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The city of Decatur’s administrative court has been a lightning rod for criticism as of late. That scrutiny peaked during the municipal electi…

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Ben Carson will make 2016 entertaining

Ben Carson, who formally announced his run for the presidency Monday, is a brilliant surgeon, gifted storyteller and charismatic speaker. But …

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Local News

Education an ongoing goal of administrative court

DECATUR – Some city code violations are obvious: Don’t throw trash on the lawn. Don’t keep couches on the front porch. Mow the grass.

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Shelbyville City Council declines TIF funds for schools

SHELBYVILLE – Shelbyville schools will not be able to use city tax increment financing funds to add to air conditioning to Main Street Element…

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Richland fair an education in resources for adult students

DECATUR – Shantae Williams wanted to provide a better life for her 18-month-old son.

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Shelbyville homeowners seek answers for ongoing street project

SHELBYVILLE – Six Shelbyville homeowners came to the Shelbyville City Council asking for answers about a prolonged renovation on their street’…

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Based out of new headquarters, police sweep up guns, drugs

Based out of new headquarters, police sweep up guns, drugs

DECATUR – A pack of 30 vehicles from eight law enforcement agencies rolled out of the South Shores police headquarters late Thursday morning t…

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Decatur school board elects Sherri Perkins as president

DECATUR – The Decatur school board has new officers after a reorganization meeting Monday.

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Mt. Zion honors outgoing mayor

Mt. Zion honors outgoing mayor

MOUNT ZION — Don Robinson's 20 years of service to Mount Zion came to a close Monday.

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LSA seniors' prank 'captures' the right spirit

DECATUR – In the dark of night, black-clad scoundrels burst into the office of senior class counselor Allison Hicklin at the LSA High School a…

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Kennedy gets 27 years in murder try

DECATUR – Although the judge ruled that Rafael C. Kennedy would serve a sentence toward the lower end of the guidelines, there was an uproario…

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Lawyers air concerns about Decatur's administrative court

DECATUR – In addition to landlords, others have criticized several aspects of the city's administrative court.

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Raptors delight South Shores third-graders

Raptors delight South Shores third-graders

DECATUR – When you see a bald eagle on TV and hear that ear-piercing cry, that's Hollywood enhancement.

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One manager to handle both Illinois state fairs

SPRINGFIELD – Illinois will not have separate managers for its two state fairs this year.

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Council rezones Mound Road property

DECATUR – A relatively light agenda greeted new Decatur City Council members Monday, but their next meeting is likely to be a long one.

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Coding class at Old King's Orchard wraps up

DECATUR – As Mark Avery walked into the computer lab of the Old King's Orchard Community Center on Monday night, he shared his lofty hopes and…

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Administrative court: Landlords want more time to fix problems

Administrative court: Landlords want more time to fix problems

DECATUR – Landlords who spoke in front of the Decatur City Council and to the Herald & Review echoed one major complaint about the city's …

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State News

Former Hawaii governor paid more as Rauner aide

SPRINGFIELD – The former governor of Hawaii is making more money as an aide to Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner than she did when she oversaw the Al…

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Bill would establish alert system for dementia sufferers

SPRINGFIELD – A system to find missing adults who have wandered off due to Alzheimer’s disease or dementia is advancing in the Illinois legislature.

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Vienna prison woes continue, advocates say

SPRINGFIELD – A prison watchdog group says there are few signs of improvement in the living conditions at a Southern Illinois lockup, despite …

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Downstate coalition gets behind coal industry

SPRINGFIELD – With Illinois lawmakers discussing a major overhaul of state energy policies this spring, a group of downstate representatives a…

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Audit takes Corrections workers to task for overtime

SPRINGFIELD – Illinois prison guards, already under scrutiny by Gov. Bruce Rauner for skipping work on Super Bowl Sunday, are being accused of…

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Rauner discloses 'private meetings' on policy

Rauner discloses 'private meetings' on policy

SPRINGFIELD – During his campaign, Gov. Bruce Rauner said he wanted to oversee the most transparent administration in history.

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Rauner administration to restore $26 million in grant cuts

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner's office said Thursday that an unexpected windfall of revenue from income tax receipts will allow the sta…

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Energetic, confrontational former Gov. Walker dies at 92

Energetic, confrontational former Gov. Walker dies at 92

SPRINGFIELD – Illinois' 36th governor was remembered Wednesday as an energetic but confrontational chief executive who would later join the st…

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Mayors gather at Capitol to protest state budget

Mayors gather at Capitol to protest state budget

SPRINGFIELD – Local officials from throughout Illinois descended on the Capitol on Wednesday, lending their voices to the growing coalition of…

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Monticello woman's killer admits guilt

DIXON (AP) — A Rockford man has pleaded guilty to killing a Monticello woman at a Northern Illinois highway rest stop a day after he allegedly…

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Local Business

Stu Ellis: Great week comes with down side

Phenomenal. 

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Public input sought on Clean Line path

PANA – A round of public meetings over the next week in Pana, Nokomis, Strasburg, Greenup and several other Central Illinois towns will introd…

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ADM sees 'momentum' in first quarter earnings

ADM sees 'momentum' in first quarter earnings

CHICAGO — First quarter earnings for Archer Daniels Midland Co. are improving as the company pushes for even better results.

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Mock interviews emphasize first impressions

DECATUR – Garfield Montessori School students didn't know what to think when Rep. Sue Scherer walked out to speak to them wearing sunglasses, …

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Nursing home residents protest second round of cuts

Nursing home residents protest second round of cuts

BLOOMINGTON — Holding pom-poms, signing papers and wearing "Hold the Line on Nursing Home Funding" stickers, about 20 residents of Heritage He…

May 05, 2015 5:15 am(0)

Larry Frank: Good debt vs. bad debt

People tend to lump all debts together, yet they are not all equal. Knowing the distinction between a good debt and a bad one can help you mak…

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National News

Food critic Josh Ozersky found dead in Chicago hotel

Food critic Josh Ozersky found dead in Chicago hotel

CHICAGO (AP) — Food critic Josh Ozersky, whose witty and snarky writing generally focused on his obsession with all things meat, has died in C…

May 05, 2015 11:20 pm(0)

Analysis: Silicon Valley story could boost or bust Fiorina’s presidential bid

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Carly Fiorina is as close as it gets to a Silicon Valley candidate for president. So why did the former Hewlett-Packard CEO…

May 05, 2015 7:00 pm(0)

Huckabee to make run for White House

HOPE, Ark. (AP) — Mike Huckabee declared his presidential candidacy Tuesday, counting on his brand of conservative populism to make his second…

May 05, 2015 4:45 pm(0)

Book challenging ethics puts Clinton on defensive

WASHINGTON — As Hillary Rodham Clinton sought to focus attention on immigration during a swing through Nevada on Tuesday, her presidential cam…

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Michael Blake, author of ‘Dances With Wolves,’ dies at 69

Michael Blake, author of ‘Dances With Wolves,’ dies at 69

When Michael Blake was writing his novel “Dances With Wolves,” he was living in Los Angeles on friends’ couches or, sometimes, in his car. He …

May 05, 2015 2:31 pm(0)

Ellen Albertini Dow, 'Wedding Singer' rapper, dies at 101

Ellen Albertini Dow, 'Wedding Singer' rapper, dies at 101

LOS ANGELES — Ellen Albertini Dow, a feisty character actress best known for her salty rendition of "Rapper's Delight" in "The Wedding Singer,…

May 05, 2015 2:15 pm(0)

Analysis: How the widening wealth gap is empowering 2016 populists

WASHINGTON — Imagine a country where people in the economic top 1 percent scoop up more than one-fifth of all income, those in the top 10 perc…

May 05, 2015 2:00 pm(0)

Analysis: Liberals urge Clinton to go left, where she risks losing swing votes

WASHINGTON — Richard Trumka mentioned no names as he vowed recently that labor would not endorse yet another presidential candidate who talks …

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'Star Trek' actress Grace Lee Whitney dies at 85

'Star Trek' actress Grace Lee Whitney dies at 85

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Grace Lee Whitney, who played Captain Kirk's assistant on the original "Star Trek" series, has died. She was 85.

May 04, 2015 3:28 am(0)

3 Christie aides charged

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Federal prosecutors brought charges Friday against three former allies of Gov. Chris Christie, but not Christie himself, i…

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