Dewitt Daily News News http://www.dewittdailynews.com/news 20 Latest News Articles 2014-04-23T06:22:25Z IHSA Eliminates Padded Summer Football Practices Illinois high school sports officials have voted to eliminate full pads from summer football practices. The Illinois High School Association announced results of a vote on the issue on Tuesday. IHSA Executive Director Marty Hickman says the rule rev... 2014-04-23T05:00:00Z http://www.dewittdailynews.com/news/details.cfm?clientid=22&id=123575 Marina Discussion Gets Heated Thursday Night At DC Board Meeting Some heated discussion developed during the Marina portion of Thursday's DeWitt County Board Meeting. Board Member Danny Ballenger asked to speak to the Board regarding ADA compliance at the Clinton Lake Marina. He had documents of the various phone... 2014-04-23T05:00:00Z http://www.dewittdailynews.com/news/details.cfm?clientid=22&id=123563 Mayor Feels Hospital's Spending Not To Be Decided By City Council <a href="http://www.dewittdailynews.com/news/details.cfm?clientid=22&amp;id=123562" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.dewittdailynews.com/shared/inc/client/22/articles/thumbs/t_4211495010-CityCouncilMeeting4212.jpg" border="0" align="left" style="padding:10px"></a>At Monday's Clinton City Council meeting, the Council made the decision to negate a line item in the Dr. John Warner Hospital's budget to have an outside management overview the hospital. Prior to the meeting, a mandated public hearing was held, at ... 2014-04-23T05:00:00Z http://www.dewittdailynews.com/news/details.cfm?clientid=22&id=123562 Spring Corn Planting Still Slow In Some States Efforts by the nation's corn growers to get their crops planted in key grain states continue to sputter. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says just 6 percent of this year's corn crop is in the ground. That compares to the average of 14 percent ove... 2014-04-23T05:00:00Z http://www.dewittdailynews.com/news/details.cfm?clientid=22&id=123561 Illinois DNR Wrapping Up Controlled Burns Across the State The Illinois Department of Natural Resources says crews are trying to finish a series of controlled burns around the state. According to reports, the fires that are deliberately set to stimulate certain plant growth got a late start this year. That'... 2014-04-23T05:00:00Z http://www.dewittdailynews.com/news/details.cfm?clientid=22&id=123560 University of Illinois Installing Meters At Disabled Parking Spots The University of Illinois will start installing meters at disabled parking spaces on campus. Reports indicate the school plans to install 150 meters at disabled parking spaces where there previously weren't meters. The effort comes after state lawm... 2014-04-23T05:00:00Z http://www.dewittdailynews.com/news/details.cfm?clientid=22&id=123559 Madigan Re-Elected To Lead Illinois Democratic Party House Speaker Michael Madigan has been elected to his fifth term as chairman of the Illinois Democratic party. The Chicago Democrat received near unanimous support from the party's state central committee during a meeting in Springfield on Tuesday. ... 2014-04-23T05:00:00Z http://www.dewittdailynews.com/news/details.cfm?clientid=22&id=123558 Eastern Illinois Opening Energy Center Eastern Illinois University will open a new Center for Clean Energy Research and Education on Friday. The university said in a news release Tuesday that the 5,000-square-foot building will be home to a research facility where faculty and students ca... 2014-04-23T05:00:00Z http://www.dewittdailynews.com/news/details.cfm?clientid=22&id=123557 FOIA Request For Officer's Documents Denied The Springfield Police Department is denying the "State Journal-Register" newspaper access to documents pertaining to the arrest of an officer charged with a DUI. &nbsp;The paper was refused its Freedom of Information Act request yesterday. &nbsp;Pol... 2014-04-23T05:00:00Z http://www.dewittdailynews.com/news/details.cfm?clientid=22&id=123556 Mayor Emanuel And Rauner Feud Over Robo-Calls Mayor Emanuel is taking exception to a round of robo-calls made by the gubernatorial campaign of Republican nominee Bruce Rauner. &nbsp;The phone calls are being made to homeowners in Chicago, informing them that Governor Quinn should veto legislatio... 2014-04-23T05:00:00Z http://www.dewittdailynews.com/news/details.cfm?clientid=22&id=123555 Lawsuit Seeks Investigation of Hiring Under Quinn A Chicago attorney is asking a judge to order an investigation into hiring under Gov. Pat Quinn, saying there's an "embedded culture of patronage practices" in Illinois government. Michael Shakman's lawyers filed the motion in federal court in Chica... 2014-04-23T05:00:00Z http://www.dewittdailynews.com/news/details.cfm?clientid=22&id=123554 Audit Shows Police Training Money Mispent A state audit has found that money intended to train police officers and coroners in Illinois was misspent on food and rooms at seminars. The report by Auditor General William Holland released Tuesday also found that the Law Enforcement Training and... 2014-04-23T05:00:00Z http://www.dewittdailynews.com/news/details.cfm?clientid=22&id=123553 Local Prosecutor Says He Takes Child Abuse Cases Very Seriously Handling child abuse situations can be one of the more delicate situations a parent or guardian may ever be faced with. Many times parents may not know for sure if their child has been abused in some way, and according to one local prosecutor, it is... 2014-04-22T05:00:00Z http://www.dewittdailynews.com/news/details.cfm?clientid=22&id=123366 Illinois Peach Crop May Be Shallow We may be getting a bit of rain and warm weather now, but it may be a little too late to save the peach crop in Illinois. The Farm Bureau's John Hawkins say the harsh winter weather may have destroyed some of the crop. [audio:rddPeaches11.mp3]commen... 2014-04-22T05:00:00Z http://www.dewittdailynews.com/news/details.cfm?clientid=22&id=123357 State Pays Medical Costs For Dead People Illinois taxpayers have been paying the medical costs for dead people. A state audit reveals the Medicaid system dished out more than 12-million-dollars to pay the expenses and now Governor Quinn says he's taking action. [audio:rddDeadCosts21.mp3] [... 2014-04-22T05:00:00Z http://www.dewittdailynews.com/news/details.cfm?clientid=22&id=123355 Suspect Tries To Escape Before Booking A Jacksonville man is behind bars after he attempted to run from police while he was being booked. Authorities say 18-year-old Christopher Robinson was involved in a traffic stop early Sunday morning. &nbsp;He admitted to an officer that he had a sma... 2014-04-22T05:00:00Z http://www.dewittdailynews.com/news/details.cfm?clientid=22&id=123352 Rock Island Clean Line Could Save Consumers Money People in the Chicagoland area could soon be savings a few bucks on their electric bills if a plan to distribute wind power from Iowa to Channahon gets the green light. Hans Detweiler, with the Rock Island Clean Line, says it'll save millions on ener... 2014-04-22T05:00:00Z http://www.dewittdailynews.com/news/details.cfm?clientid=22&id=123350 Mayors Pressing Lawmakers For Pension Reform Mayors across Illinois are calling on lawmakers to revamp the pension systems for police and firefighters. Aurora Mayor Tom Weisner says the costs of the funds are rapidly increasing but they can't do anything about it because the funds are regulated... 2014-04-22T05:00:00Z http://www.dewittdailynews.com/news/details.cfm?clientid=22&id=123347 Quinn Releases Tax Information Governor Quinn is expected to get a tax refund of just over 15-hundred-bucks. &nbsp;He released his 2013 income tax information today. &nbsp;The governor made just under 162-thousand-dollars last year and paid about 37-thousand in state and federal t... 2014-04-22T05:00:00Z http://www.dewittdailynews.com/news/details.cfm?clientid=22&id=123343 Study Says Minority Kids Hit Hardest By Illinois Law A group says Illinois' 32-year-old law requiring juveniles accused of the most serious crimes to be charged as adults may be discriminatory and makes it more likely that those who are convicted will commit violent crimes in the future. The nonpartis... 2014-04-22T05:00:00Z http://www.dewittdailynews.com/news/details.cfm?clientid=22&id=123342