TWO BILLS ADVANCE WIND ENERGY IN ILLINOIS
Governor Pat Quinn recently signed two bills advancing clean wind energy in Illinois. The new laws create a council to study offshore wind energy projects in Lake Michigan and clear the way for more wind energy projects throughout Illinois.
House Bill 1558 creates the Lake Michigan Offshore Wind Energy Advisory Council within the Department of Natural Resources (IDNR). The council will review the potential for wind energy projects in the waters of Lake Michigan. It will be chaired by the director of the IDNR and will be made up of representatives from state agencies and organizations that include environmental, tourism, education, and energy entities.
After examining wildlife impact, protected habitats, and recreational uses of Lake Michigan, the council will identify locations that would be appropriate for offshore wind development. The council will present its recommendations to the Governor and General Assembly by June 30, 2012. The law goes into effect immediately.
Governor Quinn also signed House Bill 1487 which creates the Renewable Energy Production District Act, which allows county boards to establish renewable energy districts or wind farm districts. Under the new law, such a district would receive approval through a voter referendum. House Bill 1487 goes in effect immediately.
JR COMETS SEASON GETS UNDERWAY
The Junior Comets season is underway and their first home game is this Saturday, August 20. We spoke with Tom Broomfield who said the fifth grade game starts at 12:00 noon at the Greenville High School football field. The sixth grade game will start about 1:30 p.m., the seventh grade game at approximately 3:00, and the eighth grade game at 5:00. Broomfield invited everyone to come out and support the Junior Comets program.
LORETTA O. VAUGHAN
Loretta O. “Etta” Vaughan, age 89, of Trenton, passed away Monday, August 15 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Highland. A funeral Mass will be Friday, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Trenton. Interment will be in Trenton Cemetery. Friends may call Thursday, from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. and Friday, from 8:00- 9:45 a.m. at the Moss Funeral Home in Trenton. Memorials are suggested to the donor’s choice.
Edward D. “Eddie” Bauer
Edward D. “Eddie” Bauer, age 78, of Smithboro, passed away Tuesday, August 16 at Greenville Regional Hospital. Funeral services will be Saturday, at 11:00 a.m. at Young Funeral Home in Greenville. Burial will be in Maxey Cemetery in rural Smithboro with military honors by Mulberry Grove American Legion Post #1180. Friends may call Friday, from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to Maxey Cemetery or St. Peter’s United Church of Christ.
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