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Sheila Simon

Simon looking for return to State politics

DU QUOIN– Former Governor Pat Quinn’s top lieutenant is looking to get back into state politics.   Former Lt. Governor Sheila Simon announced on Labor Day her intentions to run for State Senate in the 58th District of Illinois.   The 58th district, which runs along the south-west border of the state, includes the counties…Continue Reading

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DYHA begins Civic Center upgrades

DECATUR – Hockey season is just around the corner, and the Decatur Youth Hockey Association is ready to put the $150,000 they won in the Kraft Hockeyville Contest to good use.   DYHA President Jason Habrock says they are excited to begin upgrading the Decatur Civic Center as the youth hockey team gains more appreciation from the…Continue Reading

James Cleaver takes oath

Decatur ushers in new Postmaster

DECATUR – James Cleaver, Jr. has taken the Oath of Office and is now the 36th Postmaster of Decatur.   Cleaver has been with the postal service since 1995.  He says he was pleasantly surprised to be named Postmaster and is proud to serve Decatur.   “I didn’t really expect this,” says Cleaver.  “I put…Continue Reading

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Police seize crack cocaine, money, during narcotics raid

DECATUR– A Decatur Police Department raid on Thursday led to police confiscating 11 grams of crack cocaine and over $1,000 in US currency.   Police Lieutenant Shannon Gutierrez Seal said via press release that the raid was executed at a residence located in the 2400 block of East North Street on Thursday.   As a…Continue Reading

Proposed Aldi Site

Proposed Aldi store gets go-ahead from Planning Commission

DECATUR—A proposal to move the Aldi grocery store from its current location on Pershing road to a new location on the corner of Ash Avenue and Rt. 51 North is moving on to the full City Council for consideration.   The proposal approved requires the rezoning of four residential lots on or near Ash Avenue…Continue Reading

DPS 61

DPS-61 will close early tomorrow (Friday)

DECATUR — DPS-61 officials say the Decatur Public School District will be dismissing after three hours of instruction Friday, September 4th due to the current and forecasted heat conditions.   Director of Community Engagement Maria Ford said in a press release that students will be dropped off at their normal bus stops after the end of…Continue Reading

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Director Matt Jungmann reflects on the 2015 Farm Progress Show

DECATUR – The Farm Progress Show is winding down in Decatur after three, long and hot days.   Show Director Matt Jungmann says, aside from the heat, things seemed to go smoothly throughout the three-day trade show.  Jungmann also says heat is much better than rain and thunderstorms.   “While heat is tough and wears…Continue Reading

Farm Credit Services, FFA

$100,000 will be given away to a youth Ag organization

DECATUR – Investing in the future can be seen from a lot of companies at the Farm Progress Show and Farm Credit Services is no different.   This is the 100th year of operation for the lending company and they are celebrating it by giving away a gift.  Vice President of Marketplace Engagement Rod Stoll…Continue Reading