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Pyne Needles
            by Ed Pyne, Publisher
February 18 2014
‘Sky not falling... sun will come up,’ says ISU leader
Everyone was holding their breath waiting for Governor Rauner’s much anticipated budget address Wednesday. It’s too early to tell who the real losers are, but it appears higher education and city and village governments will take the biggest hits.
To try and fill a huge budget deficit fueled by poor decisions in the past, especially concerning state pensions, Rauner chose to try and cut higher education funding from the state by 31 percent and a 3 percent cut to funds the state sends to local municipalities.
ISU leader Larry Dietz said the cuts would be “devastating.” Currently, ISU fills 82 percent of its budget and the state kicks in 18 percent. “The sky is not falling and the sun will come up,” said Dietz but you could tell by his voice in an interview on WJBC Radio that he is worried. He wonders if tuition is raised by too much students might go out-of-state for their education.
In his official statement President Dietz wrote, “This is obviously disturbing news for our campus community and other public universities across Illinois. It is important to remember, however, that the proposed budget is simply a starting point in a long process. There will be a great deal of negotiation taking place in the Statehouse in the coming months. Budget cuts at that level would have an impact on many areas of University operations and there are many issues on the table for discussion. Some areas that could be affected include tuition – as set by our Board of Trustees – scholarships, faculty and staff compensation, hiring decisions and maintenance projects.”
My former classmate and teammate on the Lexington H.S. boys basketball team, Ed Brucker, who just retired as football coach at Woodstock Marian Catholic, will be inducted into the Illinois Football Coaches Hall of Fame in April. He played basketball while at ISU.

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February 11 2014
Ovation 10 spices up your visit to the movies
We were some of the fortunate ones to receive an invitation to the new “Ovation 10” movie theatre on the Towanda-Barnes Road on the east side of Bloomington last week. Formerly called the GKC Palace Cinema, Ovation 10 offers complete meals and a full service bar. The first of its kind in Illinois, the theatre was remodeled with an attractive new interior, individual tables attached to seats, and you can buzz for a waiter at any time during the show.
To protect against under age abuse, unique glassware distinguishes alcoholic drinks and the lighting is not as low as typical theaters.
The owners spent between $3-$6 million to renovate the building which features a state-of-the-art sound system. We’ll have more pictures and a write-up from another couple in next week’s paper. Get out, take in a new movie. I’m sure you will enjoy it.
Towanda Scouts will be serving pancakes and sausage Saturday at the grade school. The fire departments in Carlock and Gridley will be doing the same on Sunday. Carlock does it every Sunday in February. Last Sunday Gridley served over 400 people. ?


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