Month: March 2017

Don’t be fooled by ‘Penny for Schools’ tax

By Austin Berg  Senior Writer for the Illinois Policy Institute A Missouri corporation is making a pretty penny helping to hike local sales taxes across Illinois. But in the process, it’s proving how local governments shirk responsibility to keep their spending in check. Ten years ago, Illinois passed a law authorizing the Illinois County School Facility Occupation Tax, or CSFT. This law allows elected school boards representing a majority of the county’s student population to place a sales tax hike referendum of up to 1 percent on the ballot. To pass, it requires a simple majority vote. And all that...

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HCC to present 23rd annual Boyer Colloquium

Understanding and Improving Renewable Energy Materials – From Atoms and Up: Advancing Science to Meet Community Needs FREEPORT — The 2017 Boyer Colloquium, “Understanding and Improving Renewable Energy Materials — From Atoms and Up: Advancing Science to Meet Community Needs,” is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 5. Admission is free and the public is invited to attend this presentation, which will be held in the Highland Community College Student/Conference Center, room H-201. This year’s colloquium will feature Dr. Maria Chan is a staff scientist at the Center for Nanoscale Materials and Fellow at the Computation Institute, a joint initiative between The University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory near Chicago. Technologies such as batteries for electric cars and thin-film solar cells can have a significant impact on energy security and the environment. Optimizing these technologies for peak performance requires an atomic-level understanding of the materials used to make them. But how is that achieved? Dr. Chan will explain how computer modeling, incorporating the principles of quantum mechanics, is used to investigate and even predict how materials behave and change. She will discuss how researchers work together to combine information from big computers, powerful x-ray, and electron microscopes, to “watch” materials in action at the atomic level, and to help improve their performance. She will also discuss the open questions, challenges, and future strategies for using computation to...

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Rep. McCombie: We Can Balance the Budget and Move Illinois Forward

March 28, 2017, Springfield — State Representative Tony McCombie, 71st District, Savanna, released the following statement on the lack of progress on a state budget: “With final two months of the spring legislative session in Springfield about to begin, there has been very little progress on drafting a budget. This is incredibly disappointing because Illinoisans needs a budget. We need a balanced budget right now. “. . . we HAVE to spend within our means.” — Rep. Tony McCombie “What Illinois does NOT need is a budget that continues to spend more than we have or a budget that...

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Carroll County Archery SPIN Club starts new season

LANARK — Mike and Jodi York will host the Carroll County Archery SPIN Club for its new season on Wednesday, April 5, at the York’s farm, 25269 E. Locust Road in Lanark. There is no cost for 4-H’ers to attend. Cost for non 4-H’ers is $20, which covers all the sessions. The Archery SPIN club is open to all youth 8-18 years old that would like to learn how to shoot or advance their skills. “A parent must accompany you,” said Leanne Rahn, Carroll County Program Coordinator, 4-H and Youth. “If your mom or dad cannot, then you need to find another adult to be responsible for you. Dress for the weather. You need to arrive at least a half hour before ending time if you are going to be late and want to shoot. Bring what equipment you have with you, but equipment will also be available for use.” Practice sessions/workshops for the spring are scheduled for Wednesday’s, from 5 to 6 p.m. on April 5, April 19, May 3, May 17, and May 31; then on Saturdays April 8 and 15 from 8 to 10:30 a.m. Summer sessions will be scheduled at a later date. On the days of scheduled practices, if the weather is questionable, please call one of the instructors to confirm practice will be taking place: Mike York at 815-266-1992 or Chris Dertz at...

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Remembering Myrna: Donation to County 4-H Foundation

Myrna Gruhn and her family have been involved with the 4-H program for many years.  At the March meeting of the Carroll Co. 4-H Foundation, a memorial donation was presented to the board by the Myrna Gruhn family of Lanark. Receiving the generous donation is from left: Ron Preston; John Bickelhaupt, Board President; Greg Gruhn, presenting the check from the Myrna Gruhn Family; Annette Gruhn; Bryan Hollewell, Board Secretary; and Liz Hutchison. The Carroll Co. 4-H Foundation provides financial assistance to the Carroll Co. 4-H program, county 4-H’ers and the 4-H Clubs. For more information about the Carroll Co....

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