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Teen Pregnancy

Decatur teen pregnancy rate down nearly 50% since 2007

DECATUR– In 2007 Decatur and Macon County led the state in teen birth rate at 17%; but after 7 years of consolidated efforts by the Macon County Health Department and the Teen Health Coalition, that number has dropped almost 50%.   Numbers released by both groups on Tuesday morning show that Decatur’s teen birth rate…Continue Reading

Bruce Rauner Alt

Downstate Illinois ‘poor for trade’ according to new report

SPRINGFIELD– Downstate Illinois doesn’t get high marks from foreign trading partners in a report released today (Tuesday) by the governor’s office.   The state’s largest foreign trading partners gave Gov. Bruce Rauner their confidential views on how attractive the state can be for foreign businesses. While almost all had the same concerns about the state’s…Continue Reading

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St. Teresa Mega Raffle Winners Announced

The 20th Annual St. Teresa High School Mega Raffle was held Friday May 1st at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Decatur. Dave Fiorenza of Libertyville, Illinois was the Grand Prize Winner of $100,000. Below is the complete list of all the prize winners   ST. TERESA HIGH SCHOOL MEGA RAFFLE WINNERS 3154 tickets sold…Continue Reading

ADM announces 1st quarter financial numbers

ADM announces 1st quarter financial numbers

CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Archer Daniels Midland Company (NYSE: ADM) today reported financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2015.   The company reported adjusted earnings per share1 of $0.77, up from $0.55 in the same period last year. Adjusted segment operating profit1 was $883 million, up 12 percent from $789 million in the year-ago period. Net earnings…Continue Reading

Council Oaths

New council members sworn in; work begins on Ashley Furniture

DECATUR–  Work has begun on the site at the Mound Center that will soon be home to a 35,000 square foot facility that will house an Ashley Furniture store, and city staff couldn’t be more pleased.   “This has been one of the most successful shopping districts for Decatur in recent memory and we think…Continue Reading

Patrick Buchen

Agricultural Department names new State Fair leader

SPRINGFIELD– A professional event planner who was born on a western Illinois farm and spent years showing livestock at the Illinois State Fair is the next director of the annual agricultural showcase.   Patrick Buchen was named Monday as manager of the state fairs in Springfield and DuQuoin.   The 63-year-old Buchen was previously executive…Continue Reading

Lisa Madigan

Madigan files suit against fraudulent student loan repayment companies

CHICAGO– The state is suing five companies that promised student loan debt relief but allegedly were scams.   The companies, located in Illinois and four other states, allegedly charged up-front fees and provided no services, or services that are available for free elsewhere. Attorney General Lisa Madigan wants this to stop.   “We want those…Continue Reading

Fireworks Permits

Count firework permit application open

DECATUR– Applications for fireworks permits are now available at the Macon County Clerk’s office.   County Clerk Steve Bean says you can pick up an application for locations outside of the incorporated areas for $10.   Bean says all fireworks permits must be approved by the local fire protection district chief and the permit is…Continue Reading