NowDecatur Stories


Novelty contact lenses worry regulators at Halloween

October 12 – Illinois state regulators are warning trick-or-treaters about the dangers of colored contact lenses during the Halloween season.   Bryan Schneider is secretary of the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. He says the novelty lenses that routinely flood malls and beauty supply stores are often made overseas in facilities that are…Continue Reading

school board

DPS to go with two superintendents through this school year

October 12 –Mike Dugan and Bobbi Williams will continue to share superintendent responsibilities for the Decatur Public Schools District until at least June 30, 2017.   Tuesday night the DPS Board of Education unanimously approved contract extensions for both Williams and Dugan.  They will serve until the end of next school year or until a…Continue Reading

Overlook Adventure aquatic option

Park District reviews aquatics options

October 12 – With the life of Fairview Aquatic Center running out, the Decatur Park District is weighing their options on how to offer water fun in Decatur.   Aquatics specialty firm Counsilman-Hunsaker presented feasibility options for Fairview Aquatic Center to the Park District at a community meeting Tuesday evening.  They say the life of…Continue Reading

Paul Bloom

ADM establishes science grant for Macon County teachers

October 11 – Archer Daniels Midland Company is helping to boost STEM education in Macon County by establishing the ADM Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) grant.   The NGS Standards are being fully implemented this year in Illinois schools.  However, many Macon County teachers are finding that funding for special studies has been scarce.  Macon…Continue Reading


Top five donating schools announced for Food Drive

October 11 – Final numbers have been tallied to announce 5th place for schools donating to the 15th Annual WSOY Community Food Drive.   After a close battle, Decatur Eisenhower edged out St. Teresa High School claiming 5th place, raising 42,835 pounds of food. Eisenhower will be awarded $500 for their efforts.   St. Patrick’s…Continue Reading

Farmers insurance contest

Mt. Zion African-American History class needs your vote

October 11 – Your votes could help a Mt. Zion teacher get funding for a class project that will also serve as an exhibit at the African-American Cultural & Genealogical Museum in Decatur.   Each year, Rich Hansen’s African-American Experience class does a community service learning project that involves constructing an exhibit that will be…Continue Reading

American Red Cross

Red Cross training volunteers for Hurricane Matthew relief

October 11 – In the wake of Hurricane Matthew, the American Red Cross is hoping to recruit more volunteers to help with cleanup and response efforts.   Over 3,000 Red Cross volunteers have been dispatched to Florida, Georgia, the Carolinas and Virginia to help with what is expected to be a long recovery process.  In…Continue Reading