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Bistro Five Thirty Seven

Bistro Five Thirty Seven celebrates one year of operation (w/ Video)

      DECATUR – Bistro Five Thirty Seven at Richland Community College is approaching one full year of operation.   The restaurant initially opened in late September of 2014 in Richland’s Shilling Center.  Director of the Culinary Arts program, Chef Brian Tucker says it isn’t easy opening a new restaurant, but they have slowly…Continue Reading

Bruce Rauner

State halts healthcare payments for 146,000 state workers

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration has stopped paying health care claims for at least 146,000 state workers because of the budget mess.   The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reports that the Department of Central Management Services has halted funding for claims covered by the state’s self-insurance plans.   But payments will continue to…Continue Reading

Andy Manar and Sue Scherer

Manar: Compromise hard to come by in Springfield

DECATUR– Compromise is turning out to be easier said than done in Springfield as we close in on 90 days without a state budget.   Halfway through September lawmakers don’t appear to be any closer to agreeing on a spending plan for the state any more than they were on June 30th. State Senator Andy…Continue Reading

City of Decatur

More progress made in the search for new councilperson

DECATUR – The Decatur City Council is slowly inching closer to filling the vacant seat left by Julie Moore-Wolfe.   The council met for two hours in a closed session Monday evening to continue the discussion on who should fill the vacant council seat.  The council initially gave themselves a September 21st goal date, but…Continue Reading

Railroad Crossing

Macon Co. Sheriff’s Office ups patrols around railroads this week

DECATUR – This week is Rail Safety Week in Illinois and Sheriff’s Associations from all over the state are joining in to promote railroad safety. The Macon County Sheriff’s Office is joining in with the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police and multiple local and state agencies to keep an eye out on railroads this…Continue Reading

IL Senator Bill Haine

One Illinois Senator wants to bring back capital punishment

SPRINGFIELD — It’s been more than four years since Illinois abolished capital punishment. Now there’s another voice to bring it back.   State Sen. Bill Haine says he is going to file a bill to reinstate the death penalty for those who kill a police officer or who commit multiple murders. This is despite the…Continue Reading

Cruise 11 to Remember 9-11

7th Annual Cruise 11 to Remember 9-11

DECATUR – Most of us remember where we were on the morning of September 11, 2001, and retired Lt. Col. Ryan Yantis says he will never forget.   Yantis was in the Pentagon the morning of the terrorist attacks.   “I was with my team when we saw the second plane strike the World Trade…Continue Reading

Special Olympics Decatur

2015 Decatur Outdoor Special Olympics (Video)

    DECATUR — Special Olympics Illinois held the Outdoor Sports Festival in Decatur’s Rotary Park and at Hickory Point Golf Course this weekend.  Saturday was the softball tournament and the individual skills competition, and Sunday is the golf tournament.  Continue Reading

2015 Fido Scurry

2015 Fido Scurry (Video)

    DECATUR — If you were looking for a video of cute dogs, look no further!!  Check out our video of the 15th Annual Fido Scurry 5K Run or 1 Mile Walk on Saturday at Fairview Park.Continue Reading

Half-staff flags

Flags fly at half-staff to remember 9/11

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The U.S. and Illinois flags will fly at half-staff on Friday to honor the victims on the 14th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.   Gov. Bruce Rauner issued a proclamation early Friday. He noted that Illinoisans also should thank first responders who helped in the days after the attacks and…Continue Reading