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City of Decatur

City to consider property tax increase; schedules public hearing

DECATUR– To shore up a projected $4.4 million deficit, the City of Decatur will consider raising property taxes by roughly 14%.   City Manager Tim Gleason says the levy would increase from $11.8 million last year to $13.5 million this year, which means the owner of a home valued at $100,000 would pay an average…Continue Reading

Mills Hall Demo Millikin University

Millikin eyes January wrap date for residence hall demolition project

DECATUR – It’s been a busy construction season over at Millikin University, and officials say dorm demolition will continue through January of 2016.   Construction crews are currently taking down the Mills and Hessler residence halls, and Vice President of Finance and Business Affairs, Ruby James says that will continue through January.  However, James says…Continue Reading

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Several races emerge for open Macon County Board seats

DECATUR–  Every Macon County Board seat up for election, and several of the county wide offices are accounted for as the time-frame for candidates to file have come and gone.   Macon County State’s Attorney Jay Scott and auditor Carol Reed, both incumbents, are the only two candidates to file for their respective seats, while…Continue Reading

Haines & Essick

Small Business Saturday boosts sales for local businesses

DECATUR – It was a busy shopping weekend culminating in Cyber Monday today; but it was Small Business Saturday that proved the most successful for some of downtown Decatur’s shops.   While the big box stores got a lot of attention on Friday, Saturday proved to be a busy day as well, with the downtown…Continue Reading

U of C

Officials arrest suspect in connection to UofC threat

CHICAGO (AP) — The University of Illinois at Chicago says one of its students living off-campus has been arrested in connection with threats made against the University of Chicago.   UIC said in a statement that its campus police have increased patrols and are cooperating with law enforcement.   It says no threats were made…Continue Reading

Decatur Area Art's Council

Art’s Council to open Christmas ARTicles shop Wednesday

DECATUR–  50 local, and national, artists will be on display this week as the Decatur Area Art’s Council opens its doors for the first time this season.   Art’s Council Director Sue Powell says there will be hundreds of unique items on display, from artisan soaps to bar accessories, “If you think you’re only going…Continue Reading

Deer Hunting Season

First deer hunting weekend proves fruitful for hunters

SPRINGFIELD– Deer hunters are so far more successful this year than last — at least to when it comes to using their shotguns. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources says 58,000 deer were harvested during the first part of firearm deer hunting season November 20 through 22nd.  Spokesman Chris Young says even with some bad…Continue Reading

Malcolm Hill and the Illini fall to ISU

Illini fall to Iowa State

NICEVILLE, Fla. — Georges Niang scored 23 points and helped fourth-ranked Iowa State break open a close game in the second half and beat Illinois 84-73 on Saturday night in the championship game of the Emerald Coast Classic.   Jaylon Tate’s layup gave the Illini a 58-57 lead before Iowa State (5-0) went on an 18-4 run…Continue Reading