City Beat

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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Viewpoint: I’m Offended By The ‘Society Of The Perpetually Offended’

       I RARELY run one of our editorial cartoons within my column, but the one used in the print edition this week really caught my eye — especially the figure’s shirt with the lettering “Society Of The Perpetually Offended”.      The cartoon is about the outrage against former vice president and demo-crat candidate for president Joe Biden’s…

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The List That Decatur And Macon County Were Not On

       I received a news release last week from the Illinois Department of Transportation concerning road construction lanes that were being re-opened, where possible, for the Independence Day holiday, to minimize travel disruption. Construction on the non-emergency roadwork resumed this past Monday.      I also received a list from IDOT regarding the road construction lane closures…

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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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