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Union Rally

Union workers rally in opposition of proposed Rauner reforms

DECATUR–  State and local government workers were gathered outside of the Decatur Correctional Center for much of the day on Tuesday to protest some of the cuts proposed by Governor Bruce Rauner.   Employees of the Decatur Correction Center, members of the local 632, AFSCME Council 31, local 612, and local 268, members all gathered…Continue Reading

Craig Anderson

IHSA appoints new director to take over in January

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois High School Association says Craig Anderson will become its next executive director.   Anderson will take over in January following current Executive Director Marty Hickman’s previously announced retirement.   The IHSA oversees high school sports in Illinois and has about 800 member schools.   Anderson takes over as the…Continue Reading

Police Tape

Decatur ranks as 16th on ‘most dangerous city’ list

DECATUR– The perception that Decatur is crime ridden may be rooted more in myth than reality, at least according to a new study by the crime and policy website lawstreetmedia.com.   The study looked at violent crime rates for the state’s 25 largest cities and Decatur placed 16th on that list. The ranking places Decatur lower…Continue Reading

Andy Manar Office

Lawmakers to talk property tax freeze during special session today

SPRINGFIELD– It’s technically not a “special session.” Perhaps they can call it a “bonus session” or “extra credit.”   Illinois senators are back at the Capitol today (Tuesday) for the first time since May 31, the customary adjournment date. There is no budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1, and there are plenty of…Continue Reading

Air Conditoner Giveaway

Ameren donates 100 air conditioning units to those in need

DECATUR–  100 families in Decatur are going to be able to keep cool as the summer temperatures begin to heat up.   On Monday Ameren Illinois began the process of giving away 100 window air conditioning units to families in need as part of a partnership with the Decatur-Macon County Opportunities Corporation.   “We know…Continue Reading

Free Lunch Program

Park District to kick off Summer Lunch Program

DECATUR—The Decatur Park District is readying to launch the free summer lunch program for kids around the city for the 35th consecutive year.   On Tuesday the park district will start up the program that provides free lunches to kids under the age of 18. Park District director of recreation Jamie Gower says even with…Continue Reading

CPR Schools

Area high schools receive CPR test kits from AHA

DECATUR–  Local high schools across the county are now equipped to teach their faculty members and students a wide range of live saving tactics thanks to a donation by the American Heart Association.   On Thursday the AHA gave away at least one CPR practice kit to each high school in the county. The CPR…Continue Reading