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Game Plan
With Tim Gleason on board as Decatur's new City Manager and a strong team in place, good things could get even better for our community.

Community Players
Decatur's homegrown athletes include former pros that now give back by generously supporting local youth sports and steering future “stars” toward success.

Diehard Baseball Fans
In Decatur, the Cub – Cardinal rivalry has spanned decades, and owners of these local hangouts not only know your name, they probably know which side of the line your team loyalties lie.

cover photo by Tronnie Goss

Through New Eyes
For every rural scene we overlook, local photographer and French native Gil Lebois sees timeless stories in the small towns and country landscapes of Central Illinois.

Morning “Bartenders”
It's the Italian translation of “barista” - a term for those carefully trained in their craft with a passion for their products and a commitment to making your next cup of coffee your best yet.

Sunday Blues
This family-friendly bar hosts the perfect weekend finale — music by top local and regional blues bands combined with house specialties straight from the grill.




Arts and Entertainment
Travel and Leisure
Home and Garden


The Brownsville Connection
Thousands of Decatur’s African American residents link their lineage to Brownsville, Tennessee — the starting point of a local migration that spanned the Civil Rights era.


arts & entertainment

Decatur Rocks
This band got its start in Central Illinois over 40 years ago, but their top hit is still considered the “Rock and Roll National Anthem” by disc jockeys across the country.

travel & leisure

Happy Campers
Answering calls to relax and explore the great outdoors, retirees and young families alike are driving the local rebound of recreational vehicles this spring.

home & garden

Step By Step
Creating and building handcrafted stairways is a unique niche for this Amish craftsman, who will travel for miles to get it right the first time.

Strength in Numbers
“Women are their own best speakers,” says Decatur resident and founder Jo Caulkins, whose monthly networking group reflects her passions for connections and friendships.

A-List Wines
Which wines lead the bestseller lists at popular Decatur restaurants? Columnist Kevin Graham takes a poll and shares his top picks, too.

Hooked For Miles
Once they start, many local runners can't stop. Contributor Sally Betscher shares ways to pace yourself into a healthy, challenging, and rewarding habit.

Garden Masters
Rooted in the gorgeous gardens and landscaping of all Decatur Park District properties are the green thumbs of its dedicated Horticulture Department staff.









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