Monday is the Deadline to File for Decatur Mayor and City Council

Monday is the Deadline to File for Decatur Mayor and City Council

November 26 – Monday is the final day for residents to file petitions to run for Mayor of the City of Decatur or one of the three seats on Decatur City Council up for election in 2019.

Petitions need to be filed before 5 p.m. in the office of the City Clerk, located on the third floor of the Decatur Civic Center, 1 Gary K. Anderson Plaza. Petitions must contain the signatures of 115 registered voters.

Council candidates must be United States citizens, registered voters, age 18 or older and must reside within the city limits for one year preceding the election.

So far four candidates have announced plans to run for Mayor of Decatur. Those include incumbent Mayor Julie Moore-Wolfe, Kara Demirjian-Huss, Jacob Jenkins, and Decatur City Councilman David Horn.

A number of others have said they plan on running for the Decatur City Council. Those include Shavon Francis, Rodney Walker, Marty Jenkins, Shelith Hansbro and John Phillips Jr.

A total of five candidates will need to file to force a primary in the race for Mayor, while 13 will need to file for council. If necessary, the Primary would be held February 26th, while the Consolidated Election is set for April 6th.

First Weekend Deer Harvest Sees Marked Increase Over 2017

First Weekend Deer Harvest Sees Marked Increase Over 2017

November 25 – Illinois hunters took nearly 59,000 deer during the first weekend of this fall’s firearm deer season.

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources says that harvest represented a 14 percent increase over the first weekend of the season last year. That weekend’s harvest totaled 51,450.

The state’s seven-day firearm deer season concludes November 29th through December 2nd.

The Illinois DNR notes that there are other deer-hunting opportunities coming up.

Muzzleloader-only deer season is December 7th through the 9th.

Late-winter antlerless-only deer season and CWD deer season in counties where chronic wasting disease has been found in deer runs December 27th through the 30th  and January 18th through the 20th, 2019.

Archery deer season continues through January 20th, 2019. But archery season shuts down November 29th to December 2nd  in counties where there is firearm hunting.

Major Winter Storm Targets Northern Illinois on the Final Thanksgiving Travel Day

Major Winter Storm Targets Northern Illinois on the Final Thanksgiving Travel Day

November 25 – The Illinois Department of Transportation is warning the public that a winter storm with the potential for up to 12 inches of snow in northern Illinois is anticipated to have a major impact on the last day of the Thanksgiving travel period. All motorists should plan accordingly for conditions to deteriorate throughout the day Sunday, with heavy snow, high winds, limited visibility and much longer travel times anticipated.

“This storm is expected to hit at a time when millions of people are on the roads, heading home after visiting friends and family,” said Illinois Transportation Secretary Randy Blankenhorn. “Please take all necessary precautions, including altering travel plans to leave early or asking yourself if your trip can wait. The IDOT snow-and-ice teams will be prepared, but the public should expect worsening driving conditions Sunday with travel becoming dangerous late in the day.”

The National Weather Service is predicting rain to begin falling early Sunday morning in the western part of the state before transitioning to snow by late morning. The primary area impacted will be from Quincy north to the Wisconsin state line.

As the day progresses and temperatures fall, the snow will intensify. The northwest third of the state should anticipate up to 12 inches, with the highest totals in Chicago’s western and northern suburbs. The forecast for central Illinois is for up to six inches of snow, with the heaviest snow north of Springfield.

Wind speeds up to 40 mph will persist into the night, causing drifting snow and blizzard conditions in open areas.

Motorists should expect slick roadways and be extra cautious when driving. For regular updates on statewide road conditions, You can also follow IDOT on Facebook and Twitter.


If you encounter a plow during your travels, please slow down, increase your driving distance and remain patient.

Tornado Cleanup in Central Illinois Wrapping Up 5 Years Later

Tornado Cleanup in Central Illinois Wrapping Up 5 Years Later

November 23 –  A relief group is finishing up work five years after a tornado destroyed or damaged about 1,000 homes and killed one person in a central Illinois city.

The Washington Illinois Area Foundation has less than $10,000 of the roughly $1.6 million donated to help area residents, churches and governments rebuild after the tornado, which was among two dozen that struck Illinois on Nov. 17, 2013.

“I really feel good about it that we did the best with what we were given,” said foundation member Matt Moehle.

Other local relief groups organized recovery efforts on social media, such as Facebook pages called Washington IL Tornado Recovery, Washington Strong and Tornado Support: Standing Strong. Advocates said the online efforts helped residents problem solve together.

“It takes a thousand hands to meet a need,” said resident April Crotts, who helped families navigate receiving governmental and social service aid after the tornado.

Washington Mayor Gary Manier said the city is recovering well from the tornado.

“I never try to use the word ‘recovered,'” he said. “I always say we’re recovering, because emotionally I don’t think we’ll ever recover completely. The recovery will be ongoing.”

Washington, which is about 10 miles (16 kilometers) east of Peoria, has more than 16,500 residents today, up from about 15,100 residents in 2013, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

The population growth — despite the devastation — is a tribute to residents’ resilience, Manier said.

“That was what I was worried about the most, from day one,” Manier said regarding a potential residential exodus. “I was really concerned about that. (But) I think people really wanted to be in Washington, and they wanted to stay. So we were very blessed.

Manier said the city hopes to move forward in more ways than just physically reconstructing what the tornado destroyed.

“I don’t want to be known for that Sunday on the 17th of November of 2013,” he said. “I want to be known for what happened on Nov. 18, 2013, when we went to work and helped each other to recover.”

Source: The Associated Press

Photo Credit: Washington IL Tornado Recovery Facebook Page

Deere and Company Profits Miss Wall Street Expectations

Deere and Company Profits Miss Wall Street Expectations

November 21 – Deere & Company reported fiscal fourth-quarter profit of $784.8 million on Wednesday.

On a per-share basis, the Moline-based company said it had profit of $2.42. Earnings, adjusted for pretax gains, came to $2.30 per share.

The results missed Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of eight analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $2.44 per share.

The agricultural equipment manufacturer posted revenue of $9.42 billion in the period. Its adjusted revenue was $8.34 billion, which also fell short of Street forecasts. Four analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $8.59 billion.

For the year, the company reported profit of $2.37 billion, or $7.24 per share. Revenue was reported as $33.35 billion.

Deere shares have fallen 11 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 index has decreased 1 percent. The stock has risen 1 percent in the last 12 months.

Source: The Associated Press

RCC Offers Training to Counter the High Demand for Truck Drivers

RCC Offers Training to Counter the High Demand for Truck Drivers

November 20 – With the continued high demand for truck drivers in Decatur and Macon County, and in fact, nationwide, training is available if you are looking to enter the industry.

Richland Community College is offering two orientation dates during the last week of November. The program offered by RCC combines both classroom and on the road training that can help you obtain your CDL license in as little as four weeks.

The classroom training includes map reading, trip planning and federal record keeping compliance, while the hands-on training will get you behind the wheel learning to maneuvering and back the trucks so you can pass the Illinois Secretary of State CDL test.

If you or someone you know are interested you must attend one of two orientations in room SC01 in the Richland Community College Shilling Community Education Center. The first session is scheduled for Tuesday November 27th at 4:30pm, the second, Wednesday November 28th at 11:30am.

To register on line click HERE. If you have any questions contact Lisa Eskew at or call (217) 875-7211, extension 6240.

Argument at Chicago Hospital Leads to Shooting that Claims Three Lives

Argument at Chicago Hospital Leads to Shooting that Claims Three Lives

November 20 – An argument outside a Chicago hospital turned deadly when a man pulled out a gun and killed an emergency room doctor whom he knew, then ran into the hospital and fatally shot a pharmacy resident and a police officer, authorities said.

The attacker also died Monday but it was not clear if he took his own life or was killed by police at Mercy Hospital on the city’s South Side, Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said.

Chicago “lost a doctor, pharmaceutical assistant and a police officer, all going about their day, all doing what they loved,” Mayor Rahm Emanuel said, fighting back tears. “This just tears at the soul of our city. It is the face and a consequence of evil.”

Mercy Hospital said the staff who died were Tamara O’Neal, 38, an emergency room physician who never worked on Sunday because of her religious faith, and Dayna Less, 25, a first year pharmacy resident who had recently graduated from Purdue University.

The slain officer was identified as Samuel Jimenez, 28, who joined the department in February 2017 and had recently completed his probationary period, Johnson said. Police said he was married and the father of three children.

The identity of the gunman was not immediately released.

Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi described the shooting as a “domestic-related active shooter incident,” but provided no details about the relationship between the two.

Source: The Associated Press

Photo Credit: John D. Cramer

Decatur Youth Hockey Alumni Hockey Game Returns to Collect Cash and Toys for Charity

Decatur Youth Hockey Alumni Hockey Game Returns to Collect Cash and Toys for Charity

November 19 – This Saturday, 50 to 60 players from the Decatur Youth Hockey Association’s alumni community, representing multiple states, will once again be lacing up their skates for a friendly competition with pride on the line! The goal is to raise $20,000 to support the American Cancer Society.

Over the past three years, DYHA has raised over $48,000 for the American Cancer Society and donated six boxes of toys to the Salvation Army Toys for Tots campaign.

Saturday, November 24th at 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., players will take to the ice at the Decatur Civic Center. Food, beverages will be available during the games and fans will have the opportunity to bid on a variety of auction items, including tickets to St. Louis Blues, St. Louis Cardinals games, and many other local sporting events. There will also be NHL autographed items and several other items to bid on during the live and silent auctions.

Admittance to the events is a minimum $5.00 donation or an unwrapped toy for the Salvation Army’s Toys for Tots campaign. To learn more, visit the DYHA website at, Facebook page at on Twitter,

Mt. Zion Driver Survives Train/Vehicle Collision

Mt. Zion Driver Survives Train/Vehicle Collision

November 19 – Saturday evening, the Macon County Sheriff’s Office received a call regarding a train that had struck a vehicle crossing the railroad tracks on Lewis St. in Blue Mound. Upon arriving, deputies discovered a northbound Norfolk & Southern freight train had collided with a 2014 Hyundai sport utility at the crossing.

Deputies determined that the Hyundai was being driven by a 59 year old Mt. Zion resident and was traveling southbound on Lewis St.  The crew on the train said they were traveling northbound at 50mph when the driver of the Hyundai began to cross the tracks as the crossing arms were coming down.  The crew further indicated for unknown reasons, once the driver was almost across the tracks, he backed up at which time the train struck the vehicle.

The driver of the Hyundai said as he crossed the tracks, he noticed the crossing arm coming down that blocks northbound traffic at which point he became scared that he would get stuck on the tracks and began to back up.  As he was backing up, he was struck by the train.

The driver of the Hyundai was transported by Decatur Ambulance Service to Decatur Memorial Hospital for treatment of what appears to be non-life threatening injuries, specifically pelvic pain. There were no other occupants in the Hyundai and none of the train crew were injured.

While on scene, deputies and railroad officials indicated all of the advanced warning lights and gates were fully functional and operating.

The driver of the Hyundai was issued a citation for failing to stop at a railroad signal indicating approaching of a train.

All crossings in Blue Mound were blocked until approximately 8:35pm Saturday night while deputies investigated the crash and rail road authorities inspected the train.

Thousands Turn Out for the Road to the State Championship Saturday

Thousands Turn Out for the Road to the State Championship Saturday

November 18 – A couple thousand fans turned out in force Saturday afternoon to watch two county rivals battle it out on a soggy Boehm-Davis and Munn Field at St. Teresa High School for a chance to go to the Class 2A State Championship in Champaign next Friday.

Filling parking lots surrounding the high school, fans of St. T took in a huge tailgate party at Curly’s Sports Bar and Grill with food from Mac’s Pigskin Diner, while the Maroa-Forsyth fans held a tailgate of their own in a closed off section of the former Northgate Shopping Center parking lot.

All were on hand for the 1 p.m. kickoff that featured the Maroa-Forsyth Trojans and St. Teresa Bulldogs each put their 12-0 records on the line in a game that was called “One for the Ages”.

The teams battled each other, and the soggy field that at the end, due to a bad snap by St. T resulting in a safety, that gave Maroa-Forsyth the win, 16-14, in one of the lowest scoring games for either team this season.

The Bulldogs finished the season at 12-1, while the Trojans advanced to take their unbeaten record to Memorial Stadium in Champaign next Friday to face off against the also undefeated Gibson City-Melvin Sibley Falcons at 1 p.m.

It’s a State Championship rematch for the two teams, and Maroa-Forsyth will certainly be looking to avenge its 38-32 loss to GCMS last season, and bring the Class 2A State Championship trophy back to Maroa-Forsyth High School.

In Class 1A Saturday afternoon, it was also a rough day for the undefeated Bombers of Argenta-Oreana. After jumping out to a lead in the first half, the Bombers fell behind in the second to Camp Point Central, and fell in their quest to go to State, 35-22.

In Class 3A, the Monticello Sages defeated the Carlinville Cavaliers 40-14. With the win, Monticello remains undefeated, and will be making its first State Championship game appearance in school history Friday at 4 p.m. The Sages will battle the also undefeated Byron Tigers, who shut out Herscher, 42-0.