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Senator Chapin Rose Pushes To Legalize Fireworks In Illinois

June 29th, 2020- With fireworks readily available in neighboring states, a local state senator says it’s time to legalize them in Illinois. Sen. Chapin Rose has attempted to get a bill passed on more than one occasion, but can’t get Democrats to come on board. “With the massive decline in state revenues due to the COVID,…Continue Reading


Banking Scams Increase Due To COVID-19

June 29th, 2020- The Federal Bureau of Investigation said online banking has increased 50% because of the COVID-19 pandemic and scammers are taking advantage. The bureau warned against two types of scams especially: one is the creation of fake banking apps, and the other is installing “trojans,” a form of malware that can take control of…Continue Reading


New Grant Program for Non-Profits To Provide Food And Housing Assistance

June 29th, 2020- A grant program to help small non-profit organizations provide food and housing assistance will begin taking applications on July 1. The Charitable Trust Stabilization Fund assists small non-profits with annual budgets of $1 million or less. Money comes from filing fees non-profits pay when incorporating in the state of Illinois, not personal or…Continue Reading

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Salvation Army Welcomes New Officers

June 29th, 2020- New officers will be taking the helm at the Salvation Army in Decatur.  Starting July 1st, Lieutenants Kenesa & Shanell Debela will take over the Decatur operations for Majors Greg and Carla Voeller as they move their appointment to Chicago.  The Voellers have served at the Decatur Salvation army for 2 years. Kenesa holds a…Continue Reading

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LISTEN: Tanya Andricks of Crossing Healthcare

June 29th, 2020- Tanya Andricks of Crossing Healthcare joins Byers & Co. to talk about how she is tracking local COVID-19 numbers for trends as well the numbers in states that are seeing spikes, her concern about mask usage and availability, and the alarming positive tests for people of color and of younger ages. Listen to…Continue Reading


LISTEN: Decatur Park District Update with Bill Clevenger

June 29th, 2020- Bill Clevenger of the Decatur Park District joins Byers & Co. to talk about the recent large gathering in the parking lot of the Devon Amphitheater, the reopening of more attractions at Overlook Adventure Park, future reopening plans at the zoo, and the park district being up for a gold medal award. Listen…Continue Reading

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WATCH: The Hot 25 – Scovill Zoo

June 28, 2020 – This week, NowDecatur heads to Scovill Zoo to visit the animals and the 4 new cheetah brothers! Check out the video now! Driven by the Bob Brady Auto Group and!Continue Reading