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Tracy Abrams

Achilles injury to knock Abrams out for 2015-2016 season

CHAMPAIGN–  The University of Illinois’ men’s basketball team will again be without one of their leaders this season. The team announced Tuesday that redshirt senior guard Tracy Abrams will miss the upcoming season due to a torn achilles in his left ankle.   In a written statement Illini head coach John Groce confirmed the injury,…Continue Reading

Scott Walker

GOP Presidential Hopeful Walker stumps for LaHood in Bloomington

BLOOMINGTON– A Republican presidential candidate is showing his support for a fellow Republican who’s running for Illinois’ 18th Congressional District. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker appeared alongside State Senator Darin LaHood Monday at Chuck’s Harley Davidson in Bloomington. LaHood said it’s great having the support of a presidential candidate who believes in many of the same…Continue Reading

Rodney Davis at Richland

Rep. Davis says focus on mental health, not stricter gun laws

SPRINGFIELD — An Illinois Congressman says more focus needs to be given to mental health rather than adding stricter gun laws.   Rep. Rodney Davis says he’s been wanting a comprehensive discussion on all aspects of gun ownership ever since the Newtown shootings, but believes President Obama didn’t go far enough.   Davis says mental…Continue Reading

Illinois Tourism

Tourism in Illinois continues to rise

CHICAGO – The number of tourists visiting Illinois increased by 3.5% last year.   2014 was the fourth year in a row that tourism grew with more than 109 million people visiting Illinois.  State Office of Tourism Director Cory Jobe says they are working hard to show Illinois has a lot to offer.   “We…Continue Reading

Nancy Rude

Friends, coworkers remember Nancy Rude as kind, compassionate

DECATUR– For the second time in a week, the Decatur community has lost one of its pillars. Oasis Day Shelter director Nancy Rude lost her battle with ovarian cancer late Thursday night, she was 53 years old.   Rude will be remembered for her larger than life heart, which was evident by her 25 year…Continue Reading

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Del’s Popcorn Shop eyes rebirth following April fire

DECATUR– Kemper Willcut ll says he will never forget the day, April 3rd, 2015, because that day, he says, was the worst day of his life.   It was still dark outside when Willcut received the call, that 24 hours before one of his busiest days of the year, Del’s Popcorn Shop was on fire.…Continue Reading

The Decatur Fire Department gets grant

DECATUR – The Decatur Fire Department has been awarded a federal grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.   This grant is worth $40,910 and was awarded for the excellent operations and safety of the Decatur Fire Stations.  Fire Chief Jeff Abbott says they are definitely happy to receive this grant.   “It always…Continue Reading