CARDINALS COME BACK FROM 10 AND ½ GAMES OUT TO WIN WILD CARD
The Cardinals beat the Houston Astros last night 8-0 and the Atlanta Braves lost to the Phillies 4-3 in 13 innings. The St. Louis Cardinals will be heading to the playoffs as the National League Wild Card winner. The Cardinals came back from a 10 and ½ game deficit in September, the largest comeback in baseball history. Now it’s time for the Cardinals to play the Phillies. The playoffs for the redbirds begin Saturday in Philadelphia. Arizona will play Milwaukee in the first round of the playoffs.
GOVERNOR REPORTS TRADE INCREASE WITH CHINA
Governor Pat Quinn visited Beijing recently during his business and economic trade mission to China, where he announced two business agreements strengthening the relationship between Illinois and China.
Governor Quinn announced that Goldwind, one of the largest wind turbine manufacturers in the world, will build a $200 million wind farm in Lee County, Illinois. The company will break ground on the Shady Oaks project later this fall. Once online, the project will create more than 100 construction and a dozen permanent maintenance jobs in Illinois.
Archer Daniels Midland Company, a worldwide food production company based in Decatur, entered into a $100 million sales agreement with Jiusan Oils and Seeds, a manufacturer of soy products. The agreement indicates the shipment of 180,000 metric tons of soybeans by December 2012.
China is the world’s largest market for Illinois soybeans, importing more than 104 million bushels of U.S. soybeans in the 2009-2010 marketing year, valued at more than $160 million.
BOND COUNTY BOARD DISCUSSES NEED FOR NEW BACK HOE
Repairing or replacing the ageing back hoe, used by the Bond County Highway Department, was one of the topics of discussion during the last Bond County Board meeting. Board member Jack Langel said the piece of equipment needs around $10,000.00 in repairs just to be able to go up hill and it may be wiser to purchase a new back hoe. The cost of a new back hoe will likely be around $120,000.00. Currently, the highway department contracts out some of their excavating work and if the machine continues to deteriorate more and more of that work will have to be contracted out. The board took no action to approve the purchase at this time. The board approved the Bond County Sheriff’s report for August 2011. The sheriff’s department transferred more than $10,000.00 to the county treasurer’s office, including more than $5,000.00 in federal prisoner reimbursement funds.