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Fairview Park Pavilion

Park District to look at changes to pavilion rentals and run locations

DECATUR–  The Decatur Park District is looking to simplify the process of renting out their facilities and cutting back on some of their costs.   During their meeting Wednesday afternoon the district discussed changing the way they rent out park space for large gatherings and sponsored runs. Park District Executive Director Bill Clevenger says the…Continue Reading

Illinois Capitol Floor

House approves release of local tax revenue, again

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois House has once again approved the release of already-collected tax revenues to municipalities and cities.   This means about $500,000 of tax revenue is one step closer to the City of Decatur.  City Manager Tim Gleason said previously that that money would be used to replenish the general fund.   Last…Continue Reading

Motor Fuel Tax

Illinois House to discuss local tax revenue release

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois House convenes today and faces a decision on legislation that could free up money owed to local governments.   Municipalities all over Illinois are still waiting on the state to release the already-collected taxes, like the motor-fuel tax, and cell phone tax supporting emergency-dispatch services.  The House had overwhelmingly endorsed the…Continue Reading

Flash Index

Illinois economy continues slow growth

CHAMPAIGN — Some six years after the recession officially ended, Illinois economy has yet to get into third gear.   The scale on which a number greater than 100 is growth, the University of Illinois Flash index, is now 106.1, up three tenths of a point from last month and following three months of decline.…Continue Reading

Capitol Building

Still no budget agreement after meeting between leaders

SPRINGFIELD — Once the cameras and microphones were turned off on the big budget meeting in the governor’s office Tuesday, the governor and four legislative leaders talked for about an hour.   Some talked more than others, according to Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno (R-Lemont).   “When there is a meeting, at least, the Speaker…Continue Reading

St. Mary's Star Resize

St. Mary’s to raise Christmas star on December 8th

DECATUR—St. Mary’s Hospital is lighting up the holiday season with its annual star lighting ceremony next week.   For 17 years the 24 foot star has served as a beacon of light from atop the roof of the hospital. The star originated in 1998 when it was purchased with a donation from the late Dr.…Continue Reading

Giving Tuesday, First United

“Giving Tuesday” supports local charities

DECATUR – We are in the season of giving, and it is important that we remember our local charities and not-for-profits during the holidays.   Giving is exactly what Decatur did on Tuesday during the nationwide “Giving Tuesday” event.  Several community members showed up to First United Methodist Church in Decatur over the lunch hour…Continue Reading

Salvation Army

State programs sets $6 million goal for Giving Tuesday

Today is Giving Tuesday, and an Illinois campaign hopes to raise $6 million for nonprofits around the state. That would be a leap from last year’s $4 million dollar haul for the #ILGive campaign, which aims to increase individual donations to nonprofit causes and organizations. Scott MacFarland, executive director of the Serve Illinois Commission, says…Continue Reading