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Unemployment rate drops to 7 year low in July

DECATUR– Decatur’s unemployment rate hit a 7 year low in July.   According to figures released by the Illinois Department of Employment Security, the local unemployment rate was 7.2%, down from 8.8% during the same time last year; the last time the July rate was this low was in 2008.   According to Labor Analyst…Continue Reading

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No injuries after small fire at Caterpillar

DECATUR – No one was injured after a small fire at Caterpillar’s Decatur campus Thursday afternoon.   Caterpillar spokeswoman Lisa Miller said through a press release that a small fire occurred around 1:50 p.m. in a building on CAT’s campus.  She says the building is currently being torn down and the fire started after a…Continue Reading

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Union, Mitsubishi still trying to find new buyer

NORMAL (AP) — Union officials say they’re pursuing contract negotiations with Mitsubishi even though the automaker plans to shut down its central Illinois plant.   Kyle Young is vice president of UAW Local 2488 in Bloomington. He tells The Pantagraph that they’re still hoping someone will buy the facility.   Mitsubishi announced last month that…Continue Reading

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Police seize suspected heroin, ecstasy, following Wednesday drug raid

DECATUR– Decatur Police say a search warrant executed Wednesday uncovered over 1000 suspected ecstasy pills, heroin, and two loaded handguns.   Deputy Police Chief Cody Moore said through a press release early Thursday morning that police conducted the search at a residence located in the 1300 block of East Division Street Wednesday and uncovered roughly…Continue Reading

Aaron Schock

Schock surrenders more financial records amid government probe

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock has surrendered more than 10,000 financial records to the U.S. government to comply with a subpoena.   Schock’s lawyers argue in the filing Wednesday that U.S. District Judge Sue Myerscough should dismiss a prosecutor’s motion seeking to hold Shock in contempt for not complying with the…Continue Reading

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2015 Farm Progress Show is shaping up

DECATUR – The 62 annual Farm Progress Show is beginning to shape up more and more each day as a busy staff preps for opening next week.   The NowDecatur team and several other media personnel were given a guided tour of Progress City and a first look at the new expansion area.  The Farm…Continue Reading

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President Obama seeks architect for his library

CHICAGO (AP) — President Barack Obama’s foundation has started the process of choosing an architect to design his presidential library.   The foundation said Wednesday it has invited firms to submit their qualifications to design the Obama Presidential Center, which will be located in one of two sites on Chicago’s South Side.   The center…Continue Reading

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DPS-61 to offer more Dual Credit courses

DECATUR – The Decatur Public School District has approved the renewal of Dual Credit Courses with Richland Community College.   The DPS-61 school board met on Tuesday night and held a short discussion about the classes that would count for dual credit at both the high school and college level.  Assistant Superintendent Michael Dugan said…Continue Reading

Chuck Kuhle

Chuck Kuhle wins tennis professional of the year

DECATUR – When you think of tennis in Decatur, one name always comes up – Chuck Kuhle.   Kuhle is the Director of Tennis for the Decatur Athletic Club and the Decatur Park District.  He was recently honored with the United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) Midwest Division Professional of the Year at a conference…Continue Reading

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