in this issue: October-November 2016


Hidden Decatur
From an obscure moment in history to painstaking methods of personal expression, sometimes the most interesting stories come to light in unexpected places.

Cover Illustration by Tronnie Goss  

Decade of Debauchery

Decade of Debauchery
Fascinated by local history, lifelong resident Chuck Flynn uncovered evidence documenting Decatur’s notorious collection of gangsters, gamblers and bootleggers during the 1930s.

High Stakes Gaming

High Stakes Gaming
Video gaming is booming locally, but questions are rising right along with City coffers. How do we compare to neighboring communities, and is gaming a desirable “economic tool” for Decatur?

Renaissance Man
His stories are as colorful as the artwork he’s taken a lifetime to create. A hidden treasure, Lucien Kapp’s private art collection will be displayed publicly for the first time in November.

Art of the Tattoo
You might be surprised who’s getting inked. Tattoos have gone mainstream, and Decaturites are increasingly working through the pain for the satisfaction of personal expression.

Ranking Restaurant Restrooms
Each original in its own way, these top five restaurant restrooms have exactly what residents appreciate most when nature calls.





A Farmer’s Life
Fifth-generation farmer David Brown reflects on our region’s critical role in the global food market – and the importance of managing the most powerful natural resource in the world.

Inspired Students
Reflecting on accomplishments that have earned national and international acclaim, former students credit their teachers — and lessons learned in Decatur — with launching their careers.


arts & entertainment


Top Tier
Building on its strength and reputation nationwide, Millikin University’s School of Theatre and Dance’s recent elevated status takes performance learning to the next level.

Standing Proud
Local sculptures distinguish Decatur by enhancing our cityscape with artistic flair —a spirit that continues with the new Scovill Sculpture Park and an original piece created by Caterpillar, Inc.




Here & There
Located twenty miles east of Decatur, Monticello is more than a bedroom community for those who don’t mind the commute to work – it’s also home to a charming square, railroad museum and historic park. Article online, click here >

Field Trip with Kids
Chattering children and bleating goats accompany Contributor Christie Shumate McElwee on a tour of Prairie Fruit Farm and Creamery, a diverse working farm just north of Champaign.


home & garden


Eating In
Online food services offer a convenient way to stretch your culinary comfort zone with original recipes and fresh ingredients delivered right to your doorstep.

Fast and Healthy
New options at local fast food chains mean you can hit the drive-thru and eat well, too. Contributor Sally Betscher helps the cause by calculating everything from calories to carbs.

BBQ Bliss
Happiness is tender, fall-off-the-bone barbequed meats, and Decatur delivers with restaurants ready to serve when Q-fever strikes. Contributor French MacLean visits two of our newest “happy places.”




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