By: Diane Benjamin
h/t a reader
Raise your hand if you’ve always wanted to be just like Decatur!
According to this article, Decatur lost 1000 jobs in two years: 2016 and 2017.
This recent article says Decatur is annexing property to increase the population – whether people want annexed or not: https://herald-review.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/after-years-of-population-decline-decatur-is-annexing-hundreds-of/article_4064481d-2f15-532a-acea-6f9191ea1b39.html
Tons of articles are available. The population is now less than Bloomington, medium HOUSEHOLD income is $43,225, and Medium home value is $80,100. (Source: Decatur Magazine)
Bloomington’s City Manager Tim Gleason came from the City of Decatur.
Deputy City Manager Billy Tyus came from the City of Decatur.
The new head of the Economic Development Council, Patrick Hoban, worked for the Economic Development Corporation of Decatur and Macon County and later served in the economic development office for the City of Decatur.
If you’ve been counting – that’s three!
Well kids, you just got another one, read the last paragraph:
The Regional Planning Commission gets paid to dream up ways local government can spend money. They assist in getting grants to cover part of the cost. Think that seldom used trail from Chenoa to Shirley was an accident? (At least that’s where I remember it goes) They have mentioned one is needed to Champaign too!
Remember the East Side bypass that is hopefully permanently dead? They also “plan” for Bloomington and Normal and probably the County too.
In case you forgot, the previous Executive Director was also from Decatur: Vasudha Gadhiraju. She now works for the Town of Normal.