NowDecatur Stories

Purse Theft Safety

DPD offers purse and wallet safety tips

DECATUR – The Decatur Police Department is offering some tips for you to keep your purses and wallets safe and by your side this holiday season.   Lieutenant Shannon Gutierrez Seal says there is often an increase of wallet and purse thefts over the holiday season because many of you are out and about.  …Continue Reading

Star Wars at the Avon

Local fans are ready to see Star Wars

Decatur – The Metcalf family sure is ready for the new Star Wars movie, along with millions of other fans nationwide.   Matt, Julie, Cole, and Corissa were at the Avon in downtown Decatur an hour and a half before the 7 pm premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, already seated in the perfect…Continue Reading

County Board

Decatur man removed from county Circuit Clerk race

DECATUR – The Macon County Electoral Board voted Thursday to remove Bryan Hott from the March 15th General Primary ballot.   Hott filed to be a Democratic candidate in the Macon County Circuit Clerk race.  However, Macon County Clerk Steve Bean says the board determined that Hott had less than the 148 signatures required to have…Continue Reading

Unemployment Application

November unemployment rate slightly inflated

CHICAGO – The state unemployment rate rose slightly last month, but the Illinois Department of Employment Security says that’s mostly because more people are looking for work.   The Illinois jobless rate came in at 5.7 percent in November, up .3 percent from October’s rate.  Despite the slight rise, IDES Analyst Evelina Loescher says there…Continue Reading

Bruce Rauner Action

Legislative leaders, Governor set to meet Thursday

CHICAGO– Gov. Bruce Rauner and legislative leaders will meet again today to discuss how they can end the budget stalemate. It’s the third meeting in as many weeks, but after last week’s discussion, the Republican leaders admitted they’re not talking about the final budget numbers yet, but instead focusing on aspects of the governor’s agenda.…Continue Reading

Travel Traffic

Holiday travel numbers to hit record highs

DECATUR– Holiday travel could reach the 100 million mark this year for the first time since AAA began recording travel numbers.   Early estimates from AAA show that 100.5 million Americans will travel at least 50 miles this holiday season, a 1.4% increase over 2014, and the first time that number reaches 9 digits.  …Continue Reading

Avon Theater

Avon Theater prepares for Star Wars: The Force Awakens

DECATUR – Several local theaters are bracing themselves for the premiere night of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.   Avon Theater in Decatur will be showing the movie on Thursday in a couple of their theaters.  General Manager Ashley Petty says they are ready for the large crowds.   “We’re expecting a really good crowd…Continue Reading

Mt. Zion Police

Mt. Zion Police arrest 4 in connection to potential burglary

MT. ZION – Mt. Zion Police officers succeeded in stopping a potential home invasion on Wednesday morning in the 1500 block of Wildwood Drive.   The Department says they were investigating a suspicious vehicle when officers learned the lone occupant of the vehicle and three other suspects were intending to rob a nearby residence.  …Continue Reading


Premiere show times, costume rules for Star Wars movie

DECATUR – Interested in going to see Star Wars on the premiere night Thursday?  Here is a list of show times at local theaters, as well as costume rules at each respective theater.   All show times are for Thursday, December 17th.   Strand 10: 2360 South Mt. Zion Road -Tickets still available for each…Continue Reading