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  • A hot button topic in Shelbyville has been the condition of the Chautauqua building. City Commissioner of Public Property Gib Smart says money for renovations to the building have been lacking, and until a solid fund-raising effort can raise a significant amount to go towards the renovations, he doesn't see the city spending money on the project.
    Smart appeared on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show Live from our Downtown Shelbyville studios, and discussed the building among other issues surrounding the city. Gib shared that fund-raising efforts have been disappointing, and haven't mustered the funds needed to repair the facility.
    Shelbyville simply doesn't have the funds available to focus on the Chautauqua building over other infrastructure projects.
    Gib also discussed several other projects the city is working on, including upgrades to the aquatics center, including painting the large slide at the center.


  • Local elections are quickly approaching, and in Shelbyville one of the positions up for grabs is the office of City Commissioner of Public Property, more commonly known as the Park Commissioner. Local business owner Mark Shanks, who owns Monicals Pizza in Shelbyville is running for the seat, and wants to be able to help grow Shelbyville.
    Shanks has served as the President of the Shelbyville and Paxton Chamber of Commerce, and feels his experience in those positions can help him be a successful Park Commissioner.
    Shanks discussed how he wants to grow the city of Shelbyville, and says the city has a lot of key resources to take advantage of. He does want to see the growth be moderate however, warning how growing too quickly can have a negative impact on a community.
    Shelbyville business owner Mark Shanks appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show live from our downtown Shelbyville studios.


  • The Taylorville Police Department is partnering with McDonalds to give citizens a chance to get to know their local police department a little better. Coffee for Cops is an event where residents can join members of the Taylorville Police Department for free coffee, and discuss various subjects with officers in an effort to build a better relationship between the department and the community.


    Taylorville Police Chief Brian Hile said the event, which will be on the morning of March 31st at the Taylorville McDonalds, is a chance to get to know the officers in the Taylorville Police Department a little better.



    Hile encouraged the community to attend for a free cup of coffee and a chance to chat with the Department.



    Along with building a better relationship within the community, the public is welcome to bring any concerns or questions to the department during the event as well.



    The department encourages all to attend whether you have a question, concern, or just want to say hello and meet some of the officers.


  • The Lake Land College Community Choir is inviting the public to attend their annual spring concert at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 26th in the Lake Land College Theater. The event will feature several pieces, with guest appearances by Kevin Miescke (Miss-Key) from Eastern Illinois University, Bassist J.B. Faires, and Drummer Jay Ferguson.


    Nancy Caldwell, Music Instructor at Lake Land College and Director of the Community Choir said the event is one of two concerts the choir performs per year, and invited the public to attend the event free of charge.



    Caldwell had more information on the musical pieces being performed during the concert, including guest accompaniments on the french horn and Piano by Eastern Illinois Univeristy Instructor Kevin Miescke.



    The choir is a community choir that the public can become involved in themselves. Caldwell said anybody can get involved as long as they’re 16 or older, and a part of the Lake Land College District.



  • The Western Illinois University School of Agriculture hosting an open house for prospective students this week. The Director--Dr. Andrew Baker says the school offers a strong pathway to many different ag careers. 

    The open house is this Friday starting at 9 a.m. You can register on-line at and typing “School of Agriculture” in the search box. Two $250 scholarships will be awarded at the event. 


  • Local service providers feeling the sting of the ongoing state budget stalemate. Downstate’s Mercer County Family Crisis Center has a limited budget, but is currently owed more than $100,000 from the state says the agency’s Marla Reynolds.

    The center offers services to child abuse and domestic violence victims. Last week, Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza announced the state’s bill backlog hit a record high of $12.8 billion. 


  • State Senator Chuck Weaver applauds the work of Governor Bruce Rauner’s Education Funding Task Force. Although critics say the group stopped short of reaching a clear-cut solution, the Dunlap Republican says the task force’s report provides a great starting point for lawmakers.

    Weaver believes a bill can be passed as a result of the task force’s work. 


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