LISTEN: Senate Construction Hearing In Decatur

LISTEN: Senate Construction Hearing In Decatur

March 19, 2019- Yesterday, State Senator Andy Manar heard testimony from local leaders about Decaturs infrastructure needs ahead of a capitol Bill.  State lawmakers last passed a capital bill in 2009.   Listen to a podcast of Sen Andy Manar and Mayor Julie Moore Wolfe. 

 

Chamber Restaurant Week

Chamber Restaurant Week

March 19, 2019 – The Greater Decatur Chamber of Commerce has partnered with Tate & Lyle and the most popular restaurants, pubs, and cafes in our area to bring you the 5th Annual Chamber Restaurant Week, March 18 through March 24.

Restaurant patrons can pick up a Passport at the Chamber office or any participating restaurant.  Simply use it at 3 different restaurants. You enter for a chance to win a $300, $100, or $50 local Eating Spree by dropping the completed Passport in a Restaurant Week Drop Box.  And…the one FOOD FANATIC who completes the most Passports wins a $500 Eating Spree.*   There will also be additional gift cards given away on social media pages throughout the week.

Participating restaurants were invited to apply for a $500 grant, sponsored by Richland Community College, to go toward aesthetic improvements, educational offerings, or technology enhancements for the business.

The winner for this year will be announced in Thursday, March 21st at 11 a.m.!

PARTICIPATING RESTAURANTS:

Blue Brew
Carrol Lou’s Smokehouse
Coffee Connection (both locations)
Del Carmen’s Pizza
Doherty’s Pub & Pins
El Corral Mexican Restaurant
Fuji Japanese Steakhouse
Hickory River Smokehouse
Lincoln Lounge
Lock Stock & Barrel
New Moon Cafe
Red Barn Kitchen
Solsa American Burrito Company (both locations)
The Gin Mill
The Wagon
Tuscany Steak & Pasta House
University Dogs

LISTEN: 1 in 5 Americans will be betting on the NCAA

LISTEN: 1 in 5 Americans will be betting on the NCAA

March 19, 2019 – The American Gaming Association says 1 in 5 Americans will be betting on the NCAA Tournament. In a new podcast, Bill Miller President and CEO of the American Gaming Association says that is more than twice the number of people that bet on the superbowl Miller adds that 2.4 million people will bet illegally with a bookie.  Listen to the podcast now: 

Decatur Police Release St Pats Enforcement Numbers

Decatur Police Release St Pats Enforcement Numbers

March 19, 2018 – The Decatur Police Department announced it made 1 DUI arrest and issued 8 seat belt citations during the St. Patrick’s Day enforcement period.

“Because of the efforts by our community leaders to spread the word about alcohol and drug impaired driving, the streets were safer during the St. Patrick’s Day holiday,” said Sgt. Steve Hagemeyer. “We strongly enforce traffic laws for one reason – to save lives.”

The Decatur Police Department joined forces with state and local law enforcement and highway safety partners in the St. Patrick’s Day enforcement campaign.

The law enforcement campaign was funded by federal highway safety funds administered by the Illinois Department of Transportation as part of the statewide Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over and Click It or Ticket campaigns

Census Participation Could Be Critical For Illinois

Census Participation Could Be Critical For Illinois

March 19, 2019 –  There’s a lot at stake in next year’s U.S. Census, including congressional seats and billions of dollars in federal funding, according to experts in Illinois who are pushing to educate the public about the importance of the count.

An analysis by George Washington University’s Institute of Public Policy found that at least $34 billion in federal funding for programs that directly assist Illinois residents is tied to census figures.

The state could also lose up to two congressional seats if the upcoming count finds a population loss, according to a report by the Illinois Complete Count Commission, which was formed in 2017 to help educate communities, organizations and residents about the importance of the census.

Concerns about data privacy and distrust in the government are the main factors that keep people from participating in the census, according to the census bureau.

Jay Young, of the watchdog group Common Cause Illinois, said he’s also concerned about reaching populations that typically don’t participate in the census, such as African-Americans and rural communities.

“I’m worried that not enough thinking is being done for folks outside of the city,” Young said.

The commission is working with various state agencies to educate the public about how census figures influence things including road construction and social services, said Jeanine Stroger, the commission’s designated chair.

“Those kinds of decisions are based on census data and that’s why it’s so crucial to have an accurate and complete count,” Stroger said.

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White, who leads the commission, has launched a grant program to encourage participation in the April 1, 2020, Census. Forefront, a statewide coalition of nonprofits, is also working to fundraise for census outreach initiatives.

Forefront is using different outreach strategies for specific communities, since some groups may respond better on social media, while other will respond more to in-person interactions, said Anita Banerji, the director of the democracy initiative for Forefront.

Forefront also supports a Senate bill in the Illinois General Assembly that seeks to give the state’s Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity $25 million to distribute as census outreach grants.