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CITY BEAT: SOME THIS AND THAT FROM HERE AND THERE

       It’s hard to believe that kids are back in school and Labor Day Weekend is history! We are already two/thirds through 2022! I don’t know about you, but for me, months seem to fly by like weeks — and weeks like days! It’s also hard to believe that this Sept. 11th marks 21 years…

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City Beat: Student Loan Forgiveness Is Here — Along With Scammers

       Last week, President Joe Biden announced the federal government will cancel either $10,000 or $20,000 of federal student loans per person. According to the plan, people who took out Pell Grants to pay for college, which are grants given to low-income borrowers, can qualify for up to $20,000 in debt forgiveness while other student…

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CITY BEAT: LOTS OF MEMORIES IN THOSE OLD SCHOOL BUILDINGS

       Last week, my “Scrapbook” article in the Decatur Tribune  was on the history of Woodrow Wilson Junior High School in Decatur— a building that has received a lot of attention the past few months as a possible option to replace the dead and buried plan to build a new school in part of Lincoln…

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CITY BEAT: PUBLIC OFFICIALS ARE OFTEN TARGETS FOR THREATS

       I think anyone who has served in public office is very much aware of the threats that often come from those who strongly disagree on controversial issues. I remember an incident many years ago when a citizen got so angry at Mayor Gary Anderson that he punched him in the stomach and called him…

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City Beat: Budzinsky, Deering Come Out Swinging In Race For IL 13 Seat

                            The primary election voting machines had barely cooled off when Democrat Nikki Budzinski and Republican Regan Deering started going after each other. Both won their respective primaries in the race for the seat in the new Illinois 13th Congressional District, which includes some…

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