Central Illinois Editor

Central Illinois editor for Lee Enterprises Central Illinois.

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Central Illinois Editor Chris Coates moderates the debate between Democrat Tony Brown, left, and Republican Jim Root at the Decatur Public Library on Oct. 24. The Herald & Review is holding three debates in March. 

Another election season is quickly approaching, which means we're in debate mode once again — and we need your help.

Decatur voters next month will be able to hear directly from candidates in the April 2 election at forums being hosted by the Herald & Review and herald-review.com.

School board candidates will debate at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 13, in an event co-sponsored by the NAACP Decatur Branch. The next night, Thursday, March 14, we'll host city council candidates at 6 p.m. and those running for mayor at 7:15 p.m.

All three debates, each free and lasting about an hour, are at the Shilling Community Education Center auditorium at Richland Community College and will be carried live at herald-review.com and through our media partner, WCIA-TV. I'll be moderating.

These are crowded races, and the forums are a good way to get to know those vying for your vote in the spring election. We had a tremendous turnout for debates in the fall. I'm looking forward to a repeat.  

I'm also soliciting reader questions. You can send to ccoates@herald-review.com.

See you March 13 and 14!

New roles at the Herald & Review 

Speaking of government, I wanted to pass along two staffing notes from our newsroom:

  • Reporter Jaylyn Cook, who has been covering public safety, now will be reporting on government and politics. Jaylyn has done a great job for us, and last year was a John Jay/Harry Frank Guggenheim/Quattrone Investigative Fellow. I'm excited to see him expand into a new area. 
  • Kennedy Nolen is our new morning public safety reporter. She'll be covering breaking news and other topics. An Eastern Illinois University journalism graduate from Sullivan, Kennedy joins us from the Shelbyville Daily Union. Welcome, Kennedy!

And thank you for reading.

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Chris Coates is the Central Illinois editor. Contact him at (217) 421-8905. Follow him on Twitter: @ByChrisCoates


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