NowDecatur Stories

Humane Society new home

Macon County Humane Society settles in to new home

DECATUR – They’ve tripled in size, added a fenced-in backyard, and have room to grow, but the best thing about the Humane Society’s new location – they own the land.   Serving Decatur and Macon County since 1923, the Humane Society finally owns the property in their new, permanent location.  In between, the not-for-profit animal…Continue Reading

Red Kettle Fire

Local first responders compete in support of Red Kettle Campaign

DECATUR – It’s another exciting weekend for the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign as law enforcement agencies and fire departments from Macon County are manning the bell-ringing duties.   This year is the fifth annual “Guns vs. Hoses” weekend benefiting the Salvation Army of Decatur.  The fundraising event is usually the most popular for the…Continue Reading

Juan Luciano

ADM CEO Luciano to become board chairman January 1st

CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Archer Daniels Midland Company (NYSE: ADM) today announced that CEO and President Juan R. Luciano has been named chairman of the company’s board of directors, effective Jan. 1, 2016. Luciano succeeds Patricia Woertz, who has served as chairman since 2007, and who was Luciano’s predecessor in the CEO role. She retired from that…Continue Reading

Dan Gritti

Gritti “excited” to lead Millikin football team

DECATUR–  Millikin’s new head football coach knows how to win.   The University this week hired former Rhodes College head coach Dan Gritti to succeed Pat Etherton after Millikin wrapped up a 2-8 season.   Gritti, during his five year stint as head coach at Rhodes, Gritti compiled a 29-19 record, including back-to-back 8 win…Continue Reading


Bill aims to lower pot penalties

DECATUR – A bill to lower penalties for “small amounts” of marijuana possession is getting a second chance, this time with the changes Gov. Bruce Rauner wanted.   Rauner had issued an amendatory veto on a bill passed earlier this year, arguing that while he agreed with the principle of keeping people out of jail…Continue Reading

Labor Day Union Picnic

Union leadership rallies in Springfield as part of statewide event

SPRINGFIELD– There wasn’t much breathing room in a basement meeting facility at Springfield’s Prairie Capital Convention Center when up to 2,000 union members rallied as part of a series of statewide events. In addition to lagging contract negotiations, they’re upset with the lack of a budget under new Gov. Bruce Rauner, painted as someone elected…Continue Reading


County Board approves e-citations

DECATUR – Local authorities should be able to save some time when it comes to paperwork thanks to a new electronic citation system passed by the Macon County Board.   The measure passed unanimously 18-0 at the board’s monthly meeting.  Officers will now be able to fill out an e-citation on their computer, and they…Continue Reading

Children's Museum

CMofIL to hold Star Wars-themed workshop

DECATUR – The Children’s Museum of Illinois is hosting a littleBits competition this weekend for students to create a Star Wars gadget.   This Saturday, the museum has two separate workshops planned in which students will use the littleBits and make some sort of creation.  Marketing Director Jen McMillin says this is a chance for…Continue Reading


Tips to avoid burglaries this holiday season

DECATUR – If you are leaving for the holidays, or have a package coming to your front door, it is very important that you take precautions so that thieves won’t steal your belongings.   Many of you might be packing up and heading to see family this holiday season, and an empty house is a…Continue Reading

Unclaimed Property

State’s unclaimed property auction raises $73,000

SPRINGFIELD – Bidders paid $73,000 for 8,000 pieces of commemorative coins, jewelry and baseball cards in the state’s unclaimed property auction, Illinois Treasurer Michael Frerichs’ office said today. The week-long online sale closed Friday. Among the winning bids were $12,052 for an Engelhard 10oz gold bar and $1,391 for a 1923D Saint Gaudens Double Eagle…Continue Reading