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State Fair Mega Pass on sale tomorrow

October 31 – The Illinois State Fair Mega Pass goes on sale tomorrow (Tuesday) at the lowest price you’ll see before the fair.   The 2017 Mega Pass is $60, which is the best deal you’re going to get for your kids to ride all the rides in Adventure Village and the Carnival Midway all…Continue Reading

Antifreeze and motor oil recycling event

Antifreeze and motor oil collection is tomorrow

October 31 – You can safely dispose of antifreeze and motor oil tomorrow at the Macon County Environmental Management (MCEM) Recycling Center.   MCEM is hosting the recycling event to help you safely dispose of the harmful liquids on Tuesday, November 1, from 3 to 6 p.m.  You can dispose of used or unwanted motor…Continue Reading

Ameren Sign

Power restored to over 1,800 Ameren customers

October 31 – Ameren Illinois has restored power to over 1,800 customers in Macon County following an outage Monday.   Ameren spokeswoman Marcelyn Love says approximately 1,862 customers were without power in west and north Macon County.  She says the outage was due to a substation equipment malfunction.   Love says Ameren fixed the problem by switching…Continue Reading

Unemployment Application

Decatur Chamber comments on local unemployment rate

October 31 – With one of the highest unemployment rate in the state, Decatur business leaders say Illinois needs to be more business friendly to foster economic growth.   The Illinois Department of Employment Security’s latest employment data released last week show that nearly half of the state’s metro areas saw an increase in their…Continue Reading


United Way of Decatur and Mid Illinois hosting report event 2016

October 31 – United Way of Decatur and Mid Illinois are giving the public an update on their campaign progress with some entertainment to go along with.   On Thursday, November 10th the United Way report will update the community on how the United Way campaign is going and to give thanks to businesses that…Continue Reading


National Foodworks adds operations manager

October 31 – National Foodworks Services has hired Mike England to lead operations and oversee all food production throughout the facility.   England has 25 years of experience producing consumer products in the areas of processing, packaging, sanitation, and functions.  He also brings experience in managing both start-up lines and existing product lines.   England…Continue Reading


Thousands attend Neuhoff night for Boo at the Zoo

October 30 – Scovill Zoo was hopping with families and trick or treating for Neuhoff Media Boo at the Zoo night.   With the weather nearly perfect for a late October night families stood in long lines to take part in one of the final activities for the Zoo this season.   Zoo Director Ken…Continue Reading

Hybrid Court graduation

Hybrid Drug Court graduates seven

October 28 – Seven former-addicts have another shot at a sober life after making it through the Macon County Hybrid Court.   The Hybrid Court is a way for offenders who have a drug or alcohol addiction to get sober and, in most cases, have their cases dismissed by the Macon County Courts System.  Today…Continue Reading

Pizza Hut mt zion closes

Pizza Hut in Mt. Zion closes

October 28 – The Pizza Hut in Mt. Zion has shut their doors.   Village Administrator Julie Miller says the restaurant was leasing the building and recently had their lease expire.  They chose not to renew the lease. She says they have been closed for about two weeks now.   The building was constructed in…Continue Reading