain financial…Continue Reading

Meat Recall

Stewardson-based packing plant recalls 100 pounds of pork product

SPRINGFIELD, IL- T & L Locker, a Stewardson, Illinois establishment, has recalled 100 pounds of uninspected smoked pork products sold through a retail establishment in Arthur, Illinois.  Under state and federal regulations, meat products produced without the benefit of inspection are not known to be safe for human consumption and are required to be recalled.…Continue Reading

First Gig Rock 'n' Roll

First Gig Rock ‘n’ Roll Camp

DECATUR – First Gig Rock ‘n’ Roll Camp is this week and the camp has been teaching local kids about several areas of music.   This week students ages 10-17 have been learning to sound, compose, produce, and perform like rock stars says Decatur Camp Coordinator Mikey Schoneman.  He says every kid gets a great…Continue Reading


Kool Rides Charity Car Show

DECATUR – The annual Kool Rides Charity Car Show is returning for its 17th time in downtown Decatur this weekend.   The event will be held on Saturday, July 11th from 3-7 PM around Central Park.  Kool Rides says that all cars, trucks, and motorcycles are welcome.  The event will feature a DJ as well…Continue Reading

Rauner in Decatur

Rauner speaks out about Illinois’ budget

SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Bruce Rauner says he’ll set aside his distaste for tax increases and approve one if the Legislature approves his business-friendly reforms.   Democrats’ spending plan has a deficit of up to $4 billion. They want cuts and a tax hike. They say Rauner’s plans for restricting liability lawsuit awards and workers’ compensation…Continue Reading


Judge rules IHSA may keep records private

COOK COUNTY — The Better Government Association lost its lawsuit over whether the Illinois High School Association is subject to open records laws, but it’s still battling in court over arenas.   The arenas, stadiums or convention halls in Springfield, Bloomington, Peoria, Moline, Bridgeview, Hoffman Estates, Marion and Rosemont are owned by their respective cities…Continue Reading

Lincoln College

Lincoln College to see 4-year, University status

LINCOLN– The new president of two-year Lincoln College in central Illinois hopes to lead the school to four-year, university status.   President David Gerlach says he hopes to add five to seven bachelor’s-degree programs at the private school in Lincoln. Lincoln is about 30 miles southwest of Bloomington.   Gerlach says Lincoln was started as a…Continue Reading

Bruce Rauner Alt

No budget, no paychecks for state workers

CHICAGO –A Cook County judge has ruled Illinois may not continue to pay state workers in full during an ongoing budget impasse.   Judge Diane Joan Larsen ruled Tuesday that Illinois Comptroller Leslie Munger may pay only some workers who are covered under a federal law. Those workers would receive federal minimum wage plus overtime. But…Continue Reading

Bill Mitchell @ Senior Center

State Rep. Bill Mitchell and seniors talk potential budget cuts

DECATUR – Several senior care programs have the potential to be cut here in Macon County as the budget process continues in Springfield.   With the Fiscal Year 2016 Illinois State Budget in limbo, funding for critically important senior services is at risk, including community care programs, in-home care programs, and senior congregate and home-delivered…Continue Reading