Archives for July 2016

07-31-16-Foodbank August 9th

The Central Illinois Foodbank comes to Decatur August 9th at Crossing Healthcare. In celebration of National Health Center Week, Crossing Healthcare will host the Central Illinois Foodbank that will distribute 13,000 pounds of produce to anyone who brings a laundry basket or empty box. The even is August 9th from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Crossing Healthcare at 320 East Central Avenue. Doctor Dana Ray says, “We are trying to address social issues that may impact a person’s health outcome and the Health Food distribution is just one way Crossing Healthcare can help our patients.”

Changes at St John’s breadline

Big changes are coming to the St. John’s Breadline starting next week.
The Breadline will soon be changing the hours they provide meals for those in need.
Starting Monday, they’ll begin serving breakfast from 8AM until 10AM, and serving their afternoon meal from 2PM until 4PM.
The Breadline serves about 600 people daily, however the staff’s supervisor says that number has gone up to almost 700 people daily in the last six months.
She also says with that many people in need there’s always a need for volunteers to help.

No Jail time for Marijuana

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed legislation that makes marijuana possession in small amounts punishable only with fines and no jail time.
A state official with knowledge of the governor’s decision told The Associated Press the bill was signed Friday. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity because the signing had not been announced yet.
The new law means possessing 10 grams of pot or less will be a civil offense punishable with a fine of up to $200. The governor’s signature makes Illinois the 17th state – and the third largest – to treat possession of marijuana in small amounts as a civil offense rather than a criminal one.

Reward for ideas

When talking about state workers, Gov. Bruce Rauner occasionally mentions wanting to find ways to reward them for ideas that help government agencies operate more efficiently and save money for taxpayers.
“I’d love to give people 5 percent of every dollar they save with an idea,” the Republican former venture capitalist said earlier this year at an Illinois Chamber of Commerce event in Springfield. “That could be a lot. And, boy, do our state employees have good ideas for saving money. They’ve got a ton.”In fact, Illinois has had a system in place since the mid-1980s that’s designed to reward employees for cost-saving ideas. Through a body now called the State Government Suggestion Award Board, Illinois has received ideas that have saved more than $566,000 since 1993, according to the board’s annual reports.

Tour De Paws

Once again, the the Decatur and Macon County Animal Shelter Foundation and the Decatur Park District/Scovill Zoo will make sure Nelson Park along Lake Decatur goes to the dogs today with Tour De Paws, the cycling event that sees hundreds of participants along the lakefront for a cause.
Cyclists can choose from 25-, 43- or 61-mile rides or participate in a free route along the Nelson Park lakefront.
Preparations for the event, which begins at 6:30 a.m. and rides until 1:30 p.m., have already begun as organizers set up orange cones and arrange items for riders and nonriders.

Supplements controvesy

the controversy continues into the safety of supplements. Nutriceutical scientist and owner of Mari Mann Herbs, Mike King, says dietary supplements are not poisons.
According to a consumer report, 23,000 people a year end up in the E.R. after taking a supplement. Supplements may be easier to get than prescription drugs, but are they safe? King says yes, saying, “It’s just really rare that anyone would get sick or die from a supplement.”
Josh Kleczynski, a clinical nutritional manager at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, disagrees with King, saying the necessary nutrients can be found in food. He believes supplements should only be recommended on a case to case basis.

Shooting being investigating

The Decatur Police Department is investigating a shooting incident that happened on the city’s southeast side Thursday afternoon.
Decatur police say officers were dispatched to the area near Williams Street and 20th Street for a report of a person who had been shot. Upon arriving, officers say they found a man who had sustained at least one apparent gun shot wound.
According to the preliminary investigation into this incident, Decatur police say the shooting happened two blocks north of where the man was found, and that the shooting happened after a disagreement between two people.
Police say the victim is expected to make a recovery, and that no arrests have been made at this time. The investigation into this shooting is ongoing. If you have any information, your are urged to call Crime Stoppers at (217) 424-8477.

Tribute to the men&women in blue

A monthly tribute for the men & women in blue …. and brown.
Decatur City Councilman Pat McDaniel wants to honor Decatur Police and Macon County Sheriff’s deputies with “Blue Mondays.”
“A segment of my campaign is called Blue Monday,” McDaniel told WAND’s Doug Wolfe. “They really need to know that there are people out there that really support them.”
McDaniel is calling on people to wear blue ribbons and blue attire on the first Monday of every month starting on August 1st. He would also like people to shine a light on their support.

Decatur’s ‘Tour De Paws’ Tomorrow Morning

The Decatur and Macon County Animal Shelter Foundation hosts the annual Tour De Paws tomorrow morning at 6:30 at Nelson Park. Cyclists can ride 25, 43, or 61 miles, or take a free route along the Nelson Park lakefront.

A Body Camera for Every Officer in Champaign

Champaign City Council has approved the purchase of 125 more body cameras for the Champaign Police Department – one for each police officer. Total cost of the cameras – around $550,000.