11-23-2010

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ILLINOIS SENATE RETURNED FOR FALL VETO SESSION

The Illinois Senate returned to Springfield recently to begin the fall veto session. According to State Senator Kyle McCarter, there was an announcement of the formation of special Senate panels to study workers compensation and Medicaid reform. Senator McCarter will serve on the Workers Compensation Reform Committee that will review the state’s current workers compensation practices with the goal of creating a more competitive business environment. The Medicaid reform committee will work to recommend specific measures to reduce Medicaid costs by creating efficiencies, reducing fraud and preserving a safety net essential to the well being of Illinois residents.

CHORAL UNION AND ORCHESTRA TO PERFORM 80TH MESSIAH CONCERT

The Greenville Choral Union and Orchestra will celebrate their 80th seasonal performance of George Frederic Handel’s Messiah Sunday, December 5 at 4:00 p.m. in the Whitlock Music Center on the Greenville College campus.  Seating begins at 3:30 p.m. and an offering will be taken to defray expenses.  College President Larry Linamen will host a reception immediately following the concert at the Tidball Alumni House.  For more information about the concert, call 664-6560.


ILLINOIS FARMERS GIVE BACK TO COMMUNITIES

The America’s Farmers Grow Communities program celebrates Illinois farmers that feed, clothe, and grow their communities every day.  The program gives farmers the opportunity to direct $2500.00 to their favorite local nonprofit organization, such as the local FFA chapter, library, fire department, or elementary school.  Illinois farmers have until December 31 to enroll and potentially impact their hometown in a monumental way.  For more information on the program or to enroll, call 1-877-267-3332.


FINANCIAL TIPS FOR RETIREES

The past couple of years have been rough on everyone, but those who are retired are particularly vulnerable to volatile stock markets, inflation, and other economic events.  U of I Extension educator Karen Chan suggests some tips to help keep your retirement on an even keel.  Know the amounts and types of income you receive.  Keep track of expenses and plan for surprises.  Know how much you owe and how much you own.  Protect against big, bad things and use your financial power wisely.  Follow sound investment practices and get help when you need it.  For more financial planning tips, call the U of I Extension office at 664-3665.



AVOIDING OVEREATING DURING THE HOLIDAY SEASON

Research shows the average American gains one pound during the winter holiday season.  This weight gain is often due to overeating and favorite sweet treats at Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years.  To avoid overeating during the holidays, lessen your stress, increase physical activity, plan ahead replacing sweet treats with healthy ones, and drink plenty of water throughout the day and a glass before a party.  Avoid going back for seconds.  If you wait twenty minutes for your food to settle, you will most likely realize you are full.  Healthier holiday eating tips may be found at the U of I Extension office at 664-3665.


OBITUARIES

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