New Contenders in November Election

The Libertarian Party is not the only alternative to the two major parties in the Nov. 4 election in Illinois.   The established parties succeeded in throwing the Green Party off the ballot, though that party did gain write-in status in most of the s

Illinois given Jan 1 deadline to create independent health insurance exchange

llinois has until the end of the year to take advantage of federal funds to set up its own health insurance exchange under the Affordable Care Act...

Police continue to investigate fatal accident

Decatur Police are continuing to investigate a single vehicle accident that has left at least one child dead...

Obama to visit Chicago to campaign for Quinn

President Obama is coming to Illinois today (Wednesday) to try to help the governor...

State Workers Will Receive Back Pay

An Illinois appellate court has ruled that back wages owed thousands of state government workers from 2011 to 2013 must be paid. A panel of judges from the First District Appellate Court found that members of the American Federation of State, County and M

Clinton Attorney Pleads Guilty to Drug Charges

A DeWitt County attorney has pleaded guilty to felony drug conspiracy charges for trying to buy cocaine near an elementary school. The (Bloomington) Pantagraph reports that 51-year-old Dodie Junkert of Clinton entered the guilty plea on Tuesday as a bench

Environmentalists Thank Governor for Clean Air

Models of wind turbines flanked the Lincoln statue in front of the state Capitol today (Tuesday) as part of a ceremony to thank the governor for his leadership on environmental concerns.   The Sierra Club and Faith in Place headed a list of environme

Audit Commission to resume NRI investigation

A bipartisan panel of lawmakers plans to resume its probe next week of a troubled anti-violence program overseen by Gov. Pat Quinn's administration...

Decatur Company Partners with Millikin University

DECATUR - Millikin University’s curriculum opens channels for students to learn on a hands on basis. Tuesday morning, the University helped strengthen their student’s ability to learn directly in their fields.  The Institute of Science En

Sparks fly as Senatorial Candidates have first debate

It took until the final five weeks of the campaign for the two candidates for U.S. Senate to meet face to face, and sparks flew when they did.   Residency was brought up during the meeting today (Monday) involving U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and S

United Way campaign in good shape heading into its second month

Just over a month into their 2014 campaign, the United Way is 30% of their way towards their $2 million campaign goal...

Traffic Updates and Street Closures

Road closures and construction schedule for Macon County

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HK police warn protesters not to charge buildings
HONG KONG (AP) -- Hong Kong police warned of serious consequences if pro-democracy protesters try to occupy or surround government buildings, as they have threatened to do if the territory's leader doesn't resign by midnight Thursday....
Dallas ER sent Ebola-infected patient home
DALLAS (AP) -- A Dallas emergency room sent a man with Ebola home last week, even though he told a nurse that he had been in disease-ravaged West Africa, and officials at the hospital are considering if they would have acted differently had the entire medical staff been aware....
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Pierson's undoing was quick as support vanished
WASHINGTON (AP) -- One lesson from Julia Pierson's short tenure as director of the agency that protects the first family: The Secret Service can't keep secrets from the president....
Minneapolis community fights recruiters for jihad
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Every evening after work, Abdirizak Bihi strolls through neighborhood parks where young Somalis shoot hoops and play soccer. He tells jokes, urges them to clean up their trash and even grabs the basketball to take a few shots....

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