Governor Quinn Appoints Jerry Stermer as Illinois Comptroller


CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today announced the appointment of state Budget Director Jerry Stermer as Illinois Comptroller following the unexpected passing of Judy Baar Topinka. Stermer will serve as Comptroller on an interim basis to ensure that s

City officials hope new Crossing Healthcare facility brings more than just healt


City officials are hoping the construction of a community health clinic will provide Decatur residents with more than just healthcare...

House GOP leader: No need for Special Election to appoint new Comptroller


Illinois Republicans say Gov. Pat Quinn is not on solid ground constitutionally in seeking a special election to fill part of the upcoming term in the comptroller’s office...

Illinois Unemployment at Lowest Level in Over 6 Years


The unemployment rate is down again in Illinois.   It fell 2/10th of a point, from 6.6 percent in October to 6.4 percent in November, the Illinois Department of Employment Security announced today (Thursday). It hasn’t been lower in 6&frac

Governor Quinn Calling for Special Election to Fill Comptroller Position


At least part of the upcoming four-year term of comptroller of Illinois could be filled by someone of the people’s choosing. The governor today (Thursday) set Jan. 8 – four days before he leaves office – for a special session of the Gene

Skip-A-Pay Program Raises over $16,000 for Salvation Army


FORSYTH – Decatur Earthmover Credit Union gave their members a chance to give back to the community, as well as save some money this Holiday season. With the Skip-A-Pay program, members were allowed to skip their December loan payments just by donat

Durbin says he is in favor of improving Cuban-American relations


For the first time since 1961, the United States is moving towards official diplomatic relations with Cuba — and U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin says it’s overdue...

City appoints search firm to find new City Manager


The search for a new City Manager for the City of Decatur could go nationwide with the approval of the search firm GovHR to lead the search for Ryan McCrady’s replacement...

Macon County Man Found Guilty of Murder


A Macon County jury reached a verdict on 30-year-old Demarta Cunningham Wednesday afternoon after deliberating for about four hours over two days. Cunningham was found guilty of first-degree murder in the death of his second cousin and the cousin's wi

Illinois Pays Last Respects to Judy Baar Topinka


Friends, family, and politicians bid their final farewell to Judy Baar Topinka.   It was a standing room only crowd at the Operating Engineers Local 150 union hall in Countryside for Topinka’s memorial service, held a week a

Durbin not too Impressed with New Budget


U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) is pleased, but not entirely, with the new federal budget signed into law by the president this week.   He says it’s a good budget, covering everything except the Department of Homeland Security, which gets a temp

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A chance to breach divide for young in Cuba and US
HAVANA (AP) -- Daniela Martinez long figured that someday she would leave the struggles of daily life in Cuba and join her uncle in the United States, but after the events of the last few days, the 18-year-old medical student thinks exile may not be her only choice....
Sony saga blends foreign intrigue, star wattage
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The hackers who hit Sony Pictures Entertainment days before Thanksgiving crippled the network, stole gigabytes of data and spilled into public view unreleased films and reams of private and sometimes embarrassing executive emails....
N. Korea proposes joint probe over Sony hacking
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- North Korea on Saturday proposed a joint investigation with the U.S. into the hacking attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment, warning of "serious" consequences if Washington rejects a probe that it believes would prove Pyongyang had nothing to do with the cyberattack....
Cubans imprisoned in US appear before parliament
HAVANA (AP) -- Members of the Cuban parliament gave a standing ovation Saturday to three men convicted of spying in the United States who were released as part of a historic agreement to restore relations between the two long-hostile countries....
Human rights in spotlight after US-Cuba deal
HAVANA (AP) -- To many exiles and their allies, President Raul Castro is a brutal dictator who locks up dissenters in gulag-like jails, snuffs out political discourse and condemns his people to socialist poverty....
 
 

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