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About: decatur, illinois

The city, sometimes called "the Soybean Capital of the World, " was founded in 1823 and is located along the Sangamon River and Lake Decatur in Central Illinois. Decatur was the first home in Illinois of Abraham Lincoln, who settled just west of Decatur with his family in 1830. Lincoln gave his first political speech in Decatur about the importance of Sangamon River navigation that caught the attention of Illinois political leaders.

Population: 81500
Local Newspapers: Herald & Review
Local Sports Teams:
Local Colleges: Millikin University Richland Community College

Zip Codes associated with decatur, illinois: 62521 62522 62526 62535
Towns/Cities near decatur, illinois : Mt Zion Forsyth Monticello Macon Moweaqua

Decatur News
City Renews Insurance Plans for 2018

The City of Decatur has BlueCross BlueShield administer their City Group Health Benefit Plan for its employees and that contract is due for a renewal for the 2018 calendar year. By using larger operators like BlueCross BlueShield, the city is able to receive better discounts.

Decatur man helps pull over drunk driver

While driving back from St. Louis Doug Perry noticed a car swerving in and out of traffic. He noticed everyone staying back from it, so he drove up to see what was going on.

Pizza, cash stolen in armed delivery robbery

Police say after 9 p.m. Sunday, a Domino's Pizza worker was trying to deliver an order for a person named Wade Johnson at 825 W. Main St. in Decatur. The worker told officers a man met with him at the address before a second ran from the side of the house holding what looked to him like a rifle.

Shoreline Classic Draws Runners from Across the Country

September 18 - Over 1,000 runners turned out for the 28th annual Shoreline Classic along the shores of Lake Decatur on Sunday morning. Every year the race draws competitor from across the country, all drawn to the scenic 5k and 15k races for adults, as well as a tot trot for kids.

Gunshot Victim Identified, Police Continue to Seek Information

September 18 - Decatur Police continue to investigate an early Friday morning homicide, Decatur Police Officers had responded to a call to a home in the 1400 block East Wood Street in reference to subject down in front of the address. Upon arriving, Officers discovered the body of 40 year old James M. Basse of Decatur.

The Shoreline Classic official race

Runners of all speeds gather in Decatur to run the Shoreline Classic. For one pair of runners, the Shoreline Classic was their reunion.

DAR Rings Bells to Commemorate Constitution Signing

Sept 17 - Sunday, September 17th marks 250 years since the US Constitution was signed. The Daughters of the American Revolution celebrated this special occasion by gathering in Fairview Park to ring bells at 3pm, the time the Constitution was signed.

"Arts in Central Park" Brings Art and Fun to Downtown

Sept 16 - Central Park is full of unique handcrafted pieces of art from local and out of state vendors for this weekend's "Arts in Central Park." "Arts in Central Park" has been a community staple for 55 years even though it used to be under a different name according to Jerry Johnson, Executive Director for the Decatur Area Arts Council.

US Wheat Production Lowest in Recorded History

Farmer Russ Higgins' ancestors settled a wide expanse of land south of Morris, Illinois, in 1858. Through the U.S. Civil War and every major event since then, there has been someone from the Higgins family planting and harvesting on the land.

The Latest: Buffett son sworn in as Illinois county sheriff

Howard Buffett, a son of billionaire investor Warren Buffett, has been sworn in as interim sheriff of Macon County in central Illinois. Dozens of friends and family were in attendance Friday when Howard Buffett was sworn in by Macon County Circuit Judge A.G. Webber.

Decatur man arrested on multiple weapon-related charges

Decatur police say one man is facing multiple charges after carrying a loaded shotgun in public, then running from officers Thursday night. Decatur police say officers were dispatched to the intersection of East Grand Avenue and North Woodford Street at 10:52 p.m. for a report of a man carrying a firearm.

Decatur man facing drug-related charges after traffic stop

Decatur police say officers initiated a traffic stop on a Dodge Journey for failure to signal leaving the curb in the 800 block of East Main Street. Police say the vehicle stopped in the 900 block of East North Street, and that the driver of the vehicle, identified as Eli Rice, 33, ran from the scene.

Florida couple resorts to Decatur

Rebecca Crom and Kayla Brinson left for Decatur a week ago. The typical 14 hour drive took 24 hours after they had to take back roads through Florida, Tennessee, and Mississippi.

Ameren Illinois making enhancements to Decatur's energy infrastructure

Officials say smart technology, known as "Vipers," were installed at the Baltimore Avenue, Illinois Route 51, and Mound Road substations in Decatur. Vipers are used to detect problems on power lines, and can send information to Ameren's dispatch office in Decatur.

Police: Sex offender threw wrench, injured woman

Sworn statements from Decatur police detail several battery charges against 47-year-old Leroy Turner stemming from incidents in July 2017. The first involves a home invasion on July 4. Police say Turner went into an ex-girlfriend's house through a window and entered her bedroom.

Millikin students, faculty to host Public Observation Nights at...

Millikin University will host Public Observation Nights at Requarth Observatory each Thursday evening during the fall 2017 semester from 8 - 10 p.m. The first Public Observation Night is scheduled for Friday, Sept.

Early Morning Homicide Investigation

No arrests have been made. If you have any information, call Decatur police at 424-2711 or Crime Stoppers at 423-TIPS.

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