STEPHENS NEW SESSION
Representative Ron Stephens spoke out about the Illinois tax increase, which passed both the Illinois Senate and House without a single Republican vote.
Stephens said, “This is the largest tax increase in the history of the state. They’re now going to spend more and more money. I have been here a long time and know how they act. Unfortunately, we raised taxes when we should have been doing some drastic cutting. For instance, the Speaker issued every House member a new cell phone today. That is ridiculous. Government officials already have cell phones. They should use their private cell phones. They should not have taxpayers buy them a new cell phone every two years. I am giving mine back, and I am asking the Speaker to do the same.”
The new rate is retro-active to January 1, and includes a personal income tax rate increase from 3% to 5%, and corporate tax rate hike from 4.8% to 7%. This represents a 66% increase overall, a record hike in Illinois’ history.
VFW EXCEEDS BLOOD DRIVE GOAL
VFW post 1377 exceeded their 30-unit goal, set by the American Red Cross, and collected 38 units of blood Thursday. Forty-one persons registered for the drive.
Thomas Whalen and Marlene Roethemeyer were awarded pins for total blood donation. Whalen has given 18 gallons and Roethemeyer 16 gallons. Other pins were awarded for donations of 3 – 6 gallons.
A blood-drop pin was presented to Justin Hug as a first-time donor.
BOND COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETS ON ENERGY EFFICIENCY GRANT PROGRAM
Members of the Bond County Unit 2 Board of Education met Wednesday to approve a number of proposals to be submitted to the Illinois State Board of Education for consideration in the Energy Efficiency grant program. The grant program is in the first of three cycles where an estimated $9 million will be awarded to successful applicants throughout the state.
Items to be considered in the grant include the replacement of the Greenville High School boiler system, replacement of windows and doors at the central office, and installation of occupancy sensors for lighting in all district buildings. The replacement of light fixtures throughout the district was rejected by the board due to the cost versus energy savings.
TRIAD STUDENT CHOSEN FOR SENATE YOUTH PROGRAM
James Konsky of Troy and William Fernandez of Champaign will represent Illinois and join 102 other outstanding high school students for the United States Senate Youth Program, March 5-12 in Washington, D.C. Konsky is Knights Council representative at Triad High School and a Junior Board Member of the U.S. Senator Paul Simon Museum. His love of politics began when he learned about Senator Simon’s life and he continues to enjoy politics through his Model U.N. activities. Delegates to the Senate Youth Program will attend meetings and briefings with Senators and Congressional staff, the President, a Justice of the Supreme Court, leaders of cabinet agencies, an Ambassador to the United States, and top members of the national media. Students will also tour many of the national monuments and several museums and will stay at the historic Mayflower hotel in downtown Washington, D.C.
Donna Spencer, age 53, of Greenville, passed away Thursday, January 13 at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield. A graveside service will be Thursday, at 2:00 p.m. at Cedar Ridge Cemetery in Honey Bend. There will be no visitation. The Plummer Funeral Home in Litchfield is in charge of the arrangements.
Silina L. Hollenkamp, age 56, of Carlyle, passed away Saturday, January 15 at her home. A memorial service will be Friday, at 7:00 p.m. at Zieren Day Funeral Home in Carlyle. Friends may call Friday, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital.
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