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Taylorville City Council Meets For Regular November Meeting

The Taylorville City Council met Monday evening to discuss ordinances and motions.  A motion was approved to amend and change the ordinance for the enterprise zone to change the verbiage for individuals defined as minorities, women, and persons with disabilities. Andrea Conrath was approved to take over as the new Human Resource manager. The Finance and Ordinance Committee Meeting was moved to 5 PM on Monday, November 25th. The public facilities meeting was changed to 6 PM on Tuesday, November 26th.


Mayor Bruce Barry gave his updates and said there will be a commemoration for the December 1st tornado at the VFW.



Mayor Barry also announced that Christmas decorations are being set up along with some houses that are being torn down.



In committee updates, the Taylorville City Council approved a motion raising taxi cab license fees from $5 to $100. Fire Chief Adermann’s motions for repairs to both the city tanker and firehouse were approved for repairs. Payment for work on the new water treatment plant was approved along with ratifying payment of bills in the amount $267,698.01.


Illinois Treasurer Michael Frerichs Announces The Illinois Secure Choice Savings Program

The Illinois Secure Choice Savings Program is a program that is offered by the Illinois State Treasurer’s office to meet the requirements of the Illinois Secure Choice Savings Program Act. The program was designed to help encourage people to save money for retirement.



Any employer with 25 or more employees who don’t currently offer a work place retirement savings option have to offer one or they have to enroll in the Illinois Secure Choice Savings program.



Illinois led the charge when it came to the Secure Choice Savings Program according to Treasurer Frerichs.



Illinois Treasurer Michael Frerichs was a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show.


Taylorville Mayor Bruce Barry Talks About The Upcoming One Year Anniversary of the December 1st Tornado

Taylorville Mayor Bruce Barry discussed the upcoming commemoration of the December 1st tornado which will tentatively take place from 2-4 in the afternoon at the VFW.



Mayor Barry went on to say that if you really enjoy your work, despite everything that has happened over the past year, it’s not at all difficult.



Finally, Mayor Barry discussed some of the upcoming road work that will be happening in and around Taylorville.



Mayor Barry was a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show.


Taylorville City Council Approves Repairs For Fire Department

The Taylorville City Council met Monday evening, and a big topic of discussion that came up from earlier discussions involved fixing a tanker for the Taylorville Fire Department along with some much-needed building repairs. The tanker has an issue with the siren and has metal shavings under the pump. Taylorville Fire Chief Matt Adermann says these repairs have been needed for quite a while. 


While Chief Adermann was concerned about getting the tanker fixed, he also expressed the need for the Taylorville Fire House as a whole getting the repairs it needed to be done as well.



The tanker needs repairs, not in excess of $5,035. The Fire Station building repairs will cost a little over $16,300 for the roof, and nearly $3,000 for the bricks. Both measures passed unanimously. 


Pana Community Hospital To Host Open House

Pana Community Hospital after more than 2 years of construction is finally ready to unveil phase 2 of their $20.3 million project. Melissa Rybolt is the Marketing Manager at Pana Community Hospital and she said that they’ll be having the open house on Thursday, December 12th from 4-6.


Rybolt said that they’ve been working and planning this project for over 5 years.


The vast majority of the construction project was completed during phase 1 including a brand new operating room, extra office, brand new exam rooms, and a whole lot more.


Rybolt was a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show.


Taylorville City Council Votes To Raise Taxi Cab License Fees

The Taylorville City Council voted Monday evening to direct City Attorney Rocki Romano to draft an ordinance raising taxi cab fees to $100 a year from the original $5 and to continue background checks. There are three taxi cab companies in town. Representatives from all three taxi cab companies were present. Eric Stillwell, who is with Orange is the New Ride said in the meeting he was concerned because low-income drivers wouldn’t be able to pay the $100.



Stillwell continued saying that by giving license fees to drivers it unfairly targets them when ride services like Uber and Lyft don’t have to pay license fees.


There was a concern from some of the Aldermen about drivers driving cabs without licenses, and without insurance. The feeling is with this high of a cost it would eliminate drivers trying to abuse the system. The motion passed 4-3 in favor of the new ordinance. Alderman Kathy Driskell, Alderman Jim Olive, Alderman Lee Lanzotti and Alderman Larry Budd voted yes. Alderman Shawn Burtle, Alderman Ernie Dorchinecz, and Alderman Chris Skultetty voted no. Alderman Megan Bryant was absent from the meeting.


Taylorville City Council To Meet At 7 Monday Evening

The Taylorville City Council will meet this evening at 6 PM for a public hearing on 1700 East Main Cross and construction plans for the Hathaway Homes-Phase 2. There will be a regular meeting at 7 PM to discuss ordinances, motions, old and new business. There will be discussions on ordinances discussing parking at certain places in the city including the first 3 spaces on the 800 block of West Franklin Street., There will be an ordinance discussion on the stop sign at the intersection of North Silver Street and West Pauline Street. There will also be a motion to approve the appointment of Andrea Conrath as the new Human Resource Manager taking over for Manager John Blakeman. 


For committee reports, under emergency services, Fire Chief Matt Adermann has some repairs that he would likee approved both on a tanker and on the fire station roof. There will also be a motion to increase the fee of Taxi Cab Licenses to $100 and continue background checks.


There were no lake/airport motions made.


In water/environmental, the city will approve payment for some work done on the new water treatment plant. 

There will also be a motion to pay bills, a city attorney update, and an update from Taylorville Mayor Bruce Barry as well.


Senator Manar Pushing Legislation Through To Honor Last Medal Of Honor Recipients From WWII

Only a few select people have lain in state in the rotunda of the United States Capitol. The honor is usually saved for the top military heroes and statesmen. Senator Andy Manar is trying to change that. A resolution approved last week by the Illinois Senate, and led by Senator Manar would extend that privilege to the last surviving Medal of Honor recipient from World War II. 


Senate Joint Resolution 50 would urge President Trump and Congress to take all necessary actions to ensure that the last recipient be offered a state funeral and the option to lie in state in the rotunda of the United States Capitol. 

Manar expressed his gratitude in a statement. “An understanding of the Greatest Generation’s immeasurable sacrifice is something that all Americans share, and it’s something that has the power to unify Americans in a way that transcends our current divisions. It would block out the political noise of the day and bring us together in reverence of the intrepid Americans who fought and died to ensure that the United States remains a beacon of hope and a blueprint for democracy across the globe.”


Only two Medal of Honor recipients from WWII out of the 353 who were awarded are still alive, Charles H. Coolidge of Tennessee and Woodrow Williams of West Virginia. You can find out more about their stories and how they earned their medals by clicking here and here.


SJR 50 will now move to the Illinois House for consideration.


Elma Rincker With Merle Norman Cosmetics Talks About The Importance Of Skin Care

Elma Rincker is the owner/operator of Merle Norman Cosmetics in Downtown Shelbyville and she talked about how she got started with the company.



Rincker went on to discuss what types of cosmetic supplies that you will be able to find at her store.



Finally, Rincker discussed some of the history of Merle Norman Cosmetics.


Rincker was a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show live from our studio in downtown Shelbyville.


Morrisonville To Host Christmas Celebration

The Morrisonville Christmas Celebration will be taking place on December 7th. Businesses and organizations throughout the Village of Morrisonville will be opening up their doors that Saturday morning and offering their services, along with free treats, drawings, and sales. Organizer, Malea Elson says that she is excited for everyone to come and see the festivities.



There will also be nearly $700 given in Morrisonville Bucks which can be spent throughout the city.


There will be all kinds of activities going on all throughout Morrisonville including seeing Santa who will be there between 10 and Noon at his house located next to the Senior Citizen Building to gather requests and lists from children and adults.


The Shelbyville Festival Of Lights Kicks Off On November 22nd

Bill Bly is with the Shelbyville Festival of Lights and he talked about how putting the Festival of Lights together hasn’t just been a year long project, but it has taken 14 years.


Bly went on to discuss how putting the display up is an extremely long process that takes months to accomplish. If you would like to volunteer to help with the lights, whether its replacing light bulbs or putting up the displays. Meet at the Park Maintenance Bldg on the corner of 9th and N Morgan beginning at 9 am on weekdays.


The Festival of Lights kicks off on November 22nd at 5pm with a soup supper at the Shelby County Senior Center. For more information on the Shelbyville Festival of Lights, please call Bill Bly at 259-2361. Bly was a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show live from our studio in downtown Shelbyville.


Avery Bourne Talks Ethics Bills

The Illinois House passed parts of ethic legislation late last week, but House Republicans wanted more than what was passed. Among the bills that were pushed through include SB1639 and House Joint Resolution 93. 

SB1639 will create a searchable database that allows taxpayers to cross-reference information about lobbyists, clients, campaign contributions, interaction with legislators and statements of economic interest. House Joint Resolution 93 creates a “Blue Ribbon Commission” on ethics and lobbying reform. Representative Avery Bourne says that it is not enough. 



Bourne says that she doesn’t want to go back to her constituents with half a bill, which is what she feels this is.



Bourne also chairs the legislative ethics committees saying that she is frustrated that ethics reform suggestions aren’t going through Carol Pope who is the Legislative Inspector General.



The “Blue Ribbon Commission” legislation did not produce a report until after the March 2020 primary election.


Quadruple Fatality In Montgomery County

The Illinois State Police is investigating a multiple fatality vehicle accident in Montgomery County.  ISP District 18 Troopers responded to investigate a fatal crash on Illinois Route 185 near East 14th Road in the Coffeen area in Montgomery County. At 6:21 on Friday evening, a Toyota Sienna was traveling eastbound and a Ford F-150 was traveling westbound. The F-150 crossed into the oncoming lane and struck the Toyota head-on.  All four occupants of the Toyota were pronounced deceased by the Montgomery County Coroner on the scene. The occupants of the Toyota Sienna were 72-year-old Jackolyn C. Protz of Sullivan, 73-year-old William H. Protz, of Sullivan, and two 14-year-old females from Vandalia. The driver of the F-150, a 17-year-old male from Harvel, suffered life-threatening injuries and was transported to a local trauma center by ARCH Helicopter. The ISP Traffic Crash Reconstruction Unit is continuing the investigation. No further information is available at this time. Stay tuned to Regional Radio News for more on this story as it becomes available.



Amity Food Mart Has Ribbon Cutting Ceremony For Grand Reopening


The Amity Food Mart in Taylorville had a grand reopening today after a long rebuild nearly a year after a devastating tornado tore through the area. The Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce had a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday morning, and Amity Food Mart owner Amit Patel, could not be more happy with how the area has come together in support of his business.



Chamber of Commerce CEO Patty Hornbuckle says that she is excited that they have a chance to rebuild.


The Amity Food Mart is located at 630 West Spresser Street in Taylorville.




Rebecca Livingston With U of I Extension Talks Ag In The Classroom

Rebecca Livingston is the Christian and Montgomery Counties Agriculture Literacy Program Coordinator at The University of Illinois Extension office and she discussed what it is that she does on an everyday basis.



Livingston went on to discuss some of the different Ag in the Classroom programs that she had for the fall season.



Finally, Livingston talked about one of the more popular programs that’s offered to classrooms each and every spring.


Livingston was a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show.


See Actual Copy Of Gettysburg Address At Lincoln Museum

When people look at Abraham Lincoln’s greatest speeches, The Gettysburg Address is considered one of the best. Considered an afterthought at the time, Lincoln was invited to speak at the dedication of the Gettysburg Cemetery and was picked to speak alongside Edward Everett. Everett spoke for over 2 hours before Lincoln spoke for 2 minutes. Lincoln considered his address a failure. However, it is considered by historians to be one of the most famous speeches of all time. A handwritten copy of the speech will be featured at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum for the next two weeks through December 2nd. 


There are only five surviving copies of the speech. This one stays in a climate-controlled vault to protect it from light and humidity. Dr. Samuel Wheeler, who is an Illinois State Historian says that the speech is a tangible connection to President Lincoln and the turmoil of the Civil War. “We look at his handwriting on this plain, white paper, and imagine him searching for just the right words for a nation torn in two. 


The Abraham Lincoln library holds over 12 million items pertaining to all aspects of Illinois history. For more information visit the President Lincoln website here.





Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp Has Some Important Reminders For Drivers

Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp wants to encourage you to have a good time this Holiday Season, but he also wants to make sure that if you do decide to drink that you make the smart and responsible decision and that you have a designated driver because designated drivers save lives.



Sheriff Kettelkamp also wanted to encourage everyone to always wear your seat belt.



Finally, Sheriff Kettelkamp wanted to remind everyone to always be on the lookout for Deer when you’re traveling.


Sheriff Kettelkamp was a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show.


Raymond To Host Holiday Christmas Mall

Holidays mean that there are plenty of local festivities. The annual Raymond Christmas Mall at the K of C Hall in Raymond will be held on November 30th from 8 until 2. Cathie Downey with the Christmas Mall says there will be plenty of vendors there for you to shop with.



Downey says that for the first time there will also be a scavenger hunt.


There will also be a Christmas Tree Lighting that evening with Santa Claus.



For more information visit the Raymond Facebook page or call Cathie Downey at 710-6678.


The Greater Taylorville Chamber Of Commerce Has Many Big Events Upcoming

Patty Hornbuckle is the CEO of the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce and she discussed the upcoming Business After Hours Event at Angelo’s Pizza at 404 W. Spresser Street in Taylorville. The event is hosted by Angelo’s Pizza, Diamond Brothers Insurance, and First National Bank. It’s this coming Wednesday from 4:30-6:30 and it’s an event that you will not want to miss.



Small Business Saturday is on Saturday November 30th and this year Megan Dain of Megan Dain Weddings and Events is hosting a town wide scavenger hunt with over 60 businesses involved. You can pickup a map in the US Bank Lobby located at 108 W Market St from 9-2 on Saturday November 30th.



Hornbuckle sat down with the Mayor and other city officials to discuss the upcoming one year anniversary of the December 1st Tornado and what the city should do to commemorate it. The One Year Anniversary Memorial will be held on Sunday, December 1st at the VFW located at 515 N. West Avenue in Taylorville from 2-4.


Hornbuckle was a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show.


Insulin Bill Heads Back To Senate For Final Approval

The General Assembly today approved Senate Bill 667 sending the bill back to the senate for one last vote before it goes to Governor JB Pritzker, who is expected to sign the bill into law. Senate Bill 667 which is sponsored by State Senator Andy Manar would cap co-payments for insulin at $100 a month for all patients regardless of the supply they require. Senator Manar says that the high cost of insulin is hurting all kinds of people and it needed to be stopped.



Manar says this all happened from ordinary people speaking up and demanding change.



If the bill is signed into law, Illinois and Colorado will be the only states in the country to cap insulin payments.


The Little Theater On The Square To Show Elf The Musical

John Stephens is the Executive Producer at The Little Theater on the Square in Sullivan and he said that they have a lot of pretty exciting things coming up including Elf – The Musical.



If you’re interested in getting tickets for Elf – The Musical, you can call the box office at 728-7375.



Stephens also discussed a project that currently he’s currently writing called, “Icons of Music – Diva’s Through the Decades.”



Stephens was a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show.


November Is National Adoption Month

November marks National Adoption Month. Jen Florent, who is the public information officer with the Illinois department of children and family services. Jen says that adoption is important because there are so many children looking for homes.


The “What’s Your Connection” adoption campaign helps you to tell your story, and what your connection is through adoption. Florent says a lot more people have a connection to adoption than many may realize.



Florent says that every little bit helps and even just talking about adoption, gets other people talking and thinking and it could just help a child in need.


There are over 3,300 children looking for adoption homes in Illinois. For more information on adoption call 1-800-572-2390.


Congressman Rodney Davis Talks Gun Violence, The FEC, And Impeachment

Congressman Rodney Davis has some concerns about the current state of the FEC (Federal Election Commission). Congressman Davis wants to make certain that everyone who runs for office is following the rules.



Congressman Davis and a few other members of Congress were recently honored by the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence for authoring a bill to encourage retailers to sell gun safes and lock boxes. Congressman Davis said that passing the bill was a good common sense thing to do.



Congressman Davis said that Democrats in Washington promised to address the serious issues facing this country and instead of working to address the student loan crisis, the rising cost of health care, and the rising cost of prescription drugs, they decided to nationalize elections and impeach the President.



Congressman Davis was a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show.


HSHS Welcomes General Surgeon To Taylorville

HSHS Medical Group welcomes a new general surgeon to Taylorville. Dr. Aftab Jafri, a general surgeon, now sees patients in Taylorville. Dr. Jafri’s office is located at HSHS Medical Group General Surgery Specialty Clinic, at 1304 West Burnett Drive. He also sees patients in Decatur. Dr. Jafri says that he has wanted to be a doctor for most of his life.



Dr. Jafri says it was seeing those patients suffering that made him want to help people. Dr. Jafri is very excited to be helping and seeing patients in Taylorville.


Dr. Jafri went on to say a little about what he does as a surgeon.


For more information about Dr. Jafri and other HSHS Medical Group specialists visit HSHSMedicalgroup.org or for referral information call 329-1000.



Dinner Seasoned With Love Is Having Their Annual Thanksgiving Meal This Saturday

Dinner Seasoned with Love is having their traditional Thanksgiving Dinner this coming Saturday from 11:30-12:30 at Calvary Baptist Church in Taylorville and Suzy Traughber, President of Dinner Seasoned with Love said that everyone is welcome to attend.



Dinner Seasoned with Love has been around since November of 2006 when they had their first meal. Traughber went on to say that Dinner Seasoned with Love was started to share the gospel.



Traughber said that Dinner Seasoned with Love is always looking for donations, but donations are especially welcome this time of year.


Traughber was a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show.



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