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Western Illinois University

Western issuing layoffs amidst budget impasse

MACOMB, Ill. (AP) — Western Illinois University is firing 30 faculty members as the school tries to cut costs while it waits for long-overdue state funding.   University trustees voted Monday to cut the faculty jobs to save up to $2 million.   University spokeswoman Alisha Looney said Wednesday that Western Illinois is notifying the…Continue Reading

Manar Mitchell

Local legislators react to State of the State

DECATUR – Gov. Bruce Rauner largely steered clear of the current budget impasse while focusing on his “turnaround agenda,” and that’s something our local legislators expected.   Rauner touched on many issues Illinois is facing throughout his speech and a few of his comments stuck in Republican State Rep. Bill Mitchell’s mind.  Mitchell says he…Continue Reading

Medicinal Marijuana

Veterans call for expansion of medical marijuana program

SPRINGFIELD – A group of veterans are visiting the State Capitol, asking the governor to expand the Illinois’ medical cannabis program.   Last fall, an advisory board suggested adding eight conditions that could be treated with medical marijuana.  The proposed illnesses included Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, chronic pain and Osteoarthritis.  Lon Hodge, a veteran who suffers from…Continue Reading

Bruce Rauner

Rauner criticizes AFSCME, speaks on property taxes

SPRINGFIELD – The state’s largest public sector union received its fair share of criticism from Gov. Bruce Rauner today during his State of the State Address.   Rauner has been locked in a much publicized battle with AFSCME Council 31 for several months over the union’s ability to negotiate pay raises.  Rauner said AFSCME’s pay…Continue Reading


Kendricks found guilty of murder; faces possible life in prison

DECATUR–  A Decatur man is facing possible life in prison after being found guilty of first degree murder Tuesday afternoon.   28 year old Rickie Kendricks was found guilty of killing 21 year old Isaiah Wiley in 2012, late Tuesday afternoon. Kendricks was sentenced to 45 years to life in prison by Judge Thomas E.…Continue Reading

Bruce Rauner Angry

Social groups voice concerns ahead of State of the State

SPRINGFIELD– State of the State addresses usually aren’t centered on budgets, but the ongoing stalemate remains a big concern today for interest groups both for and opposed to Gov. Bruce Rauner’s agenda.   Illinois Chamber of Commerce president Todd Maisch has been supportive of Rauner’s position in the budget stalemate, but he said business leaders…Continue Reading

Decatur Public School District

Board of Education continues to discuss building usage

DECATUR – DPS-61 officials are continuing their discussion on how to best utilize the facilities owned by the school district.   A short brainstorms session was held at the Board of Education’s meeting Tuesday night in which the members came up with several ideas.  Superintendent Lisa Taylor says the FACES group, charged with coming up…Continue Reading

Decatur Brew Works Opening

Decatur Brew Works Opening Night (Video Included)

    DECATUR — It’s been 100 years, but you can finally try some Decatur-made beer again.   Decatur Brew Works has finally opened up at 101 N. Main Street in downtown Decatur.  The micro-brewery currently has three house beers on tap, in addition to some of the most popular craft beers from around the…Continue Reading

Mt. Zion Convention Center

Mt. Zion hoping to increase Convention Center use

MT. ZION – Mt. Zion has released its end of the year report for their Convention Center use, and while the number of rentals has gone up, Village officials hope to find more uses for the building.   Kelly McCourt Edwards is the event coordinator for the Mt. Zion Convention Center.  She says they were…Continue Reading