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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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 309-452-5325.
News from the Capitol
As we approach our last two months of the year, the struggles for Illinois businesses and services have become extremely concerning. I am looking forward to getting back to Springfield in hopes that the democratic majority is ready to resolve these issues and produce a balanced budget for our state and the people we serve.
Like many businesses in Illinois, Connect Transit is experiencing some financial strains while waiting on payments from the state. They are not alone. As of October 27, the amount of unpaid bills totaled $9,187,599,238. Businesses across the state are all waiting on payments that are due.
At a recent Townhall Meeting, Connect Transit said they may have to shut down the bus system at the end of this year if they do not receive state funding. Our office, my colleagues and our state agencies are working very hard to make sure that doesn’t happen. I don’t want to see our community lose a wonderful asset, our students miss class, or our citizens lose their independence, or their jobs.
With regards to jobs, two new reports from September reinforce Republican lawmakers’ calls for job-creating reforms. The reports show that manufacturing jobs are down, white-collar jobs are up, but the overall workforce drop continues in Illinois.
Also during the week, the State Board of Elections announced that the number of registered voters in Illinois has surpassed a previous record set in the 2008 General Election.
from Senator Jason Barickman 53rd District
Budget Negotiations to Continue
The Governor and legislative leaders met four times during the past week in Springfield in an attempt to move forward with the framework of a balanced, full-year budget with structural reforms. Reforms are an integral part of passing a balanced budget, which in turn would help set Illinois on a sustainable path toward prosperity. Incorporating these reforms in the budget process would provide billions in savings, while at the same time helping to alleviate the exodus of jobs leaving Illinois. Without these reforms, the state will continue down the same destructive path it’s been on, which would be a disservice to the residents of Illinois.
Gov. Bruce Rauner has shown his willingness to compromise to achieve a full-year budget; however, he announced this week that he would only sign another stop-gap budget if it contained term limits and a permanent property tax freeze.
While no agreement was reached this week, the legislative leaders plan to meet over the weekend in order to work toward a balanced budget with reforms.
Energy Plan Advances to Governor
The General Assembly passed an energy plan this week that aims to stop electric rates from skyrocketing while saving thousands of jobs throughout the state. Senate Bill 2814, would help put nuclear power more in line with current standards for other low-carbon or no-carbon energy options like wind and solar. In addition, it would help foster the expansion of the existing renewable energy sources in the state.
Supporters of the legislation noted that without this measure, Exelon would be forced to close two facilities due to market and regulatory conditions. The two plants, located in Clinton and Cordova, provide approximately 6,000 direct and indirect jobs.
SB 2814 contains a guaranteed cap that energy prices cannot increase more than 25 cents on the average residential home, and cannot increase more than 1.3 percent on commercial and industrial users over the next ten years. Rates are projected to decrease for the first several years due to the utilities being able to amortize energy efficiency. It also guarantees the plants remain open for ten years. Exempting the bill from prevailing wage reduced the cost of the bill, as well as, eliminating billions of dollars in special interest giveaways.
CPS Pension Funding Vetoed
When lawmakers came to agreement this past June on a temporary stop-gap budget, one component of that budget included $215 million for the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) to pay Chicago teachers’ pension. In approving the measure, the governor and four legislative leaders agreed that funds would only be allocated once comprehensive pension reform was reached after the November election, which was the request of Democrat leaders. It was in the spirit of this agreement that Senate Republicans supported this approach.
Unfortunately, Democrats denied this week that such an agreement ever existed and presented SB 2822 to the governor for this approval. By breaking their agreement, the governor had no other choice than to veto the measure, thereby denying CPS the $215 million in funds.
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News from State Rep. Dan Brady
Guest Editorial by State Rep. Dan Brady
105th Legislative District
Visit Rep. Brady’s Website for Budget, Education Funding and other Legislative Session Details
Area families can read more about the state’s stopgap budget, state funding increases for local school districts and other important issues from this year’s legislative session on State Representative Dan Brady’s website, www.rep-danbrady.com. Rep. Brady has posted a Session Review on his website to keep local residents up to date without the costs associated with a mailed newsletter.
“Throughout the summer I have attended events across the district giving updates on our budget situation, school funding, funding for our colleges and universities and other major challenges we have worked on this year. Posting the Session Review on my website will make updated information even more accessible to local families.” Rep. Brady said.
Representative Brady said the Session Review is readily accessible on his website by clicking the Session Review 2016 icon in the top right hand margin of the homepage. The Review is also printable.
“Anyone with computer access can read and print the Session Review. I do understand that there are some without computer access who may be interested in the information and they are welcome to contact my district office at 309-662-1100 or stop by at 104 W. North Street in Normal for a copy,” Rep. Brady said.
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 email@example.com. 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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