GMX Real Estate Group said in a letter to the city that its proposed development at U.S. Business 51 and W. Ash Ave. would be anchored by a Chipotle Mexican Grill. Neighbors remain opposed.

Four other stories you should read are the Demirjian family of Decatur donates $7 million to Illini athletics, Decatur man has been charged in the murder of an Effingham man, Aaron Jordan glad he stayed with the Illini basketball team and Millikin Holiday Jazz concert.

Chipotle part of developer's U.S. 51 and Ash proposal

Neighbors near the proposed development at U.S. Business 51 and West Ash Avenue reiterated they would not support any new businesses at the site after developers revealed Wednesday that popular franchise Chipotle Mexican Grill would be the site’s "anchor" tenant.

“We want it to stay residential,” said Julie Bresnan, whose house is across the street from the proposed development. “If anything, I think that (Chipotle) will increase traffic even more, make it more of a nightmare.”

Demirjian family donates $7 million to Illini athletics

The Demirjian family of Decatur is giving the lead gift of $7 million toward new University of Illinois facility for soccer and track and field to be called Demirjian Park.

The announcement came at a press conference at the Bielfeldt Athletic Administration Building. It is one of the single largest gifts ever to the university's athletic department.

Decatur man charged in murder of Effingham man

A Decatur man appeared in Macon County Circuit Court on Wednesday facing five counts of first-degree murder with a firearm, even though prosecutors admit he did not shoot anyone.

Keirsean M. Bond, 26, entered a plea of not guilty in the shooting death Nov. 18 of Effingham man Todd Daniel Feldkamp. Prosecutors said Feldkamp, 48, came to Decatur with cannabis to sell in a drug deal and was robbed and shot dead, and a man who came with him was also shot and wounded.

Aaron Jordan glad he stayed with Illini

When the University of Illinois changed basketball coaches last March, it was assumed guard Aaron Jordan might see it as the perfect time for a change of scenery.

Players transfer when they’re rotting on the bench and Aaron Jordan had become no more than a spectator.

He played in 23 of 31 games as a sophomore in 2016-17 and averaged exactly 1.0 points per game. He made eight baskets and one free throw. If he dreamed of becoming a star in 2015 when he arrived on campus with big dreams, those dreams were fading fast.

Millikin Holiday jazz concert in Christmas groove

Millikin University graduate Angel Spiccia returns to Decatur for the annual Holiday Jazz concert, one of Millikin’s opportunities to showcase its talented faculty.

“It is an honor to be asked to do this, especially during the Christmas season,” Spiccia said. “And I get to work with my old professors.”

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