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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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5 local 4-H and FFA members place in Top 10 Dairy Judging

MOUNT CARROLL — The annual Carroll County 4-H and FFA Dairy Judging Contest saw 75 4-H’ers and FFA members from five counties participate in the March 18 event held at the Carroll Co. Highway Building. Participants judged nine rings of dairy cows, heifers and calves. The Top 10 winners of the contest are front, from left: Riley Getz, Carroll Co. 4-H and West Carroll FFA, 1st place; Delana Erbsen, Carroll Co. 4-H, 2nd; Nathan Erbsen, Carroll Co. 4-H and Eastland FFA, 3rd; and Ryely Moser, Galena FFA, 4th. Back: Connor Erbsen, Carroll Co. 4-H and Eastland FFA, 5th; Ashlyn...

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Top 10 Livestock Judging winners

MOUNT CARROLL — The annual Carroll County 4-H and FFA Livestock Judging Contest had 154 4-H’ers and FFA members from eight counties participate in the event held March 18 at the Carroll County Highway Building. Participants judged three rings each of beef, sheep and swine. Each species had a production class, and the contest wrapped up with a questions class. The Top 10 winners of the contest are front, from left: Megan Exner, Boone Co. 4-H, 1st place; Addison Keltner, Pearl City FFA, 2nd; Dylan Houzenga, Carroll Co. 4-H and Milledgeville/Chadwick FFA, 3rd; and Clay Sundberg, LaMoille FFA, 4th....

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Join the fun with fuzzy bunny rabbits

MOUNT CARROLL — Do you love rabbits? Learn how to handle, feed, groom and perform vet checks at the Carroll County 4-H Rabbit SPIN Club, open to 4-H’ers and non 4-H’ers 8-18 yrs old by Sept. 1, 2016. And owning a rabbit is not mandatory. We have rabbits that can use a temporary owner for showing at the fair. The club will meet at the Wynia Home at 610 East Washington St. in Mount Carroll from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Meeting and show dates are: April 3, May 8, May 21 Rabbit Show in Belvidere, June 6, 26, July 10, 24, 31. Field trips to professional rabbit shows and breeders rabbitries are planned as well. Learn what things are healthy and edible in your yard. Learn how to use their manure to grow healthy flowers and vegetables. Kids who choose meat pens will be guided on breeding, care and show. The club also has a scholarship program for new members if needed. Cost is $20 for non 4-H members and no cost to current 4-H members. Register by e-mail to Leanne Rahn at lrahn@illinois.edu, or by calling the Carroll County Extension Office at...

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Join Driving Drafts SPIN Club

MOUNT CARROLL — Youth 8-18 years old by Sept. 1, 2016 are welcome to join the Driving Drafts SPIN Club, sponsored by the Carroll Co. 4-H. Participants will learn about draft horses and their uses, and learn how to ground drive. You do not need to own a horse to attend. Draft horses will be provided. The club will meet Saturday’s from 10 a.m. to noon on April 8 and May 13; and Mondays from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on June 5, 19, July 3, 17 and 31. Location for most meetings will be 9822 Mill Road in Mount...

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Officers and Ambassadors host 4-H Volunteer Banquet

Carroll Co. 4-H Federation and the 4-H Foundation sponsored an Appreciation Volunteer Banquet for volunteers involved with the county 4-H Program at Manny’s Pizza in Savanna. 4-H Volunteers are the backbone of the 4-H Program. Serving as hosts for the evening were 4-H Federation Officers & Ambassadors. Front, from left: Izzy Fredericks, Zoe Fredericks of Mount Carroll, and Katie Hoffman of Savanna. Back row: Shelby Fryar of Lanark, Emily Suiter of Mount Carroll and Natalie Wilkinson of Chadwick. Fifty-one volunteers enjoyed a buffet meal, games for prizes and a dessert auction. (Courtesy of Leanne...

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Illinois has highest overall tax burden in the nation

Report from the  Illinois Policy Institute SPRINGFIELD — A new report from WalletHub finds Illinois’ combined state and local tax burden is higher than that of every other state and the District of Columbia. A March 14 report has found that Illinois has the costliest state and local tax burden in the country. Statewide, the median Illinois household pays $8,162 in annual state and local taxes, including sales taxes, property taxes and income taxes. WalletHub, a personal finance website, released its annual ranking of states’ tax burdens. The report combines statewide taxes with local taxes to create an overall effective state and local tax rate for the median household in each state. Illinois was ranked the worst in the nation, with state and local governments effectively taxing median households at 14.76 percent. WalletHub used several taxes to calculate Illinois’ percentage; however, the most damning was the property tax. Illinois ranked second-worst in the nation for property taxes. People in homes with the U.S. median home value pay $4,105 annually in Illinois, according to WalletHub. Illinois’ crushing property taxes combined with income and sales taxes make the Prairie State the most taxed in the country. And high taxes are driving Illinoisans to the border. From 2006 to 2015, a net 700,000 people migrated out of Illinois. Polling by the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute showed 47 percent of Illinoisans want...

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The Free Market works, even in Illinois

State Representative Brian Stewart March 17, 2017 Everyone loves a positive news story. We are excited to hear when a company announces that it is expanding in our area. Even better, we love to hear that a company is leaving another state and setting up shop in Illinois, though I must admit, as of late we’ve heard more about businesses leaving our state than entering. We can point to any number of reasons as to why companies have chosen to pack up and leave Illinois for another state: cumbersome regulations, the burden of worker’s compensation, high property taxes, or even the state budget stalemate – just to name a few.  The one thing that is certain is that we don’t want businesses leaving Illinois. All that leads us to the question: what are we doing to stop businesses from crossing the border? If we can agree on the obvious premise that Illinois can’t compete with other states’ lack of red tape and favorable tax climate, then we can see that a mechanism to keep jobs in our state is necessary. For that reason, the Economic Development for a Growing Economy (Edge) Tax Credit Act is imperative if we want to minimize the damage that Iowa, Indiana and Wisconsin are doing to our local economy. In fact, all three of those states also have a version of Edge to lure...

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News from the 71st District

Rep. McCombie to Host Traveling Office Hours in Morrison and Fulton Savanna — State Representative Tony McCombie, R-71, Savanna, will be hosting traveling office hours from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday, March 20, at the Whiteside County Farm Bureau, 100 E Knox St. in Morrison, and  from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday, April 3, at Krumpets Bakery, 1016 4th St. in Fulton. “Government works better when residents inform their elected leaders of issues affecting them,” said McCombie. “I look forward to meeting with and addressing the concerns of the constituents across Whiteside County.” If you...

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Springtime at the McConnel Farm

Spring is right around the corner, and you can tell at the McConnel Farm with baby goats romping around. These goats have personality plus and are enjoying the fine weather this St. Patrick’s day.         We hope you enjoy the video.  It’s a great learning experience for youngsters...

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Courthouse Report March 2017

Carroll County Police Blotter C. JEFFREY DORAN, SHERIFF Craig Dimmick, Cheif Deputy 301 N. Main St. Mt CarrollL, IL 61053 PHONE: 815-244-9171 FAX: 815-244-2656 EMAIL: jeff_doran_cop@yahoo.com Cindy Sisler, Telecomunicator/E-911 Contact Person  EMAIL: cindysisler@carroll-county.net March 31, 2017 At 8:47 pm Brandon L. Quinn, 26 of Janesville WI. was arrested by Lanark Police Department for Violation of the Meth Control Act, Violation Hypodermic Syringes /Needles Act and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Bond was set $10.000.00 10% applies. Quinn remains in custody at the Carroll County Jail. At 8;47 pm Todd L. Aarstad, 36 of Janesville, WI. was arrested by Lanark Police Department...

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Science Siesta!

Girls + Science = Fun! ROCKFORD — Have you ever dreamt of spending the night in a museum? No, this is not a movie, it’s Science Siesta! Hosted by the University of Illinois Extension, this annual event for 4th- to 6th- grade girls begins at 5 p.m. on Friday, April 21 and will conclude with check-out at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 22. Science Siesta for Girls will be held at the Discovery Center Children’s Museum in Rockford. This action-packed overnight will combine the fun of a pajama party with hands-on science experiences. “This is our 16th year of conducting Science Siesta, and we have reached over 2,400 girls so far,” said Johnna Jennings, University of Extension 4-H Youth Development Educator. “We are excited to continue to offer this fun, interactive event to encourage girls to consider science-related career fields.” At Science Siesta, girls have the opportunity to meet women involved in science career fields from throughout northern Illinois.  The scientists will share information about their background and involve the girls in activities much like they complete in their work every day. Following the face-to-face interaction with female scientists, youth participate in activities based on the “Wonderwise” curriculum developed by the University of Nebraska. This curriculum highlights the work of female scientists and then translates their work into hands-on science based activities, which are fun and engaging. Participating girls...

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Parliamentary Procedure the order of the day at Carroll County Kids 4-H Club meeting

MOUNT CARROLL — At its Feb. 19 meeting, the Carroll County Kids 4-H Club of Mount Carroll, members learned the rules of parliamentary procedure in order to more properly run their meetings. Held at the Mount Carroll United Methodist Church, hosts were Olivia Charles, Lakin Getz, Riley Getz, and Emily Suiter. “Every member of the club either made up their own motion or seconded a motion, so they all had a fun time being able to come up with their own motions, and standing up in front of the club to present their motions or second,” said Host Riley...

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Illinois Legislature needs to refocus its thinking about the state budget

By John Tillman, CEO Illinois Policy Institute Illinois has been without a state budget for almost two years. I talk every week with state lawmakers, and many of them feel worn down. Unfortunately, many no longer care what’s in the budget. They just want to pass “something” so they can go home and tell their constituents and local media that “the impasse is over.” We cannot lose sight of the real crisis. The problem in Illinois is not the lack of a budget. And the solution is not to enact another state spending plan like the ones we’ve had in the past. Here is what really ails Illinois: Decades of poor governance. Out-of-control spending. Promises made without any intention of keeping them. And zero accountability. Illinois will never prosper as long as the growth in government spending exceeds growth in revenue. It’s a status quo that can’t continue. That’s not a function of politics. It’s a function of math. So let’s refocus our thinking about the state budget. First, some parameters: Compromise can be a good thing. When building upon common ground, good faith and goodwill, it is a mechanism that makes democracy work. But agreeing to keep alive facets of a broken state government that will never, ever work ‘in the spirit of compromise’ is not a virtue. Lawmakers need to be able to distinguish between compromise and...

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Al-Anon Meets in Freeport Monday

July 23 @ 10:30 am - 5:00 pm
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