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Dredge report

Dredge report

DECATUR – Work will likely continue into next year to increase the capacity of the area that holds sediment dredged from Lake Decatur.

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Tree removal opens lake views

DECATUR – Travelers passing across the south U.S. Business 51 bridge can now enjoy a much better view of Lake Decatur, thanks to a tree remova…

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Child care cuts worry providers

SPRINGFIELD – After more than a quarter century in the child care business, Janice Baldwin has seen her share of funding woes coming from stat…

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Rauner signs DUI law to toughen penalties

Rauner signs DUI law to toughen penalties

SPRINGFIELD – Illinois has a new law on the books designed to toughen drunken driving penalties.

August 29, 2015 4:00 am Related (0)

State police, transportation don't fully participate in drill

SPRINGFIELD – Gov. Bruce Rauner is "confident" the state is prepared to deal with a terrorist attack or a flu pandemic, even though two key ag…

August 28, 2015 4:00 am(0)
Budget guru Arduin exits Illinois without spending plan

Budget guru Arduin exits Illinois without spending plan

SPRINGFIELD – She came to Illinois touted as a "superstar," ready to provide a roadmap to fix the state's budget mess using her high-profile e…

August 27, 2015 5:00 am Related (0)

LaHood, Mellon spar over Iran deal, campaign cash

SPRINGFIELD – The two men vying to become the newest member of Congress are backing their party leaders when it comes to signing off on the nu…

August 27, 2015 4:00 am(0)

New methodology shows state fair attendance drop

SPRINGFIELD – Attendance at the Illinois State Fair this year plummeted by more than half from last year and was down by more than a half-mill…

August 27, 2015 4:00 am Related (0)

14 apply for auditor general position

SPRINGFIELD — Fourteen people have applied to become Illinois' next auditor general.

August 26, 2015 5:00 am Related (0)

Bankruptcy for cities draws debate

SPRINGFIELD -- Two experts in government finance squared off Tuesday over Gov. Bruce Rauner's proposal to give cities the power to declare ban…

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Davis says Iran deal will create nuclear nation

Davis says Iran deal will create nuclear nation

BLOOMINGTON — U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis thinks the president's nuclear deal with Iran is “terrible” and won't deter the Middle Eastern nation fro…

August 25, 2015 4:00 am(3)

SIU student newspaper bidding break vetoed

SPRINGFIELD – Gov. Bruce Rauner has vetoed legislation designed to cut the cost of printing Southern Illinois University's student newspaper, …

August 25, 2015 4:00 am(0)

Rauner amends heroin treatment bill for cost

SPRINGFIELD – Gov. Bruce Rauner used his veto pen Monday to rewrite what had been called a landmark law designed to target an increase in hero…

August 25, 2015 4:00 am(0)
New mayor brings people together

New mayor brings people together

DECATUR – The lunch date was supposed to be a letdown.

August 23, 2015 6:00 am Photos

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Governor papers over problems?

The state's budget mess has forced some nonprofit social service agencies that rely heavily on state funding to close their doors, affecting t…

August 23, 2015 2:00 am(0)

Township aid rules tightened

DECATUR – A month after a tense showdown among board members, Decatur Township will begin implementating new general assistance guidelines.

August 23, 2015 1:00 am(0)
Davis says congressional budget process flawed

Davis says congressional budget process flawed

DECATUR – U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis agrees with those who criticize the way Congress tackles its appropriations process.

August 21, 2015 4:00 am(1)
County committee advances wind farm to full board

County committee advances wind farm to full board

DECATUR – It will now be up to the full Macon County Board to determine whether to allow the construction of more than 100 wind turbines.

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Library fate proceeds to brainstorming

Library fate proceeds to brainstorming

DECATUR – City and Decatur Public Library officials are in talks to “brainstorm” solutions related to the library's future.

August 21, 2015 3:00 am Related (0)
State Dems dig in against Rauner

State Dems dig in against Rauner

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois State Fair may have helped Gov. Bruce Rauner and House Speaker Michael Madigan finally find something they agree on…

August 21, 2015 1:00 am Photos

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State GOP doesn't see Trump ground game

SPRINGFIELD – Although Donald Trump stands atop the large field of Republican presidential candidates in national polls, Illinois Republicans …

August 20, 2015 4:00 am(0)

Senate overrides Rauner's union veto

SPRINGFIELD – Democrats in the Illinois Senate on Wednesday overrode Gov. Bruce Rauner's veto of a plan barring public worker labor unions fro…

August 20, 2015 4:00 am(1)

State Senate approves college tuition aid

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Senate approved spending $373 million Wednesday on a tuition assistance program for low-income college students.

August 20, 2015 4:00 am(0)
Republicans picnic amid union protests at fair

Republicans picnic amid union protests at fair

SPRINGFIELD – While Republicans rallied at an Illinois State Fair picnic Wednesday, union members stood outside the event protesting budget cu…

August 20, 2015 4:00 am(0)
Budget gridlock will delay Richland's Student Success Center

Budget gridlock will delay Richland's Student Success Center

DECATUR – The lack of a state budget isn't hitting Richland Community College's budget as hard as it has hit public schools, but it's frustrat…

August 19, 2015 5:00 am Related (0)

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Budget fight ices funds for roads

With few signs the partisan storm in the capital city will end soon, Illinoisans may want to start preparing for winter.

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State travel ban unpacks odd issue

In one of his first acts as governor, Republican Bruce Rauner issued an executive order banning out-of-state travel.

August 16, 2015 4:00 am(0)

DNR again faces slings and arrows

Gov. Bruce Rauner isn't the first chief executive to cut the budget of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, so an announcement that h…

August 09, 2015 4:00 am(1)

No fear: State fair goes forth

It's August, which is state fair time in Illinois.

August 02, 2015 4:00 am(0)

Judges make secret deals politically OK in Blagojevich ruling

It is not often that a panel of federal judges gives politicians a green light to make secret deals.

July 26, 2015 4:00 am(0)
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