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U of I to focus on funding changes under new leadership

U of I to focus on funding changes under new leadership

CHAMPAIGN– The University of Illinois is re-allocating some money out of the central office and into student programs.   The amount is $8.2 million, announced today (Wednesday) by President Timothy L.  Killeen. The money is coming from accounts that he controls that in the past have paid for building renovation and technology upgrades. Where it’s…Continue Reading

Gas prices expected to spike in June; still at 5 year lows

Gas prices expected to spike in June; still at 5 year lows

DECATUR–  Consumers paid nearly a quarter more at the pump last month than they did in April and the cost is expected to climb through June.   The latest AAA Motor Club gas report shows that the average price for a gallon of regular gas was $2.77 in May, up 19 cents from April, but…Continue Reading

Bruce Rauner Alt

Rauner begins scaling-back process ahead of lawmakers return to Springfield

SPRINGFIELD– Governor Bruce Rauner’s office has begun the process of freezing many state spending accounts ahead of lawmakers returning to Springfield tomorrow to continue budget talks.   Governor Rauner said because the budget passed by Democrats includes no reforms he has hereby frozen all vehicle purchases by the Illinois State Police, begun the process of…Continue Reading

Riding Mowers

Mowing projects to cause temporary road closures

DECATUR–  Two large scale mowing projects by the City of Decatur will cause some temporary road closures this week.   The first project will be mowing at the 22nd street underpass on Thursday, June 4th. Naomi Burcham with the City of Decatur says the work will cause the closure of the outside lanes of North…Continue Reading

Jesse White

SOS launches website aimed at improving investment security

SPRINGFIELD–  The Secretary of State’s office is launching a new program that they say will help you invest your assets wisely and avoid possible scams.   Jesse White’s office announced the creation of the campaign on Tuesday afternoon that includes radio and television adds, as well as a website,   White spokesman Dave Druker…Continue Reading

Archer Daniels Midlands Co. Tour

ADM expands specialty ingredient reach to California

CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Archer Daniels Midland Company (NYSE: ADM) announced today that it has acquired tree nut and seed processing assets and operations in Modesto, California, from California Gold Almonds, adding critical processing capacity on top of ADM’s existing West Coast nut operations in Lodi and Stockton. Under the terms of the deal, ADM is acquiring…Continue Reading


Corn planting wraps up as summer pushes on

SPRINGFIELD– Illinois has had so much rain that not even farmers are happy. Statewide, Illinois got 2.2 inches of rain last week, 1.2 inches more than normal, according to the weekly USDA crop progress and weather report, and it’s not helping corn and soybean growers, says crop statistician Mark Schleusener. “The basic statement is Rain…Continue Reading


Mt. Zion board approves engineering firm for new water tower

MOUNT ZION– The Mt. Zion Board of Trustees has approved the final touches to a new one million gallon water tower.   The board on Monday approved an agreement with MSA Professional Services for $150,000 to complete the design process of the estimated $3.3 million project.   Mt. Zion Mayor Mark Wells said the new…Continue Reading