NowDecatur Stories

Summer Meal Program

ISBE looking for funds for summer meal program

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois State Board of Education is seeking sponsors and sites for summer food programs.   State Superintendent of Education Tony Smith urged school administrators Friday to spread the word about the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s summer food program.   School districts, local governments and nonprofits can all sponsor summer food…Continue Reading

Macon County Sheriff's Department

Macon County Sheriff Dept. to award college scholarship

DECATUR – Sheriff Tom Schneider will be giving out one $500 scholarship to a resident of Macon County attending college.   As part of the Illinois Sheriff’s Association scholarship program, over $54,000 in college scholarships will be given out to students in Illinois.  Macon County will be able to offer one this year for students…Continue Reading

Father Daughter Dance 2016

Photos from Father/Daughter Dance

DECATUR — Fathers and daughters got a chance to dance the night away at the Decatur Park District’s 6th annual Father/Daughter Dance.   Young ladies ages 5-12 were able to attend with their fathers and enjoy a buffet meal and a night of dancing at the Hickory Point Banquet Center.  Here are some of the…Continue Reading

Wedding Extravaganza

Couples get a jump start on ‘wedding season’ at weekend expo

DECATUR–  The former Sears location at Hickory Point Mall has mostly sat empty since the anchor store left late in 2014, but Saturday afternoon the space was filled with wedding cheer.   The 1st Neuhoff Media Wedding Extravaganza drew brides-to-be, grooms, parents, and vendors from across Macon County.   28 year old Amanda Mundsinger brought…Continue Reading


ISU issues hoverboard ban

NORMAL, Ill. (AP) — Illinois State University is banning hoverboards from campus housing and dining facilities.   University officials announced that the two-wheeled motorized scooters will not be allowed because of fire-safety concerns.   The school’s interim vice president of student affairs Brent Paterson said hoverboards are banned because of concerns about them overheating and…Continue Reading

Medicinal Marijuana

Rauner administration rejects medical cannabis expansion

CHICAGO (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration has again rejected expanding the list of diseases that can be treated with marijuana in Illinois.   The Department of Public Health announced the decision Friday, spurning eight recommendations from an expert advisory board.   The panel had recommended post-traumatic stress disorder, which affects many military veterans. Also…Continue Reading

MacArthur Softball

MacArthur Softball hosting trivia fundraiser

DECATUR – The MacArthur High School Softball team will be hosting a trivia night tomorrow to raise money for the team’s expenses.   Organizers say there are about two tables left to fill.  The cost is $100 per table, and up to ten players are allowed at one table.  The winning table will be awarded…Continue Reading


Obama to visit Illinois legislators in February

CHICAGO (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner says he looks forward to welcoming President Barack Obama back to the Illinois Capitol.   Obama is scheduled to address the Illinois General Assembly on Feb. 10 in Springfield, the city where Chicago Democrat and former state senator announced nine years ago that he was entering the 2008 presidential…Continue Reading

Caterpillar Decatur

Caterpillar beginning another phase of cuts

PEORIA (AP) – Caterpillar says it plans to close five plants and trim about 670 jobs in Illinois and several other states, in the latest phase of a larger cost-cutting campaign announced last year.   The mining and construction equipment company will cut about 230 jobs for office and production workers at a major manufacturing…Continue Reading