Banking Scams Increase Due To COVID-19

Banking Scams Increase Due To COVID-19

June 29th, 2020- The Federal Bureau of Investigation said online banking has increased 50% because of the COVID-19 pandemic and scammers are taking advantage.

The bureau warned against two types of scams especially: one is the creation of fake banking apps, and the other is installing “trojans,” a form of malware that can take control of your phone or tablet and then extract information from your banking app when you open it.

“The FBI issued a warning, and this is a warning that’s been issued by the Better Business Bureau as well,” Steve Bernas, president and CEO of the Better Business Bureau.

He said to be especially wary of any offer for a banking app that comes through an email or text.

“There’s a possibility of the scammer is getting into a bank-app set-up where you think you’re getting an email from your bank, but you’re actually getting an email from a scammer,” he said. “And you’re giving them all the information to get into your bank account.

“You’ve got to be very careful when you download apps. The best way to avoid the situation is by doing business with companies you know and trust and work directly with them not following links or text messages.”

In other words, go directly to the bank website, or at least to a reputable app store.

“Scammers always go where the money is,” Bernas said, advising due diligence to they don’t wind up with yours.

For information, visit bbb.org.

Governor Visits Boys and Girls Club of Decatur To Highlight Child Care Funding

Governor Visits Boys and Girls Club of Decatur To Highlight Child Care Funding

June 10, 2020 – Gov. J.B. Pritzker visited the Boys & Girls Club of Decatur to highlight the importance of child care facilities.

Boys & Girls Clubs and similar facilities in Illinois that were shut down because of the COVID-19 pandemic have reopened under guidelines from the Illinois Department of Public Health. The Boys and Girls Club was able to re-open it’s doors on Monday with new health guidelines.

State Sen. Andy Manar said including facilities like the Boys & Girls Club in the recently passed state budget was important.

“We are able to reopen child care providers and community-based providers because prioritized that funding in the budget this year,” he said. “We chose not to ‘slash and burn’ programs that impact youth.”

Boys & Girls Clubs around the state and programs like TeenREACH were left in limbo during the budget impasse of 2015.

State Rep. Sue Sherer also spoke of the importance of keeping the facilities funded.

“I just want to say how critically important it is in these times that we offer the programs and services for Boys & Girls Clubs because these our children, these are the most neediest, these are the ones we need to tuck under our wing and take care of,” she said.

The Illinois Alliance of Boys and Girls Clubs is comprised of 27 organizations, serving over 60,000 youth each year at more than 90 sites.

The Decatur Mural Project Now Accepting Artist Design Proposals for 2020 Mural

The Decatur Mural Project Now Accepting Artist Design Proposals for 2020 Mural

May 27th, 2020-  The Decatur Arts Council is searching for the next artists to create a new mural to be painted in 2020. Artists proposals are now being accepted by the DAAC Public Art Committee. Submissions are due by June 12, 2020.

This year’s project is being done in cooperation with and through support from the Beautify Decatur Coalition.  The goal is to have a mural created that builds awareness for keeping our city clean and encourages everyone to enhance its appearance.  For example, the Beautify Decatur Coalition has focused on the litter prevention theme, “Be a dear, put it here,” encouraging the use of available trash receptacles.  Artists may consider this theme when developing a design proposal.  Learn more about the Beautify Decatur Coalition at BeautifyDecatur.com

Artists may submit more than one design.  The location for this mural has not been determined but will likely be a single-story horizontal wall.  For more detailed information on design recommendations, proposal requirements, and how to submit a proposal, visit www.decaturarts.org/murals/ and download the Call for Proposals – 2020 document.

The Decatur Mural Project was established in 2012 to create partnerships with artists, property owners, and sponsors or funding agencies for the creation of murals to beautify our community. Mural design proposals are collected as locations become available throughout Macon County. Building recommendations are always welcome.

Chamber to Host Webinar with Focus on Remote Business Technology

Chamber to Host Webinar with Focus on Remote Business Technology

May 12th, 2020- The Decatur Regional Chamber is hosting a free webinar that will focus on the most effective options for technology use for your business while working remotely.  The webinar will take place from  1 pm – 2 pm on May 20th.

Special Guest Speakers include Beck Tech’s Matt Beck, JT Net’s Bill Lehmann, and Brian Mcnamara, Steve Weber of Liasion Home Automation, and Frank Saulsbery of Network Solutions Unlimited.

To register for the event go to decaturchamber.com 

McGorray Announces Candidacy for State Rep in 96th District

McGorray Announces Candidacy for State Rep in 96th District

May 11, 2020 – Charlie McGorray of Decatur announced his candidacy for State Representative of the 96th Illinois House District. McGorray has begun circulating petitions to run as the Republican candidate against incumbent State Rep. Sue Scherer.

“I’ve served my country in the U.S. Army and served my community for over 25 years as a member of the Decatur Fire Department,” said Charlie McGorray. “Now, I want to serve as your voice in Springfield. We need someone who will represent us, not Mike Madigan and his Chicago Machine.”

Charlie McGorray is seeking volunteers to help him collect the 500 petition signatures needed over the next ten days in order to be placed on the November 2020 ballot. However, due to the Governor’s stay at home order, McGorray filed a lawsuit on May 9 in order to collect those signatures.

Podcast – Radio DPS

Podcast – Radio DPS

School may be out, but learning is IN!  Y103, 95Q, Hot 105.5, NowDecatur.com and Decatur Public School District 61 have teamed up to make at-home learning more easy, fun, and accessible!

Listen to hear real teachers and administrators give lessons, workouts, art and music projects, and motivational messages! Just like you’re back in the classroom. And don’t worry parents, we’ll have some technical tips to help you navigate through all that online homework. Let’s go back to school, at home!

Podcasts are listed by date, grade range, subject and teacher. Episodes will be available at 10am everyday!

COVID-19 Cancellations And Closures

COVID-19 Cancellations And Closures

 

 

 

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker has ordered all state residents to remain in their homes except for essentials. Pritzker’s order is set to expire April 30th, still allows the state’s 12.6 million residents to head outside to buy groceries and medicine.

Please use this information as a guide for Cancellations and Closures.  Keep in mind that some businesses that are considered “Essential Services” may be closed or experiencing limited hours or locations during this time.  If your business is considered Essential and you are limiting hours, locations or are closed at this time, please submit THIS FORM to NowDecatur. 

***If your business is closed due to the state-mandated Stay At Home Order, please do not submit a form. You can find a list of changes to any essential services listed below, as well as any cancellations or closures announced for AFTER April 30th.  You may submit a form for any events or closures planned for AFTER the April 30th order. 

So what are “Essential Services”?

– Healthcare and Public Health Operations i.e. hospitals; clinics; dental offices; pharmacies; public health entities; licensed medical cannabis dispensaries and licensed cannabis cultivation centers; reproductive health care providers; eye care centers; home healthcare services providers; mental health and substance use providers; and entities that transport and dispose of medical materials and remains.

– Essential Infrastructure i.e. food production, distribution, and sale; construction; building management and maintenance; airport operations; utilities; distribution centers; oil and biofuel refining; roads, highways, railroads, and public transportation; ports; cybersecurity operations; flood control; solid waste and recycling collection and removal; internet, video, and telecommunications systems.

– Essential Governmental Functions

– Stores that sell groceries.

– Food, beverage, and cannabis production and agriculture. Includes businesses that provide food, shelter, and other necessities for animals as well.

– Organizations that provide charitable and social services.

– Media outlets.

– Gas stations and businesses needed for transportation.

– Financial Services – Banks, currency exchanges, consumer lenders, etc.

– Hardware and supply stores.

– Critical trades i.e. plumbers, electricians, exterminators, moving and relocation services, and other service providers who provide services that are necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences.

– Mail, post, shipping, logistics, delivery, and pick-up services.

– Educational institutions – These are subject to restrictions in prior Executive Orders such as e-learning and K-12 school closures through April 7, 2020.

– Laundry services.

– Restaurants for consumption off-premises i.e. in-house delivery, third-party delivery, drive-through, curbside pick-up

– Business that provide supplies to work from home.

– Business that provide supplies for Essential Businesses and Operations.

– Transportation i.e. airlines, taxis, transportation network providers (such as Uber and Lyft), vehicle rental services, and other private, public, and commercial transportation and logistics providers)

– Business for home-based care and services for adults, seniors, children, and/or people with developmental disabilities, intellectual disabilities, substance use disorders, and/or mental illness.

– Residential facilities and shelters.

– Professional service (i.e attorneys, accountants, real estate, insurance).

– Daycare centers for employees exempted by this Order – please call your childcare facility first.

– Businesses that manufacture, distribution, and supply chain for critical products and industries – items such as pharmaceuticals, technology, healthcare, waste pickup and disposal, agriculture, food and beverage, transportation, construction, national defense, and communications.

– Critical labor union functions.

– Hotels and motels.

– Funeral services.

To be clear, even if you work in one of these sectors, your employer should allow you to work from home or take steps to implement social distancing, but they may still require you to come into work when you and your family are healthy.

What’s closed?

The following must be closed:

– dine-in restaurants,

– bars and restaurants,

– entertainment venues (movie theaters, live theaters, stadiums, etc.),

– gyms and fitness studios,

– public events and gatherings

– convention centers.

 

Changes to Essential Services:

  • AMELCA food pantry will be closed until further notice
  • Central Illinois Christians in Mission: will be closed until further notice.
  • Decatur Conference Center and Hotel will be closed until April 7th
  • Decatur Earthmover Credit Union: The Drive-ups at our Dividend Location and Paris Location will continue operating with the following hours: Monday – Friday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.  We are temporarily suspending drive-up services at our other locations (Aldi Drive, Edward Street in Decatur & Marion Drive in Forsyth). We will only be accepting night drops at the Dividend and Paris locations. – Our Contact Center will be operating Monday – Friday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. – We will not be accepting real estate loan applications through our website at this time. However, our mortgage department is still available via phone. Give us a call! – As a reminder, we are waiving all foreign ATM transaction fees for members until April 15, 2020. This means our members can use non-Earthmover ATMs without being charged a fee by Earthmover. You may still have to pay a surcharge fee from that ATM’s institution. Here is a list of ATM locations that won’t charge a fee with a DECU card.
  • Decatur Housing Authority: The offices of Decatur Housing Authority will be closed to the public through the shutdown order. DHA staff will still be available by telephone. Rent payments may still be made by mail or dropbox. You may report income changes by phone during this time period. Necessary forms will also be available outside of our door at the main office located at 1808 E. Locust Street.
  • Decatur Park District is closing its golf courses, dog parks and all public playgrounds on District property until further notice.
  • Decatur Police Department: The DPD lobby will close to the public until further notice. If you have an emergency, you are still directed to call 911. For non-emergencies and for citizens needing to file a police report, register or in need of any other information from DPD, you are directed to call 217-424-2711 in lieu of coming to the police department to speak directly with an officer.
  • Good Samaritan Inn: will be serving hot noon meals in a grab and go capacity from 11:30 AM-1:00 PM, 7 days a week.
  • Forsyth Village Hall is closed to the general public; however, Village services will continue to be provided to the extent possible. Utility customers with questions regarding their utility bills are encouraged to call Village Hall at 877-9445. As always, payment of utility bills can be done via mail, online, or via a drop box located on the north exterior wall of Village Hall, located at 301 South Route 51.
  • Illinois Department of Human Services: announces that all Division of Rehabilitation Services’ Offices will close until the end of the shutdown and all Family Community Resource Centers will remain open with reduced staff to follow the Center for Disease Control social distancing guidelines during the coronavirus situation. While FCRCs remain open, IDHS highly encourages customers who can apply for and manage their benefits online to do so at ABE.illinois.gov or by calling the ABE Call Center at 1-800-843-6154.
  • Illinois Department of Labor: Cancels All Scheduled Hearings Until Further Notice Due to Coronavirus Concerns.
  • Illinois Secretary of State: Jesse White is announcing that all offices, including Driver Services facilities statewide, will be closed. Expiration dates for driver’s licenses, identification (ID) cards, vehicle registrations, and other transactions and document filings will be extended by 30 days through an emergency rule.
  • Illinois workNet One-Stop Center and Workforce Investment Solutions: Illinois workNet One-Stop Center and Workforce Investment Solutions will be closed. Staff will be able to work with customers via emails, webinars, and phone. All events have been canceled until further notice. Events include: hiring events, workshops, and orientations
  • Land of Lincoln Credit Union (LLCU):  announced today that all LLCU offices throughout central Illinois will begin operating as DRIVE-UP ONLY facilities beginning Thursday, March 19th until further notice.
  • Macon County Courthouse: Macon County Court will reduce operations to essential court functions until further notice. For more information click here.
  • Macon County Jail: The Macon County Jail will suspend all public on-site inmate visitation until further notice. Off-site visits with inmates will still be allowed via remote visitation through the visitation website at https://securustech.net/.
  • Northeast Community Fund:  Northeast Community Fund will operate its food pantry as a “drive-through” pantry during regular pantry hours.  Clients are asked to drive to the south side of the building and remain in their cars so that staff and volunteers can load food boxes into vehicles.  The drive-through will exit onto the Community Care Campus and back onto King St.  Walk-ups will be accepted.
  • Social Security Offices: All local Social Security offices will be closed to the public for in-person service until further notice. Our secure and convenient online services remain available at www.socialsecurity.gov.  Local offices will also continue to provide critical services over the phone.

Non-Essential Closings/ Cancellations Announced For After April 30th Order:

  • SIUE: It is with great disappointment that we must announce the postponement of all SIUE spring 2020 commencement ceremonies. This includes the SIU School of Dental Medicine. Announcements will be forthcoming for students, parents, faculty, and staff with further details
  • The Children’s Museum of Illinois has made the difficult decision to cancel our Fairy Tale Ball event scheduled for May 15th and 16th. Guests who have already registered are able to apply the value of the registration for Museum Credit to be used toward future events and/or programming, donate the value of their registration to the Museum to assist in offsetting losses incurred during our closure, or obtain a refund.

If your business is considered Essential and you are limiting hours, locations or are closed at this time, please submit THIS FORM to NowDecatur.

***If your business is closed due to the state-mandated Stay At Home Order, please do not submit a form. You can find a list of changes to any essential services listed below, as well as any cancellations or closures announced for AFTER April 30th.  You may submit a form for any events or closures planned for AFTER the April 30th order.