Radford's Run Wind Farm has turned up interest among residents and commuters along U.S. 51 near Maroa. The turbines have begun spinning in preparation for full operation. We have 4 things you should know about the project.

Four other stories you should see are U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis seeks change in policy so families can meet the remains of loved ones returning from overseas, the Illini men's basketball team opens its season Friday, judge's alleged nap doesn't warrant new murder trial and 'My Fair Lady' coming to Decatur Civic Center Theater. 

Wind turbines take their turns at startup

Residents and commuters traveling through northwestern Macon County may have noticed something different when they looked over at the newly erected wind farm west of Maroa.

The turbines are spinning — at least, some of the time.

Davis urges military policy change for families

U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis is urging a change in policy to allow military travel for family members to meet the remains of service members when they return to Dover Air Force Base.

Davis said in a statement that he was motivated to do so after the family of Harristown sailor Logan Palmer sought funding from an outside organization to pay for their travel to meet Palmer’s remains. Palmer, 23, was among 10 sailors killed Aug. 21 after the USS John S. McCain collided with another ship near Singapore.

Illini open with Southern University on Friday

If last Friday’s exhibition loss at Eastern Illinois was a teaching moment, Brad Underwood has been a hard-driving professor this week.

“Practice has been intense,” junior Michael Finke said.

Judge's alleged nap doesn't warrant new murder trial

An Illinois appeals court has ruled that a judge falling asleep during a murder trial doesn't warrant a retrial of the defendant in the case.

The Illinois Appellate Court panel in Ottawa said Whiteside County Judge Jeffrey O'Connor's alleged nap was harmless as long as he wasn't sleeping during crucial evidence or motions during Nicholas Sheley's 2014 trial. Sheley was on trial for the murder of four people in Rock Falls, about 175 miles north of Decatur, in what was a murder spree that left six dead in Illinois and two in Missouri.

Decatur Underground Theatre presents 'My Fair Lady'

A flower girl in Victorian England isn’t known for colorful, elaborate gowns or sophisticated speaking. Eliza Doolittle's clothing is dirty and torn as she sells flowers along the street, and her language an easy giveaway if there was any doubt about her lowly station in society.

Eliza Doolittle is the main character in “My Fair Lady.” Decatur Underground Theatre will present the classic musical Friday through Sunday and Nov. 17-19, in the Decatur Civic Center Theater.

“She is a little rough around the edges,” said Heather Kaloupek, who plays Eliza Doolittle. “She is a little dirty.”

But that changes on a bet.


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