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Illinois Supreme Court adopts new rules on juvenile shackling

October 6 – The Illinois Supreme Court has adopted a new rule and amended another to address the use of restraints on a minor in delinquency proceedings arising under the Juvenile Court Act of 1987.   The new rule and rule changes take effect November 1, 2016.   New Supreme Court Rule 943 (Use of…Continue Reading


Macon County response teams hold natural disaster exercise

October 6 – To make sure they are prepared for any type of natural disaster, emergency response teams in Macon County participated in a full scale training exercise with five other Illinois counties.   The Macon County Emergency Management Agency is part of the IEMA Region 7 along with Champaign, Douglas, Logan, Piatt and Tazewell…Continue Reading

Decatur Pickleball

Decatur Pickleball Club hosting tournament Saturday

October 6 – If you’re looking for a new sport to pick up, you may want to head to Cresthaven Park this weekend to check out Decatur’s pickleball tournament.   Pickleball is a combination of tennis, badminton and ping pong.  It’s played on a court much like a tennis court and uses a low net. …Continue Reading


DPD and others supplying Halloween costumes to local children

October 6 – The Decatur Police Department is again partnering with Project AVA for the 2nd Halloween “Bootique” program.   DPD will serve as one of three collection sites for the Halloween season accepting new or gently used costumes.   DPD reminds that while Halloween is a fun and exciting time for kids, some may…Continue Reading


DMH holding Early Detection Connection for cancer awareness

October 6 – Women in Macon County have the chance to receive information about early detection of breast, cervical and ovarian cancer tomorrow.   Decatur Memorial Hospital is holding an Early Detection Connection program tomorrow from 7am-8:30am. If you attend you will receive a bagel and a gift while supplies last.   Early Detection Connection…Continue Reading

Lake Decatur sediment trap

Sediment traps in Lake Decatur reduce need for dredging

October 6 – To prevent future need to dredge the entire Lake Decatur, the crews from Great Lakes Dredge & Dock are digging three sand traps.   Along with the $91 million dredging project on Lake Decatur, dredging crews are digging a little bit deeper in three parts of the Lake to act as sediment…Continue Reading

Millikin Food Drive

Decatur schools prepare for WSOY Food Drive

October 5 – It’s going to be hard to top the near 400,000 pounds of food the top three schools raised for the 2015 food drive, but each principal says they are going to try.   Thanks to the giving attitude of students and their families, and help from their parishes, three Catholic schools were…Continue Reading