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Law enforcement steps up efforts targeting distracted drivers

    ‘U Drive. U Text. U Pay.’ The Decatur Police Department announced it is partnering with the Illinois Department of Transportation, the Illinois State Police and more than 200 local law enforcement agencies to step up enforcement efforts across the state in recognition of Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Throughout April, motorists can expect increased…

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New Carousel Animal At Scovill Zoo

     Exciting news awaits visitors at Scovill Zoo for the 2024 season! In celebration of the Decatur Park District’s 100th anniversary, the zoo is thrilled to introduce a new carousel animal – a majestic giraffe.      This addition promises to enhance the unique zoo experience and provide a delightful opportunity for children who may prefer static…

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43rd Annual Festival Of Spring Set For April 27 At Rock Springs Conservation Area

     Celebrate Earth Day with the Macon County Conservation District on Saturday, April 27 at the 43rd annual Festival of Spring, co-sponsored by the Decatur Area Audubon Society.      Welcome spring and celebrate Earth Day with a day full of fun outdoor activities! Canoeing will be $3 per person, and all other events and activities are free.…

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FAIRVIEW PARK PLAYGROUND & SEWER SYSTEM UPDATES

       DECATUR, IL – The City of Decatur is embarking on an important $16.5 million project to address the drainage issues in the area northeast of Fairview Park, south of Grand Ave, and west of Oakland Ave. Currently, the combined sanitary and storm sewer system in this area has resulted in frequent backups during wet…

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Decatur City Council to bring back Tim Gleason as City Manager

       Decatur, IL – Pending official vote, the Decatur City Council is poised to bring back Tim Gleason as the next City Manager.      Mayor Julie Moore Wolfe announced the Council’s intention to hire Gleason at a press conference Thursday afternoon. Current City Manager Scot Wrighton is retiring in May 2024. Gleason previously served as Decatur…

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Update On March 18, 2024 Officer Involved Shooting

The Decatur Police Department is releasing portions of the body-worn cameras and in-car video from the officers involved in the shooting incident that occurred on March 18, 2024. In addition, still photographs from the videos and associated robbery case are being provided. The videos and photographs can be found on the Decatur Police Department website,…

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Governor Richard Oglesby Mansion To Host Training The First Week Of April

  The Governor Richard J. Oglesby Mansion located at 421 West William Street will be hosting volunteer docent training the first week of April. The Mansion depends on the dedication of a group of volunteers called “Governor Oglesby Mansion, Inc.” Volunteer opportunities include being a docent (tour guide), researching history and antiques, cataloging collections and assist…

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April Exhibit Features Manga-Style Paintings

             The Decatur Area Arts Council will host an exhibit by artist Jave Yoshimoto entitled “Evanescent Encounter,” April 5-25, 2024, in the Anne Lloyd Gallery at the Madden Arts Center in downtown Decatur. The opening reception for the exhibit will be part of Downtown Decatur’s First Friday Gallery Walk on April 5,…

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Turner, Faraci: USPS Should Listen To Our Community

       State Senators Paul Faraci (D-Champaign) and Doris Turner (D-Springfield) released the following statement in response to the United States Postal Service’s recommendations to downsize facilities in Central Illinois and move mail service to larger cities:      “We can’t risk our mail being diverted to St. Louis and Chicago. Moving local mail to post offices far…

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