DAAC To Host Castle In the Cornfield

DAAC To Host Castle In the Cornfield

November 12, 2019 – Dedicated in 1930, the Staley building is often called the Castle in the Cornfield.  At nearly 210 feet tall, the neo gothic building is considered a cathedral of commerce and is serves as a symbol of Decatur’s rich agribusiness history.  You can learn more about the building during a Decatur Area Arts Council Members Plus event called The Castle in the Cornfield.  The presentation will be given by Lesley Nicholson, board member of the Staley Museum and will include history of it’s architecture and the legacy of AE Staley.  Members Plus Events are an ongoing series of fun, arts education events offered free quarterly for DAAC members, prospective members, and guests.  The event will take place at 6:30 Wednesday November 13th at the Decatur Area Arts Council.  For RSVP, call 217-423-3189 or email arts4all@decaturarts.org  

Maroa Forsyth Schools Holding Facilities Meeting

Maroa Forsyth Schools Holding Facilities Meeting

November 12, 2019 – Maroa-Forsyth School District is holding another community forum to address facility needs at the middle school.  At the October 23 meeting, attendees heard a presentation on finances and reviewed possible scenarios for the facility. Community feedback for changes and improvements will be gathered. The forum will be held this evening at 6:30pm at the Maroa Forsyth Middle School. Facility tours will also be available at 6pm for those that are interested.

Senate Approves Manar Backed Bill To End Daylight Savings

Senate Approves Manar Backed Bill To End Daylight Savings

November 12, 2019 – The Illinois Senate has approved legislation aimed at making daylight saving time the year-round standard in Illinois. The inspiration for Senate Bill 533 came from a group of students from Carlinville High School, who presented the idea to sponsor Senator Manar as part of a civics class project. 

The bill would have Illinoisans setting their clocks forward an hour on March 8th and then leave them there.  However, that will only happen if there is a change in Federal Law or Congress grants the state a waiver from the current practice.  More than 35 states introduced legislation in 2019 to do away with seasonal time changes by eliminating or standardizing daylight saving time.  The measure now moves the House. 

Closings for Tuesday November 12

Closings for Tuesday November 12

Updated 8:40 am

DPS 61

Decatur Christian

Central A&M

Holy Family

Lake Land Community College

LSA

Meridian schools

OLOL

Okaw Valley

Pana

Richland CC

Sangamon Valley

Sullivan schools

St Pats

St Teresa

Other:

St Marys Adult Day Care

Baby Talk

Decatur Macon County Senior Center

Anna Waters Head Start

Homework Hangout

Children’s Museum of Illinois

Richland’s Veterans Recognition Program

Decatur Public Transit will be on their emergency snow routes (main roads only) and will not be doing will call today.

UAW 751 Retirees Meeting

 

HSHS Auxiliary Hosting Christmas Extravaganza

HSHS Auxiliary Hosting Christmas Extravaganza

November 12, 2019 – HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital Auxiliary will host their Annual Christmas Extravaganza and Bake Sale today until 3 p.m.  The Auxiliary Artisans will display their one-of-a-kind Christmas items in the hospital lobby with bakery items and additional vendors in the Assisi (uh-see-see) Room. This year’s vendors include: Ol’ Kids Designs by Marilyn Dillon, handmade items by Donna Fleenor, Wooden Bowls, 3 Sister Soaps, GG’s Handmade Creations and more. Valet parking is available. Proceeds from the sale will go toward HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital Imaging Services at the new Wiesemann Women’s Center.  

Weather A Reminder To Be Prepared

Weather A Reminder To Be Prepared

November 12, 2019 – Yesterday’s winter storm was a timely reminder to be prepared. Illinois Emergency Management Agency spokeswoman Rebecca Clark said being unprepared for winter weather can be both inconvenient and dangerous. She encouraged residents to take a few minutes to put together home and vehicle supply kits. 

 

IMEA officials recommend supply kits include, water, blankets, flashlights, batteries and first aid supplies.  

Manar Urges Congress to Ensure WWII Heroes Lie in State

Manar Urges Congress to Ensure WWII Heroes Lie in State

November 11, 2019 –  Throughout American history, only 32 individuals have lain in state in the rotunda of the United States Capitol, an honor reserved for the most esteemed American military heroes and statesmen. State Senator Andy Manar is leading the push to extend that privilege to the last surviving Medal of Honor recipient from World War II.  Manar says the honor would serve as a tribute to all 16 million Americans, often referred to as the “Greatest Generation,” who served in our Armed Forces from 1939 to 1945. Senate Joint Resolution 50 would urge the President and the United States Congress to take all necessary measures to ensure the last surviving Medal of Honor recipient from World War II be offered a state funeral, including the option to lie in state in the rotunda of the United States Capitol. The Senate State Government Committee will vote on the measure Wednesday.  

Judge Bollinger Appointed Chair of Judicial Education

Judge Bollinger Appointed Chair of Judicial Education

November 11, 2019 – The Illinois Supreme Court recently appointed Judge R.C. Bollinger of Macon County as Chair of its Committee on Judicial Education. Judge Bollinger, who presides in the 6th Judicial Circuit Court of Illinois, has served on the committee for six years, most recently serving as Vice-Chair of COJE.  COJE is one of six committees comprising the Illinois Judicial College and 28 active members responsible for the ongoing development and delivery of comprehensive continuing education for judges throughout the State of Illinois in keeping up with changes involving legal issues and new rules that apply to the law and impact the judiciary. 

Charlie 10 – The Legacy of Learning Banquet

Charlie 10 – The Legacy of Learning Banquet

November 10, 2019 – Over a hundred community members, educators, and supporters of Decatur Public Schools Foundation honored distinguished alumni at “Celebrate! The Legacy of Learning” Banquet.  The event was hosted by the Eisenhower and MacArthur chapters of the Dwayne O. Andreas  Ag Academy and honored, educator of the year, Johns Hill Teacher Susie Niesman.  Also honored were Outstanding Stephen Decatur Alum Jim McElroy. McElroy is civil rights lawyer now living in San Diego. McElory lead the legal efforts against white supremacist Tom Metzger for his role in the murder of an Ethiopian student. Also honored was Outstanding Eisenhower Alumna, Sarah Elizabeth Ippel, the founder of the Academy for Global Citizenship, a Charter School in Chicago.  Check out the video of the event at NowDecatur.com. It’s the last Charlie 10 of 2019!  The Legacy of Learning Banquet with the Decatur Public Schools Foundation.  Watch the video now, driven by the Bob Brady Auto Group and presented by Limitless Decatur and Neuhoff Media.