NowDecatur Stories


Gleason appointed City Manager

DECATUR—Decatur’s new City Manager enjoyed a warm welcome during a city-hosted meet & greet on Wednesday night at the Decatur Civic Center.   Tim Gleason was announced as the new city manager earlier this month and was appointed to his new position during the March 16th council meeting.   Wednesday Gleason said he was quickly…Continue Reading

Bruce Rauner

Rauner happy with budget progress

JOLIET– It took him longer than he wanted, but Gov. Bruce Rauner is satisfied with the agreement to address the shortfall in the current budget. At an event in Joliet Friday, Rauner was asked by the operator of a preschool when she could expect the state to catch up on payments in its child care…Continue Reading

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MacArthur High School Reopening

DECATUR—After six years the the Decatur Public School District can put to rest their reclamation project for both public high schools. On Thursday the district cut the ribbon at MacArthur, officially opening the entire school for the first time in 18 months. “This is a great day for our student body and our community,” School…Continue Reading

MacArthur Preview

DPS-61 hosts ribbon cutting for MacArthur on Thursday

DECATUR–  Three years after beginning an extensive reclamation project of their two public high schools, DPS-61 is ready to open MacArthur High School on Thursday.   The District has set a ribbon cutting for Thursday at 11:30 a.m. at the school with an additional open house being held tomorrow night from 5 until 7.  …Continue Reading


Bill to fund State through remainder of Fiscal Year passes the House

SPRINGFIELD– The stopgap plan to drag Illinois across the finish line of the current fiscal year quickly passed the House. Negotiations on the bill wrapped up in time for it to be filed Monday night and for a committee hearing to be scheduled this (Tuesday) morning. Final House passage came during the noon hour, and the two-bill package could…Continue Reading

Tim Butler

Butler voices support for LaHood in race to replace Schock

Tim Butler, a Republican state representative from Springfield, has a unique view of the 18th Congressional District. The Peoria native served on the staff of former U.S. Rep. Ray LaHood for all seven terms LaHood was in Congress. More recently, he has been district chief of staff to another Congressman, Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Taylorville). Now…Continue Reading

Livingston bullish on local unemployment numbers

DECATUR–  Decatur’s unemployment rate saw a drop of over 3% since January, 2014, but one Mayoral candidate says that number is deceiving. Bishop GE Livingston on Monday held a press conference to raise concerns over the unemployment numbers, “When we had such a horrific unemployment rate of 13% and now we are at 8% it…Continue Reading

Art Class

Salvation Army art class

DECATUR–  The Salvation Army has a new program that’s allowing its residents to flex their creative muscles.Since receiving a grant from the Decatur Area Art’s Council in January, the Salvation Army has been holding a weekly arts class for a handful of residents. The classes are held weekly on Wednesday nights for an hour or…Continue Reading

Rauner brings ‘turnaround agenda’ to Decatur

DECATUR–  Governor Bruce Rauner is continuing to spread his ‘turnaround agenda’ across the state; making a Monday stop in Decatur to speak at an event hosted by the Greater Decatur Chamber of Commerce. Similar to his other stops around the state this month, Rauner spoke about decreasing union powers by creating individual ‘right to work…Continue Reading