Understanding Illinois: Rauner Changes Budget Dynamic

NowlanFebruary 25, 2015

By Jim Nowlan
Outside Columnist

In his maiden speech on state finance this past Wednesday [Feb. 18], GOP Gov. Bruce Rauner changed the dynamic of Illinois budgeting from an “incremental” process to that akin to “zero base budgeting,” which goes all the way back to former president Jimmy Carter’s days as governor of Georgia in the early 1970s.
The above sounds like academic-speak, so please let me explain.
Rauner proposed a budget that is balanced, at least in theory, without the necessity of nudging the recently reduced state income tax back up a bit, as many Democrats including Speaker of the House Mike Madigan feel is necessary.
The businessman governor proposed dramatic, some would say draconian, cuts not only in pensions, health care for state employees and higher education, but also for children who are wards of the state, kids with developmental disabilities, and the mentally ill.
This will force interest groups and advocates for all these spending initiatives to come to the legislature to make their cases for why the programs must be sustained at higher levels than Rauner wants. Read More

Sullivan Streaks Past CGB, But Falls Again to St. T

Photo by Keith Stewart St. Teresa’s Christian Williams drives past Layne McMahon Tuesday evening. Williams finished with 24 points, 10 of which came in the final period.

Photo by Keith Stewart
St. Teresa’s Christian Williams drives past Layne McMahon Tuesday evening. Williams finished with 24 points, 10 of which came in the final period.

February 25, 2015

Poor third quarter along with Williams’ 24 points hands Redskins season-ender

By Matt Kracht
& Keith Stewart

It was all Redskins Monday night in the first game of the ISHA class 2A regional at St Teresa, but the same performance could not be repeated Tuesday as Sullivan fell to no. 1 seed and host 51-32 in the regional semifinal.
The night before, Sullivan had their best shooting performance of the season with Zach Hrvol knocking down five three pointers tallying 24 points including three money balls in the first quarter. Nick Frerichs and Alec Ballinger added three deep treys apiece and both finished with 11 points. Head coach Chester Reeder has watched his team go from struggling to score early on in the season to filling up the bucket on a seven game win streak.
“It was by far our best shooting effort. We were 11-17 from three-point; the most we had in a game before this was five. The second quarter was where we won the game, especially defensively holding them to five points and really put it on them.” Read More

Kidde Fire Extinguisher Recall

February 25, 2015

Walter Kidde Portable Equipment Inc. (“Kidde”) in conjunction with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recently announced a voluntary recall to replace certain Kidde black plastic Zytel® nylon valve disposable fire extinguishers. Kidde has sent copies to its retail customers with instructions to post a copy of the safety notice in stores that sold these extinguishers.
This replacement program was initiated because certain disposable fire extinguishers may not fully discharge when the lever is repeatedly pressed and released. The cause is an out-of-specification valve component.
This recall involves Kidde ABC and BC-rated fire extinguishers manufactured between July 23, 2013
and Oct. 15, 2014 and sold between August 2013 and November 2014.
More than 30 models are affected, and all inquiries should be directed to Kidde by calling 1-855-283-7991 or by visiting www.kidde.com to determine whether a certain extinguisher is affected.

Legion to Host Blood Drive March 10

February 25, 2015

The American Red Cross and the American Legion in Sullivan will host a blood drive noon-6 p.m. Tuesday, March 10.
The need for blood is constant. Every unit of blood donated may potentially help up to three people. For an appointment, call drive coordinator Jeri Davis at 273-9456. Walk-ins are welcome, but having an appointment helps ensure that adequate staffing is available and decreases wait time.

2015 Income Eligible Scholarships

February 25, 2015

C.E.F.S. Economic Opportunity Corporation is offering scholarships for income eligible individuals who wish to continue their education in an Illinois Institution approved full-time post-secondary course of study. The course of study must lead up to a degree and/or employment, with particular consideration given to a field of study in high technology areas or other growth occupations.
Listed below are the Income eligibility guidelines at 125 percent poverty level:Table Read More

Absentee Voting, Early Voting, and Grace Period Registration/Voting

February 25, 2015

Submitted by Georgia England

Registered voters who are not able to vote on election day April 7 are able to vote before that date either by absentee voting or early voting in the county clerk’s office at 10 S. Main in Sullivan.
Absentee voting is February 26 through April 6 weekdays between 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with the clerk’s office remaining open until 5 p.m. April 6.
Early voting is 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. March 23 through April 2 weekdays, with the clerk’s office remaining open on April 2 until 5 p.m. with special Saturday hours March 28. A voter must present valid identification but does not have to have an excuse to participate in either of these methods of voting. Read More

Sullivan FFA Petting Zoo Thursday

February 25, 2015

The Sullivan high school FFA Chapter will host their annual FFA petting zoo / open house in the ag classroom and ag shop 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday, February 26. Scovill Zoo will have their mobile zoo present from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.. The public is welcome to attend.