Area News

CAULKINS WARY OF RUSHED EFFORT TO CONSOLIDATE POLICE AND FIRE PENSION FUNDS

    Decatur – Governor JB Pritzker recently called for the General Assembly to take action in the upcoming Veto Session to consolidate Illinois’ 650 police and fire pension funds. State Representative Dan Caulkins (R-Decatur) is wary of any rushed effort to consolidate these funds, especially in the absence of real pension reform. “The General…

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GOV. PRITZKER, IDOT ANNOUNCE REBUILD ILLINOIS ROAD AND BRIDGE PROJECTS

  New Multi-Year Plan Lays Out $23.5 Billion in Maintenance, Preservation and Expansion Projects Across the State Springfield, Ill. — Governor JB Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Transportation released the department’s annual Multi-Year Plan of road and bridge projects across the state, which is the first to capture the historic impact of the Rebuild…

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MAROA-FORSYTH SCHOOLS ASK FOR INPUT ON FACILITY IMPROVEMENTS

  Maroa-Forsyth CUSD #2 is asking for input from community members as they address facility needs at the Middle School and plan for the future of their school buildings. The public is invited to attend the next in a series of community meetings on Oct. 23 and Nov. 13 at 6:30 pm at Maroa-Forsyth Middle…

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ICC ANNOUNCES NEW 447 AREA CODE FOR 217 REGION

Springfield, IL…The Illinois Commerce Commission has announced a new area code is coming to central Illinois. The new 447 area code will “overlay” the existing 217 area code to address the depletion of prefixes available for assignment within the region. The first prefix in the new area code will not be introduced until after March…

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FEMALE INMATE DIES IN MACON COUNTY JAIL AFTER BEING FOUND UNRESPONSIVE

       On October 17th, 2019 at approximately 6:25pm, correctional officers with the Macon County Sheriff’s Office discovered an unresponsive female inmate in a housing area in the jail. Officers and on site medical professionals immediately began performing life saving efforts on the female, who was subsequently transported by Decatur Ambulance Service to St. Mary’s Hospital.…

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SEMI-TRUCK TRAFFIC RAISING CONCERNS OF SOME DECATUR CITIZENS

         A few weeks ago in this column I mentioned how it seemed to me (from daily observation as I’m walking downtown) that more and more semi-trucks are moving through the core area of Decatur where they were banned a few years ago as redevelopment of the area was taking place. Such trucks are…

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RICHIE WOLF IS NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF MACON COUNTY CONSERVATION DISTRICT

  The Macon County Conservation District Board of Trustees announces Richie Wolf as their selection for the organization’s new Executive Director. “Richie Wolf has the experience and ability to lead the Macon County Conservation District,” says Board President, Darrel Parish. “The District can expect continued excellence under his direction.” Wolf was hired by the Macon…

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