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Michael Madigan and Bruce Rauner

Madigan, Democrats plan to introduce unbalanced budget

SPRINGFIELD– The plan is to pass a budget that’s out of balance.   Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan (D-Chicago) said Democrats, who hold supermajorities in the House and Senate, would run a “spending plan” this week for about $36.3 billion worth of expenditures.   “We will publicly acknowledge that we don’t have the money to…Continue Reading

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Two dead after separate shooting incidents in Decatur

DECATUR–  Heading into Memorial Day weekend, Decatur had just one recorded homicide in 2015, but after the extended weekend, that number more than doubled.   Two people died in the city this weekend in two separate shooting incidents.   The first shooting occurred in the early morning hours on Saturday when police found Paul Robinson…Continue Reading

Housing Numbers

State & Countywide housing numbers see record April

DECATUR—The Illinois housing market has bounced back after a slow 2014.   The Illinois Association of Realtors’ numbers show that single family homes and condominium sales in April were at 12,822, up 6.6% from April 2014 when 12,032 homes were sold.   Fifty out of the 102 counties in Illinois reported record sales gains for…Continue Reading

Boating Safety

Conservation police turn focus to boating safety as summer nears

SPRINGFIELD– The Illinois Conservation Police are urging boaters to be careful on the water this summer.   Conservation Police Director Raphael Gutierrez says the easiest way to stay safe, is to wear a life jacket. And it’s the law for children, “All children need to wear life jackets when on a boat at all time,…Continue Reading

Mike Flynn

Hopeful Schock replacement against gas tax increase

PEORIA– One of the candidates running for Congress to replace Aaron Schock says no to an increase in the gas tax.   Mike Flynn of Quincy, one of three vying for the Republican nomination, says he doesn’t like the idea of sending money to Washington and seeing what we get back.   “We pay a gas tax…Continue Reading

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UPDATE: Decatur police identify shooting victim

DECATUR–  Police have identified the man involved in the 2nd homicide in Decatur of 2015.   Police say 42 year old Paul Robinson died as a result of a hemorrhage that resulted from being shot multiple times early Saturday morning.   Police arrived at a residence in the 700 block of West King Street just…Continue Reading

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Decatur police investigating early morning shooting

DECATUR– Decatur police say they are investigating an early morning shooting that’s being classified as the 2nd homicide in Decatur this year.   Deputy Chief Cody Moore said at approximately 12:30 am, officers responded to a shooting on the 700 block of W. King St. Upon their arrival, officers found a male Decatur resident on…Continue Reading

Holiday Travel

Holiday weekend travel expected to hit 10 year high

DECATUR–  Transportation officials are anticipating near record numbers for people traveling this Memorial Day weekend.   AAA Travel predicts 37.2 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the weekend, which is a 4.7% increase over last year.   AAA analyst Beth Mosher says the increase can be directly linked to people…Continue Reading