NowDecatur Stories

2015-07-23 15.23.48

Del’s Popcorn Shop eyes rebirth following April fire

DECATUR– Kemper Willcut ll says he will never forget the day, April 3rd, 2015, because that day, he says, was the worst day of his life.   It was still dark outside when Willcut received the call, that 24 hours before one of his busiest days of the year, Del’s Popcorn Shop was on fire.…Continue Reading

The Decatur Fire Department gets grant

DECATUR – The Decatur Fire Department has been awarded a federal grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.   This grant is worth $40,910 and was awarded for the excellent operations and safety of the Decatur Fire Stations.  Fire Chief Jeff Abbott says they are definitely happy to receive this grant.   “It always…Continue Reading

Mitsubishi Plant Web

Mitsubishi confirms Normal plant closure

NORMAL– Mitsubishi has confirmed its going to end production its plant in Normal. The news first broke in Japanese newspapers, and initially Mitsubishi wouldn’t confirm. But as of this morning, the company confirmed it will cease production and look for a buyer in the hopes of keeping its roughly 1,000 United Auto Workers members on…Continue Reading

Road Work

Ramp work to temporarily close highway interchanges

DECATUR– The Illinois Dept. of Transportation would like you to be aware of road work to continue on several interchanges this month and next month.   IDOT says work will continue along I-72 and the interchanges with US 51 and IL 48 here in Decatur.  Weather permitting; the work will take place over the next…Continue Reading

Unemployment Application

Local Unemployment holds at 6.6%

DECATUR– Decatur’s unemployment rate has checked in at 6.6% for the month of June, down from 8.6% during the same time period last year.   Last month marked the 16th consecutive month that unemployment numbers were down in Illinois over the previous year.   Bloomington again led the state with the lowest unemployment rate, at…Continue Reading


Mike McElroy passes away

DECATUR–  Tears for the late Mayor Mike McElroy continued to flow on Thursday as hundreds of family members, friends, and colleagues gathered to pay their final respects, but in addition to tears of mourning, there were also tears of laughter as people heard and told stories of the man affectionately known as ‘Tuna’.   Holy…Continue Reading

Police Lights

Sullivan man arrested on child pornography charges

PEORIA– A Sullivan man is facing up to 50 years in prison if convicted on child pornography charges.   30 year-old Justen Troxell was arrested on June26th and faces two counts of the distribution of child pornography and one count of possession.   The indictment against Troxell says he distributed and possessed images and videos…Continue Reading