Mayor Wants IT Firms to Relocate to Decatur

Carrigan Wants to Attract New Business to

Downtown Decatur

"A City in Transition"

What Does Downtown Decatur Have to Offer?

In an exclusive interview Decatur Mayor Michael Carrigan had this to say about his city: "For foodies and artsier types, Decatur has its token share of urban renewal attributes like its artsy, faux-bistro dining downtown district - with a quirky selection of restaurants and a smattering of theatres and galleries. Like like most midsized cities, Decatur's A&E and cultural offerings aren't bad; they're just sort of indiscernable - a dime a dozen (you know every small city is going to brag about how nice their arts and entertainment industry is - becuase, of course, everyone wants to view themselves as a "hotbed for the arts" and a "hospitality and tourism center"). Plus, Decatur has enough mall/big box shopping variety to be considered as "having amenities." In terms of its park district, Decatur's is comparable to a lot of other towns in the 50-80k population range. Not overwhelmingly good, but not bad. It'll get you by."

He went on to say "The worst that can be said about Decatur is that it's in transition - it's an outwardly sprawling small city with some dead pockets that are moving in no discernable direction, and some quickly made-over parts of downtown which come off as done in the key of "champaigne taste on beer pocket money." The worst of bad comments on Decatur is that its schools aren't mind-blowingly spectacular. That said, Decatur's just about like any small city (or any overgrown farm town) of 50-80K; it's sort of snooze - but certainly not dead."

Decatur Annual Event Snares International Performer

Celebrate the Arts Night

Joan Baez to perform Feb. ? at 8PM

Roberta Ryan Williams, a teacher at Deecatur's Montessori Elementary School thought she stood very little chance of getting internationally known folk-singer Joan Baez to play at her school for Decatur's "Celebration of the Arts Night". "But like I always tell my students 'You never know until you try', so I sent Joan a Facebook message and got a positive response the next day!" said Ms. Ryan Williams.

Joan Baez

Ms. Baez has said many times that she's a big believer in Montessori education. She became famous singing anti-war protest songs in the 1960's and her career has continued since then. She remains an outspoken critic of war and injustice.

There are already rumors that some local groups plan to protest Ms. Baez' appearance at The Celebration of the Arts Night. Russ Mayweather of the Decatur VFW told reporters this afternoon "Ms. Baez and Ms. Fonda" should stay the Hell out of our town. They gave aid and comfort to the enemy during the Viet Nam War." Ms. Ryan Williams vows that "the show will go on" however. "Joan Baez has faced much greater controversy all of her life, and her message of peace and hope still gets out to the people"


No Strings Attached

1hr 50min - Rated R - Comedy/Romance Director: Ivan Reitman - Cast: Natalie Portman, Ashton Kutcher, Cary Elwes, Kevin Kline, Lake Bell

In this comedy, Emma and Adam are life-long friends who almost ruin everything by having sex one morning. In order to protect their friendship, they make a pact to keep their relationship strictly "no strings attached." "No strings" means no jealousy, no expectations, no mor

Avon Theater

March 18, 5:30 PM



Them Decatur Blues

Enjoy free outdoor Blues concerts on the Central Park Stage in downtown Decatur, Illinois!

Bring your lawn chairs and your appetite for great BBQ and Blues.

Food and beverage vendors open at 6:00 p.m. and bands play from 7-10 p.m. Third Thursdays in June, July and August.

DECATUR - Closings and cancellations will be common Tuesday and Wednesday as Central Illinois deals with an intense winter storm.

The best advice is to call ahead to make sure your destination is going to be open. Check back throughout the day for information on closings and schedule changes.