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Ecological restoration begins at Hidden Creek Nature Sanctuary
The Town of Normal Park Maintenance staff has begun ecological restoration work at Hidden Creek Nature Sanctuary located at 100 W. Sycamore Street.
The Town acquired the property that would become the Hidden Creek Nature Sanctuary in 1998. Wood-chip paths were developed through the east side of the park, the area adjacent to the Constitution Trail, with the understanding that the area will become a “nature preserve for wildlife habitat.” Unfortunately, non-native plant species have slowly invaded the park which now consists of heavy brush that has become uninviting and unsafe for park users, mainly due to the overgrowth of Amur Honeysuckle, an aggressive invasive shrub.
In FY2016-17, the Town Council approved funds for an Ecological Restoration Master Plan for Hidden Creek Nature Sanctuary. Ecological consultants, Ecology + Vision LLC, was awarded the project and the site assessment was conducted in October of 2017. The Ecological Master Plan provided recommendations for restoration efforts to this natural area and for future management practices.
Park Maintenance staff is now implementing the aggressive first steps of this restoration project. All the existing invasive brush will be removed along with some of the undesirable understory trees. The native tree canopy will be evaluated and those with structural damage will be removed. All non-native ground cover will also be eradicated. After this process is complete, replanting of some native grasses, wildflowers, shrubs and trees is anticipated to begin this spring. Due to the scope of work, this project will take several growing seasons to complete. The continual planting and seeding of native plants along with eliminating any non-native regrowth will be needed for this restoration project to be successful. Once the ecological restoration project is fully established, it will increase the quality of this wildlife habitat within the Town of Normal.
Since Hidden Creek Nature Sanctuary is adjacent to the Constitution Trail, trail users are encouraged to watch the transformation of the park. Inquiries about the plans to restore this treasured nature area can be directed to Assistant Parks and Recreation Director Gene Kotlinski.
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ILGOP Chairman Tim Schneider Statement On Governor J.B. Pritzker’s Inaugural Address
Illinois Republican Party Chairman Tim Schneider released the following statement in response to Governor J.B. Pritzker’s inaugural address:
“It’s clear that Governor Pritzker’s agenda will be the same agenda that has dragged our state down for decades - borrow, tax, spend, repeat. Over the course of the election and again today, Pritzker promised billions of dollars in new spending, programs, and regulations, all of which our state cannot afford.
“And just a few short months ago, Pritzker broke with his party boss, Mike Madigan, when he promised to support legislative leadership term limits and an independent redistricting commission - two initiatives supported by the Illinois Republican Party - but we didn’t hear anything about them today. Why? Because they were only a ploy to win votes. Pritzker never intended to end the status quo in Springfield. Rather, he’s reinforcing it.
“Over the coming weeks and months, we will hold Pritzker, Madigan, Cullerton, and all Democrats accountable for their false promises because we know that they are the main culprits behind Illinois’ fiscal demise. We won’t be afraid to speak out against the latest policy disasters Illinois Democrats are embracing.
“The numbers prove it - Illinois taxpayers are fleeing our state in droves. We must change course before it’s too late or else there won’t be any taxpayers left. As the next debates begin in Springfield, Illinois taxpayers will know that the Illinois Republican Party is on their side.”
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Immanuel Bible Foundation’s Men's Lenten Breakfast to be Tuesday, March 5
Tickets are available for Immanuel Bible Foundation’s 2019 Men’s Lenten Breakfast. The celebration will be from 6:00-7:45 a.m. Tuesday, March 5, at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Bloomington.
One of the oldest and best-known traditions at Immanuel Bible Foundation is the Men’s Lenten Breakfast. Dr. Harold Martin, longtime Senior Pastor at Bloomington’s Second Presbyterian Church and one of the founders of Immanuel Bible Foundation, started the event in 1953. It has been held annually ever since.
Speaker for this year’s event, the 66th year, will be Bob Muzikowski. Mr. Muzikowski is the founder of Chicago Hope Academy, a co-educational, non-denominational college and life preparatory school dedicated to nurturing and challenging the whole person - mind, body, and spirit - to the glory of God.
Tickets, which include breakfast and the speaker, are $25 each and can be purchased online at www.ibfoundation.org, by contacting Annette Klinzing at 309-452-6710 or at Broadview Mansion, 1301 S. Fell Ave., Normal, during office hours of 9-11 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday. You may also mail in your check with a self-addressed stamped envelope to receive your ticket by mail. Tables seat 10.
Immanuel Bible Foundation, based at Broadview Mansion, seeks to enrich the community through faith and study, music and art, and historical preservation.
$9.6 million released for deferred maintenance at ISU fine arts center
Illinois State University will soon receive a major influx of cash for maintenance work at the Center for the Fine Arts, according to State Senator Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington) and Deputy House Republican Leader Dan Brady (R-Normal).
“It’s good to see that our work has paid off and this long-awaited capital funding has been released,” said Senator Barickman. “This is a great use of capital funds that will help with much needed repairs and updates while providing an important boost to ISU, which is a powerful economic engine for our area.”
“This deferred maintenance money is vitally important to the University to get needed building repairs underway immediately. Securing its release was a cooperative effort of legislators in our area,” said Representative Brady. “Illinois State University still has other maintenance and repair needs to be funded, and I’m looking forward to continuing to work to on behalf of ISU in the new General Assembly.”
According to the two lawmakers, a total of $9.6 million in capital funds has been released by the Governor’s office and is now waiting to be paid by the Comptroller. The funds will be used for maintenance and repair efforts at the Center for the Performing Arts at Illinois State University.
Capital fund requests for state universities are approved by the Illinois Board of Higher Education. ISU officials had recently listed work on the fine arts building as the highest capital need for the campus. The maintenance plans are part of a larger program that would eventually include new construction. The funding being released will only be used for maintenance, however and not any new construction. Both lawmakers said they will continue efforts to make sure ISU receives the rest of the planned funding.
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