Police and IDOT Team Up to Keep Illinois Roads Safe Over Holidays

Police Departments and the Department of Transportation are making a final push to keep motorists safe through the holidays. IDOT spokesman Guy Tridgell says motorists can expect to see more patrols and roadside safety checks through the New Year’s

Illinois Woman Helps Decorate White House for Christmas

A southwestern Illinois woman who helped decorate the White House for Christmas says the experience was on her bucket list for years. Nauvoo resident Marty Hopp says she felt honored to be assigned to decorate a tree honoring fallen soldiers. She helped v

Durbin not too Impressed with New Budget

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) is pleased, but not entirely, with the new federal budget signed into law by the president this week.   He says it’s a good budget, covering everything except the Department of Homeland Security, which gets a temp

Governor Quinn Appoints Jerry Stermer as Illinois Comptroller

CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today announced the appointment of state Budget Director Jerry Stermer as Illinois Comptroller following the unexpected passing of Judy Baar Topinka. Stermer will serve as Comptroller on an interim basis to ensure that s

City officials hope new Crossing Healthcare facility brings more than just healt

City officials are hoping the construction of a community health clinic will provide Decatur residents with more than just healthcare...

House GOP leader: No need for Special Election to appoint new Comptroller

Illinois Republicans say Gov. Pat Quinn is not on solid ground constitutionally in seeking a special election to fill part of the upcoming term in the comptroller’s office...

Illinois Unemployment at Lowest Level in Over 6 Years

The unemployment rate is down again in Illinois.   It fell 2/10th of a point, from 6.6 percent in October to 6.4 percent in November, the Illinois Department of Employment Security announced today (Thursday). It hasn’t been lower in 6&frac

Governor Quinn Calling for Special Election to Fill Comptroller Position

At least part of the upcoming four-year term of comptroller of Illinois could be filled by someone of the people’s choosing. The governor today (Thursday) set Jan. 8 – four days before he leaves office – for a special session of the Gene

Skip-A-Pay Program Raises over $16,000 for Salvation Army

FORSYTH – Decatur Earthmover Credit Union gave their members a chance to give back to the community, as well as save some money this Holiday season. With the Skip-A-Pay program, members were allowed to skip their December loan payments just by donat

Durbin says he is in favor of improving Cuban-American relations

For the first time since 1961, the United States is moving towards official diplomatic relations with Cuba — and U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin says it’s overdue...

City appoints search firm to find new City Manager

The search for a new City Manager for the City of Decatur could go nationwide with the approval of the search firm GovHR to lead the search for Ryan McCrady’s replacement...

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NY cop killer had long criminal history
NEW YORK (AP) -- The gunman who fatally ambushed two New York City police officers in their squad car had a long criminal record, a hatred for police and the government and an apparent history of mental instability that included an attempt to hang himself a year ago, authorities said Sunday....
Killings of 2 New York officers trigger backlash
NEW YORK (AP) -- Civil rights leaders Sunday condemned the ambush killings of two New York police officers and expressed fear that the backlash over the bloodshed could derail the protest movement that has grown out of the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner....
US mulls putting NKorea on terrorism sponsor list
HONOLULU (AP) -- President Barack Obama says the United States is reviewing whether to put North Korea back on its list of state sponsors of terrorism as Washington decides how to respond to what he calls an "act of cybervandalism," not one of war, against a movie company....
How do you joke about the Sony hacking? A little carefully
How do you joke about the Sony hacking story? After all, it was an attempt at comedy that launched this whole sobering mess....
Pope's role in Cuba deal fractures Cuban-American flock
MIAMI (AP) -- The key role Pope Francis played encouraging talks between Presidents Barack Obama and Raul Castro left fractures among his flock in South Florida, where many older Roman Catholics equate the Castro brothers with the devil....

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