IL Secretary of State Phasing Out Old Truck Plates

IL Secretary of State Phasing Out Old Truck Plates

January 15, 2020 – Trucks in Illinois with older license plates will soon need new plates, Secretary of State Jesse White announced that his office will begin phasing out the oldest B-Truck plates beginning this month. It’s similar to the program White’s office started in 2017 with passenger vehicles. B-Truck plates that were made from 2002 through 2007 will be replaced this year. In 2021, B-Truck plates that were manufactured from 2008 through 2009 will be replaced and the process will operate continuously as such. The older plates pose a challenge for law enforcement to read quickly, White said. Vehicle owners will be notified by mail if they qualify for the new license plates, the release said, and will be provided with a sticker for the rear license plate. They’ll receive the new plates in the mail with a new registration sticker already affixed to the rear license plate. 

Leonid and Friends To Return to the Devon

Leonid and Friends To Return to the Devon

January 15, 2020- The Devon Lakeshore Amphitheater has announced that a favorite from their inaugural season will be returning for 2020.  Leonid and Friends, a tribute band from Moscow Russia is considered the top act recreating the music of the legendary group Chicago. Leonid and Friends played the Devon in July of last year and was one of the top grossing shows for the venue, bringing in nearly $55 thousand dollars.  The show also drew visitors from numerous states and Canada.  The band will be returning to the Devon on July 3rd.  Tickets will go on sale on January 31st at 10am  

The List- The Top Influencers of 2019 – Howard G. Buffett and Tanya Andricks

The List- The Top Influencers of 2019 – Howard G. Buffett and Tanya Andricks

Howard G. Buffett 

Philanthropist 

Tanya Andricks

President and CEO, Crossing Healthcare 

DPS Launches Jerry J. Dawson Civic Leadership Institute Thanks To $2.3 Million Grant From Howard G. Buffett Foundaiton

DPS Launches Jerry J. Dawson Civic Leadership Institute Thanks To $2.3 Million Grant From Howard G. Buffett Foundaiton

January 14, 2020 –DPS61 announced the launch of the Jerry J. Dawson Civic Leadership Institute thanks to a $2.3 Million Dollar Grant from Howard G. Buffett FoundationThe Jerry J. Dawson Civic Leadership Institute will offer DPS students a pathway to pursue careers in public serviceincluding nursing, paramedic support, firefighting, law enforcementgovernment service, and legal professions.  

“Communities are strongest when the broadest cross-section of citizens are engaged and work together to improve the quality of life for everybody,” said Howard G. Buffett, Chairman and CEO of the Howard G. Buffett Foundation. “We believe the Jerry J. Dawson Civic Leadership Institute will give Decatur’s young people opportunities to see how they can pursue careers that allow them to engage, support and be the future leaders working to improve their community.”

The Institute is named for former Macon County Sheriff Jerry J. Dawson, who served the Sheriff’s Office for more than 30 years. Following his retirement in 2008, Sheriff Dawson served as an Adjunct Instructor of Criminal Justice at the Decatur Area Technical Academy and Richland Community College, in addition to eight years as a City Councilman. Jerry Dawson continues to live in and serve the Decatur community.

“Early in my career I worked directly with a number of young people who made mistakes,” said Jerry Dawson. “Those interactions opened my eyes to the support kids need to make good choices as they mature. Later I looked back on that experience and really tried to get to the root of things and understand where our challenges are. In Decatur we are blessed with resources to explore new ways of addressing these challenges. We’re fortunate to have community members invested in creating an environment that helps students grow into positive, productive citizens.”

The Jerry J. Dawson Civic Leadership Institute will launch in fall of 2020 for students at Eisenhower and MacArthur High Schools, and will also have ties to the current Public Service Academy at Stephen Decatur Middle School.

“The Howard G. Buffett Foundation continues to empower our students to reach their fullest potential,” said Dr. Paul Fregeau, Superintendent of Decatur Public Schools. “This investment, and the creation of the Jerry J. Dawson Civic Leadership Institute, will not only shape our students into capable leaders, but will also create a direct pipeline to meaningful careers that serve our community.”

In addition to creating the Jerry J. Dawson Civic Leadership Institute, the grant will also provide scholarships for eligible Institute graduates to continue their public service education. Scholarships will support students in the pursuit of certifications through Emergency Medical Services (EMS), nursing and nursing assistance, criminal justice, and political science programs.

The Howard G. Buffett Foundation continues to invest in the Decatur Public Schools Foundation, providing transformational programming for our students. A $1.65 million gift from the Buffett Foundation in 2017 established the Dwayne O. Andreas Ag Academy, designed to help DPS students explore careers in agribusiness. Prior investments from the Howard G. Buffett Foundation have also supported creative science programming, student leadership, and parent engagement activities.

SkyWest Announces Flight Times

SkyWest Announces Flight Times

January 14, 2020 – SkyWest Airlines has announced daily flights times scheduled to being in March. SkyWest’s Daily United Express jet service will service flights between Decatur and Chicago Ohare starting March 5th The flight schedule includes a daily flight from Decatur at 6am, landing in Ohare at 7:05am and a departure from Ohare at 9:25pm, arriving in Decatur at 10:30pm. There will also be additional flights on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday Departing Ohare at 10:45am and arriving at 11:40 in Decatur and Departing Decatur at 12:12 and arriving in Ohare at 1;18pm. You can now book flights through United Airlines.  

Decatur Eligible for R3 Grant Funding

Decatur Eligible for R3 Grant Funding

January 14, 2020 – Areas of Decatur and Macon County will be eligible for the states Restore, Reinvest, and Renew Program or R3 grant funding. The R3 program was established as part of the Cannabis Regulation and Tax ActTwenty five percent of the tax revenue from cannabis sales will be used for the R3 program grants, which will be distributed using a competitive process.  According to a recent map released by the state, one of the eligible areas includes Decatur and portions of Macon County. According to the state, Grant funds will be awarded to community organizations that support economic development, provide violence prevention and reentry services, and offer youth development and civil legal aid. The state says the applications for the grants will be released in the coming months. To see the map of eligible areas, CLICK HERE

 

 

The List – The Top Influencers of 2019 – Jason Doyle

The List – The Top Influencers of 2019 – Jason Doyle

Jason Doyle

Operations Manager, Tate & Lyle 

Who was your first mentor in life?

My father has been a source of inspiration, knowledge, and guidance throughout my life. He is a retired mechanical engineer and worked his entire career in power generation for General Electric. Growing up in Missouri, I watched him work long hours to provide for our family to then turn around and put in more time with my sister and me working on the farm or trying to support us at our school and sports events. This instilled in me the value of hard work and dedication to family and friends. He is intelligent and a great problem solver; he taught me it is important to have a questioning and inquisitive attitude. Always try to learn and understand what you don’t know.

What was your most memorable lesson?

Early in my career, a former boss quoted Maya Angelou,“ people will never forget how you made them feel.” Those are words I try to live by. I learned that our best resource is the people in our community.

What does community mean to you?

Over the last 21 years of my professional career, I have had the opportunity to live all over the country. Each one of these places have a unique culture that is special to our country and highlights our rich heritage and diversity. Community is not defined by a city limit sign, for me it is the place where we live, work, and play. A place where many people share common interests and goals. Being from a small town, I appreciate living in a community like Decatur where it feels like you know so many people and can count on them to help when needed.

Why are you involved in the community?

A couple reasons. First, I felt it important to give back and serve others where our community needs support. Since returning to Decatur, I have been involved in youth athletics as a coach and I joined the United Way board. Participating in the Chamber of Commerce Decatur Leadership Institute help raise my awareness and exposed me to so many of the wonderful leaders in our community. It was at that point when I knew I wanted to do more and give back. Second, I wanted to set a positive example for my children, to show them that serving others and giving of your time is rewarding.

What advice would you give to people who want to do more?

It is important that we give back.  You cannot make a positive impact from the sideline. We each have the ability to contribute in different ways.  Being an active member in our community is a very rewarding and positive experience.

The List – The Top Influencers of 2019 – Drew Early

The List – The Top Influencers of 2019 – Drew Early

Drew Early

President and CEO, Decatur Memorial Hospital 

Who was your first mentor in life?

My parents. The lessons they taught my siblings and me still resonate: be honest, work hard and carry yourself with integrity. I live by these concepts every day.

What was your most memorable lesson?

Push yourself out of your comfort zone. People are creatures of habit and will do what is easy and comfortable. This comfort can lead you to look at challenges and opportunity in the same light, time and time again. Moving away from what you know, welcoming diverse, differing opinions and being open to being challenged can spur creativity and innovation.

What does community mean to you?

To me, community is a group of people who come together for common goal or purpose. No matter how large or small, when people come together the result is often greater than the sum of its parts. In my first few months at DMH, I’ve seen many examples of how our teams collaborate to serve the community. Creating a great outcome for every patient, every time, requires teamwork among our colleagues and medical staff. I’m also proud of the partnerships that DMH and Memorial have with SIU and Springfield Clinic – we know that we can be better together.

Why are you involved in the community?

Because it matters. I am very fortunate to be part of an organization that serves the community every day. Any one of us can be affected by an injury or illness, and knowing that DMH will be there to help is an awesome feeling. Our patients are friends and family – our community – and everyone at DMH takes seriously our mission of improving the health of the people and communities we serve.

What advice would you give to people who want to do more?

Start small. The adage of “think globally and act locally” could not be more true. A small gesture in your neighborhood, school, church or workplace can have huge, lasting impact. When the community gives back, we all win.

The List – The Top Influencers of 2019 – Notorious P.I.G.- Seth Black and Zach Keck

The List – The Top Influencers of 2019 – Notorious P.I.G.- Seth Black and Zach Keck

Seth Black and Zach Keck

Owners, Notorious P.I.G.

Seth Black

Who was your first mentor in life?

My first mentor would have been my father. He taught me that you can do anything you put your mind to, and hard work does pay off. As a kid he was always headed to work as I was just waking up and getting home late putting forth many hours a day to make sure his family had what they needed. However, he always found time to enjoy life as well, this showed that there can be a balance in life if you choose to do so.

What was your most memorable lesson?

My most memorable lesson would have come around the age of 12. My father had a customer enter his shop and was rather rude as they did not like the price of a part which they wanted to purchase but called it junk and “junk should be free!” My father remained humble and expressed that he had natural overhead expenses of running a business as well as many families that depended on their business to sustain life. He replied “sorry, things are not free.” This lady could not understand this but my father at that point showed me that he was not there to just make money he was taking care of those who took care of him.

What does community mean to you?

Community to me means a team! Everyone has highs and lows and if we work as a team to help each other when needed everyone wins. Ultimately the community is an extended family were all in this together.

Why are you involved in the community?

I enjoy being involved in the community for many reasons. It’s a very satisfying feeling knowing you helped someone who needed it, if I’m ever in that situation I hope someone returns the favor. I also enjoy showing my kids that helping out where you can goes a long way in hopes they to will get involved and enjoy doing so.

What advice would you give to people who want to do more?

Discover what it is you’re passionate about and find a group that works around that. Reach out and get involved, make a difference it will make a difference in your life without you realizing it. Believe in Good Karma and watch what happens!

Zach Keck

Who was your first mentor in life?

My grandfather Dewey French was my first mentor in my life. He was an old school, hardworking kind of guy. He taught me many things before he passed when I was a junior in high school, but the two things I remember most is to work hard at everything I choose to do, and there is no stranger. You can never have too many friends.

What was your most memorable lesson?

All I ever wanted to do was play college baseball. My senior year of high school I blew out my knee in a wrestling match that ended my career in sports. For 18 years I knew sports was going to get me through college, but at that moment I realized I was now going to have to rely on my brain to get me through life. I had a very lost feeling for quite some time.

What does community mean to you?

Without community we have nothing. Community means giving back in any way possible whether it be financially, time, or helping someone in need. There are so many ways to give back to the community.

Why are you involved in the community?

I want to make Decatur a better place in every way I can. It is a lot of fun getting out in the community, and an even better feeling when there are success’s that you were a part of.

What advice would you give to people who want to do more?

Stop waiting, and jump right in. There is something for everyone. Recognize your talents and skills and find a way to apply those within the community. Not only will you make Decatur a better place, it is a great feeling of accomplishment when you rest your head on the pillow at night.

The List – The Top Influencers of 2019 – Michael Hicks

The List – The Top Influencers of 2019 – Michael Hicks

Michael Hicks

President and CEO, HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital 

Who was your first mentor in life?

My first mentors were my parents. It’s hard to draw the line between them because they worked together so well. The messages and values they taught us were always consistent. They clearly wanted us to be grounded in faith, family and community. My mother was the kindest person I’ve ever known, but also one of the strongest. From my father, I learned about dedication, honor, and loyalty. He was very humble, but we were proud of his accomplishments. As a veteran, he literally put himself in harm’s way many times protecting the United States. An example like that stays with you always. The words of wisdom I learned from both ring in my ears every day.

What was your most memorable lesson?

The lessons that stay with you are usually not pleasant at the time. My family went through a traumatic event. It was the type of experience that could leave a person bitter. I was sad and angry. Instead, wisdom from my parents and others helped me see that I could use the experience to try and empathize on a much deeper level.

What does community mean to you?

Community means that we’re in this together. We all experience the world differently, but there are things that connect us. Whether it’s the area in which you live, the industry in which you work, etc., we face similar challenges. When we communicate with, or give back to, people in our community it’s clear that we can help each other. Life becomes more meaningful when we do.

Why are you involved in the community?

I got involved because I watched people I admire do so a long time ago. It’s a cliché, but it does feel as though you get more than you give. As a new resident to the Decatur area, my involvement is just beginning. My work at St. Mary’s brings great opportunities to contribute. It’s my intention to find the places where I can make an impact. What’s important and how can I help?

What advice would you give to people who want to do more?

Get started. Don’t worry that it’s not perfect. Someone once told me our internal navigation systems can’t help us when we’re standing still. Once we start moving, they switch on and guide us to where we need to be.