NowDecatur Stories

Road Work

IDOT Road and Bridge Projects Coming to Macon County

July 23, 2020 –  Central Illinois communities will see more than $509 million in funding for road and bridge projects over the next six years as part of the Illinois Department of Transportation’s latest Multi-Year Plan under Rebuild Illinois.  The funding will support 172 projects between 2021 and 2026. Of the 172 projects, 37 will begin…Continue Reading


Health experts stress “common-sense” safety measures to curb COVID spread

July 23, 2020 – With the recent uptick in COVID-19 cases, health experts say members of the public can follow common-sense safety measures to help counter the trend.   The measures include: maintaining six feet of distance whenever possible, washing hands frequently and thoroughly, and wearing a mask in crowded or public spaces.  Those who are unable to wear a…Continue Reading


ISBE awards CTE grant to Richland Community College

July 23, 2020 – The Illinois State Board of Education has awarded nearly two million dollars in Career and Technical Education grants to regional entities.  For Decatur, Richland Community College was granted $78,970.  The beneficiary high schools are Eisenhower High School and Macarthur High School.  The Illinois 2020 fiscal year budget saw the first increase in five years for CTE state…Continue Reading


New Webinars Announced for Paycheck Protection Program 

July 23, 2020 – If you know of a small business or non-profit who received a PPP (Paycheck Protection Program) loan, there will be webinars hosted to answer any questions about the loans, led by SBDC Director Don Elmore.  The webinars are meant for entities who have received a PPP loan from an approved lender and…Continue Reading


Widespread Fraud and Scams Involving PUA Programs

July 22,2020 – IDES has uncovered and is investigating a widespread fraud scheme that is being conducted nationwide, impacting each state’s federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) programs, implemented as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  PUA provides 100% federally funded unemployment benefits for hundreds of thousands of individuals who were not traditionally covered by a state’s regular unemployment…Continue Reading


Governor Expands Ban On Evictions

July 22, 2020 – The Governor is extending the state’s ban on evictions through August 22nd. The moratorium on kicking someone out of their home for not paying began in March in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  It will now last through late August says Gov. Pritzker.   “I take this step today because I want to…Continue Reading