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Herald & Review exterior September 2018

The Herald & Review is shown on Tuesday. 

Want to have a say about what columnists and features we run in the Herald & Review? Well, here's a chance to share your thoughts.

We’re conducting an online survey about what readers like and dislike, and your opinion will help us determine the syndicated columnists we carry. 

Visit through Oct. 1. You’ll be entered to win a McDonald’s gift card for taking part.

We're looking at some exciting new options with columnists and other features, so stay tuned. 

Speaking of input, later in the month the Herald & Review will be holding another reader coffee hour. 

We’ll be meeting at Wildflour Artisan Bakery & Café, 256 W. Main St., in Decatur from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 26.

We do these events every few months. It's a chance for readers to meet the people who cover the news in the community. We appreciate your feedback.

You also can always email me at or call (217) 421-8905.

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New political column 

I'm happy to tell you about a feature we're launching this week.

Reporters Tom Lisi and Ryan Voyles will be the force behind "Herald & Review Politics."

They'll be looking at local political and government issues, as well as topics of statewide interest, especially as we move deeper into the hectic election season. 

We'll be updating it throughout the week at

Also, be sure to check out Voyles at 10:30 a.m. today (Sunday, Sept. 9) on "Capitol Connection," the statewide political show airing on television station WCIA, our media partner. He's a panelist on the program. 


- Our newsroom recently welcomed a new copy editor. Stan Polanski comes to us from the Shelbyville Daily Union, where he was a reporter. He also was a reporter for the Effingham Daily News and worked on the Daily Illini when he was a student at the University of Illinois. Welcome, Stan.

- Finally, another plug for the Herald & Review's forum for Macon County sheriff's candidates. Republican Jim Root and Democrat Tony Brown will talk issues at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 24, in the meeting room of the Decatur Public Library, 130 N. Franklin St. 

Have a good week. And thanks for reading.

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Chris Coates is Central Illinois editor. Reach him at (217421-8905 or email


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