DECISION ON THOMSON PRISON COULD COME NEXT WEEK
The Illinois Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability is planning a second hearing next week on closing the Thomson Correctional Center. The hearing will be conducted at the Thompson Center in Chicago on Wednesday. Panel chairman, state senator Jeff Schoenberg says he's planning a vote on closing the prison and no more public testimony will be taken. Any vote from the commission is only advisory. Ultimately, the governor has the say on what to do with the prison. Hundreds of people showed up last week when the commission had their first hearing near the prison. Many of the people attending opposed selling the prison to the federal government. They're concerned about the proposal to house up to one-hundred detainees from Guantanamo Bay. Some proponents say selling the prison will mean thousands of new jobs and will be an economic boost to the northwestern Illinois community.
TIPS FOR KEEPING SENIORS WARM
The Department on aging is encouraging older people and their families to recognize that winter poses special threats to seniors. Senior citizen, their families, or their care takers should take practical steps to prepare for the cold winter weather. A few tips to be prepared for winter are, making sure that the thermostat is set above 65 degrees to reduce the chances of getting sick. Also getting flu shots and H1N1 vaccinations, eat well, drink 10 glasses of water daily ,stay active, and dress in layers whether they are inside or out.
BRADFORD NATIONAL BANK HONORED BY USDA
Bradford National Bank was recognized recently by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development, as one of the state's top lenders in utilizing guaranteed home loans to make home purchases more affordable in rural Illinois. Bank President Frank Joy said, "Our lending staff works hard to assist and accommodate customers who may qualify for the USDA program." For information on eligibility, call 664-2200.