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DPD welcomes 11 new officers

DECATUR – The Decatur Police Department is back to a full capacity as 11 new police officers were sworn in on Thursday.   Decatur Police Chief Brad Sweeney says his staff is full now, with 164 officers on the force.  He says this class was a bit more unique than usual.   “This ceremony was…Continue Reading

Bill Mitchell & John Cabello

Lawmakers propose retooled death penalty to target ‘worst of the worst’

DECATUR–  The increased threat of violence against law enforcement officers and recent high profile cases of children being killed have prompted two Illinois lawmakers to propose a reinstatement of the death penalty in Illinois.   State Representative Bill Mitchell (R-Forsyth) and John Cabello (R-Machesney Park) have introduced a bill to the General Assembly that would…Continue Reading

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Illinois Grain Tour stops through ADM

DECATUR– International grain buyers are getting a tour of Illinois this week as part of the Illinois Department of Agriculture’s annual Illinois Grain Tour.   The group of 36 international buyers from countries like Mexico, Ecuador, China, Taiwan, South Korea and Vietnam, arrived in Decatur Wednesday morning to tour ADM and the Midwest Inland Port.…Continue Reading

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Millikin, Richland partner on reverse transfer agreement

DECATUR – Millikin University and Richland Community College are partnering on a reverse transfer agreement for students who transfer from Richland to Millikin.   President of Richland Community College Dr. Gayle Saunders says the agreement will allow ex-Richland students to still have a chance at gaining their associate’s degree with their college.   “Our students…Continue Reading

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Man who caused Warrensburg school lockdown charged with felony

DECATUR– The man who caused a temporary lockdown of Warrensburg-Latham Grade School last week was arraigned Tuesday on a felony charge of aggravated resisting a police officer.   Warrensburg police tracked down and apprehended 51 year old Clifford Darrell Jr. on Tuesday, September 15th after receiving a call of a suspicious man near the grade…Continue Reading

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DPS-61 officially adopts budget for FY16

DECATUR – Despite not having a guarantee of state-appropriated funds, the Decatur Public School Board has officially adopted a budget for Fiscal Year 2016.   The board met on Tuesday night to hear a final update on the budget from Chief Operational Officer Dr. Todd Covault. Covault reported that the state informed them that they…Continue Reading


The latest on the Lake Decatur Dredging Project

DECATUR – The dredging project of Lake Decatur is nearly 20 percent complete as crews have taken just over 2 million cubic yards of sediment out of the lake.   Engineering Services Coordinator for the city’s water department, Jerry Stevens says the dredging crew is now in the Big Creek area of Lake Decatur, where…Continue Reading

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Crossing Healthcare officially opens Wabash Crossing location

DECATUR–  A new healthcare facility open near downtown Decatur will better serve the nearly 33,000 Macon County residents living below the poverty line or who otherwise cannot afford to pay for healthcare through traditional methods like a hospital or doctor’s office.   Community leaders and officials with Crossing Healthcare gathered outside the 30,000 square foot…Continue Reading