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Lawsuit challenges Illinois’ same-day voter registration rule

September 6 – A federal lawsuit is raising questions about Illinois’ new rules for Election Day voter registration, which will be tested for the first time in a general election this November.   Illinois piloted same-day registration in 2014, requiring counties and some major cities offer it in at least one location.   When the…Continue Reading

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DPS closing early Tuesday due to heat

September 5 – Due to lingering hot and humid weather, the Decatur Public School District will be dismissing early Tuesday, September 6.   DPS will be releasing students after three hours of instruction tomorrow (Tuesday).  Students will be dropped off at their normal bus stops and there will not be any afternoon Pre-K programs.   At…Continue Reading


Decatur chefs competing in statewide competition

September 5 – Two Decatur chefs will be featured in the Artisan Cup & Fork statewide cooking competition next month.   The Artisan Cup & Fork is a new food competition that serves as a fundraiser for the not-for-profit The Land Connection.  The cooking competition will combine farm to table chefs with family-owned farms to…Continue Reading

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Park District, government offices Labor Day hours

September 4 – Holiday hours will be in effect for government offices in the area and the Decatur Park District.   No mail will come on Labor Day, DMVs will be closed, the Decatur Public Library will be closed, and the Decatur Public Transit system will not be running any buses Monday.   As for…Continue Reading

Kent McMillen, Claire Ball

Libertarian candidates stop in Decatur

September 4 – They may not be as well known as the majority-party candidates, but the libertarian candidates believe they have a chance running for elected office.   The Libertarian Party of Macon County held a cookout and meet and greet Sunday at the Fairview Park Pavilion.  The third-party group has two candidates running for…Continue Reading


DPL hosting annual book sale

September 3 – Your chance to get a good deal on books is this weekend at the Decatur Civic Center.   The Friends of the Decatur Public Library will have their annual used book sale on Sunday, September 4 and on Labor Day, September 5.  You can choose from a wide array of paperbacks and…Continue Reading

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Labor board says AFSCME negotiations at partial impasse

September 2 – A state labor board judge has ruled that Illinois’ largest public union and the governor’s office aren’t at impasse but looks to allow the state to impose its last offer on a few things in which they cannot agree on.   A State Administrative Law Judge ruled Friday afternoon that the American…Continue Reading