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Heavy Snowfall, Strong Winds to Create Hazardous Conditions Tonight and Super Bowl Sunday
Rain And Snow Headed For Decatur Tonight Sangamon County Republican Lincoln Day Dinner Feb. 11
Davis In Full Support Of Land Swap And Airport Development
Scherer Voices Support For Middle Class Families
LETTERS:
City Council Should Take Up Faber’s 
Challenge To Raise Minimum Wage
Hopeful Neighbors Will  Extend Welcome To Residents Of CILA Group Home

Residence Inn Hotel To Open In Forsyth

Central A&M Grid Applications Close Friday
Coaches Seed Warrensburg-Latham 
Number One In Tournament
Theatre 7 To Present 'The Glass Menagerie'

Holy Family Catholic School Dinner 
Dance And Auction Jan. 31

A Fall On Slick Surface Was A Real ‘Ice Breaker’

Paco’s Sol Bistro Honored With ‘Enjoy Illinois: Delicious Destination’ Award

City Council Approves Watershed Management Agreement
Letters To The Editor: • Macon County Honor Guard Member Explains Reason For Not Being Able To Be Present For Every Veteran’s Funeral Councilman Takes Exception To Remarks In 
‘Letter To The Editor’ From Another Councilman
Officer, Department Betrayed By Gov. Quinn’s Pardon Of Man Who Tried To Kill 4 Police Officers 
• Lots More Letters

Jarod Oldham Named
Director of Buffalo's Basketball Operations
City Council Candidate Bill Faber Says Decatur Needs A Raise: Proposes Increasing Minimum Wage to $10 Per Hour Sheriff, States Attorney Issue Government 
Grant Telephone Scam Alert

Rose Appointed To Senate GOP Leadership Team
Mitchell Reappointed To House GOP Leadership Position

Osborne Online: ‘Christine’ Has An Automotive Nervous Breakdown

Decatur Police Department Needs Public's Help In Solving Theft At RCC's Progress City









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CITY BEAT

City Clerk To Retire

City Clerk Linda M. Swartz, who has served in that position since April 28, 2012, has submitted her resignation effective April 24, 2015.
Actually, she has been a city employee for more than 25 years, spending most of those years in the city legal department.  
I was in my first term as mayor when Swartz was named administrative secretary to the city manager.  I saw her nearly every weekday at her desk just outside the city manager’s office as I walked to the mayor’s office nearby. 
Swartz was always friendly, professional and efficient in any contact I had with her.
She was appointed to the city clerk’s position after long-time City Clerk Celeste Harris retired three years ago.
Among the many responsibilities of the city clerk is to be the administrative secretary to the mayor and, believe me, I know from personal experience how important that role is for the mayor.  I always appreciated the help I got from City Clerk Celeste Harris during the years I served. 
I wish Linda Swartz well in starting a new phase of her life.

• CLERK APPOINTED: Voters do not elect the city clerk, but the position is appointed by the mayor with the consent of the city council.
Mayor Mike McElroy has already chosen Debbie Bright, a former deputy city clerk for three years under Harris and presently administrative secretary for the Public Works Department, to replace Swartz...at least for one week.
Since the retirement date for 
Swartz will be April 24th, last week, the city council approved Bright to fill the position from April 25 until April 30, when the city clerk’s term will end. Then, it is expected that Bright will be reappointed by the mayor and approved by the city council for a full term.

• NOT MANY:  While mayors and city councils have come and gone during the last 50 years, there’s a real short list of Decatur city clerks.
The late Phyllis E. Sands became city clerk on June 1, 1965 and served for 31 years before retiring on May 31, 1996.  Celeste Harris was appointed city clerk following the retirement of Sands and served in the position for 16 years.  As mentioned at the beginning of this column, Linda Swartz succeeded Harris in 2012 and has been city clerk for three years.
So, in the last half century, there’s only been three city clerks -- and the service of Sands and Harris comprised 47 of the last 50 years. 

• FUNDRAISER: There will be a fundraiser for City Council Member Dana Ray at Paco’s Restaurant February 5, 2015 from 5-7pm. Ray  is running for re-election in the Tuesday, April 7th election.
  Those who want to see Ray re-elected can help by providing financial support and by voting for her.
Anyone who wants to support Ray but is unable to attend can send a financial contribution to Citizens to Elect Dana Ray at 4404 Lawson Dr. Decatur, IL 62526.
R.S.V.P. for the fundraiser by emailing drdanaray@gmail.com or on Facebook at Dr. Dana Ray for City Council.

• CITY COUNCIL Candidate Derrick L Thaxton Sr. will also hold a Campaign Fundraising Event.  It will be held at the Decatur Civic Center on Tuesday, Feb. 3, from  5:00 to 7:00 pm. Suggested donation is $25.00.

• STATE REP. Sue Scherer (D-Decatur) came to the Tribune office for one of her regular visits to update me on what’s happening in our district.
Now that she will be working with Republican Governor Bruce Rauner, I asked how she thought that was going to work out.
“I’m hopeful,” she answered, adding that she met with Rauner and that’s one of the reasons she is optimistic about being able to work with him.
Scherer is also very enthused about our city’s future and some of the economic developments that are taking place or just on the horizon -- such as the Midwest Inland Port.
Scherer, who is starting her second term after winning two primaries and two general elections, said that she continues to “make connections” the longer that she is serving in office and feels those connections will continue to help our district. 

• HORN FILES: Decatur City Council candidate David Horn racked up quite-a-bit of financial support during the last quarter of 2014.
Horn for Decatur filed its D-2 recently for the quarter ending Dec. 31st and reported receipts of $7,795.00 and, following expenses had a campaign balance of $7,031.75.
Horn’s largest contribution was $1,000 from Kevin Breheny of Forsyth.
The other five city council candidates have filed a Statement of Organization or D-2 reports, meaning they collected much less than Horn and did not meet the financial threshold which makes filing with the Illinois State Board of Election a requirement. 
Mayor Mike McElroy was the only mayoral candidate to file a D-2 report for the last quarter.


• CAMPAIGNING: Decatur Park Board of Commissioners candidate, former judge John Davis, stopped by the Decatur Tribune office last week to get started on his advertising campaign.  Davis is out working hard to get elected and we’re going to hear quite-a-bit from Davis and the other candidates for all the offices up for election in the coming weeks. 
The election will be April 7th and it will be here before you know it.

• RAISE NEEDED: Last week Decatur City Council candidate Bill Faber promised to introduce an ordinance establishing a minimum wage of $10 per hour for all workers within the City of Decatur. 
Faber explained, “This pay raise for Decatur families will stimulate the economy and lift families out of poverty. This is an investment in our most important resource - the families of our town.”
Whether you agree or disagree with Faber’s position, it’s a move that is bound to get him attention in the city council race.

• WEBSITE UP: David Horn, another candidate for city council, has notified me that his campaign website is up at www.hornfordecatur.org .
It contains some brief biographical
information, his campaign platform, endorsements and campaign video.
I’ll share candidate website addresses as I receive them.



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