NowDecatur Stories


Kool Rides Charity Car Show

DECATUR – The annual Kool Rides Charity Car Show is returning for its 17th time in downtown Decatur this weekend.   The event will be held on Saturday, July 11th from 3-7 PM around Central Park.  Kool Rides says that all cars, trucks, and motorcycles are welcome.  The event will feature a DJ as well…Continue Reading

Rauner in Decatur

Rauner speaks out about Illinois’ budget

SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Bruce Rauner says he’ll set aside his distaste for tax increases and approve one if the Legislature approves his business-friendly reforms.   Democrats’ spending plan has a deficit of up to $4 billion. They want cuts and a tax hike. They say Rauner’s plans for restricting liability lawsuit awards and workers’ compensation…Continue Reading


Judge rules IHSA may keep records private

COOK COUNTY — The Better Government Association lost its lawsuit over whether the Illinois High School Association is subject to open records laws, but it’s still battling in court over arenas.   The arenas, stadiums or convention halls in Springfield, Bloomington, Peoria, Moline, Bridgeview, Hoffman Estates, Marion and Rosemont are owned by their respective cities…Continue Reading

Lincoln College

Lincoln College to see 4-year, University status

LINCOLN– The new president of two-year Lincoln College in central Illinois hopes to lead the school to four-year, university status.   President David Gerlach says he hopes to add five to seven bachelor’s-degree programs at the private school in Lincoln. Lincoln is about 30 miles southwest of Bloomington.   Gerlach says Lincoln was started as a…Continue Reading

Bruce Rauner Alt

No budget, no paychecks for state workers

CHICAGO –A Cook County judge has ruled Illinois may not continue to pay state workers in full during an ongoing budget impasse.   Judge Diane Joan Larsen ruled Tuesday that Illinois Comptroller Leslie Munger may pay only some workers who are covered under a federal law. Those workers would receive federal minimum wage plus overtime. But…Continue Reading

Bill Mitchell @ Senior Center

State Rep. Bill Mitchell and seniors talk potential budget cuts

DECATUR – Several senior care programs have the potential to be cut here in Macon County as the budget process continues in Springfield.   With the Fiscal Year 2016 Illinois State Budget in limbo, funding for critically important senior services is at risk, including community care programs, in-home care programs, and senior congregate and home-delivered…Continue Reading

Breathalyser Test

4th of July arrests/citations

DECATUR – The Decatur Police Department made just one drunk-driving arrest over the 4th of July weekend.   Twenty seat belt citations were also handed out during the recent Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over and Click It or Ticket statewide crackdown.  Law enforcement agencies throughout Illinois participated in the effort to get drunk drivers…Continue Reading

Accident Truck

Rt. 121 reopened after fatal crash

WARRENSBURG–  Several hundred feet of Rt. 121 between Warrensburg and Latham was closed this morning due to a fatal accident.   The Macon County Sheriff’s office says the head  on collision between two vehicles occurred near the intersection of Rt. 121 and N. Lincoln Memorial Parkway. The collision caused one of the vehicles to burst…Continue Reading