City Beat

CITY BEAT: ODDS AND ENDS FROM HERE AND THERE

         • We knew it was going to happen sooner or later in Macon County even though daily updates from the Joint Crisis Communication Team kept reporting that residents who had been tested had negative results for COVID-19. The “negative results” good news updates ended Friday evening when the Joint Crisis Communication Team…

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GOVERNOR PRITZKER’S ‘STAY AT HOME’ ORDER CHANGES ‘DECATUR NORMAL’

     Governor JB Pritzker’s “stay at home” order on Friday (more details in story elsewhere on this site) has impacted our community more than anything during the many decades that I’ve been publshing this newspaper. So much of what has been “routine” for all of us, is no longer “routine”, and the uncertainty of when all…

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CITY BEAT: VOTERS HAVE FEW DECISIONS TO MAKE IN PRIMARY ELECTION

       Decatur and Macon County voters will have few decisions to make on primary ballots this time around — because there aren’t that many contested races. There’s a shortage of candidates, even though two of the major county offices — state’s attorney and circuit clerk — will have new officeholders after November’s General Election as…

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CITY BEAT: BITS AND PIECES FROM HERE AND THERE AROUND THE COMMUNITY

            • PLEASED to see Macon County’s law enforcement agencies employ another tool in making our roadways safer with the No-Refusal Program that was announced last week.  Big THANKS to Macon County Sheriff Tony Brown, Decatur Police Chief Jim Getz, and Macon County State’s Attorney Jay Scott. Impaired driving is dangerous and a threat to…

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CITY BEAT: SOME REFLECTIONS ON TWO PAST ILLINOIS GOVERNORS

       Last week’s early release from prison of former Illinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich, after President Trump commuted his 14-year prison sentence, brought back some memories. Blagojevich’s years as governor were essentially the same as my years as mayor and, as the photo on the front page of the print edition shows, I introduced him…

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CITY BEAT: BITS AND PIECES FROM HERE AND THERE AROUND THE COMMUNITY

       • THE REGULAR scheduled City Council meeting falls on Monday, February 17th on Presidents Day which is a holiday for City Government. The meeting has been rescheduled for Monday, February 24th at 5:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers. Hopefully, things have calmed down since the last regular meeting and meaningful ideas, concerns and…

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