City Beat

Bits And Pieces From The Races For Mayor, Three City Council Seats

       I made it a point to chat with several of the candidates who were in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday’s sunny morning in Decatur. I didn’t get to talk to all of the candidates who were there before the parade started but following are some bits and pieces of information I learned…

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Election Day April 2: Campaigns For Local Offices In Final Stretch

      •  MACON County Clerk Josh Tanner informed me that, near the end of last week, only 96 people had voted early. Considering that early voting started on Feb. 21, less than a hundred voters taking advantage of voting early in two weeks, doesn’t sound very encouraging for a huge turnout. Of course,…

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People, Places And Political Races

    • MACON COUNTY Clerk Josh Tanner reported that, on the first day for early voting last Thursday, 11 voters came into his office to vote. I hope that’s not a reflection on voter interest for the candidates in the April 2 election.      Tanner also stated: “I want to make sure that voters understand two things…

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Passage Of Minimum Wage Legislation Is A Killer For Small Business

       Last week, Illinois legislators approved a hike in the statewide minimum wage from $8.25 to $15.00 an hour when the full plan takes effect — far more than our neighboring states. Democrat Governor J. B. Pritzker made passing the minimum wage hike one of his campaign promises.      My thanks to Rep. Dan Caulkins, a…

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Posting Of Devon Amphitheater’s Partial Summer Schedule Is Great News!

     • ISN’T THAT GREAT? We all waited for so long for the Nelson Park Amphitheater to become a reality. During a news conference on Friday the good news was announced that Nelson Park Amphitheater will open Memorial Day weekend, May 24-26, 2019. (Details in another post on this site.) The Decatur Park District also announced…

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Wendy Morthland Is Perfect Choice For Interim City Manager Until March 19

       • THE DECATUR City Council has approved the appointment of Wendy Morthland, the City of Decatur’s Corporation Counsel, and head of the legal department, to be the interim city manager until the new city manager, Scot Wrighton, starts work on March 19th. The choice is an obvious one. Usually, the “interim city manager” position…

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Decatur Tribune Print Edition Published And Mailed On Schedule — Despite The Frigid Weather And Record Wind Chill Temperatures!

       • Thanks to all the efforts of my Decatur Tribune staff, and others, under extremely cold conditions with wind chill temperatures lower than most of us have ever seen, the print edition of the Decatur Tribune hit the newsstands and were also mailed out at the Decatur Post Office at the usual time today (Wednesday).  …

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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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