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HCE Units to study Pass the Pink Packet
McLean County Home and Community Education groups will be learning about “Pass the Pink Packet” during their January meetings. The Fact Find is Care for Christmas Plants. Other programs and workshops: 1 to 4 p.m. Jan. 11, Arm Knitting by Lynda Kobs, Culvers on Hershey Road, Bloomington—RSVP/fees/supply list to Edna by Jan. 5, 309-662-5520; 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Jan. 18, Community Service Day, Making bags for walkers and hats, scarves and mittens, Farm Bureau Building, near Interstate Center Dr., Bloomington, 309-826-9559- free and no RSVP needed.
On Jan. 26 at 1p.m., a free program, “History/Mysteries of McLean County” will be presented by Don Meyer at Christ Lutheran Church, 311 Hershey Rd, Normal. Contact Delilah Finnegan at 309-532-0314 for more information.
Public is welcome at all meetings and programs. Individual units meet as follows:
Eastsiders: 9 a.m. Jan. 8, Extension Office; program, Jane Griffin and Fact Find by Lynda Kobs; hostesses-Joan Brucker, Phyllis Cellini, Lynn Fox, and Marlene Brown; 309-310-9205.
Money Creek: No meeting is scheduled.
Towanda: 7 p.m. Jan. 12, Towanda Community Building; program, Sandy Whalen; bring or wear snowman related items for show & tell; 309-663-4796.
Dale: 10 a.m. Jan. 13, Shannon’s, 1305 S Mercer, Bloomington; 309-829-8975.
Dry Grove: No meeting is scheduled.
Lexington: No meeting is scheduled.
Night Owls: 7 p.m. Jan. 20, United Methodist Church, Heyworth; program by Carol Hanafin; hostess is Cheryl Gebhardt; 309-275-6723.
Terri Ryburn Comedy Performance Jan. 28; Concert and Route 66 Film Jan. 29 & 30
Terri Ryburn and her friend, Kathi Davis, are bringing to Bloomington a concert called The Best of Hank and Rita: A Barroom Operetta. One of Ryburn’s former students, Ann Rosenquist Fee, is in a Minnesota singing duo called “The Frye” with Joe Tougas. At their performances, people began to ask if they were married. (They were but not to each other.) Rosenquist Fee and Tougas started answering, “No, not anymore.” From that, Tougas wrote the lyrics and music for the concert. The show has gotten rave reviews in Minnesota. The concert will be filmed for a short movie that Ryburn and Davis will submit to film festivals and use to raise funds for a full-length feature film, following the duo from Illinois to California, along Route 66.
A Night of Stand-up Comedy with Terri Ryburn is a fundraiser for the project. Her “clean, but edgy” comedy happily takes on friends, the workplace, some ex-husbands, and other absurdities on Thursday, January 28 at the Eagles Club, 313 S. Main Street, Bloomington. (Parking in the Eagles lot south of the building, on the street, or in the parking deck one block north.) Doors open at 6:30 pm (cash bar, snacks, and bar food available); show starts at 8pm. Tickets are $10 at the door.
The Best of Hank and Rita: A Barroom Operetta presents a fictional husband-wife country-pop duo who hit the Top 10 briefly in the 1970s but whose career is in decline. It’s 1986 and they’ve been performing their show in small town after small town for years. Hank doesn’t know it, but Rita is leaving him after the show. She’s done waiting for things to change, in their career and their marriage, but she’s giving herself one last good show.
Performances are on Friday, January 29, and Saturday, January 30, at the Eagles Club, 313 S. Main Street, Bloomington. (Parking in the Eagles lot south of the building, on the street, or in the parking deck one block north.) Doors open at 6:30 pm (cash bar, snacks, and bar food available); show starts at 8 pm. Tickets are $15 in advance at hankandrita.com or $20 at the door (if available).
For more information, go to hankandrita.com, email Ryburn at email@example.com, or call 309-452-5325.
News from the Capitol
It has been nearly two weeks since the regularly scheduled spring legislative session ended without a real budget. Throughout the spring session, Republicans called for a balanced budget and reforms to boost job-creation and economic growth. We remain focused on achieving those goals.
A recent study from the Pew Charitable Trusts highlights how stagnant personal income continues to be a contributing factor in thousands of Illinoisans deciding to flee the state every year. According to the report, between 2007 and 2016, Illinois’ personal income growth crawled at a pace of only 0.8 percent per year, ranking it amongst the worst states for personal income growth. Only by passing real reforms that help to bolster our economy, can we hope to reverse this trend and turn our state around.
There is still time to get this done before the start of the new fiscal year on July 1, but we have to get back to the table, and soon, to find that bipartisan compromise that we were so close to reaching this spring.
I hope that you will reach out to me, or my office with any questions or concerns you may have. Hearing your thoughts and opinions on the most important issues facing Illinois today is vital to the work I do representing the 44th District in Springfield.
And as always, if you have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact our offices in Bloomington or Springfield. Sincerely,
Senator Bill Brad
from Senator Jason Barickman 53rd District
Democrat proposed tax increase will drive more taxpayers out of Illinois
While the spring legislative session adjourned on May 31, Senate Republicans remain focused and prepared to pass a full-year balanced budget with structural reforms before the end of the fiscal year on June 30. The General Assembly is expected to return to the Capitol in late June to resume budget negotiations and legislative action.
Republicans’ calls for reforms that would encourage economic growth and the creation of more good-paying jobs in Illinois were supported this week by a report that underscores how stagnant personal income continues to be a critical concern for Illinois residents—and a contributing factor in thousands of Illinoisans fleeing the state each year. According to The Pew Charitable Trusts, between 2007 and 2016, Illinois’ personal income growth crawled at a pace of only 0.8 percent per year, ranking it amongst the worst states for personal income growth.
Despite Illinois’ struggle to draw new residents and businesses to the state, and entice their current population to stay, the Democrat controlled General Assembly recently proposed significant income tax hikes that would further stifle income tax growth and secure its spot as the worst in the nation. Republican lawmakers and the Governor have consistently stressed that if the state is going to advance an income tax increase, then reforms—such as significant property tax relief—are necessary to provide Illinois residents with meaningful relief in other areas.
In other news, many government services have been hit hard by the budget impasse, waiting months for state reimbursement. This week, a federal judge weighed in on a lawsuit brought by frustrated Medicaid service providers, who complain of waiting up to six months to receive reimbursements from the cash-strapped state. Some service providers and doctors have threatened that if action is not taken to expedite reimbursement, they may discontinue service to Medicaid recipients. The issue was placed in the hands of a U.S. District Court Judge to decide if reimbursement for Medicaid—the state’s most expensive government program—should be prioritized ahead of other government services.
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News from State Rep. Dan Brady
Guest Editorial by State Rep. Dan Brady
105th Legislative District
Visit Rep. Brady’s Website for Budget, Education Funding and other Legislative Session Details
Area families can read more about the state’s stopgap budget, state funding increases for local school districts and other important issues from this year’s legislative session on State Representative Dan Brady’s website, www.rep-danbrady.com. Rep. Brady has posted a Session Review on his website to keep local residents up to date without the costs associated with a mailed newsletter.
“Throughout the summer I have attended events across the district giving updates on our budget situation, school funding, funding for our colleges and universities and other major challenges we have worked on this year. Posting the Session Review on my website will make updated information even more accessible to local families.” Rep. Brady said.
Representative Brady said the Session Review is readily accessible on his website by clicking the Session Review 2016 icon in the top right hand margin of the homepage. The Review is also printable.
“Anyone with computer access can read and print the Session Review. I do understand that there are some without computer access who may be interested in the information and they are welcome to contact my district office at 309-662-1100 or stop by at 104 W. North Street in Normal for a copy,” Rep. Brady said.
Sugar Grove Nature Center Happenings
Sugar Grove Nature Center is located in beautiful, historic Funks Grove, just south of Bloomington-Normal. For a map and directions to the Nature Center, membership and program information visit us on-line at
For more information phone 309.874.2174 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Sugar Grove Nature Center is located in beautiful, historic Funks Grove, just south of Bloomington-Normal. For a map and directions to the Nature Center, membership and program information visit us on-line at www.sugargrovenaturecenter.org.
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