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Speaker Madigan

Madigan on budget, Rauner TV commercials

SPRINGFIELD — From what the Speaker of the Illinois House says, you would not assume Illinois is much closer to a settled, balanced budget for the fiscal year starting July 1 than it was last week or the week before. One topic Speaker Mike Madigan (D-Chicago) has been hearing about is a series of television…Continue Reading


IL House Talks Economic Development

SPRINGFIELD — Another hours-long “committee of the whole” took up Tuesday afternoon in the Illinois House, this time on the subject of economic development.   Specifically, whether the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Development should fold into a public-private partnership as is done in other states.   Jim Schultz, director of DCEO, says he…Continue Reading

Michael Harris

Huck’s Robber Captured

DECATUR — The Decatur Police Department has a suspect under arrest in connection to the armed robbery at a Huck’s Gas Station earlier this month.   The store surveillance video showed a white male approaching the counter with a gun pointed in the attendant’s face and demanding money.  The suspect then fled the business.  On…Continue Reading


Healthcare Bills Await Passage

SPRINGFIELD — A couple of bills awaiting action by the governor address health care.   One would require doctors to provide a hepatitis C screening for patients who are baby boomers-born from 1945 to 1965. Hep C, for short, is a liver disease whose symptoms don’t appear until the patient is very sick, says State…Continue Reading

Bruce Rauner

Rauner’s Campaign Budget Upsets Dems

SPRINGFIELD — $1 million worth of TV ads aren’t likely to make Democratic legislators want to compromise with the governor.   The ads, purchased by Gov. Bruce Rauner’s campaign committee are airing this week. State Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie says the $1 million won’t help the ongoing battle over next year’s budget.   “It would…Continue Reading

Police Lights

Police arrest 1 stemming from overnight shooting

DECATUR–  A Decatur man is in custody following an overnight shooting at the Woodland Estates Trailer Park.   Police Chief Brad Sweeney says police were called to the 2500 block of N. Illinois Circle just after midnight on Tuesday to respond to shots fired inside the trailer park.   Sweeney says an investigation conducted by…Continue Reading

Mark Kirk & Lindsey Graham

Kirk offers apology for disparaging Graham comments

CHICAGO (AP) — Sen. Mark Kirk has apologized for what he said to a fellow senator that was captured by an open microphone on the U.S. Senate floor and offended many. Last week, Kirk, who is seeking re-election in 2016, called fellow Republican senator and presidential candidate Lindsey Graham a “bro with no ho.” Kirk…Continue Reading

Capitol Building

Lawmakers return to Springfield to resume budget discussions

SPRINGFIELD– Illinois lawmakers are returning to Springfield amid a stalemate over a new state budget. But neither chamber is expected to take up proposals Gov. Bruce Rauner says he wants passed before he’ll sign a 2016 spending plan.   The Illinois Senate is scheduled to discuss college affordability Tuesday. The House is set to consider…Continue Reading

Decatur Civic Center

Changes on the way for administrative court

DECATUR–  Some tweaks are in the works for Decatur’s administrative court.   Decatur City Manager Tim Gleason discussed the changes with the City Council on Monday night that include the creation of an online landlord database where properties can be viewed, a landlord registration with the city, the development of a community service option for…Continue Reading