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Mike McElroy Reelection

McElroy tops challengers; wins reelection bid for Mayor

DECATUR–  Aside from trailing after one precinct had reported, the reelection of Mayor Mike McElroy was never really in doubt.   McElroy won his reelection bid on Tuesday night, receiving just over 46% of the vote, or 5,190 out of 11,100 total votes cast.   McElroy, who has served as Mayor since 2009 and has…Continue Reading

Breaking News

Police identify homicide victim found on South Side

DECATUR– Decatur police have identified the woman found dead near the bike trail on the 1100 block of Lincoln Trail Drive on Monday.   The victim has been identified as 19 year-old Paige L. Mars of Decatur. Macon County Coroner Michael Day said Mars was shot multiple times in the chest and the head and…Continue Reading

Airplane Crash Photo

UPDATED: 7 dead following Bloomington airplane crash

BLOOMINGTON– Whatever caused a Cessna plane to crash near Bloomington early Tuesday morning remains unknown to air traffic officials. The small, twin engine, Cessna C414A, was carrying six passengers and a pilot on their way back from Indianapolis Monday night following the NCAA Basketball Championship game when it went down in a field near Bloomington.…Continue Reading

Single vehicle crash claims life of 1 in rural Macon County

Single vehicle crash claims life of 1 in rural Macon County

DECATUR—A 20 year-old Decatur man is dead following a single vehicle accident that occurred early Tuesday morning. The Macon County Sheriff’s Office were called to the scene of the accident shortly after 3:30 a.m. near the intersection of Bearsdale Road and Pershing Road in rural Macon County. Arriving on the scene, Sgt. Jason Brown and…Continue Reading

Crop Planting

Crop planting begins in Illinois

SPRINGFIELD– Corn planting in Illinois has scarcely begun.   USDA crop statistician Mark Schleusener says there is some corn in the ground, but not enough to show up in the year’s first weekly USDA crop progress report.   “Not really. It’s basically too cold and generally too wet, especially in the southern parts of the state, for…Continue Reading

Voting Booths

Slow start to early voting doesn’t hinder final numbers

DECATUR–  A slow start to early voting didn’t hinder final ballot numbers as of Monday night. As of 5 pm on Monday, Macon County Clerk Steve Bean says his office had collected just over 1,400 ballots ahead of Tuesday’s consolidated election. That’s just a tick over the 1,300 early ballots they saw during the last…Continue Reading

Aaron Schock

New dates proposed for special election to replace Schock

SPRINGFIELD– Illinois and federal officials are proposing new dates for the special elections to replace former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock. In a document filed Monday in Chicago federal court, the U.S. Department of Justice says it worked with Illinois officials to set a July 7 primary and a Sept. 10 general election. Schock is a Peoria…Continue Reading

Police Tape

Decatur Police investigating possible homicide

DECATUR–  The Decatur Police Department is investigating what could be the first homicide in the city this year.   Deputy Chief Cody Moore with the DPD says officers were dispatched to the 1100 block of Lincoln Park Drive on Monday morning in regards to a deceased person being discovered there.   Moore says investigations personnel…Continue Reading

George Sheldon Alt

DCFS acting director ready to take on big job

SPRINGFIELD– Whether George Sheldon is a superstar or is another name through the revolving door at the director’s office of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, we’ll know soon enough.   He’s the governor’s choice to head DCFS, following stints in the corresponding job in Florida and as acting assistant secretary in the…Continue Reading


Council to discuss vehicle purchase during Gleason’s 1st meeting

DECATUR– When the Decatur City Council meets tonight for their regularly scheduled meeting, there will be a new face in the city manager’s chair.   The meeting tonight will be the first for City Manager Timothy Gleason who was hired last month.   The council tonight will consider approving the purchase of five new SUV’s…Continue Reading