Decatur City Council Adopts Emergency Order To Help Stem Spread Of COVID

Decatur City Council Adopts Emergency Order To Help Stem Spread Of COVID

August 3, 3030 – The Decatur city council voted to officially adopt ordinances related to a recent COVID Emergency order.

Mayor Julie Moore Wolfe issued the emergency order in late July that would give the power to revoke the liquor licenses of bars and restaurants not following health guidelines.

The council voted 4-2 to adopt the guidelines and make it a city ordinance. The rules include no more than 10 people at a table, face-coverings over the nose and mouth by employees and customers except when eating or drinking at their table, 6 feet spacing between seating and tables and capacity maximums set by the IDPH under Phase 4 of Restore Illinois.



Governor Launches Campaign To Encourage Mask Use

Governor Launches Campaign To Encourage Mask Use

August 3, 2020 – Governor JB Pritzker launched a new $5 million awareness campaign to encourage Illinois residents to wear a face covering every time they’re in public.  The campaign plans to use local information to advertise on broadcast and cable television, radio, billboards and social media to the communities with the greatest risk from COVID-19.

The Governor launched the campaign from the State Emergency Operations Center in Springfield. As of Friday, 11 counties have now reached IDPH’s “warning level” for virus spread, including Sangamon County.

“I’m proud to launch a new public awareness campaign today that has a straightforward message for Illinoisans: A mask is like anything that keeps us safe. It only works if you wear it,” said Governor JB Pritzker. “We’ve made so much progress since the beginning of this pandemic. Let’s protect that progress. This is our moment to pull together as families, friends and neighbors. We’re all safer and stronger when we go all in, Illinois.”

“This campaign connects the dots between daily actions we take to keep ourselves safe and one the best things we can do to fight COVID-19: wearing a mask,” said IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike. When you get in a car, you buckle your seatbelt to protect yourself in case you get into an accident. When you play football or ride your bike, you put on a helmet to reduce your risk of seriously injuring your head or brain. When you’re on the water, you put on a life jacket so you don’t drown. And when you’re in the bedroom, you use a condom to protect against STIs. A mask is no different. It only works when you wear it.”

“Governor Pritzker, Dr. Ezike and I spend each and every day poring over the numbers, making decisions to keep people safe and planning for what’s ahead,” said IEMA Director Alicia Tate-Nadeau.”If we continue on the track we’re on, we’ll need to look at bringing back some restrictions that we’ve seen over the last few months. Nobody wants that. We haven’t seen enough people wearing face coverings and following the rule we put in place on May 1. If more people do their part by wearing a mask in public, we can move forward, not backward. Let’s go all in, Illinois.”

Governor Pritzker introduced Illinois’ mask-wearing requirement on May 1, the same day Illinois moved into Phase 2, and called for a national mask mandate during testimony before the U.S. House of Representatives on July 8.

The campaign reminds Illinoisans that wearing a mask is just like wearing a seatbelt, a helmet or lifejacket, tools used every day to prevent serious injury or even death. Research has found that highlighting these commonsense comparisons is the most effective messaging to change behavior and increase mask usage. Research also demonstrates that wearing a face covering is one of the most effective ways of decreasing the spread of the virus, and new research indicates it could also provide important protection to the wearer.


Avon Theatre Partners with History of the Heartland Committee for Movie Featuring Decatur in 1955

Avon Theatre Partners with History of the Heartland Committee for Movie Featuring Decatur in 1955

Skip Huston of the Avon Theatre has partnered with the History of the Heartland committee in order to provide the chance for the public to see “Our Decatur-1955”.  The hour-long movie, which will be shown on August 13th, will focus on Decatur businesses in 1955, many of which are fondly remembered but have long since gone out of business. The movie also boasts scenes of downtown Decatur during its heyday.

”This is the closest thing you will ever find to a real time machine! The Avon Theater, through some very fortunate circumstances, has the ONLY copy of this hour-long movie about Decatur businesses in 1955!” said Huston.

The first 50 people will be the only movie-goers admitted to the Avon Theatre, as they follow State social distancing guidelines.  Tickets are not available for purchase. Attendees must wear a mask and follow social distancing guidelines.

For more information on the event, call (217) 791-1385 or email


Macon County Reports 13 News Cases of COVID-19

Macon County Reports 13 News Cases of COVID-19

August 3, 2020 – Macon County officials reported 13 new cases of coronavirus disease Monday, bringing the total to 488 confirmed cases.

This comes after 15 new cases were confirmed on Saturday and 24 cases were confirmed on Sunday.

So far, 16,536 tests have been completed in Macon County. Currently, 189 people are in home isolation and 9 are hospitalized.

Macon County’s current positivity rate has increased to 2.95%.


Decatur Area Arts Council to Offer Homeschool Art Series

Decatur Area Arts Council to Offer Homeschool Art Series

The Decatur Area Arts Council has announced that it will offer a Fall 2020 homeschool art series for homeschoolers ages 6-18.  The series will be eight weeks long and will be taught by instructors Connie Brewster and Jennifer Stout.  Classes will be held from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. on Mondays from September 14th to November 2nd at the Madden Arts Center.  The cost will be 60 dollars per student.  Class sizes will be limited and current health guidelines will be followed.

For more information or to register, email or call 217-423-3189.

Topics for projects will be Ghiberti- metal tooling relief, Van Eck- triptych panels, Michelangelo- fresco painting, Rubens- chalk pastel, Linnaeus- Colored pencil and ink, Audubon- Watercolor and ink, Millet- oil pastel landscapes and Homer- charcoal cloudscapes.


COVID Challenges Prompt RCC To Offer Online Tuition Discount

COVID Challenges Prompt RCC To Offer Online Tuition Discount

August 3, 2020 –  Richland Community College announced it will offer a 15% discount on its online tuition rate for classes this fall.

“We are acutely cognizant of the immense challenges that our continuing and new students face each day as this pandemic continues, seemingly out of control,” said Dr. Cristobal Valdez, President of Richland Community College. “We are keenly aware than none of us likely would have chosen the online environment had we not determined the risk was too high for in-person instruction. Our goal has always been to provide our students with safe, affordable, productive and meaningful options for their education.”

As a result of this discount, a full-time student enrolled in 15 credits of online courses will receive a $375 credit. Students who have already paid their bill in full and have online classes that meet the discount requirements will receive a refund on their accounts as early as next week.

In addition, Richland announced that it would be observing four Dedicated Enrollment Days to allow students to set appointments to meet with the Student Success Center staff – including admissions and financial aid – in order to enroll for fall classes:

· Friday, August 7 from 9am – 4pm

· Saturday, August 8 from 10am – 2pm

· Wednesday, August 12 from 10am – 6pm

· Friday, August 14 from 9am – 4pm

Students can choose from three class delivery options including Online where all instruction and assignments are provided online with specific due dates; Online Live where there is mandatory class time for the students and instructor to meet together online; and Hybrid with a combination of face-to-face and online or online life instruction.

Dr. Valdez added, “Fall classes will start August 17, but we will also be highlighting late-start and potential slow-start classes as students continue to make their enrollment decisions at that the last minute.”