Bill Faber Announces Candidacy For Decatur City Council
On Wednesday, November 19th at 11 a.m. at the front entrance of the Civic Center, Bill Faber, accompanied by his faithful horse Senorita, announced that he is a candidate for Decatur City Councilman. Faber is an attorney with the law firm of Wm. Faber Ltd.
Faber said "the Scripture teaches, 'To whom much is given, much is expected.'
"The Decatur community has been kind and generous to my family and to me. So I am a candidate for city council in an effort to re-pay my community, in a small way, for all they have given me. "The policies of Washington D.C. and Springfield have abandoned small cities like Decatur. We cannot rely on the politicians so we must rely on ourselves.
"We must create new small businesses and nurture existing businesses. Our unwavering goal must be: every able body man and woman who wants a job should have a job - jobs that pay a living wage so families can live with respect and dignity.
"We must create opportunity for the best and brightest of our young people so that they have reason and purpose to stay home in Decatur, and not take their talent and energy to the big cities." Faber holds a Juris Doctor degree from Northern Illinois University School of Law and a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Faber is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association, Illinois Appellate Lawyers Association and the Decatur Bar Association.
Faber is also a member of the National Safety Council (Construction Safety Division and Power Press Safety Division) and the American Association of Safety Engineers.
In addition to his law firm work, Faber serves as the volunteer director with Pastor Elgin Hawthorne Jr., at the Community Church of God Legal Aid Clinic located on Martin Luther King Jr. Dr.
Faber and his wife Frances live in Decatur's West End and are members of the West End Neighborhood Association.
Faber is running for one of the three city council seats that are up for election. So far, four other candidates filed their petitions to run for the seats.
Nominating petitions for all mayor and city council candidates must be filed by 5:00 p.m., Monday, Nov. 24.
COUNCIL AMENDS NOISE ORDINANCE, APPROVES
LAND SALE FOR NEW MEDICAL FACILITY
The city's noise ordinance was amended Monday to provide warning to drivers and vehicle owners alleged to be in violation prior to city penalties being assessed.
The ordinance prohibits the operation of a sound amplification system that can be heard outside of a vehicle from 75 or more feet and council members on Monday voted 6-1 to give both the owner and operator of a vehicle alleged to be in violation a written warning for a first offense.
The driver will be fined $250 for any subsequent violation if the driver first was given a written warning as driver or owner of any vehicle in violation of the noise ordinance. The vehicle will be towed for subsequent violations if the owner first was given a written warning as driver or owner of any vehicle in violation of the noise ordinance.
Prior to Monday’s amendment, both driver and owner of a vehicle found to be in violation of the ordinance faced fines of $250 each and the vehicle was towed upon citation without written warning.
In other business council members paved the way for a new, expanded Community Health Improvement Center facility in Wabash Crossing. Members voted 6-0 with one abstention to sell vacant city owned land in the area to CHIC to construct a 29,000 square foot medical office and health center providing primary outpatient health care primarily to low to moderate-income patients.
CHIC has been looking to expand and add more healthcare providers and this new facility in the heart of the city will provide better access for and be in close proximity to many patients that could utilize CHIC services.
Council members on Monday also discussed the city’s proposed tax levy and budget, a $157.6 million fiscal plan for city operations in 2015. A budget possibility of having the Decatur Fire Department provide some level of public emergency medical transport drew some concerned members of the local ambulance community to the meeting. However, both City Manager Ryan McCrady and Mayor Mike McElroy stressed that discussions on the topic were still in the early stages and that future talks had already been planned.
Salvation Army Kicks Off Tree of Lights Campaign
(Decatur)….The Salvation Army kicked-off their Tree of Lights Campaign on Thursday, November 6th – 12:00 Noon in The Salvation Army’s Community Hall.
“This is our 126th year of serving Decatur and Macon County and for the 116th time, we will start the very familiar sound of our bells ringing around Decatur,” said Captain Wes Dalberg, Corps Officer for The Salvation Army. The money raised from the Tree of Lights campaign supports every program that The Salvation Army offers the residents of Decatur and Macon County. “We wish we could tell you that the need in this community has dropped, but that is not the case. In fact, we expect to see a 10% + increase in need this coming fiscal year,” added Dalberg.
The Salvation Army’s Tree of Lights Campaign starts today and will run until December 24th. The Salvation Army kettles will be out and bell ringers will be ringing starting on Friday, November 7th at 10 am. “Our bell ringers will be ringing from 10 am – 8 pm Monday – Saturday. We have several individuals and groups signed up to volunteer to ring for us, but we could use many more,” said Dave MacDonna, Director of Development and Communications. “It is easy to volunteer, go to our website www.sadecatur.org or www.ringbells.org. There you can choose the day, time and location of where you would like to ring for us,” added MacDonna.
December 5th will be Realtor Ring Day. John Sellers, agent with Lyle Campbell & Sons Realtors is organizing an effort again with Decatur Association of Realtors to fill many spots The Salvation Army rings on that day. “This is our small way to give back to the community,” said John Sellers. “We hope the community at large will volunteer 2 hours to ring a bell for The Salvation Army,” added Sellers.
December 18th – 19th the Annual Guns and Hoses competition will be in action between various police agencies and fire departments. The two agencies will be ringing bells at all the Wal-Mart’s and Sam’s Club in Decatur.
Part of the Tree of Lights Campaign is The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree. The Angel Tree has ‘paper angels’ on the tree. Each paper angel represents a child in our community. Anyone can choose a paper angel, purchase a gift for that child and return it to the Angel Tree booth at Hickory Point Mall or to The Salvation Army, 229 W. Main Street in Decatur. The Angel Tree booth is located near the Center Court of Hickory Point Mall in Forsyth. There is also a Senior Angel Tree, located at the Walmart on North Water Street. This tree has a paper tag representing a senior in our community, some who have no family, with a suggested clothing gift for them. The Salvation Army will collect all donated gifts and deliver to the seniors. Many of these seniors are in our area nursing homes.
Last year, The Salvation Army offered Christmas assistance to 7698 people, 998 more people than in 2013. The money raised during the Tree of Lights campaign is used for operating expenses for every program The Salvation Army offers for Decatur and Macon County.
The 2014 goal for the Tree of Lights Campaign this year is $400,000. Donations of checks and cash may be placed in any of the kettles; mailed to The Salvation Army at P.O. Box 836, Decatur, Illinois 62525-0836 or a credit or debit card donation through their website – www.sadecatur.org
City Council Informally Agrees to Noise Ordinance Changes
The Decatur City Council on Monday informally agreed to support amending the city’s noise ordinance, providing a written warning for a first offense with fines and towing for subsequent violations of the ordinance.
The Council continued its public discussion regarding the issue during a study session as part of Monday night’s regularly scheduled meeting. The ordinance prohibits the operation of a sound amplification system that can be heard outside of a vehicle from 75 or more feet. Both the driver and owner of a vehicle found to be in violation of the ordinance currently face fines of $250 each and have their vehicle impounded upon citation for the offense.
Over the last several months, a number of residents have attended meetings and contacted both city staff and council members to request a review of the ordinance. While most agreed that an ordinance governing loud music was warranted and that it has been effective in reducing noise in the community, a number of individuals had requested that the towing requirement be eliminated, suggesting that the hardship created by towing did not fit the crime
Council members advised staff to investigates ways that the ordinance might be amended s related to punishment for violators at the October 20 meeting. Ultimately, the goal of the ordinance has been and remains to help quiet what had been a proliferation of loud car stereo systems on the streets of Decatur. City staff will return with proposed ordinance language at a future meeting.
“It’s courtesy – I want you to hear the music but not at the expense of others,” said Mayor Mike McElroy. “Let’s just show a little respect for our neighbors.”
Decatur Police Investigate Shooting Death
At approximately 1:56 a.m., on 11/01/2014, Decatur Police Patrol Officers were in the area of the 1800 Block North Water Street when several gunshots were heard coming from the parking lot area of Jabronis, located 1816 North Water Street. Many vehicles, as well as people on foot, began to quickly vacate the area. Patrol Officers quickly located a handgun and bullet casings on the parking lot of Jabronis. Within minutes, an individual arrived at Decatur Memorial Hospital suffering from a gunshot wound. That person was later pronounced deceased. Information concerning the deceased must be retrieved from the Coroner’s Office, pending family notification.
Decatur Police Detectives were called in to investigate this shooting incident. Detectives are interviewing persons who were in the immediate area of the shooting. Vehicles have been impounded pursuant to the execution of search warrants. Crime Scene Investigation is being conducted.
Detectives are currently seeking additional persons of interest and processing evidence related to the shooting. David Dickerson, Deputy Chief of Criminal Investigations, is encouraging those persons who were present when this incident occurred to come forward and cooperate with police. Those with information should go to the Decatur Police Department at 707 South Side Drive, call Decatur Police at 424-2711 / 424-2734 or relay anonymous information via Crime Stoppers at 423-TIPS.
No additional information will be released at this time.
Decatur Sister Cities Partners with DPS61 and Invite Decatur Students to Informational Meeting at Eisenhower High School for Summer 2015 Student Exchange Trip to Seevetal, Germany
Decatur Sister Cities and Decatur Public School District 61 announced their partnership in presenting an upcoming informational meeting which will be held for high school students who wish to become Decatur Ambassadors to Seevetal, Germany for approximately 3 weeks next June. Parents and students who are interested in this student exchange opportunity are encouraged to attend a meeting to be held on November 6, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. at Eisenhower High School in Decatur, IL. The application period for this trip ends on December 15, 2014, so students are strongly encouraged to become fully informed by attending the informational meeting and submitting their applications early.
“Decatur Sister Cities is part of an international program and the local non-profit branch boasts a 40-year history of continued friendship and collaboration with Seevetal, Germany,” said Linda Hasenmyer, Decatur Sister Cities Committee Chairperson. “Both cities are eager to provide more Decatur high school students with a travel abroad experience next summer that promotes cultural understanding and enhances international relationships.” The Decatur committee organizes regular short-term exchanges and periodic adult exchanges with Germany and Japan.
You may also contact Linda Hasenmyer at Decatursistercities@gmail.com.
About Sister Cities International
Founded by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1956, Sister Cities International serves as the national membership organization for over 500 individual sister cities, counties, and states across the United States with relationships in 2,000 communities in 140 countries. This sister city network unites tens of thousands of citizen diplomats and volunteers who work tirelessly to promote peace and understanding through programs and projects focusing on arts and culture, youth and education, economic and sustainable development, and humanitarian assistance.