City Beat

CITY BEAT: BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR WILD AND CRAZY DRIVERS!

       Phil Romano was telling me a few days ago about nearly being run over by a car as he was crossing the street downtown on his way to the post office! Phil said he was walking in a designated crosswalk and the driver of the car had his mind somewhere else as he waited…

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CITY BEAT: PLENTY OF JOBS AVAILABLE IN AREA, BUT FEW APPLICANTS

       A local woman reportedly went to a Walmart Pharmacy recently to pick up her prescription and was told the pharmacy was closed — due to a lack of help. She had to call her doctor’s office and change her pharmacy to Walgreen’s in order to get her medicine. Hopefully, by the time you read…

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CITY BEAT: POLICE OFFICER CHRIS OBERHEIM WAS A SPECIAL PERSON

       Memorial Day is a special day on the calender — especially this year. As we approach Memorial Day weekend and the services planned to remember our fallen heroes in all wars, the life and tragic death last week of Champaign Police Officer Chris Oberheim weighs heavy on my thoughts. Officer Oberheim was shot and…

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CITY BEAT: ANOTHER ITALIAN RESTAURANT IS OPENING DOWNTOWN

          The first ribbon cutting for a grand opening of a local business that I did after becoming mayor was for Pastabilities, an Italian restaurant located at 134 East Main Street. The restaurant was successful for many years, and I was a frequent customer since it was about a half block from my office and…

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CITY BEAT: PRESERVING AND MARKETING OUR HISTORY AND OTHER STOPS ALONG THE WAY

       As indicated in the front page story in this week’s print and online editions of the Decatur Tribune, a group called “History of the Heartland” is focusing attention on the old Van Dyke interurban station that is in danger of being another local historic structure to disappear from view.      As someone who has spent…

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