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Illinois AG Madigan joins fight for stricter regulations on e-cigarette use

SPRINGFIELD– The fight to more strongly regulate e-cigarettes in Illinois is pushing on. Attorney General Lisa Madigan has joined up with her counterparts across the nation in urging the FDA to stronger regulate the popular devices.   Illinois already has a law addressing how e-cigs and similar products are packaged, but Madigan spokeswoman Annie Thompson…Continue Reading


Scovill mourns the loss of longtime cheetah, Runako

DECATUR–  After twelve plus years as one of the main attractions at Scovill Zoo, Runako, one of the zoo’s two cheetahs, has passed away.   Zoo Director Ken Frye said the zoo was forced to euthanize the 13 and a half year old big cat because he was suffering from kidney failure that made it…Continue Reading

Comptroller Leslie Munger

Comptroller Munger could face tough election in 2016

SPRINGFIELD — Can being associated with Gov. Bruce Rauner spell doom for one Republican on next year’s ballot?   There will be a special election for comptroller in 2016, with Rauner’s appointee to the position, Leslie Munger, facing off with one of two Democratic challengers: State Sen. Daniel Biss or Chicago City Clerk Susana Mendoza.…Continue Reading

National Foodworks Services

National Foodworks Services ready to begin major construction

DECATUR – The old Brush College School is now a blank slate as National Foodworks Services prepares to begin major construction on the facility.   Crews have been gutting the old school for months as it transitions into a 40,000 square foot food production facility.  Tony Caccomo is one of the partners and says they…Continue Reading

Career Coach

RCC, EDC, City of Decatur unveil job training partnership

    DECATUR–  A new partnership between Richland Community College, the City of Decatur, and the Economic Development Corporation of Decatur/Macon County is aiming to connect prospective employees to area employers who are hiring. The partnership between the three entities culminated in the development of the EMSI Career Coach website that provides prospective workers and…Continue Reading

Police Tape

Bail set at $1 million for accused weekend shooter

DECATUR– Bail has been set at $1 million for the 17 year old accused of shooting a 16 year old on Saturday evening.   Demarrius Franklin was automatically transferred to adult court on the felony charge of aggravated battery with a firearm. He is also being held on the charge of attempted first degree murder.…Continue Reading

Millikin 2015 Homecoming

Homecoming week at Millikin University

DECATUR – Millikin University is celebrating its 100th Homecoming with several events planned throughout the week.   The festivities began with the Homecoming Kickoff Carnival on the Miller Quad Monday night.  Later this evening is the annual fireworks display as well.  Those will take place at 8 p.m. on the Frank M. Lindsay practice field. …Continue Reading

Jesse White

No more vehicle registration renewal reminders due to budget impasse

SPRINGFIELD – The latest casualty of cuts due to the state’s budget impasse is the Illinois Secretary of State’s Office.   Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White says his office will suspend mailing out vehicle registration renewal reminder notices to the public because of the lack of a state budget.   “The lack of Fiscal…Continue Reading

Rodney Davis Action

Congressman Davis ‘shocked’ by Boehner resignation

DECATUR–  US Congressman Rodney Davis says the resignation announcement by House Speaker John Boehner caught him by surprise like it did for many across the nation.   Boehner made the announcement early Friday morning, saying he wanted to put the party in front of himself. Boehner has served as the Speaker of the House since…Continue Reading

OKO Build Day

OKOCC Playground Build Day (w/ pictures)

DECATUR – Old King’s Orchard Community Center finally has the playground they have been trying to get for years.   Saturday was build day at OKOCC where hundreds of volunteers helped from 8 around 4 p.m.  to build the playground from the ground up.  OKOCC President Alida Graham says it is truly amazing to…Continue Reading