The name, Liaison Home Automation, gives you a sense of what they do.

Now, thanks to a new showroom in downtown Decatur, potential customers can experience a room filled with interactive displays, televisions and speakers just itching for someone to give them a try.

The showroom is located at 288 N. Park St. in the building that used to be home to Bard Optical.

Steve Weber, president and CEO of Liaison, said the downtown location is ideal for what he's wanting it to be – a place to educate customers about the many services and options with the goal of helping them decide what options work best for them.

He was encouraged by the recent improvements in the downtown area and the sense of excitement about its future when deciding on a location for the showroom. That was the driving factor behind the decision, although the company will benefit from and agreement with the city of Decatur to reimburse it for half of its sales tax revenue — up to $73,000 — over the course of five years because the building is located in a tax increment financing district.

The Decatur location serves as the new national headquarters for the company, which also has locations in Aspen, Chicago, Denver, Nashville and St. Louis. It had been located in Mount Zion.

The company offers a long list of services, which includes asistance with audio, video, lighting, shading, climate control, home theater, entry systems, pools and spas, networks, energy management, security and camera systems, irrigation, water mitigation and ice melt.

Weber said there is a misconception about who can benefit from their services.

“It's not just about high-end homes,” he said, noting it is anyone who wants to get the most out of, let's say, an entertainment system or take control of energy costs.

“I encourage people to come and talk to us about what it is you want and want to accomplish,” he said.

The showroom is open from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

For more, go to liaisonhomes.com.


Hickory Point Plaza, located south of the County Inn & Suites at 5130 Hickory Point Frontage Road in Decatur, has a new owner.

Chris Harrison and Zane Peterson are the leasing agents for the property's owner, Christina Ly of San Jose, Calif.

Harrison said Ly has family in the midwest and was looking for an investment opportunity in the region when she decided to buy the office complex.

Harrison said Hickory Point Plaza includes small, affordable suites that are ideal for home-based businesses looking to make the jump to the office setting, retired executives who need a business office to call home and a host of professionals in between.

The Greater Decatur Chamber of Commerce will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 11:30 a.m. today.

For more information, call Harrison and Peterson at (217) 330-5770.


A present was delivered to Forsyth when sales tax figures for November, which include early holiday shopping, were released by the Illinois Department of Revenue, the village said in a news release.

Andrew Zupkoff, community and economic development coordinator for Forsyth, said figures show the village will receive more than $395,000 from sales taxes collected by businesses in November, about $25,000 more than last year and the most for a November since 2011.

Zupkoff said Forsyth has received about $45,000 more through February this year than it did during the same period a year ago.

"We had some key additions to Hickory Point Mall, as well as being along the Route 51 corridor, that undoubtedly led to this sale boost for November 2017," Zupkoff said. "In a region where lagging sales tax figures are the norm, we're fortunate to be in a position that we're experiencing growth."

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