Friends Creek to Host 35th Annual Astronomy Jamboree

Friends Creek to Host 35th Annual Astronomy Jamboree

August 6th, 2019 – Explore the night sky during the 35th Annual Astronomy Jamboree at Friends Creek Conservation Area on Saturday, August 24 from 7-9pm.Enjoy live music by “Lish and the Replays” from 7:00-7:45pm, then view the stars and visible planets through telescopes. There will be a children’s crafts, giveaway prizes,and free hot dogs and marshmallows for roasting. You’re welcome to bring your own telescope(s) too and share your knowledge.  Admission is free, but be sure to register online by noon on August 23 at MaconCountyConservation.org. You may continue your stargazing experience by staying the night at Friends Creek Campground.  Electric sites ($17 for Macon County residents and $20 non-residents) and non-electric sites ($10 for Macon County residents and $12 non-residents) are available.  Reserve your campsite by calling 217-423-7708.  Friends Creek Conservation Area is located at 13734 Friends Creek Park Rd., Argenta, IL.

Macon County Area Contributing to Record Economic Growth in Illinois

Macon County Area Contributing to Record Economic Growth in Illinois

August 6th, 2019 – The Illinois Office of Tourism announced both international and domestic travel expenditures reached $41.7 billion in 2018 which is a $2 billion boost to the state’s economy since 2017. Macon County contributed to the state’s added economic domestic growth, with $155.19 million in travel expenditures (a 3.4% increase) and $2.95 million in local tax revenue (a 2% increase). More than 5,200 jobs were created across the state as a result of visitor spending, with 2.6% of them in Macon County. Teri Hammel, Executive Director for the Decatur Area Convention & Visitors Bureau says, “Macon County looks forward to attracting visitors as we continue to work hard to develop the region as a tourist destination”. 

City Junior Golf Tournament Tees Off This Week

City Junior Golf Tournament Tees Off This Week

August 6th, 2019 – Register now for the City Junior Golf Tournament scheduled for August 8 at Red Tail Run Golf Club and August 9 at Hickory Point Golf Course. Players aged 5 – 17 will participate in this tournament to highlight improvements they’ve made over the season, enjoy lunch, one practice round, a tournament round of golf, and prizes! Fee is $20, or $10 with Park District Junior Season Pass. Register online at decatur-parks.org, by phone at 421-7444, or visit either Decatur Park District golf course.

DMH Medical Group Welcomes Nauman Jahangir, MD

DMH Medical Group Welcomes Nauman Jahangir, MD

August 6th, 2019 – Nauman Jahangir, MD, has joined the DMH Medical Group and is welcoming new patients at Decatur Neurosurgery Associates, 2 Memorial Drive, Suite 202, Decatur. Dr. Jahangir brings his expertise in Neurology to the DMH Medical Group after completing a Neurology Residency with Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Springfield. He also completed an Internal Medicine Residency with Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Springfield.

He specializes in treating neurological diseases and disorders including: strokes, seizures, headaches, tremors, memory loss, multiple sclerosis, neuropathies and blood vessel disease of the brain. Dr. Jahangir is a member of the American Academy of Neurology, American Stroke Association, American Neurological Association, American Headache Society, and American Epilepsy Society

Governor Pritzker Signs Bill to Help Medicaid

Governor Pritzker Signs Bill to Help Medicaid

August 6th, 2019 – A bipartisan group of Illinois state lawmakers joined Gov. J.B. Pritzker to celebrate the signing of a bill they say will save taxpayers money on Medicaid costs, one of the largest items in the state budget. With a backlog of more than 95,000 Medicaid patients, state Sen. Heather Steans, D-Chicago, said the signing of Senate Bill 1321 Monday will bring multiple state agencies together to better care for patients. “What we should be doing with care coordination is getting the right care at the right time at the place and making sure that patients get access to care when they need it and the right kind of coverage,” Steans said. One-in-four Illinois residents, or about 3 million people, use Medicaid, but there’s been a backlog of 95,000 cases. The governor’s office said the new law improves the timeliness of applications, redeterminations and payments to providers and decreases the number of Medicaid claim denials. It’s unclear how much the bill will save taxpayers, but supporters have said that making things more streamlined and transparent will go a long way. The measure passed unanimously in both the House and Senate.

Illinois Festival Pageants Crown New Royalty

Illinois Festival Pageants Crown New Royalty

August 4th, 2019 – The Illinois Festival Pageants welcomed in their new royalty at their annual pageant at the 2019 Decatur Celebration. Girls ages 5-22 competed in different divisions; Queen, Junior Miss, Pre-Teen and Princesses (everyone girl wins). Millikin University junior Brooke Burke was named the Illinois Festival Queen, St. Teresa sophomore Lula Bella Sassano was named Junior Miss, and Mt. Zion 7th grader Lily Deering won Festival Pre-Teen. The winners will wear the crown for a year while touring the area making appearances and volunteering in the community.

Fuji Restaurant to Close Temporarily

Fuji Restaurant to Close Temporarily

July 31st, 2019 – Kevin Wong, the owner of Fuji Restaurant in Decatur, Illinois has announced they will be closing temporarily. He released this statement:

“Fuji will be closing July 31st for an unknown period of time. We will use this time to fully repair maintenance issues, re-evaluate management, overhaul cleaning workflows and look for solutions. The last six months has been very challenging. In February, I became very ill and unable to work. Then, I was re-diagnosed with stage 3 cancer again in March. The management and staff was put into chaos in already turbulent times. At the time I believed that I could still manage the store remotely however I was wrong and broke my promise to the community. This community has been wonderful and I am sorry to have disappointed Decatur after the city gave me a second chance. The financial damage after the first closure and then my health are challenges too large for me to overcome. I should have done a better job to recognize the problems earlier, but my mind was preoccupied with my cancer battle. It is best that I step down as the managing partner and close the store for a brief time to reorganize and find new leadership. I want to thank all of my employees for all of their hard work and dedication.  Thank you to all of you that have come to Fuji and enjoyed my restaurant over the last 9 years.  It has truly been my joy to serve you.  – Kevin”