Friday, September 23, 2016

State Police Asking For Help In Solving Death Of Ladd Woman

State Police is asking the public for help in solving the homicide of a Ladd woman found dead in Putnam County.  Deborah Dewey had been missing for weeks when her body was discovered buried in a yard earlier this month outside a vacant home in Standard.  Her brother-in-law, Clifford Andersen, has been charged with concealing her death.  Investigators are trying to find someone who knows what Andersen was doing before Dewey was found

Contract Of Heyworth Superintendent Not Extended

The Heyworth school district will be looking for a new leader.  The "Pantagraph" reports the board voted Wednesday night against extending the contract of Superintendent Ty Wolf.  He has served in the position since 2012.  His contract expires June 30th.

Illinois 29th On Road Efficiency List

Illinois is in the bottom half of states when it comes to the quality of our roads.  A new report from the Reason Foundation ranked all 50 states based on highway spending, road conditions, traffic and the number of people who die in wrecks each year.  Illinois is ranked 29th.  That's one spot below Wisconsin, but seven spots higher than Indiana.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Museum Of Amish History Planned Near Decatur

Efforts to open an Amish history museum in Illinois are underway after the oldest-known Amish house in the state was moved to the site set aside for the project west of Chesterville, which is about 30 miles east of Decatur.

The house was moved by plow horses and then a Diesel truck. The 1866 farmhouse and another that dates back to 1882 were moved Tuesday morning. They will be restored to their 19th-century prime and form part of the new Illinois Amish Museum and Heritage Center.

The Illinois Amish Preservation Foundation is creating the museum heritage center.

The foundation has raised more than $100,000 for the project. The restoration of the farmhouse, and another one dating back to 1882, is expected to cost about $250,000. j

Community development director Bob Doan is optimistic the project is going to help the local economy. Doan said tourists never lose their fascination with the Amish culture.

The Illinois Amish Museum and Heritage Center is scheduled to open by the summer of 2017.

Information provided by the Springfield State Journal-Register

Unit 5: Call in the Nat'l Guard to Drive Buses

Unit 5 School District may turn to National Guard members as possible fill-in drivers and to Gov. Bruce Rauner and other officials for help streamlining the hiring process. Unit 5 Superintendent Mark Daniel said the district needs drivers who have commercial driver's licenses and have already passed drug tests and security background checks to step in quickly to offset the driver shortage and that Guard memebers, police and firefighters would be asked to step in.

Illinois Manufacturing Association Chief Warns Of Crisis

The head of Illinois' manufacturer's association says more jobs will leave the state until state government gets its house in order. Greg Basie, who head the Illinois Manufacturers' Association, spoke with "Argus Dispatch" and painted a grim picture. Baise says Illinois has lost more than 300-thousand manufacturing jobs since 2000. Baise says the Quad Cities has lost 20-percent of its manufacturing jobs in the same time frame. Baise the state needs to balance its budget, stop taxing businesses so much, and improve its business climate before it's too late.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

New Poll Says 75-Percent Think Illinois Is On Wrong Track

Three-quarters of voters in Illinois think the state is on the wrong track. A new Loras College poll asked voters if they are 'sour' on the state's future. Only 14 percent of voters think Illinois is headed in the right direction, Pollsters say an overwhelming 75-percent of people think the state is going the wrong way. Another eleven-percent say they don't know.