Observations and comments about state government by State Representative Robert W. Pritchard.
May 20, 2013
News from the State House
In this issue:
· Pension Cost Shift for Higher Education
· Federal Flood Declaration Offers Compensation
· Illinois Still Lags in Employment Recovery
· Report Shows Majority of State Road Funds Not Going to Road Projects
· Agreement Reached on Fracking Bill
· Budget Bills to Emerge This Week
· Safety Board Recommends Lowering Drinking/Driving Limit
· DuPage County Seeks to Reduce Units of Government
· Rockford Sports Facility Funding Bill Goes to Governor
· State to Shift Costs to Local Units of Government Fund
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Check out Quarter Craze for Main Street this Wednesday, May 22nd from 6:30 to 9pm at the Genoa Vets Home. There will be great new items and gift cards for 75cents or less. Tickets are $3 per person. Rolls of quarters available for purchase. Entry includes a numbered paddle. Depending on the 8tej value, you bid 1, 2 or 3 quarters. If your paddle number is pulled, you win! Extra paddles are $2 each.
The Genoa Vets Home is located at 311 S. Washington St. in Genoa. For more information or to donate items contact Darla Woodson at 815.784.6048 or Genoa Main Street at 815.784.6961. All proceeds benefit the downtown events and projects.
The first Genoa Open Air Market for 2013 is also this week on Saturday, May 25, 2013 from 9am-2pm in the Municipal Parking Lot at Main and Genoa Streets in Downtown Genoa. Come pick up fresh produce, crafts, flea market, antiques, plants, food and more. See two dozen Quilts of Valor read for our veterans. Downtown Sidewalk Sale going on Saturday as well. www.genoamainstreet.org
Register now for the Illinois Battle of the Bands, taking place Sunday, June 23rd at 1pm in Sycamore. The cost to register is $25 per band. This competition is for ages 12-21 (half of the members must be 19 or younger). Registration ends on June 7th, 2013.
The winner is determined by a panel of judges and continues on to compete at the regional level. The winner of the regional competition plays at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield, Illinois at the Statewide Competition.
2012 was the first year for the Sycamore Park District’s participation in ‘Teen Battle of the Bands.’ Their winner, Desolation Row, advanced to the Elgin competition, won that and then advanced to the State Finals at the Illinois State Fair!
The Battle of the Bands will happen on Sunday, June 23rd starting at 1pm at the Sycamore Park District’s Good Tyme Shelter, off of Airport Road in Sycamore. For more information, please call 815-895-3202. Admission to the event is free so bring your friends!
Kishwaukee Untied Way and the DeKalb County Ca$h Coalition will host a series of financial literacy events in DeKalb and Sycamore as they host their first annual $mart with Money Week scheduled from Monday, May 20 through Saturday, May 23rd, 2013. Presentation topics include identity theft, budgeting, credit management, eating healthy on a budget, couponing, estate planning and others. A community shred day is also planned.
“We are excited to offer these resources to individuals in DeKalb County. It is essential that community members have the ability to make informed and responsible decisions regarding finance, credit, and debt.” says Dawn Littlefield, Executive Director. “Kishwaukee United Way is pleased to work with other community partners to coordinate these program sessions which provide tools and resources to impact lives in our area.”
The Ca$h Coalition partnered with local experts to provide the week’s sessions. Frank Turza & Ryan Gifford from National Bank and Trust will speak to home buying and credit management, Attorney Chuck Rose will discuss estate planning, and Financial Planner Wendy West-Crouch will share investing principles. Other workshops focus on healthy eating on a budget, coupon clipping with the pros, community gardening, and the way community members can be “smart with money.”
All sessions are free of charge, and open to all. To access a calendar of events, or to sign up to attend a session call 815.756.7522 or email Dawn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Motorcycle riders are wanted for a Motorcycle/Motorcade Military VIP Escort on Monday, Memorial Day, May 27, 2013 at 7:55am starting in downtown Sycamore, Illinois. Riders will meet near Route 64 and California St., by the movie theater no later than 7:45am. (2 wheelers, 3 wheelers, 4 wheelers and all wheelers welcome). The Motorcade will be escorting Major General Emile P. Bataille (USA Ret) around DeKalb County.
Major General Emile P. Bataille
Major General Emile P. Bataille United States Army Retired (MG Bataille USA Ret) retired off of Active Duty in August 2004 after 34 years of service in the US Army and Reserve Components. His last assignment was as the Director for Combat Support at the United States Strategic Command in Omaha Nebraska. He managed a staff of over 1000 and was responsible for a budget of over $150M. He was responsible for a range of assets from multiple communication’s satellite constellations, to developing procedures for Military inter-Service computer network systems defense, to multiple security levels of computer system networks for the Command.
He led his staff to formulate and implement Joint policies, concepts, and readiness for the Command’s command, control communications, and computer systems, The US STRATCOM mission is to provide the means for the National Command Authority to command the Nation’s strategic forces. General Bataille was also the Command’s senior logistics officer responsible for all logistical operations plans and procedures. On 9/11, he provided communications support to President Bush’s critical visit to US STRATCOM to assess the National situation after the morning attacks. He was the first Army General Officer to serve at the US Strategic Command in over 30 years.
The route of travel and approximate start times for the Memorial Day Motorcade are as follows: (7:55am) from downtown Sycamore to the Joiner Cemetery, (8:30am) to the DeKalb Memorial Day Parade line-up, (9:00am) DeKalb Memorial Day Parade starts, (9:20am) to the Malta Memorial Day Parade, (11:00am) to the Genoa Memorial Day Parade line-up, (11:30am) Genoa Memorial Day Parade starts and (1:00pm) the Genoa Veterans Home Hamburger buffet. For more information contact Frank Beierlotzer at email@example.com or by phone at 815-758-5788.
PR Productions announces an open casting call for actors and actresses over the age of 8 years for upcoming productions (Hello Dolly!, Alice in Wonderland, & The Fatal Fifties Affair). Auditions for actors and actresses with musical and /or acting experience. Interested beginners are welcome too. Audition for 1, 2 or 3 shows all at once! Auditions are to be held from 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. this Monday, May 20 and Thursday, May 23 at the historic Sandwich Opera House, 140 East Railroad Street in Sandwich, IL.
Those auditioning may arrive at any time within the designated audition time period. No appointment needed. If auditioning for “Hello Dolly,” please prepare a song (about 2 minutes long, to be sung a capella) that best displays your vocal ability, those auditioning should provide a headshot to accompany the audition form. More information may be found at www.wewantpr.com.
Rural King Distributing of Mattoon, IL is recalling 205 tons of Deer Corn, because it has the potential to be contaminated with aflatoxin. Aflatoxin is a naturally occurring mold by-product.
Summer is just around the corner. If you’re looking for a fun, educational way for your kids to spend those school-less months, consider an NIU summer camp. From June to August, NIU offers more than 30 day and residential camps for students entering first- through 12th-grade. From athletics to activism, there is something for every young learner.
Registration is now open for all camps, many of which offer early registration discounts. Some camps also offer reduced rates for multiple campers from a single family, children of NIU employees, and returning campers. Need-based and merit-based scholarships are also available from many camps.
Camps also offer a social outlet for students. Deborah Booth, director for the College of Visual and Performing Arts External Programs, has seen lasting friendships form between campers. “Beyond providing campers with expert training in something they love, these camps provide a great social setting for kids with the same interests to get to know one another,” Booth says.
Campers will also have a chance to explore university life, from living in residence halls and dining in the cafeteria to experiencing advanced curriculum and problem-based learning. STEM Outreach Director Pati Sievert tells parents and students that summer camps are not like a typical week of school. Read more →
There’s lots of stuff going on around DeKalb County this weekend. Make sure you check out our Calendar of Events page so you don’t miss any! Below are a bit of information about a few that we haven’t written about yet:
Malta Garage Sales
Back by popular demand Malta Annual Village Garage Sales will be on May 18, 2013. Over 50 Sales on Saturday!
“Story Time Live”
Bring your children to see story time come alive with five, fun short stories about caring, sharing, responsibility and telling the truth. A creative group of local Indian Valley Theatre actors have brought together original stories, fun costumes and inventive props to entertain, teach and make everyone smile. Performances at Sandwich Park District. Read more here.
Saturday Big Track SLM & LM Stock Car Racing – Plus IRS Midgets, 4 Bar Super Late Models, Modified Compacts and Poster Contest for the Kids! Visit the Sycamore Speedway Website now to learn more.
Sandwich Antiques Market
Sunday, 19 May, at the Sandwich Fairgrounds, 1401 Suydam Rd, Sandwich, IL. The Sandwich Antiques Market is a one-day summer market featuring quality exhibitors held at the park-like Sandwich Fair Grounds, with its beautiful 100-year old trees and plenty of places to sit and rest. Learn more.
The Joseph F. Glidden Homestead and Historical Center’s Spring Open House-Open Barn this Sunday, May 19, from noon-4 p.m., gives visitors their one chance all year to see the inside of the historic barn where “The Winner” barbed wire was invented and first manufactured. The large brick structure is located on the Homestead property at 921 W. Lincoln Hwy., DeKalb, behind Burger King and next to Glidden Florist.
Chris Hubbard, shown here, is the Glidden Homestead’s chief blacksmith at the Phineas Vaughan Blacksmith Shop.
The Phineas Vaughan Blacksmith Shop at the Glidden Homestead also will be open and operating that day. Roger Keys is a historic preservationist who has done much work on the barn and house at the Homestead. He will help give tours May 19.
The barn is perhaps the most historically significant in the country, according to Keys, because it is where Glidden invented and manufactured the first practical barbed wire. The house was completed around 1861, and the brick barn was built between 1861-71. Glidden’s first barbed wire manufacturing office was located in the southeast corner of the barn.
Architecturally, the Glidden barn also is very significant. It is one of the oldest barns left standing in DeKalb County. It reflects the German tradition and is built of local bricks with transverse frame, post and beam construction. The foundation is made of locally-quarried limestone. There were 14 eight-paned double-hung windows and seven single-pane windows for luxurious livestock lodging. Originally, there were two large arched entrances, seven stalls, a large haymow, gable, hayhood and a dirt or wooden plank floor.
The Glidden barn has remained solid throughout its years of usage for livestock, horses, barbed wire manufacture and storage. It provides a priceless link to our past and evokes images for us of our agricultural roots and pioneer spirit upon which our communities are based today. Read more →
May 10, 2013 – Symbios Medical Products initiated a voluntary recall of all GoPump Rapid Recovery System kits and GOBlock Kits manufactured with flow control components assembled prior to July 2012. These products have been found to potentially cause excessively high flow rates, which presents a risk of patient toxicity and serious injury (e.g., seizure, dysrhythmia, death) due to the rapid influx of medication particularly in patients with low body mass or advanced age.
This Saturday, May 18th, 2013, the DeKalb County Self Storage facilities will be the sites of public auctions: There will be five separate auctions at each of the locations in DeKalb, Sycamore, Cortland and Malta. See below for times at each facility and see the website linked above for facility location maps.
As you may know, these auctions are the final step in a long process through which they have tried to collect past due rent from some of their delinquent tenants. They undertake auction of a customer’s stored goods only as a last resort, and then only in scrupulous compliance with the self-service storage statute enacted by the Illinois Legislature.
If you are interested in attending the auctions, you are most welcome. They appreciate you understanding the necessity to purge the facilities of these non-paying tenants. DeKalb County Self Storage requests that you avoid trying to access your storage unit(s) that Saturday, due to the likely congestion. You will not be allowed access during the auction time.
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