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Charity dinner for Alzheimer’s research is this Friday

August 30 – This Friday you can enjoy a gourmet dinner and also support Alzheimer’s research at Richland Community College.   Culinary Arts Instructor Chef Ryan Rogiers’ mother Liz was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s several years ago.  This is the 5th annual dinner that will be a tribute to her.  The dinner is this…Continue Reading

Police Body Cams

Officer-involved shooting prompts body camera discussion

August 30 – In light of the officer-involved shooting verdict, the Decatur Police Department is looking to the future on what they can do to improve transparency during such incidents.   Dash cam footage was available and provided during the investigation which proved the intention of the single shot fired from DPD Officer Andrew Wittmer.…Continue Reading

no charges against cop or mitchell

Community leaders react to State’s Attorney’s shooting decision

August 30 – Community leaders say they are happy that a thorough investigation was conducted to determine whether or not a Decatur Police officer was justified in shooting Lonnie Mitchell on July 11.   Macon County State’s Attorney Jay Scott announced Tuesday he would not file any charges against DPD officer Andrew Wittmer or the…Continue Reading

no charges against cop or mitchell

UPDATE: No charges filed against police in officer-involved shooting case

August 30 – Macon County State’s Attorney Jay Scott’s office will not be filing any charges against the Decatur Police officer who shot Lonnie Mitchell on July 11, nor will charges be filed against Mitchell.   After six weeks of investigation by the Illinois State Police and Macon County State’s Attorney’s Office, Scott announced Tuesday…Continue Reading

Voting Machine

Illinois elections system hack serves as warning

August 30 – Illinois elections officials are confident no voter data were compromised this summer when a hacker was able to see information on about 200,000 registered voters.   Ken Menzel is general counsel for the Illinois State Board of Elections. He says the online voter-registration system was shut down July 13 when officials noted…Continue Reading

City of Decatur

Council approves roadwork, gives direction for video gaming

August 30 – The extra money you have been spending on gas in Decatur will finally be put to use to repair local roads.   During their Monday night meeting, the Decatur City Council approved two roadwork projects that will utilize local motor fuel taxes collected since April, 2016.  The projects will involve local roads…Continue Reading

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DPS closing early Tuesday

August 29 – Due to current temperatures and hot weather forecasted for Tuesday, DPS will be dismissing early Tuesday, August 30.   DPS students will be let out of school tomorrow after three hours of instruction.  Because several schools are on different schedules, there isn’t a set time school will be dismissed.  However, each school…Continue Reading

Road Closed

Sewer repair to close north 27th street starting tomorrow

August 29 – North 27th Street at the railroad tracks just north of U.S. Rt. 36 will be closed starting tomorrow, August 30th as crews work on a sewer system in the area.   Crews from Dunn Company will be working on the sewer system at the railroad tracks, meaning you won’t be able to…Continue Reading

prison population

Illinois’ prison population is decreasing

August 29 – Illinois’ prison population is falling, but the system still is considered overcrowded.   New numbers released by the Illinois Department of Corrections show that Illinois’ prison population dropped by 2,485 in the past year and by more than 4,200 since fiscal 2014. The total prison population was 44,680 as of July 1,…Continue Reading

Cookin' with the Chorale 2016

Greater Decatur Chorale fall auditions are tonight

August 29 – Auditions to become part of the Greater Decatur Chorale are tonight.   The Decatur Park District has had the Chorale since 1985.  The group is made up of 70 plus members who enjoy singing and sharing their talents with the community. The Chorale covers a wide array of music from pop to…Continue Reading