Race For Macon County State’s Attorney Will Generate Primary


Editor Paul Osborne

     Former Macon County State’s Attorney Scott Rueter, a Republican, has announced that he is a candidate for the office. (See more on Rueter’s announcement on page 15 of this week’s print and online edition.)

     Present State’s Attorney Jay Scott, a Democrat, has decided not to run for a third term. Rueter is the second Republican to announce for the office as earlier this year, Republican Phil Tibbs announced that he is running, which means, as it stands now, there will be a Republican Primary Election in the spring to choose a candidate for the fall election. Also running is Democrat Tammy Wagoner, who announced her candidacy earlier this year.

     Of course, there may be more candidates who haven’t announced because they were waiting to measure the strength of the others running. I asked former candidate for the office, Republican Dan Hassinger, in a brief, casual conversation a month or more ago if he was planning on running again and he left no doubt that he would not be a candidate. Hassinger was an unsuccessful candidate against Jay Scott when Scott ran for a second term in 2016.

     I find it interesting that all three declared candidates worked, at one time or another, as assistant state’s attorneys in Macon County and, of course, Rueter is also a former state’s attorney for Macon County. This will be an interesting race to watch.

     •NEW DEPUTY city manager has been hired. That’s the announcement made on Friday by City Manager Scot Wrighton. Wrighton stated: “Jon Kindseth has been hired as Decatur’s Deputy City Manager. Mr. Kind-seth will begin his new duties on Mon-day, September 30. “Mr. Kindseth has worked in Illinois local government management for more than a decade, and has a master’s degree in urban public administration from Northern Illinois University. He currently serves as the village administrator in Beach Park, Illinois.”

     Kindseth has a background in construction, and has experience with several initiatives that will be useful in managing similar projects directed by the city of Decatur, such as neighborhood revitalization, dealing with abandoned properties, rental registration programs, and intergovernmental cooperation.

     “Jon will be a valuable addition to the city’s management team,” said Wrighton. “His talents and skillsets will compliment those of our current Decatur department heads, and I am confident he will make a great contribution to the future of the city.” Kindseth will be relocating to Decatur with his family in the coming months.

     • SO SORRY to hear of the death of former Macon County Sheriff Steve Fisher who passed away on Aug. 23 at the age of 73. (Obituary elsewhere in this edition.) Steve was sheriff for 10 years from 1976 until 1986. I interviewed Steve often during the years he served as sheriff. My condolences to his wife, Donna, his children and extended family members and friends.

     • SMOOTHER ROADS — One of our readers who recently retired and moved to the St. Louis area, sent me the following message — along with his change of address to his new location. He wrote: “You recently wrote about the sad state of roads in Decatur and throughout the state. I have found the roads throughout St. Louis County to be quite nice and in good condition, with few potholes. The few potholes I have encountered aren’t really holes, as they had been adequately repaired in the past.” Isn’t it interesting that one of the first things that people notice when they leave Illinois is how much smoother the roads are elsewhere? I guess one good aspect of bumpy roads is that it keeps sleepy drivers awake by shaking them as they drive!

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