Dine with a Doc in Sullivan

•September 9, 2015•

Senior Education Ministries, Inc. in partnership with the Sullivan community has scheduled Dine with a Doc ® -Sullivan on the first Tuesday of each month from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Max J. Knight Community Building Banquet Hall at Mason Point.

Dine with a Doc® is a free educational program that welcomes the local senior public to hear an educational topic while enjoying a complimentary lunch.  Read More

Paint the Town Pink for Breast Cancer

•September 9, 2015•

Bring awareness to breast cancer and join in the fun at Paint the Town Pink 5K Color Run/Walk on Saturday, Oct. 10, in Mattoon.

Co-sponsored by Sarah Bush Lincoln and Mattoon Area Family YMCA, Paint the Town Pink begins at 8 am at the Mattoon Bus Depot, following an established “Run for the Bagel” route through Lytle Park and ending at the YMCA. The run will feature the opportunity to run through “color” and hosts water stops at two locations. Read More

Illinois Registers First Medical Cannabis Dispensary

•September 9, 2015•

The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (DFPR) announced today the registration of its first medical cannabis dispensary. Harbory, located at 8195 Express Drive in Marion, IL, successfully completed the DFPR business dispensary registration process and inspection and is now licensed to operate as a medical cannabis dispensary. Read More

Lake Shelbyville Youth Deer Hunt Applications Available

 •September 9, 2015•

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Lake Shelbyville will hold the sixth annual youth firearm deer hunt October 10 and 11. To apply for the hunt, youth must be less than 16 years old on October 10, 2015 and be accompanied by an adult on the hunt.

Applications must be received by 4 p.m. September 16. Applications may be picked up at the Lake Shelbyville Project Office Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., or online at: www.tinyurl.com/LakeShelbyville-Hunting Read More

Returning Students Urged to Observe Fire Safety

•September 9, 2015•

With over a million students returning to colleges and universities throughout Illinois, the Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal urges students to familiarize themselves with the risks of fire and the simple steps they can take to stay safe in on-campus and off-campus housing.

According to the Center for Campus Fire Safety, a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness for fire safety issues at colleges and universities, August and September are the most common months for fatal campus-related housing fires. Many college students have not had proper fire safety education since elementary school. This frequently results in students overlooking the real dangers of fire. Nationally, 126 people have died from fires that occurred on a college campus, in Greek housing, or in off-campus housing within three miles of campus since 2000.

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), dormitory fires are more common in the evening hours between 5 and 11, and on weekends. NFPA research indicates that cooking equipment is involved in more than five out of six of these dormitory fires. Read More

Half a Century and Growing

•September 9, 2015•

Submitted by Josh Bullock
President of ICC Board

Recently, the Illinois Community College Board kicked off the official 50th anniversary celebration of the Illinois Public Community College Act. A celebration such as this provides a wonderful opportunity to step back and notice the impact of the collective efforts taken by community colleges over the past 50 years. The community college system in Illinois evolved from a mere concept 50 years ago into the third largest community college system in the nation with 39 community college districts serving 65 percent of the students enrolled in Illinois public higher education. This is nearly one million individual credit and non-credit students each year! Read More

Brass Transit at Millikin

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•September 9, 2015•

Millikin University’s Kirkland Fine Arts Center kicks off its 2015-2016 Performing Arts Series with Chicago tribute band Brass Transit on Saturday, Sept. 12, starting at 7:30 p.m.

Brass Transit is Toronto’s dynamic, crowd-pleasing, studio-tight Chicago tribute. The band’s show includes all the hits from Chicago’s golden age, 1969-1976. With world-class horns, a rocking rhythm section and vocals stacked sky high; Brass Transit transports the audience back to the freewheeling days of the 70s.

The members’ credits include platinum records, Emmy and Juno awards, and performances with Hall-of-Fame rock and soul acts including The Drifters, Sam & Dave, Aretha Franklin, Ben E. King, The Marvelettes, Frankie Valli, Mary Wilson, Martha Reeves, Little Anthony & The Imperials, Del Shannon and the Mamas & The Papas.  Read More

A Cool Dry August Across the State

•September 9, 2015•

August was cool across the state and dry in most places in Illinois, capping off a summer that was cool and wet, according to Illinois State Climatologist Jim Angel, Illinois State Water Survey, University of Illinois.

The statewide average precipitation for August in Illinois was 2.95 inches, 0.64 inches below average. However, this was followed by a very wet June with 9.44 inches, and a wet July with 4.84 inches. Read More

LLC Community Choir Begins Fall Rehearsals

•September 9, 2015•

The Lake Land College Community Choir will begin its fall rehearsals Tuesday, Sept. 29. Rehearsals are held 7-9:30 p.m. Tuesday nights in the Lake Land College Theatre.

The choir is a group of approximately 50 mixed voices including students, college employees, and members of the community. All singers age 18 and older are welcome to participate. No audition is required.

Choir members may earn one hour of college credit for singing in the choir. Interested singers may complete a registration form at the first rehearsal or register online. Registration for college credit is not required, however, and participation in the choir is free for those who do not register. Read More


The electric feeling doesn’t wear off

•September 2, 2015•

By Colleen Callahan
USDA Rural Housing Service Administrator Tony Hernandez & USDA IL Rural Development Director

Some say the electric feeling of buying and moving into your own home never wears off. When you own the floors you’re standing on, the walls surrounding you and the roof over your head, you also own great satisfaction from the hard work that resulted in your home becoming yours.

Yet, just as it was hard work to achieve the American Dream of homeownership, being responsible for maintaining and, inevitably, repairing your own home can be just as much hard work. USDA Rural Development’s Home Repair Program is an affordable way to keep your home safe, accessible and energy efficient.

The program provides very-low income rural homeowners with a one percent-interest fixed-rate loan of up to $20,000 for essential things such as leaky roof repairs, improving accessibility, or even upgrades to heating and cooling systems to make a home more energy efficient. Seniors age 62 and older, who cannot qualify for a loan, may be eligible for a grant of up to $7,500, or a loan and grant combination to make needed repairs and improvements. Read More