Mark Wicklund and family at their home in Decatur

Mark Wicklund for Congress

News Local/State - October 12, 2016

Democrat Mark Wicklund Discusses 13th District Issues

Democrat Mark Wicklund is challenging incumbent Republican Rodney Davis for Illinois’ 13th Congressional District seat.  Wicklund’s lone political experience is a three-year stint on the Macon County Board that ended in 2013. The Decatur resident currently serves as the president of the board of directors for the Decatur-Macon County Opportunities Corporation, a not-for-profit agency that provides services such as meals for seniors and energy assistance.

A screen capture of LIFT, a new super-PAC, aiming to tie Gov. Bruce Rauner to Donald Trump.

News Local/State - October 12, 2016

New PAC Aims To Tie Rauner To Trump

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner and his allies are shoveling historic piles of cash into legislative races this year. A new federal super-PAC that goes by the acronym "LIFT" is seeking to counter that, by tying Rauner to Donald Trump.

Steve Shoemaker

University YMCA

News Local/State - October 11, 2016

Remembering Steve Shoemaker

Steve Shoemaker, pastor, poet and long-time host of WILL-AM's "Keepin' the Faith", died Monday night after a ten-month battle with pancreatic cancer. 

workers unload pipes for the proposed Dakota Access oil pipeline that would stretch from the Bakken oil fields in North Dakota to Illinois.

Nati Harnik/AP File Photo

News Local/State - October 11, 2016

Access Pipeline Work To Resume In Protest Area

The company building the four-state Dakota Access pipeline says it will resume construction on private land near Lake Oahe in North Dakota, where protests supporting tribal rights have endured for months.  

Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis.

Nam K. Huh / AP

News Local/State - October 11, 2016

No Teachers Strike; Classes As Usual For Chicago Public Schools Students

Negotiators for Chicago Public Schools and the Chicago Teachers Union reached a tentative contract agreement minutes before a midnight deadline --- averting a strike that would have disrupted classes in the nation's third largest school district.

archived article from the DeKalb Daily Chronicle, 1959

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News Local/State - October 11, 2016

JFK Speech In DeKalb County Heads To New Audience

With just weeks to go, much attention is given to the 2016 presidential election in the United States. But a look back in time reveals some topics were very similar on the road to the White House in 1960.

Champaign County NAACP President Patricia Avery asks questions of the Citizen Review of Complaints Working Group Monday at Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church in Champaign.

Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media

News Local/State - October 11, 2016

Panel Exploring Champaign Police Review Board Starts To Get Public Input

The City of Champaign has started gathering public input as it weighs whether to recommend forming a citizens police review board. Monday's meeting of the 14-member Citizens Review of Police Complaints Working Group was first of two this week. The 16 people who attended the first at Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church cited concerns with they call an intimidating complaint process that needs to be better explained.

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