Archives for August 2016

Quinn’s plan

Eleven men and women, all appointed by the Illinois Supreme Court, would be charged with drawing the state’s political map under a plan from former Governor Pat Quinn. Quinn unveiled his new redistricting plan yesterday. He says the idea is simple — No more than six commissioners can be of the same political party and seven commissioners have to agree on a new map. Reformers say changing how Illinois draws its political map may lead to other reforms in Springfield.

Prison population

Illinois’ prison population is down almost ten percent over the past two years. New numbers show the state still has more than 44-thousand people behind bars. But that’s down from almost 49-thousand in 2014. Governor Rauner says he wants to cut the number of people in prison by 25-percent.

Dream flights

This is so cool! Dream Flights for Decatur Area Vets will be planned for Saturday September 10th. The “Dream Flights” will be given to local veterans who served in WWII, The Korean and Vietnam Wars, and they are from Evergreen Assissted Living Facility and Eagleridge Facility. What is even cooler is their ride, is a 1940’s Boeing Stearman, the same aircraft used to train many military aviators in the late 30’s and 40′.

Wet August

Illinois is experiencing a wet August. State Climatologist Jim Angel says through Sunday, the statewide average rainfall for this month was nearly three-inches above normal. That makes it the second wettest August on record.

Police shooting in Decatur

No charges will be filed following a police involved shooting in Decatur. The Macon County State’s Attorney’s office announced yesterday that Officer Andrew Wittmer was justified in his use of force. Police say Wittmer shot and injured Lonnie Mitchell last month while he was armed with a BB gun and knife. Mitchell was hospitalized but is expected to make a full recovery.

Labor Day Pops Concert at Nelson Park

The Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra performs a special Labor Day Pops Concert at the Nelson Park Amphitheater beginning at 6. It’s free and open to the public.

Part of Ocean Trail Rd. Closed Through Friday

Ocean Trail Rd, at the railroad tracks just north of East US Rte. 36 in Decatur, will remain closed through Fri. afternoon around 6. Crews are rehabbing a storm sewer.

Decatur Gets a Grant to Help Police

Three Illinois cities, including Decatur, will get nearly $300,000 in federal grants to help police and corrections officers. Decatur will use its $30,000 to help pay overtime to officers. The other two cities getting grants are Rockford and Aurora.

City Council Wants to Limit Video Gaming Parlors

Decatur City Council is limiting the number of video gaming parlors in the city to 30. This includes the 23 now in operation and the 7 pending licenses. Council will take a final vote on the decision at their next meeting.

Save Some “Green” at Decatur Golf Courses

The Autumn Greens Special returns to Decatur Park District golf courses. Starting Sept. 6 through Nov. 21, you’ll keep more “green” in your pocket with lower rates at Scovill, Hickory Point, and Red Tail Run courses.