We'd like to know: How should the Decatur City Council vote tonight on the proposed redevelopment that includes a Chipotle Mexican Grill? Take our poll and let the council know what you think.

Four other stories you should see are St. Teresa's slam dunk grandma, the first baby of 2018 in Decatur, our opinion on the state's leaky population and woman accused of credit union theft in court.

TAKE OUR POLL: How should the council vote on Chipotle?

Decatur City Council members are staying quiet on how they will vote on the contentious Chipotle rezoning proposal tonight.

History suggests that newcomers David Horn and Chuck Kuhle will be the difference between a Chipotle-anchored shopping center being located at U.S. Business 51 and West Ash Avenue, or the longtime residential neighborhood staying that way.

Neighbors are adamantly opposed to the proposal, which they say will increase traffic and hurt their property values and quality of life.
 

St. Teresa has slam dunk grandma, new scoreboard

Eleanor Alsbury just wanted the best for her grandson. So with a bold idea, a determined effort and the generosity of friends and fellow citizens, he now has it.

Around St. Teresa High School, Alsbury was certainly no stranger to supporting the activities of her grandson, Isaiah Bond, including his participation as a member of the boys basketball team.

Her dedication led to a fundraising effort that provided the school with a new scoreboard.

Decatur welcomes first baby of 2018

It was about two hours after midnight when Milo Janes was welcomed into the world.

The 8-pound, 1-ounce boy was the first baby born at Decatur Memorial Hospital in 2018.

Parents Joe and Priscilla Janes beamed with joy as Milo's grandmother Debbie and older sister Priya met their newest loved one for the first time Monday afternoon.

OUR VIEW: State's leaky population a concern

The revelation that Illinois had the largest population loss of any state between July 1, 2016, and July 1, 2017, barely registered as a ripple last month.

That’s scary.

Our state’s shrinking is hardly news — and is barely surprising — because it’s been happening for years, drip by drip, day by day.

That’s scary, too.

Decatur woman pleads not guilty to credit union theft

A Decatur woman prosecutors say stole more than $66,000 from customers at the credit union where she worked pleaded not guilty Tuesday in Macon County Circuit Court.

Karen S. Buxton, 49, entered the plea and, through her attorney, Chris Amero, waived a formal reading of the charge against her.

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