LISTEN: Eisenhower, Bradley Grad Raisa Taylor on DPS Athletics Hall of Fame Induction

LISTEN: Eisenhower, Bradley Grad Raisa Taylor on DPS Athletics Hall of Fame Induction

NowDecatur’s Aric Lee caught-up with 2007 Eisenhower graduate, Raisa Taylor, a day ahead of her induction into the Decatur Public Schools Athletics Hall of Fame … Taylor was a 3-time Herald & Review Player of the Year, averaging 25 points a game her senior season … She went on to Bradley University, graduating in 2011 with a degree in social work, and finishing 10th on the Braves all-time scoring list

LISTEN: Manufacturing Days Celebration

LISTEN: Manufacturing Days Celebration

October 18th, 2019- Local manufacturers and students celebrate Decatur’s 4th Annual Manufacturing Days to raise awareness of modern-day manufacturing. Over 300 students from MacArthur and Eisenhower High Schools and Heartland Technical Academy will celebrate with tours of Mueller Water Products, Ring Containers, Decatur Industrial Electric, MRI, Union Iron, Mason Manufacturing, T/CCI Manufacturing, and Caterpillar along with participating in a symposium.  Listen to the full podcast now. 

PHOTOS: When I Grow Up

PHOTOS: When I Grow Up

October 18th, 2019- The Children’s Museum of Illinois hosted its inaugural “When I Grow Up” event last evening. Kids got to dress up as what they want to be when they grow up and then actually meet real life police officers, artists, engineers, and educators. 

LISTEN: Lockhart’s Barber College Shaves for a Cure

LISTEN: Lockhart’s Barber College Shaves for a Cure

October 18, 2019- Lockhart’s Barber College is partnering with DMH Cancer Care to give Cancer patients a free haircut, beard trim, or shave. Patient’s going through treatment show a special voucher to the Barbers at Lockhart and they take care of the rest. Listen to the full podcast with Owner of Lockhart’s Barber College, Brandon Kraus.

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.