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U of I notes uptick in in-state enrollment numbers

CHAMPAIGN– The University of Illinois took an unusual step this year to increase its in-state enrollment, accepting students with lower entrance-exam scores to enroll while increasing financial aid by several million dollars.   The moves worked as in-state enrollment jumped by 11 percent, to 5,490 from 4,927 a year earlier. The average ACT score for…Continue Reading

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State Senator backs out of Comptroller’s race

CHICAGO — State Sen. Daniel Biss (D-Evanston) has decided to effectively end the race by dropping out of it.   His decision means there will be no more primary election, and it leaves Chicago city clerk Susana Mendoza as the only major Democrat running for the position now occupied by Republican Leslie Munger.   “I’m…Continue Reading

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Juvenile incarceration numbers down in Illinois

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – The number of children being committed to prisons or other detention facilities has dropped by about 53 percent across the country. According to a recent look at federal data by the Pew Charitable Trust, Illinois saw the eighth largest drop in that number from 2001 to 2013. Elizabeth Clarke, president of the…Continue Reading

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Park District Facility hours for Thanksgiving holiday

DECATUR – Here are the hours for the Decatur Park District’s facilities on Thanksgiving Day and on Friday, November 27th.   The Park District administrative office will be closed on Thanksgiving Day and Friday, November 27. The Poage Arts & Recreation Center will be closed on Thanksgiving Day and Friday, November 27. Classes will resume…Continue Reading

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Midwest taekwondo championships draw hundreds to Decatur

DECATUR – Approximately 500 men, women and children descended on the Decatur Conference Center and Hotel this past weekend.   The Midwest Open Tae Kwon Do Championship saw participants age 3 and up compete in the Saturday and Sunday tournament, showcasing their form and their skills in sparring, board breaking and weapons handling.   Tournament…Continue Reading

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MacArthur High School to house Veterans’ Memorial

DECATUR – MacArthur High School will soon be the home to a veterans’ memorial as the Booster Club is in the early stages of designing.   Now with the school renovated, the club thought it would be a good place to memorialize those who have served.  Coordinating the project is Duane McCoskey, and he says…Continue Reading

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Tips to get your house ready for winter

DECATUR – Cold weather is on its way and you should have your house prepared for the winter.   With snow and temperatures falling in some areas of Illinois this weekend, Design-Air of Decatur is offering you some tips to have things ready to go for the cold months ahead.  Owner Jim Hall says you…Continue Reading

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Clinton Power Plant is “ready” for a possible attack

CLINTON – It’s a large nuclear power plant right here in central Illinois, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency is preparing for the worst in the case it becomes the target of a terrorist attack.   FEMA, along with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the Exelon Nuclear Power Plant, completed a counter-terrorism drill at…Continue Reading