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United Way Annual Meeting 2015

United Way announces $1.5 million in total for 2014 Campaign

DECATUR—The United Way had another strong year in fundraising in 2014.   The organization’s 2014 campaign, which lasted from August through January, raised $1.5 million for local community organizations. That number is down from the previous year’s total of over $2 million.   United Way executive director Debbie Bogle says the organization wrapped up their…Continue Reading

Niantic Fire Dept

Niantic man dead after Thursday morning house fire

NIANTIC– A Thursday morning house fire claimed the life of a 64 year old Niantic man.   Macon County Coroner Michael Day said in a news release that firefighters found David Register’s body while battling the fire. An autopsy shows Register died from smoke inhalation.   The fire consumed a house on the 300 block…Continue Reading

Farm Land

Farmland prices dipped slightly statewide in 2014

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — A land-managers’ organization says farmland prices fell across much of Illinois in 2014 but more sharply in the eastern part of the state than other areas.   An annual survey conducted by the Illinois Society of Professional Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers found prices across most of the state ranged from…Continue Reading


Amtrak facing massive funding cuts

CHICAGO– There will be an effort in Springfield to preserve state funding for Amtrak.   Amtrak runs eight trains a day between Chicago and Downstate Illinois and seven to Milwaukee that are state-subsidized to the tune of $42 million. The governor’s budget proposal cuts that figure to $26 million, which would mean fewer trains.  …Continue Reading

Lawmakers considering statewide gas tax increase

Lawmakers considering statewide gas tax increase

SPRINGFIELD– The Illinois Petroleum Marketers Association – the gas station and convenience store owners – believes the Legislature might raise the gasoline tax in order to fund a new capital construction program or as a revenue generator for the state. Executive director Bill Fleischli says there’s a better idea to help state coffers. “I would think…Continue Reading

US Marshals

Rantoul man charged with child pornography

RANTOUL–  A Rantoul man is facing up to 55 years in prison after being charged with the possession and distribution of child pornography.   The indictment charging 35 year old Edward C. Brown alleges that from January 2015 to March 2015, he distributed and possessed images and videos of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.…Continue Reading

Julie Morrison

‘Troubling’ DCFS report in Tribune has lawmakers clamoring for change

CHICAGO– Trouble at Illinois Department of Children and Family Services facilities, including abuse and runaways, is leading to ideas from lawmakers, responding to what they’ve read in the Chicago Tribune.   Bills passed by the Senate Human Services Committee would, among other things, sanction facilities which abuse kids or fail to report problems.   “The state…Continue Reading

Police Tape

UPDATE: More information released in South Side homicide case

Decatur Police say they have more information in the apparent shooting death of a young Decatur woman.   Paige Mars’ body was found in the early morning hours of Monday morning near Lincoln Park. Police say the 19 year old was shot numerous times in the head and the chest before being left near the…Continue Reading