12-12-2008

 




 

QUINN SUPPORTS IMPEACHMENT OF BLAGOJEVICH

Illinois Lieutenant Governor Pat Quinn is stepping up his criticism of Governor Blagojevich's decision to hold on to power in the wake of corruption charges.  Quinn told reporters Thursday that the Illinois House should begin impeachment proceedings against Blagojevich next week if he won't step down.  Quinn initially suggested the governor "step aside", but not necessarily resign, because of allegations that he tried to sell President-elect Barack Obama's former seat in the U.S. Senate.  But yesterday, Quinn called on the Governor to resign, and now Quinn says the state must move quickly to get rid of Blagojevich.  Quinn also appears to be backing off earlier support for a special election to choose a new senator.  He says that election would be expensive, and could leave Illinois without a senator for months.  Quinn says he would make appointing a new senator his top priority if he ascends to the Governor's chair.


SALVATION ARMY KETTLES

 

With only a couple of weeks left until Christmas, the Salvation Army has collected nearly $5000.  Their goal is $16,500.  Kettles are located at Dollar General, Watson's Drug Store, Alco, and IGA.  Kettles are also set up in Pocahontas and Mulberry Grove.

MULBERRY GROVE OFFICERS RECEIVE OFFICIAL BADGES

 

At the Mulberry Grove Village Board Meeting Monday night, the 2008-2009 tax levy, totaling $44,300.00, which is the same amount as last year, was approved.

 

Police chief Robert Sutton reported that Code Enforcement Officer Russ Jernigan and Animal Control Officer Gary Redfern each now have an official badge to wear while performing their duties.  Badges are similar to police badges with the Illinois State Seal in the center.

 

The next meeting is scheduled for January 5, 2009, at 7:00 PM.

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SHIMKUS OPPOSES BAILOUT FOR AUTO MAKERS

 

The Auto Industry Financing and Restructuring Act passed the House of Representatives Wednesday evening, December 10th, but Congressman John Shimkus opposed the bill.  Shimkus said, "We again give an un-elected bureaucrat the power to pick winners and losers, and we have government owning private corporations.  I believe the automobile industry would be better served by managing their own destinies than by asking for government help." 



OBITUARIES

RONALD D. FARLEY JR.

 

Ronald D. "Biscuit" Farley Jr., of Pocahontas, passed away December 10.  Funeral services for Ronald Farley Jr. will be Friday, December 12, at 7:00 PM, at Meridith Funeral Home in Pocahontas.  Visitation will be from 4:00 -7:00 PM at the funeral home. Interment will be at a later date.  Memorials are suggested to the family. 


 

VIRGINIA T. CURETON

 

Virginia T. Cureton, age 86, of Pocahontas, passed away Monday, December 8 at her home.  A Funeral Mass for Virginia Cureton will be at 10:00 AM Friday, at St. Nicholas Church in Pocahontas.  Burial will be in Robinson Cemetery.  Visitation is Thursday from 4:00 - 8:00 PM at Meredith Funeral Home in Pocahontas.  Memorials are suggested to Alzheimer's, the Cancer Society, or Hospice of Southern Illinois.


NATHAN D. GEBKE

 

Nathan D. Gebke, age 22, of Centralia, formerly of Carlyle, passed away Monday, December 7, at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Belleville.  A Funeral Mass of Christian Burial for Nathan Gebke, will be Saturday, at 10:00 AM at St. Mary Catholic Church in Carlyle.  Interment will be in Carlyle Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 4:00 - 9:00 PM Friday and Saturday from 8:00 - 9:00 AM at the Moss Funeral Home in Breese.  Memorials are suggested to the family.


WEATHER

SATURDAY - Cloudy, high 48, low 42

SUNDAY - Light rain, high 54, low 29


PUBLIC AFFAIRS SUNDAY ON WGEL

 

Join us for Public Affairs this Sunday following your noon Bond County News.  A meeting will be held at First Christian Church Tuesday, December 16 to discuss health care. The meeting will gather community input regarding health care reform and resident's information will be passed on to Senator Tom Daschel. The public is invited. This will be an excellent way to get your voice heard. For more information on the meeting, tune to Public Affairs, Sunday Afternoon following your Noon Bond County Area News on WGEL. 


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