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Lawmakers back in Springfield with a lot on their plates

November 29 – The second week of the fall veto session is underway in Springfield and while local legislators are hopeful, not much has been accomplished so far.   The Illinois General Assembly has plenty to do over the next few days including passing a budget and voting on workers’ compensation, the Exelon bill, prevailing…Continue Reading

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County Board approves “tough” budget

November 29 – The Macon County Board has approved a budget for Fiscal Year 2017 with expenses outweighing revenues.   The board unanimously approved the near $70 million budget at their special meeting Monday.  The county anticipates operating at just under a $2.66 million loss next fiscal year.   “This was a tough year for…Continue Reading

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Sheriff’s Office finds wiggle room in 2017 budget

November 29 – The Macon County Sheriff’s Office will not have to lay off any employees after all, but seven important positions will go unfilled.   The Macon County Board had asked the Sheriff’s Office to make a seven percent cut to their budget this year.  MSO thought they would lose up to twelve positions…Continue Reading

City of Decatur

Ballot set for Decatur City Council, Mayoral race

November 28 – Six Decatur residents are in the race for three seats on the Decatur City Council and two residents hope to be Mayor of Decatur.   The filing period for the April municipal elections closed Monday evening.  Just one person filed their papers Monday, bringing the city council race up to six people.…Continue Reading

Giving Tuesday, First United

Decatur church to provide one-stop-shop for Giving Tuesday

November 28 – If you are looking for a way to give back tomorrow for Giving Tuesday, you may want to stop by Decatur’s First United Methodist Church.   The church is hosting a Giving Tuesday fair with social service agencies and non-profits from around Macon County.  About 24 agencies will have booths set up…Continue Reading

Tschosik, Niebrugge November Rotary Scholar Athletes

Tschosik, Niebrugge named Rotary Scholar Athletes

November 28 – Two St. Teresa seniors have been chosen as this month’s Rotary Neuhoff Media/Ameren Illinois Scholar Athletes.   18-year-old Nick Tschosik and 17-year-old Brianna Niebrugee, both of St. Teresa High School, are being honored for their outstanding athletic and academic accomplishments by the Decatur Rotary Club.   Niebrugge is number 14 in her…Continue Reading


The historic Avon Theatre celebrates 100 years

November 28 – One historic downtown theatre celebrated their 100 year anniversary and today another is doing the same.   The historic Avon Theatre in downtown Decatur opened November 28th, 1916 and Owner and Operator Skip Huston says he thought of the 100 year anniversary about twenty years ago and is pleased to say it’s…Continue Reading

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Mt. Zion Police searching for statue thief

November 28 – The Mt. Zion Police Department needs your help catching a thief who stole from the Mt. Zion Presbyterian Church.   Over the weekend, MZPD says one of the statues from the church’s nativity scene was stolen.  The statue is one of the “three kings.”  It is 3 feet tall, a dark-skinned male,…Continue Reading

Giving Tuesday: Gather, Give, Share

Charities to see donations tomorrow as part of Giving Tuesday

November 28 – We’ve had Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday is today, tomorrow will offer a chance to give back with Giving Tuesday.   Giving Tuesday was started in 2012 as an international day of giving at the beginning of the holiday season. The event was created as a response to commercialization and…Continue Reading