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Flags fly at half-staff to remember 9/11

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The U.S. and Illinois flags will fly at half-staff on Friday to honor the victims on the 14th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.   Gov. Bruce Rauner issued a proclamation early Friday. He noted that Illinoisans also should thank first responders who helped in the days after the attacks and…Continue Reading

Wind Turbines

Wind farm gains approval from Macon County Board

DECATUR –Twin Forks Wind Farm has cleared the final hurdle for their proposed wind farm after the Macon County Board meeting Thursday night.   The full board approved the proposal of 139 wind turbines from the company E-On Energy to be located on roughly 24,000 acres just north of Warrensburg and west of Maroa in…Continue Reading

Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack

USDA, Illinois to partner on a federal biofuel program

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says 21 states will receive funding to increase the number of gas pumps that offer renewable fuels.   Vilsack made the $100 million Biofuel Infrastructure Partnership announcement on Thursday morning in Champaign. The USDA says the money will pay for about 5,000 pumps at more than 1,400…Continue Reading

Mike Frerichs Millikin

Frerichs lobbying lawmakers to pass college funding bill

DECATUR- – State lawmakers are lobbying their House counterparts, and Governor Bruce Rauner, to release state funds connected to the Monetary Assistance Program (MAP) that provides college students with tuition assistance.   With no state budget in place 3 months after the start of the fiscal year, State Treasurer Mike Frerichs says it’s time to…Continue Reading

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Mitchell declares he will run for another term as State Rep.

DECATUR–  Amid a number of central and southern Illinois lawmakers announcing their intentions not to run for office again, State Representative Bill Mitchell says he has plenty of years left in him.   As a guest on Byers & Company Thursday morning the Republican announced his plans to run for another term for the 101st…Continue Reading

Matt Murphy

Another budget proposed by Senators to pay for services

SPRINGFIELD — Another installment of “Budgeting on the Fly” is underway in Springfield.   The Illinois Senate has passed a nearly $4 billion spending bill – about half of which would come from the general revenue fund – to pay for some social services – including autism and child care programs — and lottery prizes.…Continue Reading

Illinois Capitol Floor

Senate overrides Gov. Rauner’s amendatory veto of heroin bill

SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Senate Wednesday followed the House’s lead and overrode the governor’s amendatory veto of a heroin bill.   Supporters say heroin is an epidemic in the state, and the multi-pronged bill – among other things – provides for education, promotion of the antidote Narcan, and alternative sentences. Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoed a…Continue Reading


BMX stunt show at First Christian Church

DECATUR – Hundreds of people enjoyed a BMX and motorbike stunt show at First Christian Church on Wednesday night.   Real Encounters is a group from Springfield, Missouri and they are stuntmen, but also are a group of ministers. Real Encounters competed on the TV show America’s Got Talent last summer. The group put on…Continue Reading