Congressman Davis Holds Coronavirus Listening Session with Local Health Officials

Congressman Davis Holds Coronavirus Listening Session with Local Health Officials

March 6, 2020 – Congressman Rodney Davis (R-IL) held a Coronavirus listening session to discuss the local response and federal funding to combat the growing risk. The listening session was held on the Crossing Healthcare campus and included local health officials, medical providers, representatives of long term care facilities and local university officials. The goal of the listening session was to ensure up to date communication between the Center for Disease Control and those that are on the front line of the outbreak. The listening session comes on the heels of an $8.3 billion emergency federal funding bill that was signed by President Trump today. As of March 6th, there have been 5 reported cases of the Coronavirus in the State of Illinois.

“The good news is that everyone is talking, everyone is communicating,” said Congressman Davis. “The goal today was to make sure I knew first hand that our local professionals were [sic] getting the same information I was being told they should be getting.”

Hear a podcast with Congressman Rodney Davis below.

LISTEN: Businesses Learn About New Media Technologies with Speaker Dr. Mike Yao

LISTEN: Businesses Learn About New Media Technologies with Speaker Dr. Mike Yao

March 4th, 2020 –  How to reach and engage customers in a fragmented digital world was the main topic at this month’s Decatur Regional Chamber Business Breakfast with featured speaker Dr. Mike Yao. As the Department Head and Professor at the Charles H. Sandage Department of Advertising at the University of Illinois, Yao discusses new  technologies and how businesses can use them to discover and engage new customers.

DPS 61 Holds Job Expo for Students

DPS 61 Holds Job Expo for Students

March 3rd, 2020 – The 3rd annual DPS 61 Job Expo began at MacArthur High School, with students sophomore through senior being exposed to resources in the community for part time or full time jobs or continuing their educationA variety of business are on hand to talk to students, ranging from community organizations, food service, health care and more. 

Raiders Get Ready for Sectional Semifinal Game Against Altamont

Raiders Get Ready for Sectional Semifinal Game Against Altamont

The Raiders (28-3) are the top seed of the Casey Sub-Sectional A, and are currently ranked fourth in the Associated Press State Rankings. The next opponent for the senior-laden club are the Altamont Indians (28-6). The Indians won their own regional on Friday night over Dieterich, 64-44, as the two-seed of the Casey Sub-Sectional B. Tipoff is 7 p.m. on Tuesday night, and the ESPNDecatur 1050 AM broadcast team of Aric Lee and Arius Young will go on-air at 6:45 p.m.

 

WATCH: On the Road to Peoria With Central A&M

WATCH: On the Road to Peoria With Central A&M

February 27th, 2020 – Hear from Central A&M as they come off a victory against Stewardson-Strasburg on Wednesday, and get ready for a Regional Championship game vs. Nokomis on Friday.

Bash for Brody Happening This Saturday at Door 4

Bash for Brody Happening This Saturday at Door 4

February 26th, 2020 – A way to help future students and families going through rough times is happening at Door 4 Brewing Company on Saturday. The Bash for Brody, a fundraiser for the Team Brody – Fight Like a Kid Scholarship, starts at 1pm with food from the Door 4 food truck, axe throwing, a silent auction (until 3pm), 50/50 raffle and more. Team Brody honors a Holy Family student Brody Heinz, who passed away in March of 2019 due to Rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare form of cancer.  Listen to a full podcast with Brody’s father, Dave Heinz and event coordinator Amy Noonan below.

LISTEN: Getting to Know Jamian Holder

LISTEN: Getting to Know Jamian Holder

February 20th 2020 –  ‘The Aric Lee Show’ continued to introduce important members of the community, while honoring Black History Month, with people ‘You Gotta Know’.’Click and Listen and get to know Jamian Holder

Local Girl Receives Cancer Treatment Thanks to Blackhawks Player

Local Girl Receives Cancer Treatment Thanks to Blackhawks Player

February 25th, 2020 – After having issues with headaches and ear problems, Bement High School grad and current Indiana State University Junior, Lauren Gross, was diagnosed with Craniopharyngioma in 2016.  But even going through treatment, multiple biopsies and surgeries, her love for the Chicago Blackhawks never wavered. Her brother, Connor Gross, reached out to the Make A Wish foundation and, in 2017, Lauren got the chance to spend the day with her beloved Blackhawks; attending practice, having lunch with her favorite players and taking in a game.  That once-in-a- lifetime experience has turned into a lifesaving opportunity for Gross and her family.

Since that Make-A-Wish experience, the Blackhawks organization has maintained contact with the family about her condition. Recently, Gross’s doctor told the family about a new drug trial that would consist of at least 9 trips to Philadelphia for treatment. No easy feat due to treatment expenses and travel. It looked as if the trial might not be a possibility for Gross.

The Blackhawks organization learned about the drug trial and the hardship it would cause the family.  That’s when Ducan Keith, defenceman and an alternate captain of the Chicago Blackhawks, stepped in.  Keith volunteered to pay for the entire treatment for Gross through his Keith Relief Foundation. Gross was surprised with a phone call from Duncan Keith himself to tell her the good news.

Gross has qualified for the drug trial and will hopefully begin treatment soon. Hear the full story from Gross’s brother Connor in the podcast below as well as the video of her receiving the phone call from Duncan Keith.