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Caulkins votes against Pritzker’s graduated tax hike

    Springfield – On Monday evening, the Democrat majority passed a graduated income tax amendment out of the House Revenue and Finance Committee, over Republican objections. State Representative Dan Caulkins (R-Decatur) spoke out against Gov. Pritzker’s graduated tax hike and voted against the proposal in committee. “Make no mistake about it – this is…

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MACON COUNTY SHERIFF GIVES THUMBS DOWN TO POT LEGALIZATION

       Macon County Sheriff Tony Brown today called on legislators in Springfield to fix major flaws in the Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act (SB 7) currently being debated. Along with the Illinois Sheriffs’ Association and Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police, Sheriff Brown says the bill, as drafted, contains numerous provisions that create substantial enforcement…

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City Beat: Macon County Fair Is Just Around The Corner

       KUDOS to the Macon County Fair Association, and anyone else responsible, for the huge schedule of events at this year’s county fair June 4-9. Although its been 163 years since the first Macon County Fair was held, there were a few of those years when it wasn’t held, and, it appeared not that long…

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The People Speak In Letters And Comments To The Decatur Tribune

  Thank You, Dunn Company Dear Editor: As I drove downtown Tuesday afternoon, it was so nice to see a CAT 140M motor grader sitting on the Civic Center lawn, ready to welcome everyone to the Chamber Business Expo Thursday. Makes us all proud!!! That is what the Chamber of Commerce is all about….. businesses…

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Decatur’s Official City Flag Is Once Again Flying In Front Of Civic Center

  Hoisting the City of Decatur replacement flag on Monday are, left to right: City Councilman Patrick McDaniel, Civic Center Manager Chris Brodnicki and Civic Center Maintenance Manager Zack Burris.      As I wrote in this column a few weeks ago, McDaniel had purchased with his own money, and with the approval of the city council,…

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Separate Night For City Council Study Session Is Good Idea

         The Decatur City Council Study Session got a lot more attention Monday night — both from the citizens and probably from the council members. Instead of being on the tail-end of the agenda at the regular council meetings, it was the featured agenda item — and I think it is a good move.…

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IEMA Warns Recent Rains May Lead to Additional Flooding in Illinois

    River levels expected to rise along parts of the Mississippi River and its tributaries The National Weather Service is forecasting another round of showers and thunderstorms that will bring additional precipitation to Illinois. This precipitation could lead to urban and flash flooding, as well as further aggravate already swollen rivers, creeks throughout our…

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