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Park District showing new Star Wars movie Wednesday

July 19 – You can see Star Wars: The Force Awakens for free this Wednesday evening.   As part of their movies in the park series, the Decatur Park District is showing the newest Star Wars movie at Fairview Park on Wednesday, July 20.  The movie will be shown south of pavilion #1 in Fairview…Continue Reading

Rauner in Decatur

New law aides families who submit FOIA requests

July 19 – Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed a law that could help families fighting to learn the truth about the death of loved ones.   Rauner sign legislation Tuesday that strengthens Illinois’ Freedom of Information Act by increasing fines for public bodies that fail to comply with court orders to release information.   The…Continue Reading

State Fair Entrance

New events for Illinois State Fair Preview Night

July 19 – The Illinois State Fair will have some new things going on this year for their preview night on Thursday, August 11th.   The Illinois State Fair has a list of things you need to know.  First, there will be a new time for the Twilight Parade start.  This year’s festivities start a…Continue Reading

Robert J. Jones u of I chancellor

U of I selects new chancellor

July 19 – The University of Illinois has chosen a new chancellor for the flagship Urbana-Champaign campus.   A written statement from the university on Tuesday says Robert J. Jones has been named chancellor pending formal approval by the board of trustees on Thursday.   Jones is president of the University at Albany, State University…Continue Reading

Decatur games

Decatur Games in full swing, ‘Top Shelf’ in lead

July 18 – The 2016 Decatur Games is a week in and going strong through this week as well.   The Olympic-style tournament, that runs until Friday, features events for companies, churches, civic organizations or groups of friends and family.   This year’s event line-up features both athletic and scholastic activities. Teams enjoy games such…Continue Reading

First Gig Rock N' Roll camp group photo

Young musicians honing their skills at First Gig Camp

July 19 – The next generation of musicians are getting some tips from local professionals this week during the third annual First Gig Rock n’ Roll Camp.   A group of 33 kids ages 10-17 are at Eisenhower High School all week learning more about their musical instrument and making some friends.  The camp runs…Continue Reading

Bath salts

Governor signs bill to curb sales of bath salts

July 19 – Addictive bath salts will be harder to access thanks to legislation signed into law by Governor Bruce Rauner.   The bill creates the Bath Salts Prohibition Act to help lower the amount of people selling and consuming the drug.  The use of bath salts, or cathinones, has been on the rise over…Continue Reading