Dewitt Daily News News 20 Latest News Articles 2014-04-20T09:15:25Z SIU Weekly Medical Update Child abuse is not only traumatic to the child, but can cause life-long problems for the abused and the family. About 28,000 child abuse cases were reported in Illinois last year. Child abuse can cause many emotional and physical issues for the indi... 2014-04-19T05:00:00Z March Unemployment Rate Hits Five Year Low THE ILLINOIS UNEMPLOYMENT RATE HIT A FIVE YEAR LOW IN MARCH. THE STATE JOBLESS RATE CAME IN AT EIGHT POINT FOUR PERCENT LAST MONTH&hellip;THE LOWEST LEVEL SINCE JANUARY OF 2009 AND AN ENCOURAGING SIGN SAYS ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF EMPLOYMENT SECURITY ... 2014-04-19T05:00:00Z Illinois County Requiring Reflective Home Addreess Numbers A central Illinois county is reminding residents about a new ordinance that requires property owners to post reflective house numbers so first responders can find them in an emergency. Sources say the Tazewell County Board approved the ordinance for... 2014-04-19T05:00:00Z Illinois Governor Grants 43 Clemency Requests Gov. Pat Quinn has taken action on about 100 clemency petitions, granting 43 and denying 65. Quinn said in a Friday news release that the clemency petitions are part of dockets that date back to 2007. His office says those who were granted clemency ... 2014-04-19T05:00:00Z Legislative Committee Discusses New Gambling Expansion Options A GENERAL FRAMEWORK TO ADD FIVE NEW CASINOS AND SLOT MACHINES AT HORSE RACING TRACKS HAS BEEN DEBATED&hellip;APPROVED&hellip;SHOT DOWN AND DEBATED AGAIN FOR YEARS. THE LATEST PLAN ADDS JUST ONE CASINO IN CHICAGO&hellip;WITH PROCEEDS SPLIT BETWEEN THE... 2014-04-19T05:00:00Z IDNR urges Illinoisans to help conserve the monarch butterfly D-N-R&rsquo;S JOHN WILKER SAYS THE MONARCH&hellip;DESIGNATED THE STATE INSECT ABOUT 40 YEARS AGO BY ILLINOIS SCHOOLCHILDREN&hellip;HAS BEEN DWINDLING IN NUMBERS. [audio:41914monarch1.mp3][/audio] WILKER SAYS YOU CAN HELP BY PROVIDING A BREEDING GRO... 2014-04-19T05:00:00Z Gov. Quinn pushes First TIme Home Buyers To "Welcome Home Illinois" Program GOVERNOR PAT QUINN IS URGING FIRST TIME HOME BUYERS TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE STATE&rsquo;S NEW WELCOME HOME ILLINOIS PROGRAM. (two stories, same lead). GOVERNOR QUINN SAYS THE WELCOME HOME ILLINOIS PROGRAM HELPS FAMILIES WITH A DOWN PAYMENT&hellip;A... 2014-04-19T05:00:00Z Miller Park Zoo Promotes Earth Day With Party For The Planet Earth Day will be here this Tuesday and a local zoo is planning an event that will promote its' mission this weekend. The Miller Park Zoo in Bloomington will be hosting "Party for the Planet" this Saturday. The event will feature various conservatio... 2014-04-18T05:00:00Z City of Lincoln Looking To Renovate Historic Depot With warmer weather upon us, the City of Lincoln is looking to take care of a couple projects in their downtown area. The city is looking to acquire the historic Downtown Depot. Lincoln Mayor Keith Snyder says it is owned currently by a private indi... 2014-04-18T05:00:00Z Representative Mitchell Makes An Appearance In Clinton State Representative Bill Mitchell made an appearance at Clinton City Hall Tuesday night to talk with the people he represents. Rep. Mitchell fielded questions on a variety of topics from the many in attendance and one of the issues discussed was th... 2014-04-18T05:00:00Z Local Insurance Agent Receives Awards <a href=";id=122819" target="_blank"><img src="" border="0" align="left" style="padding:10px"></a>A local insurance agent was recently bestowed with a couple awards from their parent company. The Peterson Insurance group was awarded the "Gold Key Award" for the fifth consecutive year. According to owner Jay Peterson, winning the award for the fi... 2014-04-17T17:00:00Z Clinton Educational Foundation Looking To Future A local organizaiton aimed at better the Clinton School district is looking at a little revisioning. The Clinton Community Educational Foundation is one of the Clinton community's younger orginizations and according to Claudine Wargel with the Found... 2014-04-17T05:00:00Z Warm Weather Allows Residents To Bring Bikes Back Out Warm weather is soon approaching which means bicycle season is upon us. Clinton Police Chief Ben Lowers says his department, fortunately, do not handle many car vs. bike accidents but notes, the few that happen are often quite serious. Chief Lowers ... 2014-04-17T05:00:00Z Social Security Fraud Always Possibility Despite tax time coming to a close, it's always important to be on the lookout for fraud and identity theft. Recently, there has been a flood of individuals trying to take advantage of citizens through their wallets. Jack Myers with Social Security,... 2014-04-17T05:00:00Z Beef Prices On The Rise It's going to be a bit more pricey to put a burger on the grill this summer. Reid Blossom with the Illinois Beef Association says beef prices are going up because of high demand. The problem is there was a drought a-couple of years ago, so the supply... 2014-04-17T05:00:00Z University of Illinois Presenditial Search Committee University of Illinois trustees will hold a special meeting Friday to name the 19 members of the search committee that will look for a new president. University President Robert Easter has said he plans to retire in June 2015. The university has sai... 2014-04-17T05:00:00Z Report Shows April Moisture Levels High In Illinois Illinois officials say the level of soil moisture is high across Illinois. The University of Illinois' Prairie Research Institute said Wednesday soil moisture levels were measured on April 14 by the Illinois State Water Survey. The levels averaged ... 2014-04-17T05:00:00Z Plan To Deny Firearms Cards to Medical Pot Users Is Nixed Medical marijuana patients shouldn't have any problem getting a firearms ID card. &nbsp; A proposed state rule that would not permit that to happen has been removed. &nbsp;It's not clear whether Illinoisans who own Concealed Carry Weapons Permits are... 2014-04-17T05:00:00Z American Idol Tour Passing Through Springfield The American Idol tour will be stopping through Springfield this summer. &nbsp;The season 13 finalists will perform at the State Fair on Friday, August 8th. &nbsp; C.J. Harris, Jena Irene, Caleb Johnson, Jessica Meuse, Alex Preston, and Majesty Rose ... 2014-04-17T05:00:00Z Rutherford Wants Sexual Harassment Suit Tossed Dan Rutherford is planning to ask a judge to toss out the sexual harassment lawsuit against him. His attorneys will head to court tomorrow to try to convince a judge that there isn't enough evidence to prove Rutherford engaged in any misconduct. The ... 2014-04-17T05:00:00Z