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Railroad crossing closure

DECATUR – The railroad crossing on Greenswitch Road/North 27th Street will be completely closed starting today until Friday, July 10th.   The Canadian National Railroad will be working to rehabilitate the railroad crossing, just east of 22nd street, weather permitting.   The City of Decatur asks that motorists slow down, use extreme caution and are…Continue Reading

Decatur Public Library

City Council to weigh in on library/county consolidation plan

DECATUR–  The Decatur City Council tonight will get an opportunity to weigh in on the consolidation plan that is aimed at moving the Macon County offices into the Decatur Public Library.   The arraignment has been several months in the making with the Public Building Commission, Decatur Public Library Board, and Macon County Board all…Continue Reading

Classroom

Chairman wants ISBE to focus on elementary education

SPRINGFIELD– The chairman of the state Board of Education wants to focus on third grade. The Rev. James T. Meeks says students who fall behind at that point have a hard time catching up, and they are ultimately more likely to drop out, be on public assistance and be incarcerated. Therefore, he says he has…Continue Reading

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Richie Hammel Car Show

DECATUR–  The annual Richie Hammel Fore on the Floor Car Show had over 50 participants and all the proceeds went towards the Decatur Park District’s youth sports programs.Continue Reading

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All-American Kids Day Bike Parade 2015

DECATUR–  Roughly 30 kids participated in the bike parade held on Friday, July 3rd. The parade began in the parking lot of Scovill Zoo and traveled down the walkway between the zoo and the Children’s Museum. The event was sponsored by Neuhoff Media, Kids Castle Learning Center, Earthmover Credit Union, & Prairie Farms donated the free…Continue Reading

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No budget after first day of new fiscal year

SPRINGFIELD – Still no final budget decision in Springfield after the first day of the new fiscal year.   A one-month spending plan proposed from Democratic lawmakers cleared the state Senate Wednesday afternoon but fell short in the House.  The $2.2 billion, one-month spending plan was deemed “unconstitutional” by Gov. Bruce Rauner’s budget director.  Democrats…Continue Reading

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U of I women’s basketball players file suit against program, University

CHAMPAIGN– Racist taunts and segregated practices are among in the allegations in a $10 million lawsuit involving the women’s basketball program at the University of Illinois.   Seven former players have filed a federal civil rights suit against the school, claiming women’s basketball coach Matt Bollant and former assistant MikeDivilbiss created a racially hostile environment. They allege the…Continue Reading

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Millikin unveils new welcome court

DECATUR– When Millikin students return to campus this fall, they will have a new welcome court inviting them in.   The university unveiled the redesigned welcome court, located between the Richard’s Treat University Center and Schilling Hall, during a ceremony on Wednesday afternoon.   With several students and faculty in attendance, President Dr. Patrick White…Continue Reading