City Beat

People, Places And Political Races In This Week’s City Beat

     I COULDN’T help but notice in glancing over newly-hired City Manager Scot Wrighton’s contract with the City of Decatur one of the reasons listed for termination of his job —DEATH!     Like a lot of other “contract language” I’m sure there is a legal reason for that being listed as one of the reasons for “termination” —…

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City Manager Officially Hired, Mayor And City Council Look To Future

       Scot Wrighton was “officially” approved as Decatur’s new city manager during Monday evening’s city council meeting. Wrighton is presently the city manager in Streator, Illinois, a community much smaller than Decatur but with a lot of similarities. I didn’t have an opportunity (because of our press deadline) to talk with Wrighton before last week’s…

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City Manager Named, Interim City Manager Tyus Moves North

       Mayor Julie Moore Wolfe has announced that Scot Wrighton, has been selected as the new city manager for Decatur. (See article elsewhere on this page.)       The new city manager announcement came on the heels of another announcement earlier this week that Decatur Interim City Manager Billy Tyus is leaving to become deputy city…

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Some Unusual Twists And Turns On Local Political Scene In 2018

            I’ve written about local politics and elected boards and commissions for decades, but I don’t think I’ve ever witnessed as many twists and turns on those subjects than what happened in Decatur and Macon County during 2018. Even though we are a couple of days into 2019 some of those twists and turns have…

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2018 Is About Over And A Fresh 2019 Is Ready To Begin

         IT DOESN’T seem possible that 2018 is coming to an end and a fresh new year is ready to begin — whether or not we are ready for it. It seems like the older I get the faster the years go by. My friend, Brian Byers, believes that’s because the older we get…

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‘The Gift’ In The Drive-Through Lane At Dairy Queen

         I GET up early each morning and usually pick up something for breakfast on my way to the office so I can eat at my desk while I’m reading the overnight news and get a jump on that day’s work on the Tribune before staff members start to arrive. I’m usually in a…

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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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