Macon County http://wuis.org en Inmate Captured In Macon County http://wuis.org/post/inmate-captured-macon-county <p>After a four-hour manhunt, authorities have recaptured an inmate who escaped from jail in Decatur just as he was to begin serving a prison sentence for aggravated battery. &nbsp;<br />Schuyler McCoy escaped from the Macon County Jail at about 1:30 p.m. Wednesday by identifying himself to correctional officers as a different inmate who was in the process of being released on bond. &nbsp;<br />Macon County Sheriff Tom Schneider says a search began as soon as officers realized the error. U.S. Marshalls took part. &nbsp; Thu, 31 Oct 2013 14:39:09 +0000 Associated Press 12066 at http://wuis.org Inmate Captured In Macon County 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 Macon County Judges Now Open To Allowing Cams In Courts http://wuis.org/post/macon-county-judges-now-open-allowing-cams-courts <p>Video and still cameras could be allowed in circuit courts in central and east central Illinois within the next several weeks.</p><p>The<a href="http://bit.ly/178A46S"> Champaign News-Gazette reports</a> judges in the Sixth Judicial Circuit approved the cameras during a meeting last week.</p><p>Chief Judge Dan Flannell says he submitted an application to the Illinois Supreme Court on Wednesday. The state's high court has the final say on whether the circuit will be included in the pilot program that was approved about 18 months ago.</p> Thu, 08 Aug 2013 13:57:19 +0000 Associated Press 6961 at http://wuis.org Macon County Judges Now Open To Allowing Cams In Courts