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Standardized Test Sheet

Illinois students improve on PARCC exams

November 1 – Over half of Illinois schools have improved in the second year of controversial state PARCC exams, and test participation rose statewide.   This year’s state exam results were made public in the annual Illinois Report Card, a conglomeration of data painting a wide picture of schools that includes a myriad of factors.…Continue Reading

Park District

Future of Decatur aquatics may see approval at tomorrow’s meeting

November 1 – The Decatur park board could make a few decisions on several major projects tomorrow.   Items on tomorrow’s agenda include the approval of the amphitheater agreement with the city and aquatics facility discussion and approval.   Executive Director of the Decatur Park District Bill Clevenger says the amphitheater item is for architectural…Continue Reading

Salvation Army taking applications for holiday assistance

Salvation Army taking applications for holiday assistance

November 1 – If your family needs some assistance this holiday season, you can now apply for help from The Salvation Army in Decatur.   Applications are being accepted this week for assistance with toys and Christmas food.  If you know of a family that is in need, The Salvation Army says you should encourage…Continue Reading


Scott campaign files response to special prosecutor petition

November 1 – Macon County State’s Attorney Jay Scott has filed a response to the petition to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Scott, and a response to the petition to remove Scott’s attorney.   Scott filed a petition for leave to intervene, a response to the special prosecutor petition, and a response to the…Continue Reading

ADM Window

ADM reports third quarter earnings

November 1 – ADM has released third quarter earnings and show the company earnings of $0.58 per share, $0.59 per share on an adjusted basis and that their net earnings was $341 million.   The company today reported financial results for the quarter that ended September 30, 2016. ADM Chairman and CEO Juan Luciano says after…Continue Reading

Village of Forsyth

Forsyth bringing in new business, village keeping property tax flat

November 1 – Forsyth continues to have good economic news recently as businesses continue to come in.   Village of Forsyth Trustee Dave Wendt says that EmbroidMe will open in the Golf USA space by the Shell gas station. EmbroidMe is a promotional products franchise and their specialties include embroidery, garment printing and personal gifts…Continue Reading

No Shave November

Sheriff’s Office, DPD participating in No Shave November

November 1 – Razors and shaving cream will be set aside this month for members of the Macon County Sheriff’s Office and Decatur Police Department in an effort to raise money for families in need.   Local law enforcement from administration to office workers will again be participating in No Shave November.  The idea originated…Continue Reading

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Howard Buffett comments on Training Center, Safety Tax

November 1 – Howard Buffett is a huge supporter of law enforcement and has continued his giving by funding a $15 million Law Enforcement Training Facility.   Buffett joined Soy City Buzz on WSOY Monday evening to discuss the new facility along with Sheriff Tom Schneider.  Buffett says the facility is a long-term commitment.  …Continue Reading


Local organizations and businesses preparing for new overtime regulations

October 31 – With December 1st fast approaching many organizations and businesses are preparing on how to combat the new overtime regulations.   The U.S. Labor Department updated the Fair Labor Standard Act’s overtime regulations back in May. Beginning December 1st of this year, workers making up to $47,476 annually will be entitled to receive…Continue Reading

State Fair Entrance

State Fair Mega Pass on sale tomorrow

October 31 – The Illinois State Fair Mega Pass goes on sale tomorrow (Tuesday) at the lowest price you’ll see before the fair.   The 2017 Mega Pass is $60, which is the best deal you’re going to get for your kids to ride all the rides in Adventure Village and the Carnival Midway all…Continue Reading