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Decatur Police find woman’s body, calling it “suspicious”

DECATUR – Decatur Police are looking into the suspicious death of a 38-year-old Decatur female Sunday.   Deputy Chief Cody Moore says officers responded to a call of a deceased body in the 2300 block of Finch Drive at 12:30 p.m. Sunday.  Upon arrival, officers located the body of the 38-year-old female.   Moore says…Continue Reading

Decatur Airport, FPS

Proposed House legislation to benefit Decatur Airport

DECATUR – The U.S. House Transportation Committee has passed along legislation to help make flying more family-friendly, along with modernizing our aviation systems.   Republican Congressman Rodney Davis says this bill will add improvements to outdated technology systems throughout air traffic control centers in America.  Additionally, it will continue appropriating funding for the Essential Air…Continue Reading

Shakespeare Corrected

Theater brings valuable skills to women’s prison

DECATUR – A Millikin professor has spent the last five years bringing theater to the Decatur Correctional Center, and he says women are learning valuable skills through performance.   Modeled off a similar program at an Indiana super max prison, ‘Shakespeare Corrected’ has been a big success for the women’s prison, according to its director…Continue Reading

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IL Youth Soccer says no more heading the ball

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (AP) — The group that governs 81,000 young soccer players in Illinois says it will no longer let athletes age 10 and younger use their heads to strike the ball.   Illinois Youth Soccer representatives say the change is meant to promote safety. The group made the announcement this week.   The…Continue Reading

Team Taylor

MacArthur students wear yellow to support Taylor

DECATUR – As the MacArthur High School basketball team prepared to take on Springfield Southeast tonight at the newly renovated MacArthur High School, students and parents wore yellow to show their support of District 61 Superintendent Lisa Taylor, who was informed that her contract may not be renewed.   NowDecatur.com caught up with some of Taylor’s supporters…Continue Reading

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Decatur breaks ground on east side hotel development

Decatur – Today the City of Decatur broke ground on the new Hampton Inn planned for Decatur’s east side.   The hotel will be a four story, 80 room Hampton Inn. It’s an investment of more than seven million dollars. The construction period is expected to take between ten to twelve months. It’s also expecting…Continue Reading

Lisa Taylor

DPS School Board plans to not renew Superintendent’s contract

DECATUR – The Decatur Public Schools Board of Education has informed Superintendent Lisa Taylor that they will not be renewing her contract in 2017.   Taylor replaced Gloria Davis as Superintendent on March 22, 2014.  In her contract, the Board is obligated to take action on whether they will extend or not extend her contract…Continue Reading

Spannaus, Oakes

Spannaus, Oakes say they support Superintendent Taylor

DECATUR – Board Members Fred Spannaus and Dan Oakes have released the following responses to the news about Superintendent Lisa Taylor.   Spannaus: “I wish to state my position regarding the now-public decision of four members of the Decatur School Board to not extend the contract of Superintendent Lisa Taylor beyond the 2016-2017 fiscal year.…Continue Reading

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Board of Education meeting moved to MacArthur

DECATUR – In anticipation of a large crowd for the next DPS Board of Education meeting, school officials have moved the location from the Keil Building to MacArthur’s auditorium.   With the news surfacing about Superintendent Lisa Taylor possibly not having her contract renewed, school officials are anticipating the Keil Building to be too small…Continue Reading

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Wrestling meet at Kirkland Fine Arts Center creates unique atmosphere

Decatur – The Millikin wrestling team tried something new last night by hosting a dual meet at the Kirkland Fine Arts Center.   Millikin hosted NCAA Division III Cornell College out of Iowa. The Millikin Percussion Ensemble performed before and during the match.   Millikin wrestling coach Ryan Birt says having the match at the…Continue Reading