City Beat

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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The Scams Continue In Attempts To Dislodge Citizens From Their Money

            It seems that people in Decatur and across the nation are, in increasing numbers, becoming the victims of scams. Some scams come over the phone, some in the mail and a growing number from the internet. Warnings of scams being worked in Macon County are often issued by the state’s attory and sheriff’s offices.…

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Macon County Fair Was Huge Success!

         This year’s Macon County Fair was a huge success and I am so pleased for all who worked so hard to make it happen. It wasn’t that long ago that fair was almost dead, but new life has been pumped into the annual event held this year the first week in June. Fair…

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City Beat: Will Legalization Of Prostitution Be Next?

         “Marijuana has gone mainstream, casino gambling is everywhere and sports wagering is spreading. Could prostitution be next?”      I didn’t ask the above question, but a writer for the New York Times, Jesse McKinley, did — just last week. McKinley wrote that lawmakers across the country are beginning to reconsider how to handle prostitution,…

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Viewpoint: ‘Life Is Cheap’ In The ‘New’ State Of Illinois

       AMONG A disturbing number of actions coming out of the Illinois General Assembly last week, which included the legalization of marijuana, expansion of gambling and more taxes, the most grievous was the passage of the “Reproductive Health Care Act” which legalizes the killing of an unborn child at any stage of a pregnancy —…

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City Beat: Search Firm Looking For Next Decatur Deputy City Manager

       A search firm for the City of Decatur is looking for a deputy city manager. GovHR USA out of Northbrook, Illinois, has been running classified display ads in the Decatur Herald & Review indicating “The City of Decatur is seeking an experienced, innovative and committed professional to serve as Deputy City Manager, act as…

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City Beat: Bits And Pieces From Here And There

       • I WAS talking on the phone to a community leader Friday morning and, as we were discussing the terrible financial condition of the State of Illinois, guess what happened? I glanced up and passing by one of my fourth floor office windows the State of Illinois was heading down, down, down!      Actually, part…

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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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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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