Area News

Decatur Named Top City to Watch by Global Trade Magazine

  Decatur, Illinois was named to Global Trade Magazine’s 2018 annual pick for the top 100 cities for global trade, earning special recognition in the “Cities to Watch” category. Their editors “choose these cities based on many factors: what they’ve done, what’s planned, and how global trade has responded to them… from the country’s largest…

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Scherer Asks Community to Support Victims of Taylorville Tornado

      Following Saturday’s tornado that devastated the community of Taylorville, state Rep. Sue Scherer, D-Decatur, issued the following statement: “My heart goes out to the families impacted by the tornado that hit central Illinois on Saturday night. I cannot imagine the sadness and fear felt by the families who face damage to their homes. I…

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2018 Macon County Tentative Multiplier Announced

      Macon County has been issued a tentative property assessment equalization factor of 1.0000, according to Constance Beard, Director of the Illinois Department of Revenue. The property assessment equalization factor, often called the “multiplier”, is the method used to achieve uniform property assessments among counties, as required by law. This equalization is particularly important because…

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State’s Attorney Warns Of Death Threat Telephone Scam in Macon County

     Macon County State’s Attorney Jay Scott announced today that a disturbing new telephone scam has been reported in Macon County. The call utilizes a computer-generated male voice, which threatens to kill the receiver of the call, and his or her extended family, unless payment of $10,000 is made. The call further states that the…

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Decatur Police Department Investigates Vehicle Crash

       At approximately 7:52 PM on November 30th, 2018, Officers of the Decatur Police Department responded to a traffic crash that occurred near the intersection of N. Country Club Rd. and E. Cantrell St.           Upon arrival, it was discovered that a mid-size SUV had left the roadway to the south into a grassy area surrounding…

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Decatur Police Release Thanksgiving Enforcement Numbers

  The Decatur Police Department conducted additional traffic enforcement Nov. 16–26, reminding motorists to buckle up and not drive impaired, day or night, as part of the nationwide Click It or Ticket/Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement effort. The Decatur Police Department joined other state and local law enforcement agencies across Illinois to reduce…

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KARA DEMIRJIAN HUSS CAMPAIGN ENDS

          Kara Demirjian Huss has withdrawn from the race for Mayor of Decatur due to a paperwork error.      Wednesday evening she issued the following statement:      “As of today, I am officially withdrawing from the election.      “This is a very sad and emotional day for me as I have been absolutely committed to leading…

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Decatur Mayor, City Council Candidates File Petitions

       • THE CANDIDATES FOR Decatur mayor and three city council seats are now known since the deadline for filing nominating petitions ended Monday at 5:00 p.m. In the mayor’s race, there are 4 candidates: Incumbent Julie Moore Wolfe, Kara Demirjian Huss, Councilman David Horn and Jacob Jenkins. In the race for the three city…

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City Seeking Volunteer Members for Plan Commission and Zoning Board

       City of Decatur is seeking committed and community-minded volunteers to fill several vacancies in its Plan Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals.      The Decatur City Plan Commission is an eleven-member advisory body with its community members appointed by the Mayor and City Council. The Commission’s primary role is to provide a forum for public…

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