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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
Macon County deputies will soon be taking work vehicles home

Sheriff's deputies in a central Illinois county will soon be able to take their work vehicles home after their shifts end. The Herald & Review in Decatur reports that a 15-year-program paid for in large part with $3.1 million from Macon County Sheriff Howard Buffett's private foundation might begin as early as May. Macon County's board recently approved allowing the foundation to pay for the program as well as buy rifles for deputies.

Cape Air to Decatur

Starting February 14th Cape Air will officially be serving the Decatur airport. The airline says flights will start February 14th.

Clipper system to bring accumulating snow and cold to central Illinois

DECATUR, IL A quick moving clipper system will bring snow and windy conditions to central Illinois overnight into Monday morning. Heaviest snows look to fall after midnight into early Monday morning, before flurries end around noon in east central Illinois.Temperatures will start in the lower 20s Monday morning falling into the middle teens by lunchtime and single digits by the evening.

Rev. Trimble Plants Seeds of Encouragement at MLK Celebration

Jan 13 - "The time is always right to do what is right." Those were the words of Rev.

Free Real Estate Classes at Township Offices

Jan 13 - Decatur Township Supervisor, Lisa M. Stanley, has announced a series of free classes on Real Estate Entrepreneurship to be held at the Township Hall offices, located at 1620 S. Taylorville Rd in Decatur. Starting January 25, classes will be held every Thursday night from 6:30-8 p.m. for six weeks.

St. Mary's to Hold Health Survey

Jan 12 - HSHS St. Mary's Hospital is working on a project to assess the health needs of the residents of Macon County. As part of the assessment process, St. Mary's Hospital will ask all county residents to help identify pressing community health needs through an online community survey.

See The Awesome Squad at First United Methodist

Jan 12 - You and your child can have fun and learn while listening to The Awesome Squad on Saturday morning at the First United Methodist Church in Decatur. The cost of admission is free with a donation of toiletry items to be donated to Dove, Inc. The Awesome Squad is a high-energy music group focused on entertaining, educating, and motivating children around the world.

Decatur man convicted in shooting

Carney pulled a gun and tried to fire it at the victim, but the gun jammed. He cleared the weapon and fired again, hitting the victim in the leg.

Recycling do's and don'ts

One mans trash is another mans treasure, a saying we are use to hearing. This statement is more than true when it comes to the many household items we throw away on a regular basis.

Just Reward: a 2017 Comeback Story for the Ages

S tate lawmakers would be wise to re-examine the barriers to second chances and first careers throughout the state.

Sam's Club slams the door on 63 locations

Decatur, Ill The same day Walmart announced an $11 minimum wage and $1,000 bonuses the company moves to close more than 60 of its Sam's Club locations. There appear to be five Sam's Clubs closing in Illinois.

Man charged in Decatur gambling parlor burglary pleads not guilty

Also charged are 32-year-old Danny Norman and 41-year-old Leonde Johnson. Both are free on bond.

Dead pit bull found in backyard

DECATUR, Ill. Police and the Macon County Animal Control & Care Center are investigating after they were alerted to a dead dog in a backyard.

Flu Cases on the Rise in Decatur

Leslie Nailer is a Registered Nurse and Emergency Room Facilitator at HSHS St. Mary's Hospital. She said it was not just the amount of cases that was surprising, but how early the outbreaks started as well.

Strep bacteria puts Decatur teen on life support

"She started to feel bad Thursday night, the 21st of December," said mother Jennifer Phillips. "I took her that next day, Friday, and then by Monday evening she was intubated on life support."

Decatur remembers 'humble giant' Ray Rients

The program at Ray Rients' memorial gathering says it all: "He was a humble giant, never seeking the spotlight and was always willing to help people." On Tuesday, Rients got his much-deserved time in the spotlight.

Richland Professor Releases Novel

Robert Grindy may be a writing and literature professor by day, but he is now the author of Iced . Set in a fictional community college in a fictional Illinois town, Grindy's debut mystery novel follows a disgruntled college professor, Henry Streator, whose scheme to turn a student's story idea into a novel takes a deadly turn.

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