City Beat

People, Places And City Races

           Following a public notice of a closed meeting issued last week by City Clerk Kim Althoff, the Decatur City Council members convened at the Decatur Conference Center and Hotel Sunday morning “for the purpose of discussing the appointment, employment, compensation, discipline, performance, or dismissal of specific employees of the public body”.      That doesn’t sound…

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Decatur Mayor’s Race Takes Unexpected Turn

         The race for Mayor of Decatur took a shocking turn last week when candidate Kara Demirjian Huss, who had secured the top spot on the ballot by filing her candidacy petitions first, dropped out of the race when she was informed by City Clerk Kim Althoff that she could not be on the…

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Decatur Mayor, City Council Candidates File Petitions

       • THE CANDIDATES FOR Decatur mayor and three city council seats are now known since the deadline for filing nominating petitions ended Monday at 5:00 p.m. In the mayor’s race, there are 4 candidates: Incumbent Julie Moore Wolfe, Kara Demirjian Huss, Councilman David Horn and Jacob Jenkins. In the race for the three city…

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Brown Is The Macon County Sheriff’s Race Winner — By One Vote!

    Thanksgiving came a few days early this year for Tony Brown who was declared the winner of the Macon County Sheriff’s race on Tuesday after a recount which declared him the winner — by one vote!      Democrat Brown had lost by 99 votes to Republican Jim Root in the General Election but the…

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Tuesday’s Election Is Behind Us, Another One Is On The Horizon

      The dust hasn’t settled from Tuesday’s General Election but candidate filings to run for mayor and city council are just around the corner — meaning more candidates to consider in the days ahead. The message from City Clerk Kim Althoff is that nominating petitions for Decatur Mayor and City Council may be filed in…

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D-2 Reports Give Inside Look At Candidates’ Finances

       The D-2 Quarterly Report has been filed with the Illinois State Board of Elections this month by candidates involved in the races we’ve been covering. The D-2s report candidates’ finances, as in how much they raised and spent during the quarter. The latest report was for the third quarter that ended on Sept. 30th.…

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People, Places And Political Races

       This week, I’m starting a series on the candidates for Macon County’s major offices. The first race I’m looking at is for Macon County Clerk, where either Amy Rueff or Josh Tanner will be elected to follow long-time clerk, and my long-time good friend, Steve Bean, who is retiring. I am covering this race,…

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Editor’s Viewpoint: The Good, Bad And Really Ugly!

    • I STARTED to pay the cashier for dinner at a local restaurant the other day and, as she rang up the total and the change I had coming, she broke into laughter! I should have received $1.36 cents in change, but the receipt showed that I had $6,274,940.16 in change coming! I thought…

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