City Beat

CITY BEAT: IDOT ENGINEER SAYS STATE’S CURRENT ROAD PROGRAM UNFINISHED

       Last week in this column, I mentioned that I had called the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) Region 4, District 7, office, which includes Decatur and Macon County to find out what kind of road construction projects are planned for our area. As I also mentioned, it seems like there is a lot of…

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City Beat: Pot And Potholes Are Major Issues In Our Community

       The Decatur City Council has a lot to deal with these days. I hear a lot of complaints about the horrible condition of our roads, especially the state routes through our city. Citizens who complain should remember that the condition of state routes is due to state negligence and the council should not be…

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18 Years Ago Today (Sept. 11) Decatur And The World Changed Forever

       I dug out some of the photos that I shot on the evening of 9/11/2001, when many of us gathered in downtown’s Central Park to pray and try to absorb what had happened earlier in the day when terrorists committed unspeakable acts at the World Trade Center in New York City, The Pentagon in…

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Race For Macon County State’s Attorney Will Generate Primary

       Former Macon County State’s Attorney Scott Rueter, a Republican, has announced that he is a candidate for the office. (See more on Rueter’s announcement on page 15 of this week’s print and online edition.)      Present State’s Attorney Jay Scott, a Democrat, has decided not to run for a third term. Rueter is…

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City Beat: The Future Of Pot Sales In The City Of Decatur

         A major issue the Decatur City Council will be dealing with in the near future is whether or not to “opt out” in allowing a recreational marijuana dispensary in the city limits of Decatur. Illinois’ new law that legalizes recreational marijuana use permits cities, villages and counties to “opt out” of allowing pot…

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City Beat: People, Places And Bumpy Spaces

         • I RECEIVED information from the Illinois Department of Transportation that indicated, with the extreme heat expected towards the end of last week, motorists should be ready to deal with “pavement blowouts” (pavement buckling). “The hottest week of the year means the potential for pavement failures will increase,” said Acting Illinois Transportation Secretary…

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City Beat: City Council Has To Take A Closer Look At Food Trucks Downtown

       I don’t think there is any question that the City of Decatur leaders will have to take a closer look at zoning rules that keep food trucks from parking in downtown Decatur. Over the lunch hour last Thursday, Romano Co., which owns the Millikin Court Building at 132 South Water Street (where our newspaper…

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