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Blood Donation

Blood drive at Richland Community College is tomorrow

November 28 — The Central Illinois Community Blood Center (CICBC) is hosting a blood drive this week and they are asking for your participation.   This Tuesday, November 29, CICBC staff will be at Richland Community College collecting blood.  The blood drive is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. inside the Schilling Center Salon I,…Continue Reading

Clinton Power Plant

Tate & Lyle gives insight on proposed Exelon bill

November 28 – Many in Illinois will have their eyes on the status of an Exelon bill that would temporarily keep open the Clinton and Quad Cities power plants.   State Representative Bill Mitchell said last week the original language of the bill would’ve given Clinton power plant at least six more years of life…Continue Reading

Snow Removal Truck

Mild winter saving cities, counties money

November 28 – A mild start to the winter and lower salt prices could make winter 2016 cheaper for taxpayers in Illinois.   Salt prices are down. States, cities and counties are looking at about $50 per ton of salt this year as opposed to over $60 per ton last year. That plus mild weather could save…Continue Reading

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Macon County Board to vote on budget tonight

November 28 – The Fiscal Year 2017 budget for Macon County could be approved tonight by the county board.   Tonight the county board will vote on the near $70 million budget.  The proposed budget details about $69.6 million in revenue and $72.3 million in expenses.  The county anticipates operating at just under a $2.66…Continue Reading

Clinton Nuclear Power Plant

Exelon bill could be voted on this week

November 27 – A massive forward-looking energy plan pushed by Exelon Corp. and derided as a multibillion-dollar bailout for two unprofitable nuclear plants could land on Illinois legislators’ desks this week.   Exelon has been pushing for years for subsidies to reward its nuclear power plants for their production of energy without emitting harmful greenhouse…Continue Reading

Christmas lights

Christmas light recycling starts Monday

November 27 – If you have Christmas lights that no longer work or you’re tired of trying to untangle them, you can recycle them at the Macon County Environmental Management Department.   Starting Monday, November 28, you can take your old Christmas lights to the MCEMD office at 141 South Main Street, Room 408.  Department…Continue Reading


Small businesses see good turnout for Small Business Saturday

November 26 – Groups of families moved from downtown stores looking for good deals and Christmas wishes during what’s known as Small Business Saturday.   The day was created in an effort to help small businesses get customers during a busy holiday season.  Many of the big box stores overshadow small businesses because of their…Continue Reading


Bulldogs give thoughts after highly successful season

November 26 – While St. Teresa players didn’t get the outcome in the championship game that they had hoped for they’re still grateful for the season they had.   Several St. Teresa Bulldogs joined Brett Zerfowski on the Saturday Morning Sports Connection to talk about their historic season. St. Teresa made it back to the…Continue Reading