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HCE Units to study Pass the Pink Packet
McLean County Home and Community Education groups will be learning about “Pass the Pink Packet” during their January meetings. The Fact Find is Care for Christmas Plants. Other programs and workshops: 1 to 4 p.m. Jan. 11, Arm Knitting by Lynda Kobs, Culvers on Hershey Road, Bloomington—RSVP/fees/supply list to Edna by Jan. 5, 309-662-5520; 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Jan. 18, Community Service Day, Making bags for walkers and hats, scarves and mittens, Farm Bureau Building, near Interstate Center Dr., Bloomington, 309-826-9559- free and no RSVP needed.
On Jan. 26 at 1p.m., a free program, “History/Mysteries of McLean County” will be presented by Don Meyer at Christ Lutheran Church, 311 Hershey Rd, Normal. Contact Delilah Finnegan at 309-532-0314 for more information.
Public is welcome at all meetings and programs. Individual units meet as follows:
Eastsiders: 9 a.m. Jan. 8, Extension Office; program, Jane Griffin and Fact Find by Lynda Kobs; hostesses-Joan Brucker, Phyllis Cellini, Lynn Fox, and Marlene Brown; 309-310-9205.
Money Creek: No meeting is scheduled.
Towanda: 7 p.m. Jan. 12, Towanda Community Building; program, Sandy Whalen; bring or wear snowman related items for show & tell; 309-663-4796.
Dale: 10 a.m. Jan. 13, Shannon’s, 1305 S Mercer, Bloomington; 309-829-8975.
Dry Grove: No meeting is scheduled.
Lexington: No meeting is scheduled.
Night Owls: 7 p.m. Jan. 20, United Methodist Church, Heyworth; program by Carol Hanafin; hostess is Cheryl Gebhardt; 309-275-6723.
Terri Ryburn Comedy Performance Jan. 28; Concert and Route 66 Film Jan. 29 & 30
Terri Ryburn and her friend, Kathi Davis, are bringing to Bloomington a concert called The Best of Hank and Rita: A Barroom Operetta. One of Ryburn’s former students, Ann Rosenquist Fee, is in a Minnesota singing duo called “The Frye” with Joe Tougas. At their performances, people began to ask if they were married. (They were but not to each other.) Rosenquist Fee and Tougas started answering, “No, not anymore.” From that, Tougas wrote the lyrics and music for the concert. The show has gotten rave reviews in Minnesota. The concert will be filmed for a short movie that Ryburn and Davis will submit to film festivals and use to raise funds for a full-length feature film, following the duo from Illinois to California, along Route 66.
A Night of Stand-up Comedy with Terri Ryburn is a fundraiser for the project. Her “clean, but edgy” comedy happily takes on friends, the workplace, some ex-husbands, and other absurdities on Thursday, January 28 at the Eagles Club, 313 S. Main Street, Bloomington. (Parking in the Eagles lot south of the building, on the street, or in the parking deck one block north.) Doors open at 6:30 pm (cash bar, snacks, and bar food available); show starts at 8pm. Tickets are $10 at the door.
The Best of Hank and Rita: A Barroom Operetta presents a fictional husband-wife country-pop duo who hit the Top 10 briefly in the 1970s but whose career is in decline. It’s 1986 and they’ve been performing their show in small town after small town for years. Hank doesn’t know it, but Rita is leaving him after the show. She’s done waiting for things to change, in their career and their marriage, but she’s giving herself one last good show.
Performances are on Friday, January 29, and Saturday, January 30, at the Eagles Club, 313 S. Main Street, Bloomington. (Parking in the Eagles lot south of the building, on the street, or in the parking deck one block north.) Doors open at 6:30 pm (cash bar, snacks, and bar food available); show starts at 8 pm. Tickets are $15 in advance at hankandrita.com or $20 at the door (if available).
For more information, go to hankandrita.com, email Ryburn at email@example.com, or call 309-452-5325.
News from the Capitol
Governor Rauner laid out an ambitious path forward for 2016 during his annual State of the State Address last week, and I look forward to working with the governor and legislators to passing meaningful reforms.
Illinois has the second highest property taxes in the nation. High property taxes stifle middle class income and small businesses. As a small business owner myself, I understand the need for property tax relief. Additionally, high property taxes are a major cause of the outmigration of our citizens. We must also give local governments the ability to control their costs. Local control enables communities to determine the costs of contracting and collective bargaining agreements, which in turn enables them to be more competitive with surrounding states.
As we worked to find potential buyers for the Mitsubishi plant in Normal, we continually heard from those businesses their concerns about the high cost of doing business in Illinois, primarily our high property taxes and our workers’ compensation costs. We must find common ground on this issue to reduce the cost of doing business in Illinois.
I firmly believe Illinois needs term limits and redistricting reform. As Governor Rauner stated last week, the voters should choose their legislators; it should not be the other way around. In order to expand our tax base and recruit businesses that bring high-paying jobs to Illinois we must pass structural reforms that will fundamentally change the way Illinois government conducts business.
Your input is vital to the work I do. Please reach out to my office with any questions or concerns. Make sure your voice is heard in Springfield!
from Senator Jason Barickman 53rd District
January 29, 2016
We’ve just wrapped up another week of legislative session in Springfield. Unfortunately, we still don’t have a budget. Illinois is on track to spend around $36.5 billion this year with only $32 billion of revenue expected to come in. Worse yet, we have a backlog of bills that is now more than $7 billion.
This is more bad news on all fronts. I don’t mean to bring you down with the news, but this is the situation our state is currently in. The big question is whether a resolution can come soon enough.
This week Governor Bruce Rauner laid out a wide platform of reform proposals that he believes can make Illinois government more efficient, transparent, and accountable. Many of these ideas are based on concerns that lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have. The Governor also pushed for more bipartisan cooperation, and he has been working on some major legislation with the Senate Democrat leader.
Less than 24 hours later, however, Democrats in both chambers turned their back on the idea of compromise. They ignored multiple Republican ideas for helping to fund our colleges and universities. Instead of working together for a real solution, they simply rammed through a bill that would spend hundreds of millions of dollars that simply isn’t there. In short, a soon-to-be broken promise. This measure will likely soon be vetoed by the Governor.
I have been working with my colleagues in both chambers on alternative legislation that could generate funding for higher education, or, in other words, a promise we can keep. It is my hope that we can convince Democrats to join us in our efforts to develop real solutions such as this that can start to undue the crisis our state is currently in. We simply can’t keep going down the same road we are on.
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News from State Rep. Dan Brady
Thank you for your confidence in me
I would like to say thank you to all the very generous and kind individuals who have emailed, called or stopped me to convey their confidence in me to represent them in the United States Congress. I also thank those who reached out to me to say they thought I should remain as State Representative in the 105th Legislative District to work on the many challenges facing the State of Illinois.
After much discussion with my family, friends, supporters, advisors, and others, I have made my decision not to place my name on the ballot for the special election for the vacancy in the 18th Congressional District.
There were many factors involved in my decision, including my family, my present responsibility as State Representative and my business partnership as Funeral Director at Kibler-Brady-Ruestman Funeral Home.
I also wish to thank the citizens of the 18th Congressional District, Republicans and Democrats alike. There are many gracious people-some I have known for years and others whom I just had the chance to meet. The kindness and offers to help will never be forgotten.
This exploration has taught me much in a short time and I will not rule out any future elective office. I am thankful for the privilege to serve the people as State Representative of the 105th Legislative District and I look forward to continuing my work in the State House.Thank you for your confidence in me
Sugar Grove Nature Center Happenings
Sugar Grove Nature Center is located in beautiful, historic Funks Grove, just south of Bloomington-Normal. For a map and directions to the Nature Center, membership and program information visit us on-line at
For more information phone 309.874.2174 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Sugar Grove Nature Center is located in beautiful, historic Funks Grove, just south of Bloomington-Normal. For a map and directions to the Nature Center, membership and program information visit us on-line at www.sugargrovenaturecenter.org.
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