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Friday, September 24, 2021
Safety on the farm; FOID/CCL backlogs improving

National Farm Safety Week in Illinois This week is National Farm Safety Week and the theme for this year is “Farm Safety Yields Real Results.” We rely on our farmers…


Friday, September 17, 2021
Local vaccination rates; Working toward a Reagan statue

Local vaccination rates trail statewide percentage Many people in our area and around the state have gotten the coronavirus vaccine, which is now available and recommended for everyone over the…


Friday, September 10, 2021
Jobs-saving energy bill passes; Missed opportunity on ethics

Energy bill passes House After months of negotiations, the House met on Thursday and passed a comprehensive energy bill which keeps Illinois’ nuclear power plants operating, protects Illinois jobs and…


Friday, September 3, 2021
New unfair map passed; 30-by-30 and motorcycle safety bills signed

Another unfair, partisan redistricting map passed The House and Senate met on Tuesday to make changes to the redistricting plan which was rushed through the legislature in the spring. Unfortunately…


Friday, August 27, 2021
Legislature called back to Springfield; Federal disaster aid on the way

Legislature called back for one-day session next week The House and Senate will be back in session for what is scheduled to be a one-day session next Tuesday, August 31….


Tuesday, August 24, 2021
Small Business Administration disaster assistance information

On Monday the federal Small Business Administration approved Ford County and all neighboring counties for disaster assistance following the destructive flooding which struck on August 12. Three different types of…


Friday, August 20, 2021
Census confirms population loss; Flood response continues

Census results confirm Illinois’ population decline The U.S. Census Bureau has released the results of the 2020 Census, and the news is not good for Illinois. The official figures confirm…


Friday, August 13, 2021
Budget already in distress; Local control resolution

Early report indicates state revenue is not keeping up with spending This spring the legislature passed an unbalanced budget, which Governor Pritzker then signed into law. The warnings about state…


Friday, August 6, 2021
School Mask Mandates, New FOID requirements, Energy Bill Impasse

Statewide Mask Mandate for Schools Governor JB Pritzker has issued a statewide mask mandate for K-12 students in all Illinois public and private schools. The Governor’s new order, announced Wednesday,…


Thursday, August 5, 2021
Rep. Bennett: Governor’s School Mask Mandate Usurps Parental/Local Control

Governor Pritzker’s new executive order imposing a statewide mandatory mask mandate for all Illinois schoolchildren usurps the rights of parents, and local school officials, state Representative Tom Bennett said today….