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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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Timber Lake Playhouse to hold youth and local auditions

MOUNT CARROLL — TLP is casting TWO children (unpaid) for MARY POPPINS; TWO to THREE ADULT ACTORS (paid) for lead roles in AH, WILDERNESS!; ONE boy approximately 12 years old (unpaid) for AH, WILDERNESS!; FIVE TO EIGHT children and/or teens (unpaid) for CAROUSEL; Up to FIVE ADULTS (unpaid) for the ensemble of CAROUSEL; and Teens (unpaid) for an all-youth production of GREASE. AUDITIONS FOR ALL FOR OF THESE PRODUCTIONS WILL BE HELD ON MARCH 25 in MOUNT CARROLL. To register for auditions: Please review dates, audition preparation and time requirements for productions (BELOW) Be sure you are available for auditions Email info@timberlakeplayhouse.org with the subject line: “Local Auditions.” Please include the full name of the person auditioning, parent or guardian names if under 18, and WHICH PRODUCTIONS THEY WILL BE AUDITIONING FOR. You will receive a reply with an appointment time to come in on the 25th. The reply will also the audition location and any additional information you’ll need for the auditions. MARY POPPINS Casting: Jane and Michael Banks (Ages 9 – teens 5’0″ and under); seeking outgoing young people who are strong singers. Performers must all prepare a song to sing with an accompanist (no more than 32 bars). Songs in the style of the show are encouraged. Must be available for all scheduled rehearsals and performances. (see below) Rehearsals Friday, May 19: 4:30 p.m. – 10...

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State Representative Brian W. Stewart

We all know that Illinois is in a state of turmoil.  We’ve been guilty of kicking the can down the road one too many times, and for decades we have been neglecting our pension payment obligations.  I’ll be the first to say that I don’t envy the Governor’s current position. This past week Governor Rauner gave his annual budget address.  In his speech, the Governor laid out his spending plan for the next fiscal year.  Some of his numbers relied on the State Senate to continue negotiations in an attempt to fill a budget gap, and the rest relied...

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4-H Rabbit SPIN Club learns from experienced Rabbit Fanciers

KEWANEE — From pets and 4-H projects to terrific sources of wool, meat and manure, backyard rabbits make a fun, easy project that fulfills a variety of needs. The Carroll County 4-H Rabbit SPIN Club had the opportunity to observe an official rabbit show, learn about rabbit breeds, talk one-on-one with experienced exhibitors and the best part – buy rabbits. The group attended the Rabbit Show on Saturday, Feb. 18, at Blackhawk College in Kewanee. “Join the fun with fuzzy bunny rabbits!” said Leanne Rahn, 4-H and Youth Program Coordinator at the University of Illinois Extension in Mount Carroll. “The...

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Heart of the Matter . . . Wine vs. Whine

Quit yer whinin’ and make some wine! BY TOM KOCAL Publisher, RiverReader.org It’s been a rough few months, before and after the November election. Political discourse has always been a Great American pastime, but this election cycle has been particularly trying. Even among friends who disagreed on who to vote for, the dialogue has been tense, and sometimes, quite vitriolic. So I decided to take action. No more antagonizing, no more whining about a silly thing like politics. I decided to convert my whining energy into making wine, so that future discussions would be with a glass of wine...

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