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State grounds its airplanes; no layoffs planned

SPRINGFIELD – While much of state government remained operational Wednesday, one effect of starting the fiscal year without a budget in place …

July 02, 2015 4:00 am(0)
General assistance bogs down Decatur Township board

General assistance bogs down Decatur Township board

DECATUR – Tension that has built up for months on how the Decatur Township handles its General Assistance came through Wednesday night as anot…

July 02, 2015 4:00 am Related (0)
State budget impasse gets real

State budget impasse gets real

SPRINGFIELD – The first signs of Illinois' budget stalemate began surfacing Wednesday when 17 people who work for a state-funded mental treatm…

July 02, 2015 4:00 am Related (0)
Governor and legislators settle in for protracted budget stalemate

Governor and legislators settle in for protracted budget stalemate

SPRINGFIELD – Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and the Democrats who control the General Assembly began settling into a potentially lengthy and de…

July 01, 2015 4:00 am Photos

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Despite withdrawing original plan, Arthur man committed to zoo

ARTHUR – James Aikman remained committed Tuesday to finding a new site to build a proposed zoo/wildlife park in the Arthur area.

July 01, 2015 4:00 am Related (1)
Vigil targets Rauner, GOP as fiscal year begins with no budget

Vigil targets Rauner, GOP as fiscal year begins with no budget

DECATUR – The altered lyrics of the Gospel song, “This Little Light of Mine,” took a direct jab at Gov. Bruce Rauner and the state's proposed …

July 01, 2015 4:00 am Photos

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Union challenging Rauner on TV

Union challenging Rauner on TV

SPRINGFIELD – Just as Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner has taken to the airwaves in the fight over the state budget, a labor union representing ho…

June 29, 2015 4:00 am Related (3)

Transit administrator McChancy rolling into retirement

DECATUR – The longtime administrator of the city's public transit system is cruising to retirement.

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

Public-private partnership to build Shelby County animal shelter

SHELBYVILLE – In the more than 10 years that Shelbyville police dispatcher Penny Standefer has been rescuing abandoned dogs and cats, the most…

June 28, 2015 4:00 am(0)

No one budging on state budget

SPRINGFIELD – Democrats who control the Illinois legislature are poised to shine a spotlight on Gov. Bruce Rauner's decision to veto the state budget.

June 28, 2015 4:00 am(0)

Poll shows strong support to ban powdered alcohol sales

SPRINGFIELD – As Gov. Bruce Rauner considers legislation that would ban the sale of powdered alcohol in Illinois, a new poll shows the majorit…

June 25, 2015 4:30 am(0)

Governor releases money for Meridian projects

SPRINGFIELD – At the same time Gov. Bruce Rauner is threatening to shut down hundreds of construction projects because of an impasse over the …

June 25, 2015 4:00 am Related (0)

Lawmakers reject Chicago schools' pension payment delay

SPRINGFIELD – In yet another sign that Illinois' budget impasse is far from over, the Illinois House rejected a plan Tuesday that would have g…

June 24, 2015 4:00 am(0)

Rauner moves to tighten eligibility for in-home senior visits

SPRINGFIELD – Over the objections of Democratic lawmakers and advocacy groups, Gov. Bruce Rauner is moving forward with a plan to limit the nu…

June 24, 2015 4:00 am Related (1)

Upbeat Sullivan City Council approves police contract

SULLIVAN – City projects, employees and programs are all benefiting from the Sullivan's positive financial position, the city council learned …

June 24, 2015 4:00 am Related (0)
Rauner puts new veterans home in budget crossfire

Rauner puts new veterans home in budget crossfire

SPRINGFIELD – Among the more than $820 million in budget cuts being threatened by Gov. Bruce Rauner is one that would delay the opening of a n…

June 23, 2015 4:00 am Related (3)
Bloomington restaurant closes after liquor restrictions

Bloomington restaurant closes after liquor restrictions

BLOOMINGTON — The owner of a westside restaurant that was ordered to stop serving liquor after 10:30 p.m. is contemplating relocating the busi…

June 21, 2015 6:30 am(0)

Rising water closes some roads in Coles County

MATTOON – Rising water levels have caused the closure of several rural roads in Coles County, the southern half of which was placed under a fl…

June 20, 2015 4:00 am(0)

Illinois set to require CO detectors in schools

SPRINGFIELD — Illinois schools could soon be equipped with carbon monoxide alarms under legislation headed to Gov. Bruce Rauner's desk.

June 20, 2015 4:00 am(0)

Library board slots could remain open

DECATUR – The Decatur Public Library Board may have to wait for city action on a long-awaited consolidation plan before new board members will…

June 19, 2015 4:30 am Related (0)
Long-time Auditor General Bill Holland to retire

Long-time Auditor General Bill Holland to retire

SPRINGFIELD – After 23 years of service, Illinois Auditor General Bill Holland announced his retirement at the Capitol on Wednesday.

June 18, 2015 4:00 am(0)

State inaction freezes park projects

DECATUR – Grant-funded Decatur Park District projects remain on hold as district leaders wait for word on whether the money is coming.

June 18, 2015 2:00 am(0)

Decatur Township's quadrennial assessment goes smoothly

DECATUR – The Decatur Township's assessor's office has successfully completed its quadrennial assessment.

June 17, 2015 4:00 am(0)
Decatur makes administrative court changes, effective in July

Decatur makes administrative court changes, effective in July

DECATUR – City officials agreed Monday to monitor the progress of the city's administrative court in light of four operational changes that ai…

June 16, 2015 5:00 am Photos

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Vickie Marshall accepts challenge of serving Mount Zion

MOUNT ZION—With more than 30 years of teaching experience, Vickie Marshall plans to approach concerns in Mount Zion like she would a math problem.

June 16, 2015 4:00 am(0)

Kurt Erickson

Budget battle sounds like 1994

As state government rumbles toward the end of the fiscal year Tuesday with no overall budget in place, it is good to remember that, despite th…

June 28, 2015 4:00 am(0)

Rhetoric turns toxic in capitol

The Illinois legislature's spring session will be remembered as a divisive one in which Democrats who had controlled state government for 12 y…

June 06, 2015 4:00 am(1)

Lawmakers pull together against weeds

Illinois lawmakers made little progress last week on solving big issues such as the state budget or the state pension mess.

May 24, 2015 4:00 am(0)

Rauner cash keeps GOP allies in line

In the days leading up to a high-profile vote in the Illinois House on a politically charged right-to-work law, Gov. Bruce Rauner doled out ca…

May 16, 2015 4:00 am(2)

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