Special Edition of Sport Talk with Fighting Illini Basketball Coach Brad Underwood

Special Edition of Sport Talk with Fighting Illini Basketball Coach Brad Underwood

Fighting Illini Head Basketball Coach Brad Underwood, along with assistant Geoff Alexander joined Mark Tupper and Tim Cain for a special edition of Sport Talk on location from the Decatur Conference Center and Hotel sponsored by Miller Lite.

DPS Board of Education Statement on Potential DFTA Strike

DPS Board of Education Statement on Potential DFTA Strike

October 17, 2019 – Decatur Public School Board of Education released a statement following the announcement that the Decatur Federation of Teaching Assistants intends to strike beginning October 29th if a tentative agreement is not reached. 

The Board of Education and the Decatur Federation of Teaching Assistants will continue mediation on October 23rd, 2019. Until that time, it is important to acknowledge that the Board of Education values each member of our staff and we strive to provide a competitive salary and benefits package for our employees while being fiscally responsible and accountable to the Decatur community that we serve. Within the last two years we have successfully negotiated union contracts with the Decatur Education Association (teachers), two SEIU-B (maintenance staff) contracts, SEIU-C (security staff), and DESPA (secretarial staff). We are committed to working together like we have with our other employee groups to find a resolution that avoids any educational interruption for our students and their families.

 Collective bargaining began in April of this year and the contract with the DFTA expired in June.   

RCC receives National Award for Excellence in Academic Partnerships

RCC receives National Award for Excellence in Academic Partnerships

October 17, 2019 – Richland Community College has received a National Award for Excellence in Academic Partnerships. During the recent Chief Learning Officer awards ceremony in Chicago, Richland Community College received the Gold Award for thanks to its work with Partners in Leadership, a leading global consulting firm that focuses on Accountability Training and cultural transformations of institutions. RCC President Dr. Chris Valdez 

Valdez says in less than two years, Richland has already met these three Key Results, including growing by 15% this fall and over 20% this past summer, the highest institutional enrollment since 2016.  

Boo at the Zoo Underway!

Boo at the Zoo Underway!

October 17, 2019 – Boo at the Zoo is officially underway and families can enjoy the safe Halloween experience at the zoo for the next 2 weekends.  Boo at the Zoo will continue tonight from 5:30 to 8pm, this Saturday and Sunday from 3pm to 8pm as well as next Thursday through Sunday. Plus, don’t miss Neuhoff Media night at Boo at the Zoo next Friday the 25th from 5:30 to 8pm.  Children can visit candy stations throughout the zoo,  enjoy the decorations, take a ride on the carousel, and take a spooky (non-extended) train ride!

Admission
$5 Collecting Treats
$4 No Treats
Under Age 2 – No Treats – Free

Carousel
$2.25 Non-Members
$1.75 FOZ Members

Train
$2.75 Non-Members
$2.25 FOZ Members

Weekdays: 5:30 – 8 p.m.
October 17 – 18 & 24 – 25

Weekends: 3 – 8 p.m.
October 19 – 20 & 26-27

Closed on October 28, 29, 30 & 31

LISTEN: Bob and Kathy Wiesemann on the Wiesemann Women’s Center

LISTEN: Bob and Kathy Wiesemann on the Wiesemann Women’s Center

October 16, 2019 – HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital welcomed the public to see the new Wiesemann. Women’s Center.  The new Wiesemann Women’s Center will house all women’s imaging services at HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital. With a space designed specifically for women and their needs. The Center was made possible by a gift from Bob and Kathy Wiesemann and Kathy Wiesemann  and will include 3D mammographypre-natal ultrasound, recovery rooms and more.  Listen to the podcast with Bob and Kathy Wiesemann now. 

LISTEN: Feed the Farmers

LISTEN: Feed the Farmers

October 17th, 2019- Feed the Farmers is a program that provides meals for farmers during the harvest season. The Macon County Farm Bureau in conjunction with our own 95Q to give back to the ones who give the most to us. Listen to the podcast now with Executive Vice President of the Macon County Farm Bureau Tim Stock. 

Manar Honored for Work on Behalf of Independent Pharmacies

Manar Honored for Work on Behalf of Independent Pharmacies

October 16, 2019 – The Illinois Pharmacists Association honored State Senator Andy Manar with its Honorary Co-President Award for his work on behalf of local pharmacists in Illinois.  This spring, Manar passed legislation that would impose Illinois’ first ever regulations on pharmacy benefit managers, such as CVS, which drive up the cost of prescription drugs and eliminate competition from small, independent pharmacies.

In 2017, Manar fought for the creation of Illinois’ Critical Access Pharmacy Program in the state budget, which provides support to small business owners to help keep pharmacies open in underserved areas. The Department of Healthcare and Family Services released $10 million this year to assist local pharmacies.