Decatur http://wuis.org en Decatur Vies For Ag Research Center http://wuis.org/post/decatur-vies-ag-research-center <p></p><p>Decatur is among the finalists for a national agriculture research center. &nbsp;</p><p>The (Decatur) Herald &amp; Review reports Thursday (http://bit.ly/1yyldBp ) that the National Corn Growers Association wants to create a facility to support and develop farming research. &nbsp;</p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 21:47:23 +0000 Associated Press 29503 at http://wuis.org Decatur Vies For Ag Research Center Decatur Zoo Gets Grant To Build Bird Exhibit http://wuis.org/post/decatur-zoo-gets-grant-build-bird-exhibit <p></p><p>The Scovill Zoo in Decatur is getting nearly a half-million dollars in state grants to build a walk-through bird exhibit.&nbsp;&nbsp; The money is part of a state grant program that will give out $20 million dollars in capital funds for facility improvements and added exhibits at museums operated by local governments and cities.</p><p>Scovill is also getting the funding for a crowned-crane exhibit, pavilion, ADA walkway and a generator.</p><p>Major attractions receiving money include the Shedd Aquarium, the Field Museum of Natural History and the Adler Planetarium.</p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 11:54:06 +0000 Bill Wheelhouse & Associated Press 27330 at http://wuis.org Decatur Zoo Gets Grant To Build Bird Exhibit Unemployment Falls In Springfield, Decatur http://wuis.org/post/unemployment-falls-springfield-decatur <p>Unemployment in the Springfield metro area last month dropped to its lowest level in 6 years.&nbsp;&nbsp; The rate of 5.7 % is below both the state and national averages.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /><br />The Illinois Department of Employment Security says the Springfield area added 2,000 jobs last month, mostly in construction, educational and health services and retail.<br /> Thu, 22 May 2014 20:11:52 +0000 Sean Crawford 25704 at http://wuis.org Unemployment Falls In Springfield, Decatur Charter Schools: What Does The Future Hold? http://wuis.org/post/charter-schools-what-does-future-hold <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Charter schools have long been a divisive issue. Supporters say they allow schools to teach kids free of burdensome regulations.&nbsp; Opponents say they take money away from traditional schools.&nbsp; In Illinois this year, those views are colliding.&nbsp; In the final installment of our series, we find out</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;about the fight at the statehouse and what it might mean for charters:</span></p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 11:57:49 +0000 Rachel Otwell 22798 at http://wuis.org Charter Schools: What Does The Future Hold? Decatur Ends Request For Voluntary Water Conservation http://wuis.org/post/decatur-ends-request-voluntary-water-conservation <p>The City of Decatur has ended its voluntary request for water conservation.&nbsp; That request was first made last October as Lake Decatur levels dropped due to the drought. &nbsp;<br /><br />But city leaders say it has risen two feet from its low point this winter and they anticipate additional rain in the next few weeks will bring the level higher. The lake reached a low point of 610.31 feet above sea level (50% full) on January 10.&nbsp; But it now is above 612 feet (73%).&nbsp; That is within the normal winter range.&nbsp;<br /> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 22:41:50 +0000 Sean Crawford 19311 at http://wuis.org Decatur Ends Request For Voluntary Water Conservation Council To Consider Lake Decatur Dredging http://wuis.org/post/council-consider-lake-decatur-dredging <p>Central Illinois officials are expected to vote next month on whether to spend nearly $90 million on a massive dredging project in Lake Decatur.<br />&nbsp;<br />The Herald &amp; Review reports (http://bit.ly/1dvfQFI ) Decatur's city council is expected to vote on the project during their Feb. 3 meeting.<br />&nbsp;<br />During a work session Tuesday, city manager Ryan McCrady said the effort would be ``the biggest project the city of Decatur has ever undertaken.''<br />&nbsp;<br />Officials have said removing billions of gallons of sediment from the lake will Wed, 22 Jan 2014 16:03:39 +0000 Associated Press 17400 at http://wuis.org Council To Consider Lake Decatur Dredging Lawmaker Wants Boeing Plant For Decatur http://wuis.org/post/lawmaker-wants-boeing-plant-decatur <p>An Illinois lawmaker says he wants Boeing Co. to build a new manufacturing plant in Decatur. &nbsp;<br />The Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises Newspapers reports (http://bit.ly/18GfBqF ) Forsyth Republican Rep. Bill Mitchell is hoping the Chicago-based aerospace company will build its new factory in the central Illinois community. &nbsp;</p><p>Boeing is looking for a location to build its new 400-seat 777X jetliner. &nbsp;<br />Boeing is looking at a $7 billion to $10 billion plant that would start with 3,250 workers in 2018 and grow to 8,500 by 2024. &nbsp;</p> Fri, 13 Dec 2013 15:43:25 +0000 Associated Press 14939 at http://wuis.org Lawmaker Wants Boeing Plant For Decatur ADM Unlikely To Get Tax Credit Before End Of Year http://wuis.org/post/adm-unlikely-get-tax-credit-end-year <p>While much of the attention was focused on pensions, state legislators yesterday also dealt with measures intended to get a trio of companies to call Illinois home. But they only got halfway there.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Decatur-based Archer Daniels Midland is shopping for a new world headquarters. The agribusiness giant may well choose Chicago; but it wants a tax break from Illinois, like in a measure approved by the Senate.</span></p> Wed, 04 Dec 2013 05:32:43 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 14274 at http://wuis.org ADM Unlikely To Get Tax Credit Before End Of Year Buffett: "Everybody Can Do Something" To Fight Hunger http://wuis.org/post/buffett-everybody-can-do-something-fight-hunger <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Farmer and philanthropist Howard G. Buffett had several messages for his hometown crowd this week. Among them? &nbsp;"Everybody who is physically able" can do something to fight hunger.</span></p><p>Buffett spoke Tuesday before signing copies of his latest book, <a href="http://www.40chances.com/">40 Chances</a>,&nbsp;at a fundraising event for Decatur area charities. &nbsp;</p> Wed, 27 Nov 2013 03:09:09 +0000 Peter Gray 13844 at http://wuis.org Buffett: "Everybody Can Do Something" To Fight Hunger Inmate Escapes From Macon Co. Jail http://wuis.org/post/inmate-escapes-macon-co-jail <p>A man about to be sent to prison for aggravated battery has escaped from the Macon County Jail in Decatur. &nbsp;</p><p><br />The (Decatur) Herald &amp; Review reports (http://bit.ly/1aISpvu ) that 25-year-old Schuyler McCoy escaped Wednesday and police have begun a search. &nbsp;</p><p>Macon County Sheriff Tom Schneider tells the newspaper that McCoy escaped around 1:30 p.m. after identifying himself to correctional officers as a different inmate who was in the process of being released on bond. &nbsp;</p> Wed, 30 Oct 2013 21:58:09 +0000 Associated Press 12019 at http://wuis.org Inmate Escapes From Macon Co. Jail Interview With Education Coalition of Macon County http://wuis.org/post/interview-education-coalition-macon-county <p>Data shows only 40% of 3rd grade students in Macon County are reading at grade level.&nbsp; That same percentage applies to those in 11th grade.&nbsp; 1 of every 4 students also fails to graduate high school.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>The alarming statistics are similar to what many areas are facing.&nbsp; The<a href="http://www.edco4kids.org/about-the-decatur-area-education-coalition/"> Education Coalition of Macon County</a> is an initiative reviewing the problem and tying to find solutions.&nbsp;&nbsp; That includes taking different approaches to what has become the standard for education.</p> Wed, 23 Oct 2013 14:15:00 +0000 Sean Crawford 11430 at http://wuis.org Interview With Education Coalition of Macon County ADM Incentives Vote On Hold http://wuis.org/post/adm-incentives-vote-hold <p>The sponsor of a bill to give Archer Daniels Midland Company up to $24 million in tax breaks to keep its headquarters in Illinois opted not to call it for a vote Tuesday. &nbsp;</p><p><br />The House Revenue and Finance Committee had been scheduled to consider the bill. But Rep. John Bradley, a Democrat from Marion, took it off the agenda. &nbsp;</p><p><br />Bradley says the incentives for ADM and several other companies ``are all under consideration.'' He declines to say when or if the bill will get a vote. &nbsp;</p> Tue, 22 Oct 2013 20:20:52 +0000 Associated Press 11470 at http://wuis.org ADM Incentives Vote On Hold ADM Eyeing Atlanta For Headquarters? http://wuis.org/post/adm-eyeing-atlanta-headquarters <p>Archer Daniels Midland is on the lookout for a new home for its world headquarters.&nbsp; And it&#39;s not being limited to the midwest.&nbsp; The Atlanta Journal-Constitution <a href="http://www.ajc.com/news/business/atlanta-could-be-in-fortune-500-companys-sights/nbLSP/">reports </a>ADM leaders met with Atlanta officials.<br /><br />ADM has said it won&#39;t comment on sites in the running.&nbsp;&nbsp; Other reports this week has the company looking at Minneapolis.&nbsp; Chicago and St. Louis have also been mentioned as possibilities.<br /> Fri, 11 Oct 2013 21:46:30 +0000 Sean Crawford 10799 at http://wuis.org ADM Eyeing Atlanta For Headquarters? White Named Permanent President At Millikin http://wuis.org/post/white-named-permanent-president-millikin <p>Millikin University in Decatur has a new president. &nbsp;<br />Trustees at the school hired interim president Patrick White to take the post permanently. He began working in the interim position in July. &nbsp;<br />The 64-year-old succeeds Rich Dunsworth, who also held the interim job after Harold Jeffcoat retired in January. &nbsp;<br />White had worked as president of Wabash College in Indiana and says he&#39;s excited to make the Millikin position permanent. &nbsp; Thu, 10 Oct 2013 14:20:02 +0000 Sean Crawford 10654 at http://wuis.org White Named Permanent President At Millikin Interview: State Senator Andy Manar http://wuis.org/post/interview-state-senator-andy-manar <p>State Senator Andy Manar (D - Bunker Hill) is in his first term serving the 48th District.&nbsp; It stretches from Springfield and Decatur south into Madison County.<br /><br />Before he was elected, Manar spent time as Chief of Staff to Senate President John Cullerton and served as Chairman of the Macoupin County Board.<br /> Thu, 10 Oct 2013 13:51:00 +0000 Sean Crawford 10612 at http://wuis.org Interview: State Senator Andy Manar Quinn: Wrong Time For Tax Breaks http://wuis.org/post/quinn-wrong-time-tax-breaks <p>Gov. Pat Quinn says he will veto any legislation with special tax breaks to get Archer Daniels Midland Company to keep its global headquarters in Illinois until lawmakers address the state&#39;s pension crisis. &nbsp;<br />In an interview with The Associated Press, Quinn says it&#39;s ``the wrong time&#39;&#39; to talk about tax incentives for any company. &nbsp; Fri, 04 Oct 2013 13:32:34 +0000 Associated Press 10264 at http://wuis.org Quinn: Wrong Time For Tax Breaks Decatur Job Loss Part Of Negotiations On ADM Incentives http://wuis.org/post/decatur-job-loss-part-negotiations-adm-incentives <p>Senate President John Cullerton says any tax-incentive package to get Archer Daniels Midland Company to keep its headquarters in Illinois should include something to make up for the loss of jobs in Decatur.<br />&nbsp;<br />ADM announced last week it was moving its global headquarters _ and 100 jobs _<br />out of Decatur. The company is asking the state for $20 million in tax breaks to<br />keep its headquarters in Illinois. Chicago officials have said the city is in<br />the running.<br />&nbsp;<br />The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reports (http://bit.ly/156Z8gp ) Thu, 03 Oct 2013 22:12:51 +0000 Associated Press 10240 at http://wuis.org Decatur Job Loss Part Of Negotiations On ADM Incentives Plan To Keep Asian Carp Out Of Lake Decatur http://wuis.org/post/plan-keep-asian-carp-out-lake-decatur <p>The latest round of work on the Lake Decatur dam is underway and will include a barrier aimed at keeping invasive Asian carp at bay. &nbsp;<br />The $4 million project is set to be finished by fall 2014. &nbsp;<br />The (Decatur) Herald &amp; Review reports (http://bit.ly/1beo5M0 ) the first phase of the project was completed in 2011. &nbsp;<br />The latest round of work includes fixing concrete and repairing erosion damage. Meanwhile, crews will also remove a failed tailwater dam, which was built more than a century ago. &nbsp; Thu, 26 Sep 2013 15:53:11 +0000 Associated Press 9703 at http://wuis.org Plan To Keep Asian Carp Out Of Lake Decatur ADM To Move Headquarters From Decatur http://wuis.org/post/adm-move-headquarters-decatur <p>Agribusiness giant Archer Daniel Midland Company says that after 44 years in Decatur, Ill., it is looking for a new location for its headquarters.<br>&nbsp;<br>CEO Patricia Woertz says in a news release Monday that ADM needs what she called a global center with better access to customers and employees around the world.&nbsp;<br>The company says it doesn't plan layoffs and will keep a workforce of 4,400 in Decatur, which also will become ADM's North American headquarters.&nbsp; ADM says the new headquarters would have about 100 employees.<br>&nbsp; Mon, 23 Sep 2013 19:30:05 +0000 Associated Press 9487 at http://wuis.org ADM To Move Headquarters From Decatur Farm Progress Show: Large Crowds, No Records http://wuis.org/post/farm-progress-show-large-crowds-no-records <p>Organizers of this year's Farm Progress Show say they'll wait to decide whether to keep an onsite annex when the nation's largest outdoor farm show returns to Decatur in 2015. &nbsp;<br>This year's three-day show had about 600 vendors _ the most in its 60 year history. With so many vendors, organizers added an annex for new exhibitors. &nbsp; Mon, 02 Sep 2013 10:08:42 +0000 Associated Press 8225 at http://wuis.org Farm Progress Show: Large Crowds, No Records Weather The Top Issue At Farm Progress Show http://wuis.org/post/weather-top-issue-farm-progress-show <p>Hot weather has been greeting visitors to this years Farm Progress Show in Decatur.&nbsp; And as the show enters its final day Thursday, the head of a national trade group says weather is also on the mind of midwest farmers attending the event.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 28 Aug 2013 22:11:46 +0000 Bill Wheelhouse 8019 at http://wuis.org Weather The Top Issue At Farm Progress Show Decatur Job Troubles Spur Business Law http://wuis.org/post/decatur-job-troubles-spur-business-law <p>Thursday's unemployment numbers show Decatur is once again lagging the rest of Illinois. That long-term trend is partly responsible for a new law aimed at changing the way Illinois handles economic development.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In Decatur, 13.2 percent of job-seekers can't find work. State Sen. Andy </span>Manar<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> — a Democrat whose district includes Decatur — says that's part of the reason he thought it was time to blow up the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity and start over.</span></p> Thu, 22 Aug 2013 22:27:44 +0000 Brian Mackey 7730 at http://wuis.org Decatur Job Troubles Spur Business Law Maufacturing Losses Lead To Decatur's Rise In Unemployment http://wuis.org/post/maufacturing-losses-lead-decaturs-rise-unemployment <p>Illinois has the second highest unemployment rate in the nation.&nbsp; And Decatur has the highest in the state.<br><br>Caterpillar announced hundreds of layoffs this summer and that is now showing up in the jobless rate.&nbsp; Decatur's rate has gone up to 13.2 percent, 2 full percentage points above where it was a year ago.&nbsp; And it's also at the highest level it's been this time of year in about three decades. &nbsp;<br> Thu, 22 Aug 2013 22:18:15 +0000 Sean Crawford 7728 at http://wuis.org Maufacturing Losses Lead To Decatur's Rise In Unemployment Howard Buffett: Farmer Of The World http://wuis.org/post/howard-buffett-farmer-world <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>Five years ago, Howard G. Buffett was at a meeting of an international food aid agency when he was told that feeding the millions of starving people in Africa was simple.</p><p>Just give them better seeds, someone said.</p><p>That advice might work on some philanthropists. But Buffett, son of billionaire Warren Buffett, happens to be an Illinois farmer.</p> Mon, 19 Aug 2013 13:39:15 +0000 Peggy Lowe 7497 at http://wuis.org Howard Buffett: Farmer Of The World ADM Reports Lower Net Income, Higher Costs http://wuis.org/post/adm-reports-lower-net-income-higher-costs <p>Archer Daniels Midland says its net income fell 22 percent in the second quarter as expenses climbed.&nbsp;<br>The agribusiness company also says it more than doubled its provision for a possible settlement of an overseas bribery probe that's being conducted by the<br>federal government.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 06 Aug 2013 17:14:01 +0000 Sean Crawford 6840 at http://wuis.org ADM Reports Lower Net Income, Higher Costs