Area News

State Rep. Dan Caulkins appointed to key House committees

       Springfield – With the Illinois House convening committees this week, State Representative Dan Caulkins (R-Decatur) announced that      he has been appointed to serve on several key committees. Representative Caulkins is serving as a member of the following House committees: Public Utilities; Energy & Environment; Appropriations – General Services; and Prescription Drug Affordability.      “With the Clinton…

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Illinois’ Catholic bishops urge rejecting marijuana legalization

  By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois phancock@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – Supporters of legalizing recreational marijuana in Illinois will face stiff opposition this year from leaders of the state’s largest religious denomination. The six Catholic bishops in Illinois issued a joint statement Monday urging lawmakers to reject any attempt to legalize marijuana. “As lawmakers consider this…

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Labor Unions Announce $1,000.00 Michael E. Shampine Memorial Scholarship

      Decatur Trades & Labor Assembly, AFL-CIO, are accepting applications for the Michael E. Shampine Memorial Scholarship. The 2019 scholarship is in the amount of $1,000.00. Established by his union family to honor the memory of Michael E. Shampine, this fund is designed to provide a scholarship to an affiliated union member, or an immediate…

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Subject Arrested After Shots Fired In East Grand House

  At approximately 9: 00 PM Friday night, Officers were investigating an audible alarm at a residence in the 200 block of East Grand Avenue. While on scene, information was gained that a subject was inside the residence and may need medical assistance. The subject fired shots inside the residence before officers entered the house.…

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Update On Policeman Being Shot During Traffic Stop

Update: At this point in the investigation, the Decatur Police Department can confirm that one Decatur Police Officer was shot during this incident. The officer was shot in his ballistic vest, which stopped the bullet. The Officer was released from the hospital late last night and is currently recovering from his injuries. Additional details will…

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James Millikin Homestead To Bring Back ‘A Time to Remember’ March 9

       Step back in Decatur’s history to the era of 1915 for an elegant dinner followed by the sizzling true-life entertainment, “A Time to Remember,” based on actual historic Decatur events. The evening is hosted by the James Millikin Homestead, and proceeds benefit the restoration, outreach, preservation and educational activities of the Home- stead. The…

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Decatur Tribune Print Edition Published And Mailed On Schedule — Despite The Frigid Weather And Record Wind Chill Temperatures!

       • Thanks to all the efforts of my Decatur Tribune staff, and others, under extremely cold conditions with wind chill temperatures lower than most of us have ever seen, the print edition of the Decatur Tribune hit the newsstands and were also mailed out at the Decatur Post Office at the usual time today (Wednesday).  …

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Illinois Department on Aging Tips for Winter Weather Preparedness

         To prepare for the dangers of winter weather storms, the Illinois Department on Aging (IDoA) is urging older Illinoisans and their families to recognize that winter poses a special threat to seniors. IDoA has compiled a list of tips and signs to look out for to avoid serious safety and health complications. The…

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Bring Pets Inside For Their Safety

The Macon County Animal Control & Care Center would like to remind pet owners to take extra measures during these extreme cold weather conditions. Pets cannot handle being left outside in temperatures below freezing as it only takes minutes for them to develop hypothermia and frostbite. It is also illegal for pet owners to expose…

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