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New Playground Opens At Overlook Thanks To Gift from JWA

July 8, 2020 – Though Splash Cove won’t be opening this year at Overlook Adventure Park, there still is something to celebrate.  The Park District officially opened a new playground at the facility.  The playground, which is the only turf playground in the city, was made possible thanks to a $40,000 donation from the Junior Welfare Association of Decatur. JWA…Continue Reading


Sen Durbin Meets With Local Law Enforcement To Talk Police Reform

July, 8, 2020 – U.S. Senator Dick Durbin was in Decatur to meet with local and State Law Enforcement Officials and to promote the Justice in Policing Act of 2020.  Durbin said the meeting at the Law Enforcement Training Institute brought meaningful conversation that he hopes will bring meaningful change.  The Justice in Policing Act calls for enhanced training, a ban on chokeholds, removal…Continue Reading


Jesse White Announces Expired Driver’s Licenses, ID Cards and License Plate Stickers Extended an Additional Month – Until Nov. 1

July 8th, 2020- Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White announced that expiration dates for driver’s licenses/ID cards and license plate stickers have been extended an additional month – from Oct. 1, 2020, to Nov. 1, 2020.  This new Nov. 1 extension also includes those who have July, August, and September expiration dates. As a result, expired…Continue Reading

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LISTEN: School Board Update with Beth Nolan

July 8th, 2020- Beth Nolan talks about how they are looking at national protocols and guidelines plus using local autonomy to shape their plans for the return of school in the fall, how they are targeting starting on time, how they have received input from the community, and a time capsule that will be unearthed this…Continue Reading

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LISTEN: Richland Community College Dr. Cris Valdez

July 8th, 2020- Dr. Cris Valdez joins Byers & Co. to talk about how Richland Community College talks about they are planning for fall despite the shifts in the pandemic timeline and their dedication to technical training and ag education. Listen to the podcast now.Continue Reading

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LISTEN: City Update with Mayor Julie Moore Wolfe – July 8

July 8th, 2020- Mayor Julie Moore Wolfe joins Byers & Co. to talk about moving forward with COVID-19 as part of our everyday lives, complaints she has received from residents, meeting with state leaders, the importance to doing all we can, and finding fun things to do with families. Listen to the podcast now.Continue Reading

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LISTEN: Dove Inc. Celebrates 50 Years

July 7th, 2020- Dove Inc. Is celebrating 50 years.  The organization is a coalition of religious organizations, volunteers, and advocates seeking to coordinate efforts to address unmet human needs in our community. What started as a mission to serve the poor and create educational opportunities for volunteers in the 1970’s has grown to offer a Domestic Violence Program, assistance for the homeless, financial assistance, and…Continue Reading