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Exercise your right to vote Tuesday, April 4

On Tuesday, April 4, voters across the 89th District go to the polls to cast their vote in the Municipal General Election. Historically, turnout for local elections has been as low as the single digits, and never has it reached as high a turnout as November elections. This sad reality has always baffled me because I think local elections are more impactful on our daily lives than national elections are. Of course, national elections for Congress and the presidency impact our income taxes, but local elections determine the direction of our community. Beyond our own current status, it’s not a stretch to say that our vote could in some small (or perhaps large) way play a role in our children’s and grandchildren’s future. And I don’t care who you vote for, I just hope that you exercise the most sacred freedom that we have in the United States. Whenever I am fortunate enough to have the opportunity to speak directly to young people, I consistently make an effort to highlight the importance of voting. Someone told me the other day that he takes his son and daughter with him into the voting booth so that they understand from a young age that voting is important. I thought that was a wonderful idea! So here is my challenge to you this week: let’s be a good example for younger generations...

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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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Mon 28

Al-Anon Meets in Freeport Monday

January 28 @ 10:30 am - 5:00 pm
Mon 28

Al-Anon Meets in Mount Carroll

January 28 @ 7:00 pm
Mon 28

Savanna Alcoholics Anonymous meets

January 28 @ 8:00 pm
Mon 04

Al-Anon Meets in Freeport Monday

February 4 @ 10:30 am - 5:00 pm
Mon 04

Al-Anon Meets in Mount Carroll

February 4 @ 7:00 pm

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