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Biotech conference Decatur

Decatur hosting biotech conference this week

October 4 – Biotechnology companies from around the country are represented in Decatur this week for the AEIC conference.   The 2016 Analytical Excellence through Industry Collaboration (AEIC) fall meeting is being held at the Decatur Conference Center and Hotel this week.  The organization is dedicated to establishing tools that will improve the agricultural, environmental,…Continue Reading


RCC hosts “Engage Your Government” to educate young voters

October 4 – Students at Richland Community College had the chance to better get familiar with the local candidates in the upcoming General Elections.   The RCC Student Government Association hosted “Engage Your Government” to allow the exposure between the young voter and for those trying to gain enough votes before November 8th.   RCC…Continue Reading

IL Grain Tour at ADM 2016

Illinois Grain Tour stops at ADM in Decatur

October 4 – Buyers from 10 different countries are getting a firsthand look at how their products are processed through the Illinois Grain Tour.   Today more than 40 international buyers made a stop at Archer Daniels Midland Company in Decatur.  The group went on a bus tour of the intermodal ramp and heard a…Continue Reading


Donate canned foods at RCC for the WSOY Community Food Drive

October 4 – Richland Community College is offering students, faculty and staff a chance to get involved with the WSOY Community Food Drive this week.   There is a booth set up in the Mueller Student Center that will be collecting monetary or canned donations all week. The students that donate will receive extra credit…Continue Reading

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Budget cuts causing Sheriff’s Department to shed officers

October 4 – Macon County’s tough financial situation is forcing the Macon County Sheriff’s Office to cut some of their deputies.   The Sheriff’s Department presented their budget to the Macon County Finance Committee Monday night.  Many of the county offices were asked to make cuts this year.  For the MSO, the finance committee asked…Continue Reading

City of Decatur

Council presented with expensive sewer upgrades, approves annexation

October 4 – A rate increase on your sewer bill may be needed to pay for expensive upgrades to Decatur’s sanitary sewer system.   The city is facing about $42.6 million in upgrades to the sewer system, as ordered by the United States Environmental Protection Agency.  This project will require the city to eliminate excessive…Continue Reading

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Park District Preschool activities for October

October 3 – The Decatur Park District is rolling out new preschool classes for families to enjoy this month.   Children ages 2-5 can listen to stories, learn sports, make art, and much more this October.  Starting Tuesday, October 4, the Park District is offering a sports sampler.  You child will learn the fundamentals of…Continue Reading


Train at Scovill Zoo to get extension

October 3 – Good news for the fans of the train at Scovill Zoo, your ride will be a little longer.   Thanks to another donation from the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, the Scovill Zoo train will be extended to provide for a more scenic ride. The proposed new half-mile loop will expose never before seen…Continue Reading