NowDecatur Stories


DMCOC awarding scholarships to low-income college students

May 3 – Low-income Macon County residents who are attending college or a technical school have the chance to earn scholarships to go towards tuition.   The Decatur-Macon County Opportunities Corporation (DMCOC) has funds available to give out a number of scholarships to Macon County students.  The DMCOC’s Vicki Bean says the funds are part…Continue Reading

Decatur Area Art's Council

Local artists to present at the May Friday gallery walk

May 3 – Local artists will be featured at the May first Friday gallery walk at the Anne Lloyd Gallery.   The Barn Colony artists will be presenting their work. The 50 member organization is a group of local artists that showcase their varied media and creativity.   Sue Powell, Gallery Director for the Decatur…Continue Reading

Archer Daniels Midlands Co. Tour

ADM releases 2016 first quarter earnings

May 3 – Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) is reporting lower financial results for the first quarter compared to last year.   ADM says their adjusted earnings for the quarter that ended March 31, 2016 are $0.42 per share, down from $0.78 in the same period last year.  Those results also included a $0.08 per…Continue Reading

Illinois House of Representatives

Illinois Democrats propose higher taxes for the wealthy

May 3 — Illinois House Democrats who want the state to tax millionaires at higher rates plan to take up a measure that would ultimately let voters decide in November.   The proposal would change the Illinois Constitution to allow people to be taxed based on their earnings. Democrats are pushing a companion bill that…Continue Reading

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Decatur residents voice concern over budget impasse

May 3 – Decatur residents voiced their frustration over the continued state budget impasse.   Several spoke out Monday night at Old King’s Orchard Community Center as part of the Grassroots Collaborative. The group asked that Springfield pass a fair budget and to do it now.   Cheryl Flowers, Organizer of Grassroots Collaborative in Decatur,…Continue Reading

City of Decatur

City Council asks for new city hire residency requirement

May 2 – The Decatur City Council is unanimous on adding a city employee residency requirement, but they are prepared to chip away at it.   At their Monday night meeting, the council indicated they would like a residency requirement for all new city hires.  Due to collective bargaining rights in union-represented city employees, the…Continue Reading

Chief Illiniwek

U of I to move on from the Chief, pick new school mascot

May 2 – The University of Illinois’ interim chancellor says the campus will begin the process of picking a new mascot.   Interim Chancellor Barbara Wilson told the Academic Senate on Monday that she will form a committee to design a process and set a timeline. Wilson’s decision follows a recommendation from a Student Senate…Continue Reading

Mini Wars overlook adventures

Overlook Adventures holding Star Wars-themed outing Friday

May 2 – The Decatur Park District and the Decatur Forsyth Classic are hosting “Mini Wars” this Friday for families to enjoy a mini-golf outing and adventure.   This Friday, May 6, from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. you can dress up in your favorite Star Wars costume and head over to Overlook Adventures Mini Golf…Continue Reading

Midwest Inland Port collab

Decatur welcomes CN’s collaboration with the Midwest Inland Port

May 2 –The Midwest Inland Port has announced a partnership that will involve one of the biggest railways in North America.   Canadian National Railway has joined the Midwest Inland Port Strategic Development Coalition, or MIPSDC, to provide strategic and marketing support to the development of the Midwest Inland Port.   Economic Development Corporation President,…Continue Reading