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Bald Eagle Shooting Update:

Nest of Bald Eagle Shot March 14 Has Been Located

McLean County Crime Stoppers Offering Reward
for Information about Shooting

 
The nest of an American Bald Eagle that died of a gunshot wound in McLean County March 14 has been located. The eagle had a brood patch, a featherless area on its underside, indicating it likely had been incubating eggs. Staff at the Illinois Raptor Center in Decatur, where the eagle was taken for treatment, said eggs or recently-hatched chicks likely would perish if left unattended. Initially, it was thought to be impossible to locate the nest until authorities got a lucky break this week.



A concerned citizen that had been watching a nesting pair of bald eagles contacted the IRC to report only one eagle had been tending the nest since the day of the shooting. The citizen submitted photographs of the eagles, and IRC staff members were able to match the photos due to an unusual anomaly visible on the foot of the eagle that had been shot. The eagle that had been shot was observed to have two talons that grew straight out, not curved as is normal. Photographs submitted showed this same anomaly.



Illinois Conservation Police contacted the citizen to obtain the history of the nest. IRC staff members went to the nest site this week and observed a single adult bald eagle tending the nest. One chick was observed and another possibly heard.  



The IRC has contacted the U.S. Fish and Wildlife service to provide a progress report. The IRC has been instructed that as long as there is a parent bird at the nest site, and still caring for the chicks, the IRC is not authorized to remove chicks from the nest.  Eagles are protected under the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and have strong legal protections. The IRC concurs with the Service’s position. 

“We have faith in the strength of this one remaining parent, so far he’s doing a great job,” said Jacques Nuzzo, IRC Program Director. “He is being monitored and we will update the public later on the eaglet’s progress.”

The nest is on private property and access to the nest would be trespassing.  It is IRC policy not to reveal nest sites. 

Background:

On Saturday March 14 an American bald eagle was recovered in a farm field near the intersection of the Danvers – Yuton blacktop (1700N) and IL Rt.150. by the Illinois Conservation Police.  The eagle was taken to the Illinois Raptor Center where it was examined and later died from a gunshot wound. 

An investigation is ongoing by the Illinois Conservation Police.  Crime Stoppers will pay cash rewards up to $1,000 for the information leading to the arrest and indictment of the people who commit felony crimes in McLean County.  If you have any information on this shooting please contact the Conservation Police at (309) 828-1111.  
 

Central Illinois Regional Political Action Committee (CIPAC)
Releases Local Candidate Endorsements

 Central Illinois Political Action Committee (CIPAC) has released an endorsement for candidates of the local election to be held on April 7, 2015. In conjunction with receiving written responses from some candidates, CIPAC conducted interviews to further understand individual views on business and political issues facing Decatur and Macon County. CIPAC endorsed the following candidates:

 

Mayor of Decatur:     Mike McElroy

Decatur
 City Council:                                                                    
Lisa Gregory                                                                           David Horn

Dana Ray            


 Decatur Park District: 
                                                             
Robert Brilley

                                                                                        Stacey Young     

 

Decatur Public Schools:                                                                
Brian Hodges

                                                              Dan Oakes

                                                                                        Sherri Perkins    

 

The 2015 election will be significant to further economic prosperity in Decatur. CIPAC recognizes the importance to have pro-business candidates in office to serve as a powerful voice to advocate on behalf of the local business community. After careful review of individual policy positions and, where applicable, voting records, CIPAC chose to endorse the candidates who will best promote the business climate in Decatur and Macon County.

 

About Central Illinois Political Action Committee (CIPAC):

Central Illinois Political Action Committee (CIPAC) supports business-friendly candidates and issues at both the local and state levels in Illinois. The purpose of CIPAC is to improve government and business in the State of Illinois by assisting candidates seeking nomination and election to state and local offices in Illinois and by supporting or opposing public policy issues.


Governor Rauner issues statement on arrest of National Guardsman for terrorist activities

 

Governor Bruce Rauner has issued the following statement:


“Yesterday, Adjunct General Daniel M. Krumrei and Illinois Public Safety Director Rodger Heaton briefed me regarding the ongoing investigation into an Illinois National Guard soldier, his potential involvement in terrorist activities and the soldier’s impending arrest.

 

“Last night, I was informed that the Illinois National Guard soldier was arrested for alleged terrorist activities including attempting to join and assist ISIS and conspiring to facilitate other terrorist actions.  I commend the Illinois National Guard and the Federal Bureau of Investigation for working together closely to apprehend this individual and his associates. On behalf of all citizens of Illinois, I thank all the members of our National Guard as well as the FBI for protecting our state and defending our country. “ 

 

Cluver Resigns as Trojans Coach


 Irma Wallace of the Faith Coalition for the Common Good and Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) explained the need for updated federal contractor standards for minority hiring during a Senate committee on Wednesday.

Manar, FCCG to feds: update minority hiring goals

SPRINGFIELD– Companies that work on projects receiving federal money are required to meet certain anti-discrimination and minority employment standards. Those rules have been on the books since 1965, haven’t been updated since 1980 and are based on census data from 1970.

  State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) and the Faith Coalition for the Common Good are urging the federal government to update those standards to reflect the demographic changes of the last 45 years. 

  “The face of our communities has dramatically changed in the past 30 years. The workforce in our cities and state must be reflective of our community,” said Irma Wallace, Transportation Equity Network National Liaison for FCCG.

  The federal government’s minority hiring rules prohibit federal contractors and sub-contractors from discriminating in employment decisions based on race, color, religion, sex or nationality. 

  These rules are based on a 1965 executive order issued by President Lyndon Johnson. In addition to banning discrimination, the order also established minority participation goals that were last updated in 1980 — based on population and workforce data from the 1970 census.

  The standards were scheduled to be revised in 2010, but no action has been taken.

  “We live in a diverse state, in a diverse nation. Our workforce should reflect out population now, not our population from 1970,” Manar said.

  Manar and Wallace testified before the state Senate’s Labor Committee on Wednesday. The committee approved Senate Joint Resolution 7 that urges President Obama, members of Congress and the U.S. Department of Labor to update these regulations.

  The resolution now moves goes to the entire Senate for approval.

 



 

10th annual Penguin In The Park 5K Run/Walk Set For March 28

 Join "The Penguin," John Bingham, for the 10th annual Penguin in the Park 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, March 28, 2015, starting at 9 a.m. in Fairview Park.
"The Penguin," John Bingham '70, returns to his alma mater, Millikin University, in Decatur, for a race that embraces the virtual Penguin in all of us—a race for both the speedy, and those who want to take their time and enjoy the course.  
After spending 14 years as a columnist for Runner's World magazine, Bingham joined forces with Competitor Magazine. Although he is now retired, he continues to serve as an advocate of runners of all fitness levels and hosts fitness focused trips with his wife, Coach Jenny Hadfield. Bingham's newest book, "An Accidental Athlete," is an addition to his collection of best-selling books aimed to help everyday runners/walkers with their training goals and start them on the path to fitness success.
For more Penguin wisdom, visit johnbingham.competitor.com/.  
Starting at 9 a.m., the race takes place in Fairview Park on roads and the rolling bike path; afterwards, a post-race party will be held inside Millikin's Griswold Gym for awards, warm food, and inspiration from John Bingham, "The Penguin" himself. Race finishers will receive a memorable engraved "Penguin" medal. Proceeds from the race benefit a designated John "The Penguin" Bingham sports management scholarship at Millikin University, as well as the Decatur Indoor Sports Center's youth programs.   For more information about the race and registration details, visit penguin5k.com or contact Mandi Podeschi at penguininthepark@gmail.com. Packet pick-ups will take place at Staley Credit Union, located at 3330 N. Woodford St. in Decatur, Ill., on Friday, March 27, from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. and on the morning of the race at Fairview Park.

Fairview Park Roads To Be Temporarily Closed For Penguin In The Park On March 28

 
 All roads in Fairview Park will be closed on Saturday, March 28 from 9 – 10 a.m. for the Penguin in the Park 5k Run/Walk. Register for the race at www.penguin5k.com by 5 p.m. on March 25. Race day registration is available and will be taken from 7 – 8:15 a.m. at the Fairview Park Pavilion #1. For more information on the Penguin in the Park 5k, visit www.penguininthepark.com.

Land Of Lincoln Honor Flight To Take Off On First Flight Of The Year April 7



Land of Lincoln Honor Flight (LLHF) of Springfield, a hub of the national Honor Flight Network, will take off on its first flight of the year on Tuesday, April 7th.  LLHF serves Veterans of the World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War eras, by providing them with an all-paid day long trip to Washington, DC, to visit and reflect at the national memorials built in their honor.  Serving central and southern Illinois, this charter flight will have 13 World War II, 69 Korean and 2 Vietnam era Veterans aboard, along with their volunteer, self-paying Guardians and 3 bus captains for a total of 162.  The Veterans served in the US Air Force, Army, Marines and Navy military branches, including the Army Air Corps of WWII.
Departing Springfield before sunrise, the 84 Veterans come from the Illinois towns of Altamont, Arcola, Argenta, Ashland, Auburn, Bath, Bethalto, Bloomington, Breese, Carbondale, Carlinville, Carterville, Charleston, Chatham, Clinton, Decatur, Effingham, Findlay, Gardner, Germantown, Gillespie, Girard, Green Valley, Griggsville, Highland, Homer, Hoopeston, Ingraham, Kane, Kincaid, Lincoln, Litchfield, Loami, Mahomet, Manchester, Manito, Maroa, Mattoon, Moweaqua, Murphysboro, Murrayville, New Berlin, Normal, Oakley, Olney, Oreana, Pana, Pekin, Ramsey, Riverton, Rochester, San Jose, Savoy, Shelbyville, Sheldon, Sherman, Spaulding, Springfield, St. Elmo, Sullivan, Taylorville, Tower Hill and Watseka.
Once they land at Ronald Reagan National Airport in DC, they will board three tour buses named Red, White and Blue for the day.  Their itinerary will include stops at the national World War II, Korean, Vietnam, Air Force and Marine Corps Memorials, as well as the National Air & Space Museum (Chantilly, Virginia) and a Pentagon drive-by.  The day’s tour will conclude at Arlington National Cemetery, with the viewing of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers and Changing of the Guard.  During the day they will also visit the Lincoln Memorial and view the Washington Monument and Jefferson Memorial, plus various other viewing opportunities before departing back to Springfield. 
The Veterans will return to Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport that evening, arriving around 9:30 PM, and the general public is invited and encouraged to show their appreciation for their service to our country by welcoming them home.  It is suggested to be to the airport no later than 9:00 and feel free to dress in red, white & blue to show your patriotic spirit.  Balloons and posters are also allowed.
Land of Lincoln Honor Flight is also encouraging family and friends to assist the hub in locating and signing up our Veterans, especially World War II (enlisted prior to 12/31/1946) and Korean War era (01/01/1947 thru 12/31/1957), because all WWII and Korean vets on their Wait List have been offered flights during the first half of the year.  Taking Veterans in the order of their eras, Vietnam Veterans (01/01/1958 to 05/07/1975) on the list will begin flying this fall.  Applications can be obtained at the official web site of LandofLincolnHonorFlight.org or contact John Dust, marketing/media volunteer, at HonorFlightGuy@aol.com or cell 309-339-0227.
LLHF is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, receiving no federal, state or county funding.  It is only able  to honor the Veterans with their flight to DC due to the generous donations, sponsorships, fundraising events, merchandise sales and efforts of many individuals, businesses and organizations.  For more information on the Honor Flight mission, visit the web site.

Davis Congratulates West Point Nominee on Acceptance

 

Springfield, IL – U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) released the following photo after presenting Tynon James Cleveland of Decatur, who Davis nominated, with a flag and congratulating him on his acceptance to the U.S. Military Academy West Point.

 

 

Cleveland was among 22 students Davis nominated to U.S. military academies last month.   Cleveland’s parents are Joy and Jim Cleveland.



State IHSA Tournaments
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Osborne Online: A Little Bit Of Everything From 'Soup To Nuts'

Conservation Police Seeking Information About Person Who Fatally Shot Adult Bald Eagle In McLean County




Illinois Conservation Police are seeking information about the person or persons responsible for the shooting death of a female adult bald eagle in rural McLean County.
  Conservation Police responded to a call Saturday, March 14 about an eagle in a farm field.
  The eagle was captured, by officers, and transported to the Illinois Raptor Center in Decatur for treatment. 
  An examination conducted by Raptor Center personnel determined the eagle’s injuries were caused by a gunshot.  Despite receiving emergency medical treatment, the eagle died. 
  During its examination, a brood patch – an area of featherless skin on the bird’s underside - was discovered on the female eagle.  Experts confirmed eagles are currently nesting and commonly have 2-3 eggs.  The presence of a brood patch, on the dead eagle, indicates she had a nest likely containing eggs.  The eggs will not hatch without care.
  Eagles are federally protected under The Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act.  A violation of the Act can result in a fine of $100,000, imprisonment for one year, or both, for a first offense.
  The Illinois Conservation Police are conducting an investigation.
  If you have information about the shooting, contact Crime Stopper in McLean County. Crime Stoppers will pay cash rewards of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and indictment of people who commit felony crimes in McLean County.  Call 309-828-1111.
  The attached photo is courtesy of the Illinois Raptor Center.

Davis Issues Statement on Congressman Schock’s Resignation

 

Washington, DC – U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) released the following statement after Congressman Aaron Schock (R-Ill.) announced his resignation from Congress.

  “Aaron is a friend and this is a sad day for the Illinois delegation but I know Congressman Schock is doing what he thinks is best for his constituents and I support his decision." said Davis.  "I have enjoyed serving with Aaron in Congress and will miss working with him on legislative issues important to Illinois."

Paul Osborne's
CITY BEAT
City Council Candidate Bill Faber Files A-1, Reports $1000s In Contributions

Friends For Faber filed its D-1 Statement of Organization with the Illinois State Board of Elections today (March 26) and then filed its Schedule A-1 listing several thousands of dollars in contributions.
Bill Faber is a candidate for Decatur City Council in the April 7th election.
The A-1 (Report of Campaign Contributions Of $1000 or more) listed $1000 from the Macon County Democratic Central Committee, $1000 from the Decatur Firefighters, $2,500 from the Operating Engineers  in Springfield and $2,500 from the Plumbers & Steamfitters Local in Springfield.
All of the contributions were dated 3/24/15, except for the Macon County Democratic Central Committee which was received on 12/26/14.

McElroy, Gregory Report $1,000-Plus Contributions
On A-1 Reports To State Board Of Elections


On Tuesday Friends for Mike McElroy filed two A-1 reports on campaign contributions of $1,000 or more with the Illinois State Board of Elections.
D. R. Reynolds of Decatur contributed $1,000 and Burnell Kraft, also of Decatur, contributed $1,000.
McElroy is running for another term as mayor in the April 7th election.

GREGORY for City Council reported two A-1 contributions earlier this month with $1,000 coming from Decatur Firefighters and $2,500 from the IUOE Local 965 Pac Fund in Springfield.
Candidate Lisa Gregory joins David Horn as the only candidates for city council who have reached the financial threshhold of being required to file with the Illinois State Board of Elections.

Are Non-Partisan Mayor, City Council and Decatur Park Board Races Going ‘Political’? 

I’m receiving some calls and emails today from people who have received an advertising piece in the mail which reads:
 
Your vote can make a difference!
Please vote on Tuesday, April 7th
Make Decatur a better place to live, work and raise a family.
Please support these candidates to bring a progressive vision to our community.
Mayor: G.E. Livingston
City Council:  Bill Faber, Dana Ray & David Horn
Park District: Stacey Young & Bob Brilley.
 
My understanding is the email was sent by the Macon County Democratic Central Committee.

The mayor, city council and park district commissioner offices are non-partisan, meaning that candidates run on a non-political platform.
One of the reasons the City of Decatur converted to a council/manager form of government a half century ago was to take the “politics” out of the old Mayor/Aldermanic form.
Whether it is the Republican or Democratic Party, they should stay out of non-partisan races -- except as voters at the polls.
I’m more than a little surprised that “non-partisan” races have become “partisan”.
These comments are not about the candidates that were promoted, but the promotion of them by an organized political party. 


Robert and Mary McCarthy

Robert McCarthy Left Lasting Influence On Democratic Party And Central Illinois


I was sadden to learn of the passing of former State Senator Robert McCarthy on Thursday. McCarthy died at his home in Decatur at the age of 90.
Senator McCarthy, one of the long-time champions and leaders of the Democratic Party, was elected to the Illinois House of Representatives in 1954 and to the Illinois State Senate in 1960. As a legislator, he served the people of Central Illinois for 22 years. McCarthy’s legal career spanned 61 years. As an attorney, McCarthy was a tireless advocate for working people, concentrating his practice in personal injury, labor law, and workers compensation law. 
Last May, a 90th birthday celebration was held at Scovill Golf Club Banquet Facility in his honor, and the Who’s Who of the Democratic Party honored his many decades of service, in both public and private life.
U. S. Senator Dick Durbin and former State Representative John Dunn were two of many attending who praised McCarthy and talked about his influence on their lives in serving the people.  
The same people praising him ten months ago, were again remembering his influence in their lives after they learned of his death last week.
McCarthy developed a relationship with a young presidential candidate named John F. Kennedy, mainly through having confidence in him when other leaders and communities had rejected the young man as a candidate.  McCarthy brought Kennedy to Decatur in 1959 and had influence in the election that Kennedy narrowly won against Richard Nixon.
Macon County Clerk Steve Bean summed up his feelings about Senator McCarthy when he alerted me to his passing.
“A great man and a real Democrat,” said Bean.
Macon County Democratic Chairman Jim Underwood said, in honoring him last May, “Senator McCarthy has given many lifetimes worth of service to working families. He is a true champion of Democratic values.” 
My condolences to his wife, Mary, family and friends.

• IMPRESSED: Sen. McCarthy had been in office many years when I became editor/publisher of this newspaper in 1969.
I didn’t have a lot of contact with him but he was always accessible to me when I asked questions and always treated me with respect.
Long after he had left public service and I was serving my first term as mayor, we were on a program together at Dennis School to observe the 30th anniversary of the school’s successful efforts to get the Monarch bufferfly named the state insect.  McCarthy was a big part of that success.
I enjoyed seeing him and talking with him as we waited for the program to start.
What impressed me the most about what he said was he used the time to explain to the students how the legislative process worked that produced the victory.
As he talked I could see that spark of public service igniting and he was instructing a new generation about public service and what can happen if you set your mind to it.
I found it interesting and so did everyone else who was present.
That speech was a very small part of everything McCarthy did in his life -- but it was one of the first things I thought about when I heard that he had passed away.

• BOB BRILLEY II seems to be campaigning harder to retain his seat as one of the Decatur Park Board Commissioners in the April 7 election.
Brilley was on Byers & Co. Monday morning and I talked with him one day last week.
Also running for one of the two seats on the board are Brilley’s fellow commissioner Stacey Young.
They are being challenged by John Davis, who is running a strong campaign to unseat one of them.  I’ve had some comments from both Davis and Young previously in this column.
Brilley told me he is running for a second term because he wants to apply a lot of what he learned in his first term to helping move the park district forward.
He said his priorities are getting kids back in the parks, lakefront development and working as a commissioner to help the inland port become highly successful.
He said his love for Decatur and the area is the major reason he is running for a second term.

• NEXT WEEK:
 I’ll have some observations on this race and the April 7th election.  I’ll especially focus on the mayoral and city council races -- from a little different angle than newspaper editors usually take on candidates. 

Livingston For Mayor Receives $5,000 From Plumbers & Steamfitters Local No. 137 In Springfield 

Mayoral candidate Bishop G. E. Livingston received another substantial contribution from Labor today (Wednesday) as the Plumbers & Steamfitters Local No. 137 contributed $5,000 to his campaign, making a total of $17,500 in major contributions from three Labor unions.   Livingston's A-1 Form was filed with the State Board of Elections Wednesday afternoon.
Livingston also got a big boost in his
campaign fund recently  with a contribution
of $10,000 from IUOE Local 965 Pac Fund in
Springfield.  
He also received $2,500 from the Painters
District Council PAC Fund in Collinsville. The $10,000 contribution was by far
the largest single contribution in the mayoral
race in this election cycle. Recently, Livingston's campaign also 
reported a $2,500 contribution from Rehboth
Temple of Praise, Inc in Laurel, Delaware. When I talked with Bishop Livingston last week he said the $2,500 for Rehboth
Temple of Praise was actually $100 and
an amended A-1 was going to be filed with
the ISBE.
The State Board of Elections website still shows the amount to be $2,500, although an amended letter was filed because of an "error",but the "error" or amount was not specified. The amount of money that is being poured into the mayor's race is raising some eyebrows -- especially the major contributions coming from outside Decatur and Macon County -- althoughthose contributions are perfectly legal.
 
Mayor McElroy Receives $1,000 Contribution For Campaign From Decatur Businessman

Friends for Mike McElroy filed an A-1 with the Illinois State Board of Elections today (Wednesday) showing a $1,000 to McElroy's campaign from Decatur businessman Patrick Dawson.


Shock Over Schock!


Aaron Schock

Everyone I've talked with about Congressman Aaron Schock's resignation since he announced it Tuesday had the same reaction: SHOCK!
I did not know Schock well, but had met and chatted with him a few times during the last year I was mayor and he was running for Congress.
He seemed to be the poster boy for young people getting involved in politics.
Now, his political career has been shredded and there certainly is the possibility that charges could be brought against him regarding filing false mileage reimbursement claims for his vehicle which is probably the easiest allegation for most people to understand.
Quite frankly, his resignation because dealing with "distractions" has made it difficult to represent the people of the 18th District is an insult to the people of his district.
"Distractions" -- indeed!
Who created the "distractions"?
There's ample evidence that his lifestyle was "lavish" during the time he served.
I don't have anything against the young man, but he seems to have forgotten that serving the people of his district was the top priority -- not taking advantage of the "perks" of the office.
His political career is gone -- and he has no one to blame but himself.
Those who point the finger at his political enemies for causing this or say, "all politicians do this sort of thing" are offering excuses that are not valid.
Each officeholder has the responsibility to use the trust of the people to do what is right.
Repaying funds that you had no right to in the first place because you got caught does not make it right.
I hope the young man can get his life straightened out and I wish him the best -- but he did the right thing by resigning his office.


http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2015/03/18/report-republican-rep-schock-resigning/




Decatur Tribune Facebook Friends Comment On Daylight Saving Time Bill


State Rep. Bill Mitchell

State Representative Bill Mitchell (R-Forsyth) got a lot of support among Decatur Tribune Facebook Friends for introducing House Bill 1562, which provides that daylight saving time shall be the year-round standard time of the entire state.
When I asked our many Facebook friends how they felt about Mitch-ell’s move, an overwhelming majority of those who responded liked the idea.
A sampling of some of the comments in SUPPORT of House Bill 1562 included:
• “Yes leave the clocks alone. The original purpose for this has long been obsolete.”
• “Please pass this Billlllllllllllllll!”
• “Yes!! I like dark mornings and light in the evening.”
•  “I say let it be one time all year around. We will adapt.”
A sampling of some of the comments AGAINST House Bill 1562 included:
•  “No, leave it sun time all year. It messes with our circadian rhythm too much already. And it it's hard on kids to be forced to function earlier in the am. It is the sports industries that want it to be daylight saving time because it makes them a billion dollars more.”
• “No, It's dangerous for school children.”
• “How about real time...that might be an idea. I am going back to the sun dial and hope there is sun.”
• “NO! In fact, lets do away with it altogether!”
Although I’ve reprinted as many comments AGAINST the move as FOR, the vast majority of those responding liked the idea, so Rep. Mitchell’s move is popular with many of our Facebook Friends.
By the way, you can read all of the responders and their comments by going to “Decatur Tribune” on Facebook and ask to be a “Friend”.  Being a “Friend” is the only way you see everything posted on our page.



Macon County Clerk: Only 105 Vote At County Clerk's Office, Compared To 1,200 In 2013

Macon County Clerk Steve Bean issued a news item this morning stating that, "In 2013 nearly 1,200 voted before election. Monday, March 16th saw only 105 individuals casting votes in the county clerk’s office.

"With the interest in Sangamon Valley school board, Maroa – Forsyth school board and public question, City of Decatur mayoral contest, and numerous other districts which affect your property tax bill, we would have thought we see more individuals casting their ballots in the office or by mail.

"You can vote by mail by printing off a request for a ballot at the county webset or call 424-1333. The office is open Monday – Friday 8:30-4:30 except Good Friday.

"Open also on Saturday with hours 9-Noon on March 28 and April 4.

"Remember if you did not register to vote or did not change your address or name; You may use Grace Period voter registration and same day voting until April 4th."
This does not look good for voter turnout in the general election on April 7th.
Apparently, at this point, not much interest in the campaigns is being generated.
Let's hope that changes before the election is held because some important choices are going to be made on April 7th.

Livingston Clarifies A-1 Filing With State Board Of Elections

I talked with Bishop Livingston Monday afternoon and he said the reason for the out-of-town contributions was that some of the locals have merged with unions in Springfield or other places.  He said the money from those unions actually represents local union members.
He also told me that the $2,500 contribution from Rehboth Temple of Praise, Inc in Laurel, Delaware, had been filed incorrectly and the actual amount that he received was $100.  He said that transfer was being amended with the State Board of Elections.

Mayoral Candidate Livingston Receives $15,000 In Contributions From Two Out-Of-Town PACS And Out-Of- State Religious Group

The “Livingston For Mayor Campaign” filed its D-1 Statement of Organization form with the State Board of Elections on Friday and reported $15,000 in three contributions the first of this week. 
Bishop G. E. Livingston is one of four candidates for Mayor of Decatur in the April 7th election.
Tiffany Lucas is listed as chairman and Gary Jackson is listed as the committee’s treasurer.
Monday, the committee filed two A-1 forms with the Illinois State Board of Elections after receiving transfers in of $10,000 from IUOE Local 965 Pac Fund in Springfield, $2,500 from the Painters District Council PAC Fund in Collinsville and $2,500 from Rehboth Temple of Praise, Inc in Laurel, Delaware.
Big contributions from outside Decatur are sure to stimulate some controversy as the race heads for the April 7th election.
The other three candidates in the mayor’s race are incumbent Mayor Mike McElroy, Dustin Chapman and City Councilman Patrick McDaniel.


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