Macon County accounted for 114 of the 38,382 abortions performed statewide in 2016, according to an Illinois Department of Public Health report issued in December, which tracks abortions performed on an annual basis.
Illinois state government lowered its fees for forming and maintaining Limited Liability Companies (LLCs). Setting up an LLC now costs $150, down from $500. And maintaining one costs $75, down from $250 per year.
Despite dismal student performance on annual exams covering math and reading, high school graduation rates remain high across the Decatur metro area, according to a Macon Reporter analysis of 2016 data from the Illinois State Board of Education.
Mahomet-Seymour Community Unit School District 3 had the highest rate – 51.9 percent – of students locally who passed the annual state assessments this year, according to a Macon Reporter analysis of Illinois State Board of Education data.
The Serve Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service plans to honor Macon County with a Governor’s Hometown Award at the Old State Capitol in Springfield at 2 p.m. Nov. 8 in a nod to its successful recent community program.
Gov. Bruce Rauner recently announced he will sign controversial abortion funding expansion House Bill 40 into law, which critics say will increase the number of abortions from the reported 149 in Macon County in 2015.
A new public school funding bill recently passed by the Illinois Legislature, SB1947, includes a scholarship program that would award donated funds to students in lower-income families — up to 300 percent of the federal poverty level — to provide them the opportunity to attend private schools.
Macon County's nine school districts will receive an extra $4.67 million this year if the Illinois House accepts Gov. Bruce Rauner's version of a school funding bill, according to an analysis by the Illinois State Board of Education.