DPD Joins Click It or Ticket Campaign
to Help Save Lives
The 2013 Click It or Ticket campaign kicked off May 10 in Illinois. The purpose of the campaign is to help save lives by cracking down on those who do not buckle up through the Memorial Day holiday weekend.
The Decatur Police Department joined the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), Illinois State Police (ISP) and over 500 local enforcement agencies across the state to save more lives by strongly enforcing seat belt laws.
"As we kick-off the busy summer driving season it's important for everyone to buckle up every trip, every time, day or night - no excuses," said Deputy Chief James Chervinko. "Our officers are prepared to ticket anyone who is not wearing a seat belt."
Provisional numbers show that during the 2012 Memorial Day weekend there were six fatalities and almost 600 injuries on Illinois roadways. Three of those fatalities were alcohol-related. Remember - wearing your seat belt is your best defense against an impaired driver.
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 52 percent of the 21,253 passenger vehicle occupants killed in 2011 were not wearing their seat belts at the time of the crash. As noted, deaths involving seat belt nonuse are more prevalent at night than during the daytime. According to NHTSA, 62 percent of the 10,135 passenger vehicle occupants killed in 2011 during the overnight hours of 6:00 p.m. to 5:59 a.m. were not wearing their seat belts at the time of the crash.
"Seat belts save thousands of lives every year, but far too many motorists still are not buckling up, especially at night when the risk of getting in a crash is even greater," said Deputy Chief James Chervinko, "Our goal is to save more lives, so Decatur Police Department will be out enforcing seat belt laws year-round. Buckle up and encourage loved ones to do the same. You will save the cost of a ticket and may save a life.
For more information about the Click It or Ticket campaign, visit www.buckleupillinois.org.
Work to make way for a new $14 million County Market grocery store could begin this summer following action by the Decatur City Council during its regularly scheduled meeting Monday night.
Council members voted 7-0 in favor of a redevelopment agreement with Niemann Holdings LLC to construct a new 38,000 square foot store on Decatur's near northwest side. Council also voiced its unanimous support for a series of ordinances to establish a tax increment finance (TIF) district to provide assistance to the developer to build the store on what is a difficult to develop site in the area bordered by Illinois Route 48, Grand, Oakland and Leafland Avenues.
The area in question, over the years, has experienced significant vacancy, can be difficult to access from surrounding streets and many of the properties on site no longer comply with current building codes. In order to eliminate the blighted conditions and barriers to development, the developer requested the City’s assistance to prepare the site and build the new grocery store.
As part of the agreement the City will share the incremental property taxes and 50 percent of the sales taxes generated as a result of the project to cover eligible project costs up to a maximum of $2.5 million. Niemann Holdings is proposing to invest $14.8 million in the project.
The City’s agreement with Niemann calls for the company to build and pay for the project with certain eligible costs – including environmental remediation, demolition, property acquisition and site preparation, among other items – being deemed reimbursable expenses as per state statute.
Decatur Trades & Labor Assembly, a Central Labor Council of the AFL-CIO representing 13,000 union members and retirees in Macon County, has announced distribution of $3,500 to seven recipients of the Michael E. Shampine Memorial Scholarship.
The scholarship was open to affiliate union members and their immediate family who plan to enroll in higher education, vocational trade schools or apprentice programs. It was named after the passing of their dedicated president. This year, two applicants were awarded the maximum amount of $1,000, one applicant was awarded $500, and four applicants were awarded $250. Trevon Sylvester and Koleton Cochran are each recipients of the $1,000 award and Matthew Warner will receive a $500 award from the Michael E. Shampine Memorial Scholarship.
Trevon Sylvester attended Richland Community College and will enroll at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale pursuing an education in Political Science. He is a graduate of Eisenhower High school. Trevon is the son of Sarah Sylvester Drake who is a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 51.
Koleton Cochran attends Mt. Zion High School and will enroll at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale pursuing an education in cinematography and media relations. Koleton is the son of Jim and Donna Cochran. His step-mother is a member of the National Association of Letter Carriers Branch 317.
Matthew Warner is a graduate of Shelbyville High School and is attending Eastern Illinois University majoring in Athletic Training. This is the second year he has been a recipient of the Shampine Scholarship. He is the son of John and Julie Warner. His father is a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 146. All three students will be asked to lead this year's Labor Day parade in recognition of their accomplishments.
Four additional amounts of $250 each were awarded to the following individuals:
Samantha Gray, daughter of Barbara Jackson, AFSCME 674; Kori Morstatter, daughter of Jerd Morstatter, AFSCME 268; Joseph Neal, son of Mike Neal, Roofers 92; Tanner Murphy, apprentice member of Painters Local 288, we all $250 grant recipients.
Since its inception in 2007, $9,075 in scholarships and grants have been awarded to 25 students.
"This scholarship is given based on student's role in leadership, community and political action. These are qualities that honor our past president, Michael Shampine, who was a visionary for the labor movement in Macon County," stated scholarship chair, Amy Rueff."We are so excited that we more than doubled the dollar amount given this year, but we would still like to give more. It is our goal to continue to provide educational assistance to our youth while strengthening our community."
The central labor council created the memorial scholarship in 2007 in an endowment at The Community Foundation (www.endowdecatur.org). Rueff noted that the initial funds collected were invested with the earnings being distributed in annual scholarships. "It is our hope that eventually we will have invested enough that we can award larger amounts to more students."
The central labor council is encouraging the public to join them in an educational investment by donating to the fund. Donations may be sent to: Michael E. Shampine Memorial Scholarship, ℅ The Community Foundation, 125 N. Water, Suite 200, Decatur, IL 62523. All donations are tax deductible.
Decatur Trades & Labor Assembly is a central labor council of the AFL-CIO and is made up of 35 local unions. They represent approximately 13,000 union members in Macon County. The mission of the AFL-CIO Central Labor Council is to organize in the community to promote social justice for all working people.
A history of the Michael E. Shampine Scholarship recipients can be found on the "Shampine Wall of Fame" at http://il.aflcio.org/decatur.
For more information, contact Amy Rueff at 217-433-5126.