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Pyne Needles
            by Ed Pyne, Publisher
November 20 2014
McLean County to remain agricultural
The County Board, by a vote of 15-3, agreed with the county zoning committee to turn down a request to rezone property near Downs to allow drilling for oil. Once again there is concern that the drilling could affect the Mahomet Aquifer, the source for water for nearly a million people in Central Illinois. Board member George Gordon of Normal noted that the drilling site would have been a few miles from the aquifer, and it is not known which tributaries feed into it.  Board member Victoria Harris of Bloomington said even if the drilling was highly regulated mistakes can happen and we can’t take the risk.
I think we have to be extremely careful when dealing with the safety of the aquifer. If something bad would happen it could be irreversible.

New coroner
We congratulate Kathy Davis on her selection as the new McLean County Coroner. Currently a nurse at Advocate BroMenn she takes over immediately for Beth Kimmerling who has retired.




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November 6 2014
Voters have spoken; GOP tidal wave
The voters have spoken in the most expensive race for governor of Illinois and Bruce Rauner has come out on top. He beat Democrat incumbent Pat Quinn, 51-46 percent, in a race that turned out to be not as close as predicted.
In other statewide races Democrats Attorney General Lisa Madigan and Secretary of State Jesse White won again. Republican Judy Baar Topinka was reelected comptroller and Republican Tom Cross held a slim 15,000 vote lead over Democrat Michael Frerichs.
Democrat Dick Durbin won for the Senate and Republican Aaron Schock for the House.
In locally contested races, Republican Mark W. Johnson defeated Democrat Sally Pyne in a close race for District 4 on the McLean County Board. That one hit home as she is the publisher’s wife. The GOP’s Randall Martin defeated Democrat Julie Brandt in District 3. The news was not all bad for the Democrats as Paul Segobiano of Bloomington was reelected in District 8, defeating Republican Bennett Morris.
The Victim’s Rights amendments to the Illinois Constitution were approved. Advisory votes for raising the minimum wage and a one-percent additional tax for those earning $1 million or more were approved.
The proposal to make the McLean County Auditor appointed instead of elected was turned down in a close vote.
In the Octavia Fire Protection District voters approved a 10 cents per $100 dollar assessed valuation on property taxes to help maintain the current level for ambulance service after Saybrook-Arrowsmith broke away to create its own ambulance service.
The Republican tidal wave was also nationwide too as they captured enough seats to take over the U.S. Senate.







   

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