Famed Artist Creates Wings Mural In Decatur – Gift From Community Foundation

Famed Artist Creates Wings Mural In Decatur – Gift From Community Foundation

July 9, 2020 – A new interactive mural has been unveiled as part of a gift to the community to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Community Foundation of Macon County.  

The Community Foundation, in partnership with the Decatur Area Arts Council and the Decatur Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, commissioned famed artist Kelsey Montague to create her signature angel wings mural at the northwest corner of the Civic Center.   

Montague’s wings, which have been featured in the 2019 Superbowl, as well as part of the debut of Taylor Swift’s single “Me!”is the third such creation in Illinois and the only one downstate.  

The wings, which Montague says are not truly complete until someone is standing in front of them, features familiar Decatur iconography and elements patterned into monarch wings, an homage to the efforts of Dennis Lab School to make the butterfly the state insect.  The mural, along with a smaller version next to it for children and pets, is designed for the viewer to stand in front of the mural to create a complete vision of “wearing” the wings”. 

Montague’s pieces, which can be found all over the world, are a welcoming combination of public beauty, interactive art, and social media influence.  

I think social media is so powerful. . being able to share art with so many different people. To know that you are impacting somebody and giving them a chance to share a memory.  Having that gift of a photo of that memoryIt’s really rewarding and has caused me to push harder as an artist” said Montague.  

I wanted to do something that people could interact with and be a part of but also something that could be positive, empowering, and uplifting”.  Montague encourages those sharing the image on social media to use the tag #whatliftsyou.  Visitors to Decatur’s mural are also encouraged to use the tag #ExploreDecaturIL. 

The experience that art has brought into my life is amazingEspecially with angel wings. It’s a universal language everywhere that I create. It’s my way of giving back.” added Montague.  

The mural will be open for public viewing and for pictures beginning July 11th.  Visitors are asked to socially distance when waiting to take photos. 

“We commissioned Kelsey to paint our wings as part of the Foundation’s yearlong 20th Anniversary celebration, said Natalie Beck, President of the Community Foundation of Macon County. “We are so proud of how our community comes together to lift each other up. We’re hopeful that the installation will become a must-see, not only for locals, but for visitors alike.” 

 

New Playground Opens At Overlook Thanks To Gift from JWA

New Playground Opens At Overlook Thanks To Gift from JWA

July 8, 2020 – Though Splash Cove won’t be opening this year at Overlook Adventure Park, there still is something to celebrate.  The Park District officially opened a new playground at the facility.  The playground, which is the only turf playground in the city, was made possible thanks to a $40,000 donation from the Junior Welfare Association of Decatur. JWA President Brittani Garner: 

Playgrounds re-opened with restrictions at the beginning of Phase 4 of the re-open plan.  The park district is limiting use to 50 people and encouraging the use of masks and social distancing when possible.  

Sen Durbin Meets With Local Law Enforcement To Talk Police Reform

Sen Durbin Meets With Local Law Enforcement To Talk Police Reform

July, 8, 2020 – U.S. Senator Dick Durbin was in Decatur to meet with local and State Law Enforcement Officials and to promote the Justice in Policing Act of 2020.  Durbin said the meeting at the Law Enforcement Training Institute brought meaningful conversation that he hopes will bring meaningful change.  The Justice in Policing Act calls for enhanced training, a ban on chokeholds, removal of police immunity from lawsuitsand would establish a misconduct directory. When asked if he believes the bill has a chance in the Senate? 

The meeting was organized by State Qualification Board to give law enforcement a chance to discuss their concerns about the act. Durbin added that the movement to “de-fund the police” is not something he is willing to entertain, adding that now is the time for more training. 

The Illinois Department of Public Health Announces 641 New Cases; 6 Additional Deaths

The Illinois Department of Public Health Announces 641 New Cases; 6 Additional Deaths

July 6, 2020 -The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced 614 new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 6 additional confirmed deaths.

– Champaign County: 1 female 70s, 1 male 80s
– Cook County: 2 male 60s, 1 female 80s
– DeKalb County: 1 female 90

Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 147,865 cases, including 7,026 deaths, in 102 counties in Illinois. The age of cases ranges from younger than one to older than 100 years.  Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have reported 21,134 specimens for a total of 1,782,840.  The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from June 29 –July 5 is 2.6%.

Following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, IDPH is now reporting both confirmed and probable cases and deaths on its website.  Reporting probable cases will help show the potential burden of COVID-19 illness and efficacy of population-based non-pharmaceutical interventions.  See CDC definition of a probable case on its website.  IDPH will update these data once a week.

Officials Announced 23rd Death In Macon County Due To COVID-19

Officials Announced 23rd Death In Macon County Due To COVID-19

July 6, 2020 – The Joint Crisis Communication announced the passing of the 23rd Macon County resident with COVID-19. No information was provided about the patient.

Thus far, 8,817 tests have been performed in Macon County. Since the previous release, Macon County has had four newly-confirmed cases of COVID-19, bringing the total to 236 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Macon County.

People with COVID-19 have reported a wide range of symptoms. If you experience symptoms of COVID-19 with which you are concerned, please call your primary care physician first. Do not show up at a hospital emergency room or doctor’s office unless it is a true emergency. Individuals without a primary care physician can call: • DMH Medical Group: (217) 876-2856 • HSHS Medical Group Patient Advocate: 844-520-8897 • Crossing Healthcare: (217) 877-9117 • SIU: (217) 872-3800 For COVID-19 screening, please call one of the following: • Crossing Healthcare: (217) 877-9117 • HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital 24/7 COVID-19 Hotline: (217) 464-2966 • HSHS Medical Group offers free virtual assessments for COVID-19 at www.anytimecare.com. Anyone entering healthcare facilities should be prepared to be screened before entering.

 

Speak Up Speak Out

Weekly Online Forum To Discuss Issues Facing Our Community

Welcome to Speak Up/ Speak Out  -a weekly online forum to discuss issues facing OUR community and working towards ways to enact real change. Topics weekly on Speak Up/ Speak Out will include everything from community action, mental health, family communication and more. You can catch Speak Up/ Speak Out every Saturday at noon here or on the Hot 105.5 Facebook page and the NowDecatur Facebook Page. 

Episode 4 – Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace

Episode 4 Panel

Raychel is the Diversity Inclusion & Affirmative Action Manager at Growmark, Inc, and the Founder of Corporate KIN LLC. She provides HR consulting for corporations, individuals, start-ups and non-profits who need support with diversity, equity, leadership and inclusion strategies.

Raychel Yokem

Raychel is the Diversity Inclusion & Affirmative Action Manager at Growmark, Inc, and the Founder of Corporate KIN LLC. She provides HR consulting for corporations, individuals, start-ups and non-profits who need support with diversity, equity, leadership and inclusion strategies.

Episode 3 – Racial Disparities in Healthcare

Episode 3 Panel

Jordan has been with IPHCA since 2013 and previously served as our Senior Vice President of Public Policy and Governmental Affairs. 
A healthcare strategist and change leader with the personal and professional goal of improving lives and health outcomes for individuals and communities, Jordan dedicated his career to public service after being raised in a low-income household by a single mother who faced multiple health issues.

Jordan Powell, MBA

Jordan has been with IPHCA since 2013 and previously served as our Senior Vice President of Public Policy and Governmental Affairs. A healthcare strategist and change leader with the personal and professional goal of improving lives and health outcomes for individuals and communities, Jordan dedicated his career to public service after being raised in a low-income household by a single mother who faced multiple health issues.
Dr. Dana Ray is a Decatur native and is the Chief Medical Officer at Crossing Healthcare.

Dr. Dana Ray

Dr. Dana Ray is a Decatur native and is the Chief Medical Officer at Crossing Healthcare.

Episode 2 Panel

Julia Livingston is the Executive Director, Macon County CASA and Founder, Discourse on Racial Difference book club. The book club, which has over 600 members and growing, was developed out of a desire to help our community begins fruitful and educated conversations on racial difference.

Julia Livingston

Julia Livingston is the Executive Director, Macon County CASA and Founder, Discourse on Racial Difference book club. The book club, which has over 600 members and growing, was developed out of a desire to help our community begins fruitful and educated conversations on racial difference.
Heather has been an elementary school teacher for ten years and is currently the kindergarten through third-grade art teacher at Mt. Zion.  Heather is a mom of two and a member of the Discourse on Racial Difference Book Club

Heather Guasco

Heather has been an elementary school teacher for ten years and is currently the kindergarten through third-grade art teacher at Mt. Zion. Heather is a mom of two and a member of the Discourse on Racial Difference Book Club

Episode 1 – Checking In

 

 

Episode 1 Panel

Reverend Courtney Carson serves as an ordained Minister at Antioch M.B. Church, Executive Director of External Affairs for Richland Community College and Vice President of Decatur Public Schools District.61. Rev. Carson is the Co-creator of the Award-Winning Trauma Sensitive Training Program known as EnRich at Richland Community College.

Rev. Courtney L. Carson, MDiv.

Reverend Courtney Carson serves as an ordained Minister at Antioch M.B. Church, Executive Director of External Affairs for Richland Community College and Vice President of Decatur Public Schools District.61. Rev. Carson is the Co-creator of the Award-Winning Trauma Sensitive Training Program known as EnRich at Richland Community College.
Jeanelle Keck is a Finance Director at a local insurance company. Jeanelle is a firm believer that education and civic engagement will lead to a more informed and just society. To that end, she became a certified facilitator in the Parent Leadership Training Institute (PLTI) in 2017.  In 2019, she co-led the first cohort of the Be the Bridge program, with the aim of racial reconciliation in the church. Also in 2019, she became an adjunct professor at Millikin University.

Jeanelle Keck

Jeanelle Keck is a Finance Director at a local insurance company. Jeanelle is a firm believer that education and civic engagement will lead to a more informed and just society. To that end, she became a certified facilitator in the Parent Leadership Training Institute (PLTI) in 2017. In 2019, she co-led the first cohort of the Be the Bridge program, with the aim of racial reconciliation in the church. Also in 2019, she became an adjunct professor at Millikin University.
Charmaine Robertson-Stoner is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and the Director of Behavioral Health Services for Crossing Healthcare. With over 10 years in the field of Social Work, Charmaine has significant experience assessing and educating on the complex bio-psycho-social factors related to patients with emotional and physical trauma histories, who require mental health support, substance use treatment, and a continuum of care.

Charmaine Robertson-Stoner, LCSW

Charmaine Robertson-Stoner is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and the Director of Behavioral Health Services for Crossing Healthcare. With over 10 years in the field of Social Work, Charmaine has significant experience assessing and educating on the complex bio-psycho-social factors related to patients with emotional and physical trauma histories, who require mental health support, substance use treatment, and a continuum of care.
Speak Up Speak Out Topic Schedule

Speak Up Speak Out Topic Schedule

Welcome to Speak Up/ Speak Out  -a weekly online forum to discuss issues facing OUR community and working towards ways to enact real change. Topics weekly on Speak Up/ Speak Out will include everything from community action, mental health, family communication and more.

You can catch Speak Up/ Speak Out every Saturday at Noon on Hot1055.com or on the Hot 105.5 Facebook page, NowDecatur.com and the NowDecatur Facebook Page.

Speak Up Speak Out is presented by:

  • Crossing HealthCare
  • The Community Foundation of Macon County
  • United Way of Decatur and Mid Illinois
  • Neuhoff Media
  • And the City of Decatur

Upcoming Topics Include:

June 27th – Discourse on Racial Difference: A Macon County IL Book Club

July 4th – Health disparities with people of color

July 11th- A forum for teens

WATCH: Young Leaders In Action Give Aldi Gift Cards To Senior Citizens

WATCH: Young Leaders In Action Give Aldi Gift Cards To Senior Citizens

June 18, 2020 – Young Leaders In Action, a youth-led initiative of The Community Foundation of Macon County teamed up with Aldi yesterday to surprise senior citizen shoppers with $50 Gift Cards. Aldi holds vulnerable and high risk shopping hours for Senior Citizens on Tuesday and Thursday Mornings.  YLIA members from 12 local school districts were there to greet them to hand out the cards. The group raised $5000 for the effort and Aldi donated an additional $2500 for the effort. Watch the video now!