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Volkswagen Investigation

Illinois becomes latest state to join Volkswagen investigation

CHICAGO – The Illinois attorney general’s office has issued a subpoena to Volkswagen over its manipulation of emissions tests. The German automaker has admitted to rigging cars to pass emissions tests, while in actual driving conditions, the vehicles will emit pollutants up to 40 times above what is allowed in the U.S. Attorney General Lisa…Continue Reading

Dennis Monarch Butterfly

Dennis School’s monarch butterfly now a city landmark

DECATUR – The monarch butterfly monument on the side of Dennis Elementary School is now officially a Decatur city landmark.   October 1st was the 40th anniversary of the state approving the monarch butterfly as the state insect and on Thursday Dennis Elementary also held a party to celebrate the newly-named landmark.  Principal Matt Andrews…Continue Reading

Salvation Army Sign

Decatur Salvation Army to host culinary skills classes

DECATUR–   A new program at the Salvation Army is combining job training and food preparation skills for homeless and low income persons interested in entering the food service business.   Major Wes Dalberg says the 8 week course will include food prep and professional skill building, “We will be teaching culinary skills, promoting self-respect, building…Continue Reading

Caterpillar Decatur

CAT to layoff 200+ employees in East Peoria this month

PEORIA–  A week after announcing the layoffs of up to 10,000 employees over the next three years, Caterpillar made the first round of layoffs known Wednesday morning.   The heavy machinery company announced the layoffs of at least 230 workers at their East Peoria plant; Caterpillar says the layoffs will begin on October 12th.  …Continue Reading

Smoking Age

Durbin joins push to push smoking age to 21

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) is among the federal lawmakers who want to raise the age for buying tobacco products to 21. Durbin says raising the tobacco-buying age from 18 will stop people from smoking, citing information from the National Institutes of Health that 95 percent of adult smokers picked up the habit before they turned…Continue Reading

ADM Window

ADM looks to expand east-coast business with purchase agreement of New Jersey company

CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Archer Daniels Midland Company (NYSE: ADM) today announced an agreement to purchase Eatem Foods Company, a leading developer and producer of premium traditional, natural and organic savory flavor systems. “We’re accelerating our evolution from an ingredient supplier to a complete solutions provider by systematically building and acquiring capabilities to meet a wide range…Continue Reading

Dine United 2015

3 years in, Dine United continues to be a successful fundraiser

DECATUR – The United Way’s “Dine United” campaign is well underway in Decatur as they continue to raise money to give back to the community.   The campaign began on September 2 and continues through October 28.  During that time period, select local restaurants agreed to donate a portion of the proceeds of all lunch…Continue Reading