I had so much fun getting to chat with these folks at Decatur Celebration DC this weekend!

FYI, I'll be down at Decatur Celebration DC this weekend looking for some humans to chat with. Talk to me!

Remember this feature from last year's Decatur Celebration DC? We're bringing it back this year ... Stay tuned. And if you see Allison Petty walking around with a camera, talk to her!

One of the best things about Decatur Celebration is the people. We met some great ones this weekend.
When sediment is taken from Lake Decatur, this is where it winds up. (Story:
Mayor Julie Moore Wolfe declares Oct. 21 Lincoln Square Theatre, Decatur IL Day. Board member Jerry Johnson is wearing his party hat to celebrate the theater's 100th birthday!
Decatur Municipal Band does "Frozen." Beautiful night to be downtown.

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I'm a huge believer in being engaged with your local government, so it was great to be among the panelists for tonight's Decatur City Council and mayoral debates. Thanks to NAACP Decatur Branch and its president Jeanelle Norman for co-hosting with the Herald & Review, and to my fellow panelists Mildred Bond and Liz Rawls. .

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Who's excited?

DECATUR — Cubs fans, rejoice: The World Series trophy will make a stop in Decatur as part of its journey around Central Illinois next month.

Thanks so much to Uber driver Garald Wilson for taking time out of the ride-sharing service's first day in Decatur to chat with me.

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Uber driver Garald Wilson is driving us around Decatur!

My colleague Justin Conn did a great and very thorough job tackling some questions people have about the Decatur Park District's new water park. Take a look!

Readers asked great questions on social media. about the new Nelson Park aquatics facility. Here are some answers.

Educators, parents, Valerie Wells is looking for folks who want to talk about Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. Please share!

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Attention teachers and parents: What do you think of new Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos? What effect do you hope or fear she'll have on local schools, both ...public and private? Education reporter Valerie Wells is working on a story and wants to talk to you! Contact her at or 217-421-7982.

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I enjoyed meeting some of our readers at the Herald & Review open house on Wednesday! (That's me in the newspaper dress.) See more photos:

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One of the scariest moments of my professional life was when Russell collapsed during a council meeting last year. Happy to hear that he is OK after it happened again tonight. Story from Chris Lusvardi.

DECATUR — Russell Shulke was so determined to share his opinion Monday to the Decatur City Council that not even collapsing while speaking at the beginning of its meeting was

The Herald & Review is planning an Open House from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1. We'd love for everyone to come and share thoughts with us about the community and how we should cover it. Please spread the word!

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The zoo may not be part of my beat anymore, but I finagled my way into an animal story all the same. Who knew there were pet pharmaceutical trials taking place here in Decatur?

DECATUR — Even with his racing days long gone, Andy the greyhound loves to stretch his legs.

Hey guys! Meet our new editor/my new boss:

Meet our new editor, Chris Coates! Got a question for him? Ask it in the comments, and he'll answer in a future post.

I’m not so sure when I decided I wanted to be a journalist. It could have been when my parents bought a clunky camera with a tiny microphone and fuzzy

Lovely story by Valerie Wells. The first time I covered an event at which Larry Klugman was speaking, he left me one of the nicest voicemails I ever got the next day. I always found him to be a valuable source for political stories, and a class act as well.

DECATUR – To generations of students and alumni, Larry Klugman was Richland Community College.

Nice work by my colleague Justin Conn. Some inspiring stories here!

The fight for life and health is a constant battle we all eventually lose, but the victories along the way are often inspiring. Here are nine stories of victories from

Merry Christmas from me and some of my favorite people!

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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from all of us at the Herald & Review.