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Independent gun store owners in the area said they are fine with current age limits and don't have plans to lower them for purchases in the wake of larger retailers doing so nationally.

Four other stories you should see are a truck crashes into Waite's Dry Cleaners, man sentenced in torture case, President Trump cites Granite City steel mill as he imposes tariffs and Decatur home prices make affordable list.

Local gun stores stick with current age limits

Independent gun store sellers in the area say they're not joining large retail chains like Walmart and Dick's Sporting Goods in placing greater age restrictions on gun sales than current state law requires.

"Others can join the mass hysteria if they like, but we value the Second Amendment down here, and we'll lean towards that," said Dan Cooley, owner of Bullet Trap in Macon.

Firearm sellers are used to calls from reporters after news of a mass shooting grips national media and political debates. The Florida Legislature passed a bipartisan gun control bill this week in the wake of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, that killed 17 on Feb. 14.

No employees hurt when truck slams into Waite's Dry Cleaners

No employees were injured when a cargo truck struck the Waite's Dry Cleaners building in the 1000 block of South Main Street just past noon Thursday, owner William Waite said.

Battalion Chief Dan Kline said it appears that the driver of the truck had a medical condition that led to the crash, and that he has been taken to Decatur Memorial Hospital for evaluation.

Decatur police, firefighters and Ameren Illinois responded the scene at the corner of East Cleveland Avenue.

Decatur man sentenced in torture case

A Decatur man who pleaded guilty to a role in the repeated beating and torture of a 30-year-old woman was sentenced to 3½ years in prison Thursday.

Charles E. Hill, 57, pleaded guilty in Macon County Circuit Court to a single charge of aggravated battery, a Class 3 felony, as part of a plea deal negotiated by his attorney, Christopher Amero.

Judge Jeffrey Geisler sentenced Hill to 42 months in the Department of Corrections and dismissed three other felony charges.

Trump cites Granite City steel mill as he imposes tariffs

The Trump administration is using the reopening of an Illinois steel plant as immediate proof that its newly imposed tariffs on imported steel from some countries is already paying benefits.

In a background briefing leading up to President Donald Trump’s announcement that tariffs would be placed on imported steel and aluminum — but not, for now, from Canada and Mexico — a senior Trump administration officials singled out U.S. Steel Corp.'s decision to put roughly 500 workers back on the job by restarting one of two idled blast furnaces and associated steelmaking facilities at its Granite City works in Madison County.

Decatur lands on affordable homes list

Buying a home in Decatur is one of the most affordable real estate purchases you can make in the United States, according to a list compiled by NerdWallet.

NerdWallet calculated affordability of 173 metropolitan areas by comparing the median annual household income and the monthly principal-and-interest payment for a median-priced single-family home.


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