NowDecatur Stories


Unemployment Rates Up, Jobs Down in Illinois

November 27,2020 – The number of nonfarm jobs decreased over-the-year in all fourteen Illinois metropolitan areas in October, according to preliminary data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES). The unemployment rate increased over-the-year in all metro areas. The official, BLS approved sub-state unemployment rate…Continue Reading

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Macon County Sheriffs Office Warns About New Phone Scam

November 27, 2020 – The Macon Co. Sheriff’s Office has a warning about a new phone scam. The Sheriff’s office has received complaints that an unknown individual is calling area residents claiming to be raising money on behalf of the Macon Co. Sheriff’s F.O.P. #144 for the Shop with the Sheriff event.  MCSO says this individual…Continue Reading


State Evaluating COVID Tracking App

November 27, 2020 – The director of the Illinois Department of Public Health says there’s more to come on the possibility of implementing a phone app to help track the spread of COVID-19. Gov. J.B. Pritzker has some reservations, but he said the state is evaluating the options, despite it being nearly nine months of the…Continue Reading


HSHS Launches Masked Moms Campaign

November 27, 2020 – Moms working at HSHS Illinois hospitals are starting a grassroots campaign to help slow the spread of COVID-19.  #MaskedMoms is a way to encourage wearing a mask when you are around people that do not live in your household.  With health officials encouraging residents to stay home and adjust Thanksgiving plans,…Continue Reading


Attorney General Warns of Continued Unemployment Fraud

November 27, 2020 – Attorney General Kwame Raoul says since July, his office has received nearly 5000 complaints about unemployment fraud, often in the form of fake benefit debit cards. Raoul says anyone can be the victim of the scam, noting even he received a phony card in the mail. Raoul recommends keeping a close…Continue Reading

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Davis Supports Apprenticeship Act

November 27, 2020 – U.S. Representative Rodney Davis voted in support of H.R. 8294, which is the National Apprenticeship Act of 2020.  H.R. 8294 seeks to create nearly 1 million additional apprenticeship opportunities in the next five years. “Registered Apprenticeships are a successful, proven federal workforce training program that creates new, good-paying jobs,” said Rep. Davis. “That is why…Continue Reading

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Santa Claus is Coming to the Transfer House Saturday

November 27, 2020 – Santa’s House will return this year and will be located at the Transfer House in Central Park!  Due to the pandemic, guidelines will be enforced; everyone will need to wear a mask and practice social distancing.  One family will be allowed in the Transfer House to wave to Santa and take…Continue Reading

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WSOY and NowDecatur to Broadcast and Podcast “The Cinnamon Bear”

November 26, 2020 – The long-standing tradition continues as WSOY and NowDecatur plan to broadcast the timeless holiday classic “The Cinnamon Bear” on Christmas Day. In addition, a podcast of each episode of the program will be available beginning on November 30th on  The Cinnamon Bear is an old-time radio program produced by Transco in 1937. The story focused on Judy and…Continue Reading