Archives for July 2017

Volunteers Needed for Decatur’s National Night Out

The United Way is looking for volunteers to help with the Decatur’s National Night Out Event which will be held tomorrow 5 to 8 at Hess Park. Volunteers are need from 2 to 9.

Champaign Elementary School to be Rebuilt

An elementary school built in 1910 is going to be rebuilt in Champaign. The school district is getting ready to knock down Dr. Howard Elementary and build a brand new school.

Trees to be Harvested Near Lake Decatur

Decatur City Council has okayed harvesting 114 trees at an area near Lake Decatur across from Sportsman’s Park. The minimum profit of $25,000 from the project will be used for beautification and neighborhood revitalization efforts.

Coles County Man Could Face Life in Prison

A Coles County, Kevin Deckard, 60, has been convicted of predatory criminal sexual assault. He has a previous convicttion of the same crime in Piatt County. When sentenced in Sept, Deckard faces life in prison.

Extra Transit System Hours for Decatur Celebration

The Decatur Public Transit System is extending service hours this weekend for the Decatur Celebration. Fri. hours are 5am to 11:15pm, Sat. 6:15 to 11:15, and Sun. 11:15 to 10:15.

Group Pushing for Sale of Champaign Nursing Home

A group of elected county officials is pushing for the sale of the Champaign County Nursing Home as soon as it’s practical to do so. They claim the sale would avoid further cuts to county staff and services.

Ride Being Suspended at State Fair

Illinois is suspending the operation of the Freak-Out ride at this year’s State Fair in Springfield. The ride is similar to the one involved in a recent deadly accident at the Ohio State Fair.

Child Hit by a Car on E. Grand Ave.

Decatur Police say a child was hit by a car on East Grand Ave. Reportedly, the driver of the car swerved to avoid one child, and hit another. The child was not seriously hurt.

Illinois Democrats Shun State Fair for Fundraising Brunch

Democrats aren’t planning on having a rally at this year’s Illinois State Fair, foregoing a decades-long tradition.
Instead the state Democratic Party will spotlight an annual fundraising brunch.

Steve Brown is spokesman for House Speaker Michael Madigan, who also is state Democratic chairman. Brown says the party wants the focus “to be on the brunch.” He says “if families want to go out and enjoy the fair, we’ll have tickets.”

Fair organizers set aside two days of each fair for Democrats and Republicans to have speeches and events. The party controlling the governor’s office has Governor’s Day, which Republicans will have Aug. 16. Democrat’s Day is Aug. 17.

Brown says the Illinois Democratic County Chairmen’s Association brunch is a better venue for candidates for governor and other offices to speak.

Child Hit By Car in Decatur

A child is recovering at a local hospital after being hit by a car. Police say it happened on East Grand Avenue in Decatur Saturday evening.

Police say the the driver of the car swerved to avoid one child, but then hit another in the process.

Neither the name of the driver nor the victim was immediately available. There is no word on any possible charges being filed.