Area News

Passage Of Minimum Wage Legislation Is A Killer For Small Business

       Last week, Illinois legislators approved a hike in the statewide minimum wage from $8.25 to $15.00 an hour when the full plan takes effect — far more than our neighboring states. Democrat Governor J. B. Pritzker made passing the minimum wage hike one of his campaign promises.      My thanks to Rep. Dan Caulkins, a…

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Millikin University’s Percussion Ensemble presents “Synergy” Feb. 24

     Kirkland Fine Arts Center and the Millikin University School of Music will present the Percussion Ensembles’ Synergy concert on Sunday, Feb. 24 at 4 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public. Directors Dr. Jeremy Brunk, assistant professor of music, and Professor Aaron Villarreal, adjunct music faculty, will lead the Chamber Percussion Ensembles…

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HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital Announces New President and CEO

       HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital has announced that Michael Hicks has accepted its offer to serve as president and CEO at HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital. Hicks will start serving in this role on April 1, 2019.      Hicks comes to St. Mary’s after spending more than two decades with UChicago Medicine: Ingalls Memorial, a non-for-profit in the…

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Snap Attack Football Passing Machine Stolen From Eisenhower High School

  The Decatur Police Department needs your help in solving this week’s crime of the week. Sometime between 11/26/18 and 01/23/19, a Snap Attack Football Passing Machine valued at approximately $3,000 was stolen from Eisenhower High School. The Decatur Police Department requests your help in locating this machine or the suspects involved in this crime.…

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Posting Of Devon Amphitheater’s Partial Summer Schedule Is Great News!

     • ISN’T THAT GREAT? We all waited for so long for the Nelson Park Amphitheater to become a reality. During a news conference on Friday the good news was announced that Nelson Park Amphitheater will open Memorial Day weekend, May 24-26, 2019. (Details in another post on this site.) The Decatur Park District also announced…

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State lawmakers soon to turn attention to marijuana

    By Rebecca Anzel and Peter Hancock Capitol News Illinois ranzel@capitolnewsillinois.com phancock@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD — Attention at the Statehouse is expected to begin focusing on one of Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s top priorities — legalizing recreational marijuana — with the deadline for lawmakers to introduce new bills on Friday. Two key Chicago Democratic lawmakers, Sen.…

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City Of Decatur Has Free Wood, Wood Chips Available

  The City of Decatur has wood available in the form of large branches and tree stems ranging in size from 8 inches to 36 inches in diameter in varying lengths up to 10 feet. Recipients of the wood should have the equipment needed to cut it into firewood. To receive wood or wood chips…

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Wendy Morthland Is Perfect Choice For Interim City Manager Until March 19

       • THE DECATUR City Council has approved the appointment of Wendy Morthland, the City of Decatur’s Corporation Counsel, and head of the legal department, to be the interim city manager until the new city manager, Scot Wrighton, starts work on March 19th. The choice is an obvious one. Usually, the “interim city manager” position…

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