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Be wary of deer movement increasing over the next few months

DECATUR – It’s that time of the year again, when you need to be alert for deer crossing the road.   IDOT statistics show that nearly half of deer-vehicle crashes in Illinois happen during the months of October, November and December.  Just last year, there were 15,356 crashes statewide.  Macon County Sheriff Tom Schneider says…Continue Reading

Mahon Truck

Mahon looks to build on Monster Jam rookie success

DALTON CITY—Many people have part time jobs, or second jobs, but not many people’s second job requires them to jump into a monster truck and perform in front of thousands of people; but that’s exactly where Brianna Mahon finds herself.   The 25 year old Sullivan native began her career doing motocross where she rode…Continue Reading

STEM courses

STEM programs becoming focal point for DPS-61

DECATUR – Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics courses are quickly gaining traction in Decatur’s Public Schools.   STEM programming has already been heavily implemented at French Academy and is now become a focal point all over the district.  DPS-61 Foundation was awarded a $30,000 grant from ADM Cares during Tuesday night’s school board meeting.  Executive…Continue Reading

Voter Registration Hearing

Sen. Manar hopes automated voter registration gets more people to the polls

CHICAGO – A proposal to streamline and simplify voter registration in Illinois was the subject of an Illinois Senate hearing Tuesday.   State Senator Andy Manar has introduced the legislation that would automatically register you to vote if you apply for, update or renew your driver’s license or state identification.  Senator Manar believes this modernizes voter…Continue Reading

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UAW sets Wednesday date for Mitsubishi contract vote

BLOOMINGTON– Members of the United Auto Workers Local 2488 are expected to vote during a 24 hour period on a new contract with Mitsubishi Motors North America.   Union President Rod DeVary hosting a meeting Monday at the US Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington to update members of the union on the proposed contract. DeVary says…Continue Reading

Jim Marter & Mark Kirk

Oswego businessman to challenge Sen. Kirk in GOP Primary

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) will have a primary challenger. Oswego businessman James Marter is entering the race, claiming Kirk’s stances against defunding Planned Parenthood and for gun control have made him little different than Democrats in the Senate. Marter has heard it said that Kirk’s moderate positions are what gives him a chance to…Continue Reading

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St. Mary’s encourages you to take advantage of free mammograms

DECATUR – Women all over the country are being encouraged to get free mammograms in the month of October.   Here in Macon County, St. Mary’s Hospital is offering some free mammography screenings thanks to the Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Program.  Director of Radiology Tim Block says it is definitely important to take advantage…Continue Reading

Dick Van Dyke Home

Dick Van Dyke stepping in to help save Danville home

DANVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Actor Dick Van Dyke is taking steps to save his childhood home, which was slated for demolition in the central Illinois city of Danville.   News stories about the threat to the home reached the 89-year-old actor last summer. He announced over the weekend that the home will be restored as…Continue Reading

Bruce Rauner

More voters are starting to disapprove of Gov. Bruce Rauner

CARBONDALE — More than 50 percent of southern Illinois voters disapprove of Gov. Bruce Rauner’s job performance, according to a new poll.   In a poll of 400 registered voters in the state’s 18 southernmost counties conducted by Southern Illinois University’s Paul Simon Institute of Public Policy, Rauner’s approval rating stands at 37.4 percent.  …Continue Reading