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Macon County Sheriff’s deputies involved in high speed chase

DECATUR–  The Macon County Sheriff’s Office says it is still pursuing two suspects involved in a high speed chase through Macon, Christian, and Shelby counties.   According to a press release published by the Macon County Sheriff’s Office, an off duty deputy spotted a wanted person in the South Shores area of Decatur and called…Continue Reading

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Decatur named a top city for agribusiness

DECATUR–  Decatur’s agribusiness community is getting national recognition.   Decatur was recently named the 2nd most thriving area in the nation when it comes to farm economies by Forbes magazine.   Since 2004, the agribusiness industry has grown by 7.7% and in 2014 there were over 5,750 jobs in the agribusiness sector. Agribusiness remains Illinois…Continue Reading

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Illinois unemployment numbers remained unchanged through April

SPRINGFIELD– Illinois’ unemployment rate held steady over the last month.   It’s still 6 percent, and still higher than the national rate of 5.4 percent. The state did gain 4,800 jobs from March to April.   A year ago, the unemployment rate was 7.4 percent. Since then, the state has added 62,900 jobs. The number…Continue Reading

Juan Luciano

ADM CEO Luciano sees potential in company’s earning power

CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Archer Daniels Midland Company (NYSE: ADM) CEO Juan Luciano said today that further progress on the company’s strategic plan of optimizing the core, driving operational efficiencies and growing strategically—coupled with a balanced approach to capital allocation—could drive the company’s medium-term earnings power well above the $3.00 level.   Speaking at BMO’s 2015 Farm…Continue Reading

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Park District mulls changes to security protocol

DECATUR–  The Decatur Park District and its Chief Park Ranger are developing a new security plan.   Chief Douglas Taylor presented the Park Board of Commissioners with an early draft of his multi-point plan, which included increased camera coverage at all of their locations, improved ranger training, and cyber-security measures.   Taylor said the upgraded…Continue Reading

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RCC & National Foodworks Service enter into partnership

DECATUR– Richland Community College and National Foodworks Services are entering a partnership that both organizations are describing as a win-win.   The partnership between the two organizations will include internship opportunities for Richland students interested in food manufacturing and entrepreneurship.   Tony Caccomo with NFS said Wednesday that the opportunities will be unique to Richland…Continue Reading

Paul Marien

Conservation district stays in-house when naming new Director

DECATUR—The Macon County Conservation District has chosen one of their own as the new executive director.   After considering over 50 candidates for the position, the conservation district decided to award the position in house, promoting Paul Marien to the position.   Marien has been with the district since 1978 and has served as the…Continue Reading