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Jeffery Parkhurst

Springfield man convicted for enticing a minor in Decatur

March 31 – A Springfield man arrested in Decatur in July of 2015 was convicted for attempted enticement of a minor.   59-year-old Jeffrey Parkhurst was arrested by Decatur Police and initially charged by Macon County after reports he had tried to use the Internet to entice an underage individual.  A jury deliberated for 26…Continue Reading

Unemployment Application

County unemployment rate sees increase over previous year

March 31 – The Illinois Department of Employment Security says the unemployment rate in all metro areas increased compared to the same time in 2015.   Macon County’s unemployment rate dropped .5 percent from January 2016 to February 2016, but last month’s 8.2 percent rate is still .8 percent higher than when it was 7.4…Continue Reading

Local motor fuel tax takes effect Friday

Local motor fuel tax takes effect Friday

March 31 – The price for a gallon of unleaded gas in Decatur will jump at least five cents starting Friday, April 1.   The Decatur City Council approved a local motor fuel tax ordinance at a meeting mid February, but it wasn’t set to go into effect until tomorrow.  The council approved a five cent…Continue Reading

Pi Beta Baum Books

Baum Elementary awarded hundreds of free books

March 31 – Students at Baum Elementary will have quite a few more books to choose from in their library – 500, to be exact.   The Pi Beta Phi Sorority from Millikin University entered the school into a contest held by the non-profit First Book, which provides reading material to underprivileged children.  As part…Continue Reading

Fire Hose Resize

Decatur house fire under investigation

DECATUR – A fire in Decatur last night is under investigation.   First unit on the scene reported heavy fire showing from the front of the garage. 18 firefighters responded to the fire that occurred around 6:30pm at 3611 E. Maynor Street at a single family residential home. The occupants were able to get away…Continue Reading

Decatur Public Library

Library Board of Trustees approves sale of library building

DECATUR –One half of an agreement that would put the building at 130 N. Franklin Street into possession of the City of Decatur has been completed.   The Decatur Public Library’s Board of Trustees held a special meeting Wednesday in which they approved both the transfer of the building deed and the lease between the…Continue Reading

Bruce Rauner Alt

Rauner shifting blame to Speaker Madigan

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner is expressing frustration at the lack of progress in Illinois budget negotiations with Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan and says his efforts to set up a one-on-one meeting have gone nowhere.   The Republican governor on Wednesday accused Madigan and fellow Democrats of “playing games” by purposefully stalling…Continue Reading


New report shows farmland prices are on the decline

PEORIA – A new report from the Illinois Society of Professional Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers has found that farmland prices in the state saw a significant decline last year.   The report shows that agriculture acreage across Illinois dropped between 8 and 9 percent in 2015. The report also found that land rated “excellent”…Continue Reading