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Illinois Black Chamber lauds city's diversity ordinance

Illinois Black Chamber lauds city's diversity ordinance

DECATUR – City officials and representatives from the Illinois Black Chamber of Commerce celebrated Wednesday what they called a “groundbreaki…

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Scovill Zoo leaders rearrange duties

DECATUR – A leadership change is taking place at Scovill Zoo, but the players will remain the same.

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Mueller Park pavilion to be named for Horace G. Livingston Jr.

DECATUR – The longtime editor and publisher of the African-American Voice weekly newspaper will be honored with a plaque in Mueller Park, on a…

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Decatur Township cuts social service grants from budget

DECATUR – Decatur Township plans to eliminate its funding for area social service agencies.

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Coles Co. has repeat bee champ

MATTOON -- Charleston Middle School student Sova Fox has won the Coles County Spelling Bee for the second year in a row.

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Gun linked to trial defendant

DECATUR – The state presented forensic evidence Wednesday, including a handgun thrown from the car he was driving during a police chase, to li…

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Learning to fly: Enterprise School making Montessori transition

Learning to fly: Enterprise School making Montessori transition

DECATUR – When visitors enter the foyer at Enterprise School, they are greeted by the sweet twittering of finches and diamond doves that live …

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Old King's Orchard cheer team tackles more than the competition

Old King's Orchard cheer team tackles more than the competition

DECATUR – When the cheerleaders from Old King's Orchard Community Center take the floor during competition, they know they're up against more …

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Donald Patterson acquitted of molesting boy

DECATUR – Donald G. Patterson Jr. was acquitted of all charges after he testified Tuesday at his bench trial that he did not sexually abuse an…

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Bishop celebrates perpetual adoration milestone at St. Mary's Hospital

Bishop celebrates perpetual adoration milestone at St. Mary's Hospital

DECATUR – Every day and night for 20 years, countless parishioners have kept silent watch in the chapel at St. Mary's Hospital.

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Neoga mourns ex-Chief Mattern

NEOGA -- Former Neoga police Chief Gerry Mattern worked hard to provide professional-level police service, even with a small budget and staff.

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Red Cross Heartland Heroes to honor six

Red Cross Heartland Heroes to honor six

DECATUR – Heartland Heroes have been as young as 6 since the American Red Cross began giving the awards in Decatur six years ago.

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Forum questions cover wide range of city roles

Forum questions cover wide range of city roles

DECATUR – The range of questions for Decatur City Council and mayoral candidates Tuesday offered a fitting look at the gamut of issues that fa…

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City Council hires Gleason to be city manager

City Council hires Gleason to be city manager

DECATUR – Tim Gleason had just marked his one-year anniversary as a city administrator when a powerful tornado devastated the small town of Wa…

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'Open Easel' encourages artists to show their work

'Open Easel' encourages artists to show their work

LINCOLN – Mitchell Douglas calls himself a nonartist.

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Kennedy trial witness reluctant

DECATUR – Katari Smith, who was shot in his knee during a gunbattle on the city's northeast side last year, reluctantly testified Tuesday in t…

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Council hires Gleason as new city manager

Council hires Gleason as new city manager

DECATUR – The Decatur City Council has hired Timothy Gleason, city administrator of Washington, Ill., as its new city manager.

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Maroa-Forsyth residents make budget points

MAROA — The public brought their questions Monday about plans for addressing the financial outlook for the Maroa-Forsyth School District.

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Legislation would name bridge after Lane Evans

Legislation would name bridge after Lane Evans

SPRINGFIELD — A new interstate highway bridge spanning the Mississippi River could be named after a longtime Illinois congressman.

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Attorney falls ill in court during jury selection

DECATUR — During jury selection in the trial of Rafael Kennedy for first-degree murder Monday, his attorney, Charles Lukis, fell to the floor …

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Boy testifies in criminal sex abuse case

DECATUR — Speaking in a calm, deliberate manner, the adolescent boy told how he was supplied with alcohol and cigarettes before his older “fri…

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Lawmakers propose plan to fight heroin epidemic

SPRINGFIELD — Illinois lawmakers outlined a plan to fight a heroin epidemic Monday, including a controversial proposal to loosen penalties on …

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Attack on pregnant woman nets charges

DECATUR – Demarrion Cochran was arraigned Monday on a Class X felony charge of home invasion, for allegedly breaking into a pregnant woman's h…

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Landlords angered by city rules

DECATUR – A group of local landlords attended the Decatur City Council meeting Monday to voice concerns about the city's code enforcement poli…

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Rauner promotes local control in union rules, pensions

Rauner promotes local control in union rules, pensions

PONTIAC — "You choose" was the motto of Gov. Bruce Rauner in an address Monday at the Livingston County Courthouse.

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Tim Butler takes over for resigned Rep. Brauer

SPRINGFIELD — Central Illinois' newest state lawmaker will be sworn into office today. 

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Trooper freeze may influence DUIs

SPRINGFIELD -- Gov. Bruce Rauner's proposed budget could put a dent in the state's ability to keep drunken drivers off Illinois highways.

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Rice, Egwu lift Illini to victory No. 19

John Groce likes to say that seniors die hard.

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Where is the Cosby 'mean tweets' video hiding?

Where is the Cosby 'mean tweets' video hiding?

Here's today's Internet mystery:

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Illini Egwu: Imperfect player, perfect teammate

CHAMPAIGN – There’s a kind of love-hate vibe that has followed Illini center Nnanna Egwu throughout his career. He’s forever been at the cente…

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We're still grumbling about this?

We're still grumbling about this?

I know it's a humor site, but come on.

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Iron-poor blood

Iron-poor blood

I've been donating blood since I was 17, so it was with an odd sense of shame that I was turned away from my donation appointment last week. T…

March 02, 2015 5:00 pm(0)

Live and Be Well

The world cannot be contained in answers to five questions a week. Obvious as this is, it has led to this blog.

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Illini start time (9 p.m.) is insane

There’s a danger that what I’m going to say will sound remarkably like the old man screaming from his porch, “Get off of my lawn!”

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The Big List, the February edition

The Big List, the February edition

This year's 365 project is listing my favorite albums, in reverse order. Here are the February entries. If you want to follow it daily, check …

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Step ahead of arthritis

Step ahead of arthritis

If you are suffering from arthritis, you are not alone. Arthritis is the leading cause of disability that affects more than 40 million America…

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Illini click beautifully against Wildcats

Saturday was a night to honor the 10th anniversary of the 2004-05 Illini basketball team that came within a whisker of winning a national cham…

February 28, 2015 9:48 pm(0)

Link dump

You may have thought this was already well-known. I did. But Guitar Player has the straight info on Decatur's Steve Hunter playing on Aerosmit…

February 27, 2015 1:00 pm(0)

Gone to the dogs

Gone to the dogs

If you want to piss someone off, insult their dog.

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