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Salvation Army Sign

ADM grant to supplement Salvation Army programs

DECATUR–  A large donation from ADM is helping the Salvation Army continue one of its newest, and most successful programs.   The organization and ADM announced a $50,000 donation to help the Salvation Army men’s shelter and the Pathway to Hope Program.   Salvation Army spokesman Dave MacDonna says they plan to split the grant…Continue Reading

Bruce Rauner Angry

Rauner frustrated as Spring Session ends with no budget

SPRINGFIELD–  Lawmakers could be in for a long summer after failing to pass a comprehensive budget for the new fiscal year.   House Speaker Michael Madigan told lawmakers that they can expect to return to Springfield this summer to continue to negotiate a budget for the fiscal year that begins on July 1st.   House…Continue Reading

Dennis Hastert

Former House Speaker Hastert indicted in bank case

SPRINGFIELD– Former U.S. House Speaker Denny Hastert is in trouble with the FBI.   Hastert, of Plano, was indicted on charges of structuring currency transactions and lying to the FBI. From 2010 to 2014, Hastert allegedly withdrew $1.7 million in cash from various bank accounts, $952,000 of which was withdrawn in increments less than $10,000…Continue Reading


Arrest made in connection with April homicide

DECATUR– Decatur police have arrested one of the suspects in connection to the shooting death of 19 year old Paige Mars last month. In a written statement Deputy Police Chief Cody Moore said the department had established enough probable cause to arrest Matthew Higgins-Vogt and charge him with murder. Higgins-Vogt was arrested last month and…Continue Reading

Rod Blagojevich

Illinois ranks towards top in nation for political corruption

CHICAGO– The new standings are out, and Illinois remains No. 3 in the nation when it comes to political corruption.   This is according to a University of Illinois study of 2013 data. On a per capita basis, only Louisiana and the District of Columbia had more political and government corruption convictions in federal court…Continue Reading

Demarta Cunningham

Cunningham sentenced to life in prison for 2012 double murder

DECATUR—A Decatur man who shot and killed his cousin and his cousin’s wife on April 7th of 2012 will be spending the rest of his life in jail.   30 year-old Demarta Cunningham was sentenced to life in prison on Thursday afternoon for the slaying of Freedom and Central Cunningham at their home in the…Continue Reading

Unemployment Application

Local unemployment drops below 6%

DECATUR—Decatur’s unemployment rate has crept under the 6% mark for the first time in nearly a decade.   According to the latest figures by the Illinois Department of Employment Security, Decatur had an unemployment rate of 5.9% last month, down from 7% a month ago and 8.3% last year at this time.   Decatur’s numbers…Continue Reading

Soccer Players

Park District, soccer program, gear up to host Midstate Cup

DECATUR– Midstate Soccer Club and the Decatur Park District are preparing to host the largest youth soccer tournament in Central Illinois this weekend.   Over 130 teams, with age ranges between 3rd grade and high school, will make the trek to Decatur to participate in the 3-day tournament.   Midstate Soccer Club director Colin Bonner…Continue Reading