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  • With the Lent season upon us, Clinton's St. John's Catholic Church fish fries benefiting the ADK teacher sorority and St. John's Church begin this Friday.

    Starting at 5 pm each Friday evening, stop by the church for fish, a pair of sides, dessert and drink for $8.

    Children 12 and under eat for $4.

    Dinner is served from 5 pm to 7 pm Fridays until March 18. 


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  • As the President of the United States gets set to speak before the Illinois General Assembly Wednesday afternoon, one local lawmaker is outlining his hope for the President's address.

    State Representative Bill Mitchell says animosity between Governor Bruce Rauner and House Speaker Mike Madigan is as high as it has been at any point yet and Rep. Mitchell is hoping the President's message is one of peacemaking.

    Rep. Mitchell points out the last time a President spoke in Illinois before the legislature was in 1978. While the President and Rep. Mitchell have differences in opinions, he says it will be special to have him in Springfield Wednesday.

    The President will speak before the General Assembly at 1:30 pm Wednesday afternoon. Hear his speech in its entirety on The Big 1520 AM/92.3 FM WHOW and online at dewittdailynews.com. 


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  • Yesterday on Regional Radio News, we outlined the four parts of the Medicare system and what the differences are between each one.

    Social Security can help in several aspects of the Social Security enrollment periods and according to Jack Myers, enrollment is going on for Medicare Part B. He says while some may already be enrolled, if you are not, now is a good time to do so.

    If you've qualified for Medicare Part B but skipped out on the opportunity for a general enrollment period, to be a part of it, there is going to be a penaly. According to Myers, every year after you turn 65 and you sign up, your monthly premiums will go up.

    If you are approaching age 65 and are on disability benefits or are getting a retirement check, a survivors or spouse's check, you are automatically enrolled in Part A and Part B.

    For further information or questions on the various aspects and how Social Security plays into the Medicare system, visit www.socialsecurity.gov. 


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  • With more than seven months into the fiscal year without a balanced budget from lawmakers, bills continue to stack up -- especially bills for state employees’ high-end health care plans.

    Dan Long, executive director of the Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability, says the bills are $2.5 billion and growing. There may have been a willingness from vendors to wait for payments, as they’ve waited in the past, but Long said patience could wear thin.

    Goldwater Institute’s Director of Health Care Policy, Naomi Lopez-Bauman, says this is a result of decades of overspending on quote “lavish” health care policies.

    The State Journal-Register reports Springfield’s largest hospital systems are owed $76 million dollars for the health care costs of state workers, retirees and their dependents.


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  • Lawmakers from both sides are gearing up to discuss how state tax dollars for primary education are distributed in Illinois.

    Republican Representative Grant Wehrli says he’s excited to start crunching numbers and find the best value for all public school pupils.

    Democratic Representative Jack Franks says the state needs to address the funding levels of education but not by increasing the tax burden.

    A task force announced by Speaker Michael Madigan plans to hold hearings throughout the spring to help draft legislation addressing the funding formula. 


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  • The Richland Community College Board of Trustees has appointed Dr. Charles Novak as Interim President following the retirement of Dr. Gayle Saunders on February 29, 2016.  The Board of Trustees is engaged in a national search process with the Association of Community College Trustees to select a new President for the College.

    “We have great confidence in Dr. Novak, President Emeritus of Richland Community College serving thirteen years as president until his retirement in 2001, to lead the College for this short interim time until we select a new president.”

    Charles R. Novak has served twenty three years as a community college president and a number of other years as a continuing education officer, a chief financial officer and chief academic officer.  Although retired, Novak has returned to work on many occasions to help Illinois community colleges including several interim roles as president.


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  • The United Methodist Men held a poster contest to help publicize their upcoming Pancake breakfast to be held Saturday, February 27, from 7:00 to 12:30 in Great Hall at the United Methodist Church.

     

    Tickets are still available from any United Methodist Man, or Church office. There will also be a silent auction to benefit the camping program.

     

    Winners and men are pictured below. Back row: Amerie Hemphill, Don Prather, Alyssa Hart, and Max Stites. Front row: Carson Dillon, Amelia Bundy, Abby VanZee, and Lucy Fisher.


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