What To Do When You Find A Child In A Hot Car?

What To Do When You Find A Child In A Hot Car?

July 19, 2019 – We all know that during hot weather, it’s not safe to leave a child or pet locked in a hot car.  But. … what if you see this occur?  What do you do? Right now, Illinois is lacking a “Good Samaritan” law that would offer protection to people who might rescue a child or animal from a hot car.  However, that should not stop you from doing the right thing. ISP Trooper Mindy Carroll 

Steps to take if you see a child or pet locked in a hot car.  First, call 911.  Report your location and make and model of the vehicle and do NOT leave until help arrives.  Second, try to get the attention of the child or pet.  If they are unresponsive, go ahead and break the window.  ISP also advises to have another person with you to serve as a witness should you have to break a window.  

IL COPS Cycles Across the State

IL COPS Cycles Across the State

July 19, 2019 – The 15th Annual Cycle Across Illinois benefiting IL COPS began their journey yesterday across the state to recognize and honor the sacrifices and contributions of our law enforcement. The Illinois COPS group was created to serve the needs of the surviving family of officers lost in the line of duty throughout Illinois.  In addition to having several response teams, the group is dedicated to ensuring that surviving family members have counseling options. The group also provides support for the children of fallen officers, providing them with summer camp opportunities. The group will be traveling across the state over the weekend and will end their ride in Chicago on Sunday.  

Hot Weather Brings Buckling Pavement

Hot Weather Brings Buckling Pavement

July 19, 2019 – State transportation officials are warning drivers to look out for buckling pavement as temperatures increase. The Illinois Department of Transportation said the hottest week of the year increases the potential for pavement failures. Recent buckling has been reported along route 51 as well as along Interstates 55 and 72. Road buckling occurs when heat and humidity cause the road to expand says IDOT spokesperson Guy Tridgell 

To report pavement buckling, blowouts or other uneven driving surfaces, call police or IDOT at 800-452-4368. 

WATCH: Hickory Point Bank- Invested – With Parke Warehouses

WATCH: Hickory Point Bank- Invested – With Parke Warehouses

July 19, 2019 – Check out our new “Invested” highlight with Hickory Point Bank and NowDecatur! In this edition we highlight local family owned business, Parke Warehouses! Hickory Point Bank is the only local bank in Decatur and they’re proud to call Central Illinois home. It’s that pride that shapes them and influences the way they interact with customers, businesses and communities. Learn more HERE

Macon County EMA Gives Hot Weather Tips

Macon County EMA Gives Hot Weather Tips

July 18, 2019 0 The Macon County Emergency Management Agency is providing some common sense tips to stay safe during this Central Illinois Heat Wave.  Extreme heat is expected over the next couple of days with heat indicies (In-duh-sees) around 115 degrees.  Some of the most important tips include remembering to look before you lock. . meaning NEVER leave a child, pet or vulnerable person in a car. . .even with the windows open.  Temps can be 30 to 40 degrees hotter inside the car than outside and can lead to death. Other tips are to stay hydrated and to avoid sugary or alcoholic drinks and to limit strenuous activity when possible.  Also. . if you are hot outside, your pet is hotter! Make sure they have plenty of water and shade and bring them inside when possible.

Cooling Centers:

Decatur- Decatur Civic Center

1 Gary K Anderson Plaza

Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

Lobby open Saturday’s & Sunday’s if there are events

Oasis Day Center

243 W. Cerro Gordo St….

7 days a week, 365 days a year

7 a.m.-5 p.m.

Will have snacks & water

Macon County Dept. of Human Service

707 E. Wood St.

Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

Decatur/Macon County Senior Center

1430 N. 22nd St.

Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Blue Mound-

Village Hall

229 N Railroad Ave

Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Forsyth-

Forsyth Public Library

268 S. Elwood St.

Mon, Tues, Thurs 9 a.m.-8 p.m.

Wed, Fri 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Sat 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Macon-

Macon Community Center

10539 S Woodcock

Mon-Fri 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Warrensburg-

Village Hall

155 Main St.

Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

All 4 One To Play Celebration

All 4 One To Play Celebration

July 18, 2019 – Another act has been announced to highlight the Decatur Celebration.  All 4 One will take the Funfest Stage at the Celebration on Friday August 2nd.  All 4 One is  a Grammy Award Winning American male R&B and pop group best known for their hit singles “I Swear” and “I Can Love You Like That“. The group has sold 22 million records worldwide.  The join other headlining acts this year such as Country Group Sawyer Brown and Country Artist Clay Walker and American Rock Group Head East.   

No Decision On Pot Sales In Decatur

No Decision On Pot Sales In Decatur

July 18, 2019 – As state officials prepare rules for Illinois to begin legal sales of adult-use cannabis starting Jan. 1st, municipalities across the state are taking different approaches when it comes to allowing recreational marijuana sales – some want it, others don’t. Decatur City Council member Pat McDaniel said the council is planning a study session on the issue soon. McDaniel, who is also the city’s liquor commissioner, is chairman of the Decatur Drug Free Coalition said there’s opposition to block legal sales, but they still have a few months to decide. Mayor Julie Moore Wolfe says some businesses are echoing that sentiment: 

McDaniel and Moore said that no decision will be made until public input is provided by residents.  

Census Education in Schools

Census Education in Schools

July 17, 2019 – The U.S. Census is seeking Illinois school teachers to spread the word about an accurate census count in 2020. The Illinois State Board of Education says that the Census Bureau’s Statistics in Schools program invites pre-K through 12th grade teachers to serve as ambassadors. Ambassadors will help educate students about the importance of an accurate population count and take that information home to families.The count affects Illinois’ representation in Congress and the size of federal education grants for the next decade. The General Assembly has allocated $29 million to efforts to ensure an accurate count, among the nation’s larger state investments. 

RCC Offering Free Highway Construction Job Training

RCC Offering Free Highway Construction Job Training

July 17, 2019 – Richland community college is offering a path to immediate high paying highway construction jobs with a free training program.  The program is offered by Richland and the Illinois Department of Transportation and includes 450 hours of training to learn basic construction, safety and job readiness skills.  To qualify for the training program, you must be 18 years old, have a valid driver’s license and a high school diploma or GED.  To be considered for training, you must attend a mandatory orientation Today at 2pm or tomorrow at 10am or 2pm..  For more information, call Seth at 875-7211 extension 6321. 

 

Keeping Your Packages Safe On Your Doorstep

Keeping Your Packages Safe On Your Doorstep

July 17, 2019 – With the conclusion of Amazon Prime Days and one of the biggest online shopping events of the year, local law enforcement is providing tips to keep your soon-to-arrive packages out of the wrong hands. The prevalence of smart technology home monitoring devices like the “Ring” have helped to curb doorstep theft, but what if you don’t have one of these devices? Macon County Sheriff Tony Brown: 

Additional tips include not including travel itineraries on social media if you plan to be out of town when a package arrives, hiring a house sitter and make your home appear occupied when you are absent.