New Contenders in November Election

The Libertarian Party is not the only alternative to the two major parties in the Nov. 4 election in Illinois.   The established parties succeeded in throwing the Green Party off the ballot, though that party did gain write-in status in most of the s

Illinois given Jan 1 deadline to create independent health insurance exchange

llinois has until the end of the year to take advantage of federal funds to set up its own health insurance exchange under the Affordable Care Act...

Police continue to investigate fatal accident

Decatur Police are continuing to investigate a single vehicle accident that has left at least one child dead...

Obama to visit Chicago to campaign for Quinn

President Obama is coming to Illinois today (Wednesday) to try to help the governor...

State Workers Will Receive Back Pay

An Illinois appellate court has ruled that back wages owed thousands of state government workers from 2011 to 2013 must be paid. A panel of judges from the First District Appellate Court found that members of the American Federation of State, County and M

Clinton Attorney Pleads Guilty to Drug Charges

A DeWitt County attorney has pleaded guilty to felony drug conspiracy charges for trying to buy cocaine near an elementary school. The (Bloomington) Pantagraph reports that 51-year-old Dodie Junkert of Clinton entered the guilty plea on Tuesday as a bench

Environmentalists Thank Governor for Clean Air

Models of wind turbines flanked the Lincoln statue in front of the state Capitol today (Tuesday) as part of a ceremony to thank the governor for his leadership on environmental concerns.   The Sierra Club and Faith in Place headed a list of environme

Audit Commission to resume NRI investigation

A bipartisan panel of lawmakers plans to resume its probe next week of a troubled anti-violence program overseen by Gov. Pat Quinn's administration...

Decatur Company Partners with Millikin University

DECATUR - Millikin University’s curriculum opens channels for students to learn on a hands on basis. Tuesday morning, the University helped strengthen their student’s ability to learn directly in their fields.  The Institute of Science En

Sparks fly as Senatorial Candidates have first debate

It took until the final five weeks of the campaign for the two candidates for U.S. Senate to meet face to face, and sparks flew when they did.   Residency was brought up during the meeting today (Monday) involving U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and S

United Way campaign in good shape heading into its second month

Just over a month into their 2014 campaign, the United Way is 30% of their way towards their $2 million campaign goal...

Traffic Updates and Street Closures

Road closures and construction schedule for Macon County

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Secret Service chief quits due to security lapses
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Secret Service Director Julia Pierson abruptly resigned Wednesday in the face of multiple revelations of security breaches, bumbling in her agency and rapidly eroding confidence that the president and his family were being kept safe....
Ebola-infected passenger was sent home from ER
DALLAS (AP) -- The airline passenger who brought Ebola into the U.S. initially went to a Dallas emergency room last week but was sent home, despite telling a nurse that he had been in disease-ravaged West Africa, the hospital said Wednesday in a disclosure that showed how easily an infection could be missed....
US sharply criticizes new Israeli housing project
WASHINGTON (AP) -- In a striking public rebuke, the Obama administration warned Israel on Wednesday that plans for a controversial new housing project in east Jerusalem would distance Israel from "even its closest allies" and raise questions about its commitment to seeking peace with Palestinians....
Hong Kong protesters threaten to occupy buildings
HONG KONG (AP) -- Raising the stakes in their standoff with the authorities, Hong Kong's pro-democracy protesters threatened to occupy key government buildings unless the territory's top official resigns by the end of the day Thursday....
AP-GfK Poll: Divided voters still focus on economy
WASHINGTON (AP) -- It's not Obamacare or climate change. It's not yet terrorism or fear of the Islamic State group. Those issues are on the minds of voters as they begin casting ballots in this year's midterm elections, but nothing matters to American voters as much the economy....

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