Scott Warns of Computer Scam Calls in Macon County

Scott Warns of Computer Scam Calls in Macon County

November 15 – Macon County State’s Attorney Jay Scott says that residents in Macon County are being targeted by a telephone scam threatening to withdraw money from residents’ bank accounts.

The call uses a computer-generated voice, and claims that your computer service subscription is expiring. The call then threatens to withdraw $299 from your bank account if a return call is not made. The Elder Fraud Hotline has received numerous reports of this scam in the last two days.

Residents are advised to hang up if one of these calls is received. If you suspect a scam please call the Elder Fraud Hotline at 217-615-7582. All calls are answered by State’s Attorney Jay Scott. For more information on scams, please visit the State’s Attorney’s website at


HSHS St Mary’s Star Lighting Fundraiser Kicks Off Thursday

HSHS St Mary’s Star Lighting Fundraiser Kicks Off Thursday

November 14 – Since 1988, the HSHS St. Mary’s Foundation has raised funds to help the greatest needs of the hospital. The foundation raises the money through fundraisers, including this year’s Star Lighting Campaign. Every year, the hospital lights up the star that sits atop the hospital during the holiday season. The lighted star was originally purchased for the hospital by the late Doctor Rocky White. The lights are lit to honor and memorialize the loved ones of hospital colleagues and community members who have passed away.

Star Lights can be purchased during the Byers & Co. live broadcast from HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital Thursday morning. During the show, you’ll be able to call 464-7655, and when you buy one starlight, you’ll get a second light free. When you make your donation, you will not only have your loved ones’ name read, but also receive a numbered certificate for the light.

The names of those being honored will be read during the lighting ceremony that takes place and the names of those being remembered are read. The annual starlighting is set for Wednesday November 28th at 6pm in the hospital lobby. WSOY will broadcast the starlighting live on 1340 AM, 103.3 FM, and streaming live at

UPDATE: Gunshots Claim the Life of 12-Year-Old in Decatur

UPDATE: Gunshots Claim the Life of 12-Year-Old in Decatur

November 13 – Macon County Michael Day has released the name of a 12-year-old Decatur boy who was shot and later died Monday evening.

Marqueius N. Gray was pronounced dead in the Surgery Unity at Decatur Memorial Hospital Monday evening at 7:12 p.m. An autopsy has been scheduled for Tuesday at the McLean County Coroner’s Morgue in Bloomington

Monday evening, shortly after 5 p.m, Decatur Police Officers responded to an address in the 1100 block of North Main Street in reference to gunshots fired. When they arrived at the scene, officers found that 12-year-old Gray had been shot. He was transported from the scene by EMS to Decatur Memorial Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

The scene was secured and the investigation commenced, and as a result of the investigation, 20 year old Avante Flesch has been arrested and booked into the Macon County Jail, charged with Involuntary Manslaughter.

At this time the investigation is still ongoing and additional arrests are possible. Anyone having information related to this crime is encouraged to call the Decatur Police Department at 424-2711, the Decatur Police Detective Bureau at 424-2734, or CrimeStoppers at 423-TIPS.


Thanksgiving Turkey Trot Returns Saturday

Thanksgiving Turkey Trot Returns Saturday

Nov 13 – A decades old Decatur tradition will return this weekend to Fairview Park.

The Turkey Trot has been a Decatur holiday tradition for 44 years. On Saturday, November 17th, runners will gather for a 5-10K and a half mile Tot Trot. Registrations will begin at 6:45 a.m. and go until 7:30. The Tot Trot will begin at 7:30 a.m. and all other races will start at 8 a.m.

Pre-registration for the race ends Friday, November 16th and you can click HERE to register on line. There will be day-of registration that will cost $21 for the tot trot and $31 for the other races. For more information about the 44th annual Turkey Trot, contact the DISC at (217) 429-3472.

DPS 61 Board to Recognize Top Schools in the WSOY Community Food Drive

DPS 61 Board to Recognize Top Schools in the WSOY Community Food Drive

November 13 – The Decatur Public School District Board of Education has a full agenda set for Tuesday night’s meeting.

Along with the school spotlight, which tonight will highlight Enterprise School, the meeting will also Celebrate School Board Member Day scheduled for November 15th.

The Board will also officially congratulate District 61 schools for their achievements in collecting food for the 17th Annual WSOY Community Food Drive. The Board will also be thanking Tate & Lyle for providing special incentives to the top five schools that collected the most food for the drive. Dennis Lab School, followed by Eisenhower High School, Parsons Elementary, MacArthur High and Garfield Montessori will all be receiving $500 gift cards courtesy of Tate & Lyle.

The Decatur Public School District collected a total of 139,169 pounds of food for local food pantries in this year’s Food Drive.

The Board meets Tuesday night at 6:30 in the board room at the Keil Administration building.

Decatur’s Carrigan Honored by Irish National Caucus

Decatur’s Carrigan Honored by Irish National Caucus

November 12 – Top leaders in Illinois turned out in strength to honor former Decatur Mayor and City Councilman Michael T. Carrigan, president of the Illinois AFL-CIO, with the World Peace Prize of “Roving Ambassador for Peace.”

The Prize was presented by Father Sean McManus, president of the Capitol Hill-based Irish National Caucus and chief Judge of the World Peace Prize. The presentation ceremony was chaired by Barbara Flaherty, Executive Vice President, Irish National Caucus, and a Judge on the World Peace Prize Awarding Council.

President Carrigan said “I am humbled and deeply honored to receive this recognition from the World Peace Prize Awarding Council. The Labor Movement and its allies build peace through economic and social justice causes throughout the world. Our fight for justice knows no borders and the enemies of peace are the enemies of justice. The work continues and the Labor Movement will not be distracted from its goals. I would like to thank the Awarding Council for this great honor and accept it on behalf of all in the Labor Movement fighting for justice and building peace throughout the world.”

Top Illinois leaders turned out for the ceremony, including U.S. Senator Dick Durbin, Lieutenant Governor Juliana Strattan, House Speaker Mike Madigan, Speaker, Illinois Comptroller, Susana Mendoza, and Congressman Dan Lipinski.

Senator Durbin, when addressing the audience praised the choice of Mr. Carrigan for the World Peace Prize, acknowledging that without Carrigan and the Labor Movement in Illinois he would not be a U.S. Senator.

Father McManus added: “This was, indeed, a very special presentation of the World Peace Prize. President Carrigan is a beloved Labor leader, a great American and a proud Irishman. Though we were honoring President Carrigan with the World Peace Prize, it was also an honor for us to be part of this great occasion.”

The ceremony also included the first presentation of the newly created Irish American Peace Prize— presented to attorney Dick Stanton of Illinois, long time campaigner for justice, equality, unity and peace in Ireland.


Davis to Push for Bipartisanship in Washington

Davis to Push for Bipartisanship in Washington

November 12 – A Central Illinois Congressman plans to use the upcoming lame-duck session to lay the groundwork for bipartisan cooperation on issues such as health research and the ongoing opioid crisis.

Congressman Rodney Davis said it’s time to get back to work on bipartisan issues like funding for infrastructure, the opioid crisis and health research. “I think we can get an infrastructure bill. The president wants one,” Davis said. “The president is going to be willing to work with all sides. He has on those two issues I just mentioned and many, many others. I think that you’re going to see, I hope that we will see some bipartisan success early. Because I think that is a message we need to send to the American people that it’s not all just R versus D.”

President Donald Trump said a 10 percent cut for individuals is still possible if Republicans can get support from 10 Democrats in the U.S. Senate during the lame-duck session.

Davis said they can move in the Senate instead to make last year’s individual tax cuts permanent during the lame-duck session, but the same hurdle remains. “That bill passed the House and we’re waiting for the Senate to take it up,” Davis said.
He is also eyeing passage of a farm bill.

“I think first things first, we’ve got to get a farm bill done in the lame-duck session,” Davis said. “That’s something I’m on the conference committee for and got a success in writing the last farm bill saving the taxpayers $112 billion in mandatory spending, putting good programs in place.

Trump on Wednesday singled out 6th Congressional District Peter Roskam as someone who failed to embrace Trump and lost his seat because of it. Sean Casten defeated Roskam in Tuesday’s election. Davis did embrace Trump, and won; as did U.S. Rep. Mike Bost.

Democrats say the losses were more do to with rejection of Trump’s policies and rhetoric.
Congress will be back in session starting next week for the lame-duck session.

The incoming U.S. Representative for Illinois’ 14 Congressional District said her victory over Republican incumbent Randy Hultgren was because people who “stood up to say that healthcare is a human right, that we deserve a tax code that benefits all our families, that our children must have access to strong public schools, that our communities should not have to live in fear of gun violence.”

In January, the House will be controlled by Democrats while the Senate picked up more of a Republican majority.

US 36 Bridge Reopens but Rail Maintenance Closes Decatur Roads

US 36 Bridge Reopens but Rail Maintenance Closes Decatur Roads

November 12 – The Illinois Department of Transportation has announced that U.S. 36 over U.S. 51 in Harristown is now open. Replacing the bridge decks began in May and recently wrapped up. Drivers are still urged to pay close attention to changed conditions and signs in the work zones, obey the posted speed limits, refrain from using mobile devices and be alert for workers and equipment.

Meanwhile, Rail maintenance by Benchmark Consulting will require the total closure of Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Water Street and Edward Street north of Eldorado Street. The work is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. November 12 and continue until November 26.

Detour routes recommend using Eldorado, Franklin, Main, Grand, Cerro Gordo and Monroe streets. Motorists should slow down and use extreme caution in the areas.

Marine Veteran and Richland Student Stresses Importance of Veterans Day

Marine Veteran and Richland Student Stresses Importance of Veterans Day

November 12 – For one Richland Community College student, the Veterans Day Holiday has personal significance.

RCC student Alex Romer is a four year Marine Corps Veteran, who is currently studying for his Associates Degree in Science and upon graduation will move on to the University of Illinois where he will work toward his Bachelors Degree in Technical Systems Management.

In speaking to the group of Veterans, students, friends and supporters at Richland’s annual Veterans Day Ceremony, Romer told about the importance of the holiday to him personally.

“I always think it’s important for communities to recognize their veterans. Not only have they done a lot for the countries, they’ve done a lot for the communities as well. I think it’s important to take a day to recognize that.”

Richland’s Veterans Day Ceremony also featured recognition of those who served in attendance, and guest speaker Nicholas Walsh of Monticello. Walsh is the producer of the Movie “Fire for Effect” which tells, from a historical aspect, the impact of the Vietnam War on the Decatur Community, it’s citizens and it’s economy.

Veterans Day is officially November 11th, but is being celebrated as a National Holiday, Monday November 12th.