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Board of Directors Names Drew Early as Next President of Decatur Memorial Hospital

       DECATUR – Drew Early, vice president of operations for Memorial Medical Center, will become the next president and CEO of Decatur Memorial Hospital, pending the successful completion of its affiliation with the Springfield-based health system.      The nonprofit hospital’s board of directors approved Early’s appointment at its meeting on July 23. He is expected to…

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City Beat: People, Places And Bumpy Spaces

         • I RECEIVED information from the Illinois Department of Transportation that indicated, with the extreme heat expected towards the end of last week, motorists should be ready to deal with “pavement blowouts” (pavement buckling). “The hottest week of the year means the potential for pavement failures will increase,” said Acting Illinois Transportation Secretary…

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The People Speak In This Week’s ‘Letters To The Editor’

Hey, Joe! There Was Another ‘Penny’ On Television Before Your Penny Showed Up! Hi Paul:      When I was in college my friend Joe Comiskey told me about a sci-fi show he was a fan of, a mid-1960s TV show I’d never seen before–Lost in Space. Many of your readers will remember this show that started…

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City Beat: City Council Has To Take A Closer Look At Food Trucks Downtown

       I don’t think there is any question that the City of Decatur leaders will have to take a closer look at zoning rules that keep food trucks from parking in downtown Decatur. Over the lunch hour last Thursday, Romano Co., which owns the Millikin Court Building at 132 South Water Street (where our newspaper…

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The People Speak In ‘Letters To The Editor’

Agrees With Column On Condition Of State Of Illinois Government Dear Editor:      I just received the July 3rd issue of the “Tribune” here in “The Boro” today. One of the first things I read is your “Editorial Opinion”. I, and I know many others who couldn’t agree more with your “State Of The State” opinion…

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Viewpoint: I’m Offended By The ‘Society Of The Perpetually Offended’

       I RARELY run one of our editorial cartoons within my column, but the one used in the print edition this week really caught my eye — especially the figure’s shirt with the lettering “Society Of The Perpetually Offended”.      The cartoon is about the outrage against former vice president and demo-crat candidate for president Joe Biden’s…

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The List That Decatur And Macon County Were Not On

       I received a news release last week from the Illinois Department of Transportation concerning road construction lanes that were being re-opened, where possible, for the Independence Day holiday, to minimize travel disruption. Construction on the non-emergency roadwork resumed this past Monday.      I also received a list from IDOT regarding the road construction lane closures…

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Viewpoint: Illinois Roads Are Not All That Need Repairing

       MANY OF you reading this column today grew up in a similar environment as I did. We were taught to love God, Jesus, our neighbor, respect and honor the Bible, and walk as best we could in “the path of righteousness”. We were taught to love, not hate, and to treat people we met…

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City Beat: Interesting Conversation With Decatur City Manager

        I had an interesting one-on-one discussion with City Manager Scot Wrighton in my office one afternoon last week. We meet once a month to discuss and expand on what’s going on in the city and some of the ideas he and his staff are presenting to the mayor and city council for their input…

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Letters: Raising The Minimum Wage Can Cause Numerous Problems

   Dear Editor:      Recently, J.B. Pritzker signed a law stating that by 2025 the minimum wage in Illinois would be 15 dollars per hour. This had been one of his campaign promises, and as such it was important that he delivered upon it. However, raising the minimum wage can cause numerous problems, and it is…

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