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Macon County Office Building

Filing for Macon County school boards begins in December

November 30 – If you are interested in serving on one of Macon County’s Boards of Education, you can file nominating petitions beginning December 12, 2016.   To file for a seat on one of the boards, you must give your papers to the Macon County Clerk sometime between December 12 and December 19.  The…Continue Reading


Crews plan to dredge Lake Decatur through end of December

November 29 – A mild winter may result in more progress for the Lake Decatur dredge project this year.   The $90 million project is more than 57 percent complete.  The large, electric-powered dredge continues work in Basin 2, which is the main boating area of the lake.  Two smaller, diesel-powered dredges are working in…Continue Reading

I Voted!

House fails to override veto on automatic voter registration

November 29 – The Illinois House failed to overturn the governor’s veto of a bill that would have allowed automatic voter registration at some state agencies.   Democrats who advocated for the override Tuesday were four votes shy of the 71 needed to have the bill become law despite the rejection from Republican Gov. Bruce…Continue Reading


Crafty gifts await at Xmas ARTicles this Friday at the Madden Arts Center

November 29 – This Friday is the grand opening of Xmas ARTicles at the Anne Lloyd Gallery of the Madden Arts Center.   The gift shop will feature jewelry, purses, decorative and sports themed items, scarves, specialty soaps, paintings, lamps, novelty wreaths, furniture, notecards, woodworking, baskets, ornaments and stocking stuffers.   Gallery Director Sue Powell…Continue Reading

Scovill Zoo cheetahs

Spots open for Scovill Zoo Parents program

November 29 – If you’d like to give back to Scovill Zoo in a different way, you can “adopt” and support your favorite animal.   The Zoo’s Parent program allows you to adopt your favorite animal and all of the money you donate will go straight to care for that animal.  Scovill Zoo Director Ken…Continue Reading

Aaron Schock

Lawyers for Schock seek change of venue to Peoria

November 29 – Lawyers for former Illinois Congressman Aaron Schock want his corruption case moved from Springfield to Peoria.   The Chicago Tribune reports Schock’s attorneys contend in a motion filed Monday the case has no connection to Springfield, and called Peoria more convenient and appropriate.   The 35-year-old Schock is accused of using government…Continue Reading

Illinois Capitol Floor

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