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County Board Chair Updates Wind Farm Process

A flurry of activity between the various DeWitt County entities has, for the time, settled, and DeWitt County Board Chair David Newberg updated Regional Radio listeners of the latest on wind energy ordinances Friday morning.
 
Newberg explains the Regional Planning Commission, or RPC, met earlier this week and sent some recommendations on to the Zoning Board of Appeals for consideration.
 
 
The RPC sent the ordinances to the ZBA and Newberg says those hearings should get underway in early March.
 
 
Newberg compliments the work of the RPC and feels confident in their ability to make sound decisions for the county going forward.

AmVets Remind High School Students of Scholarship Deadline

As part of the promotion for the Post 14 and AMVETS Illinois Service Foundation scholarships, Clinton Post 14 Scholarship Committee members went to the Clinton High School to “sell” our product.  
 
The Post members talked to several students not only in classrooms, but also during lunch periods in the school commons.  Pictured are the Scholarship Committee members, L – R: Marvin Hubble, Ed Beck, Darrel Tucker, and Jessie Owens (Alternate for Dennis Davenport) plus Post 14 Commander Marc Rogers.
 
Post 14 has both a fantastic privilege and very unique opportunity for developing this scholarship program. One of the Post members gifted Post 14 with a $10,000 donation designated for area scholarships; the Post then drafted guidelines developing the scholarship program.  It was requested by the donor that the scholarship funds go strictly to local high school seniors who are children and grandchildren of Veterans.  The breakdown of the funding has been requested to be in the form of half for four-year college bound students, while the other half of the donation is for students electing to pursue a trade school education.
 
As part of this trust, the Post established a Scholarship Committee to develop the application form and selection process criteria for the Dennis Davenport / AMVETS Post 14 Scholarships.  With some fantastic teamwork by the Post 14 members, both the application form and a scoring formula was created similar to the process used by the AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary scholarship program.
 
This article is a reminder that applications for the Post 14 Scholarships are due by March 1st.  Prospective applicants are reminded that a minimum award for each scholarship will be $1000.00!  Post 14 is excited about being able to help our local Veterans’ children and grandchildren as they continue their education and training for the future.  We will provide the names of both sets of the scholarship winners for the Clinton Journal newspaper, so everyone can know who has been selected for both the four-year college and the trade school scholarships.

FFA Week: LeRoy

FFA Week is about to wrap up and it's been a busy week of fun and outreach in LeRoy.
 
Chapter President Taylor Spiker says they've done the traditional dress up days with a lot of variety this year.
 
 
Chapter Reporter Megan Hanlin explains their showcase is an outreach they do to other students who do not take ag classes or are not part of FFA and tries to make them aware of the things they do.
 
 
LeRoy FFA recently participated in the National FFA convention and at the State FFA Convention, Spiker received her state degree, a high honor for an FFA member to achieve.
 
 
Spiker and Hanlin joined the illinoisfarmradio.com noon farm show Thursday. Friday will wrap up the interviews with local FFA chapters from 12:20 pm to 1 pm and those interviews can be found at illinoisfarmradio.com. 

Specialty Growers Concerned About University of Illinois Extension Staff

The state’s specialty growers are expressing concern about future staffing within the University of Illinois Extension system. 
 
The latest issue is the retirement of entomologist Rick Weinzierl says Randy Graham, chairman of the Illinois Specialty Growers Association.
 
 
Graham owns Curtis Orchard in Champaign. 

More Discussion on Keeping Students in Illinois

LAWMAKERS AND THE HEAD OF THE STATE BOARD OF HIGHER EDUCATION ARE DISCUSSING HOW TO KEEP MORE COLLEGE STUDENTS IN ILLINOIS.
 
MORE AND MORE STUDENTS ARE CHOOSING TO ATTEND COLLEGE OUT OF STATE, AND THERE ARE SEVERAL FACTORS THAT GO INTO THAT DECISION. SENATOR DAN MCCONCHIE OF LAKE ZURICH NOTED THAT HIS DAUGHTER RECEIVED SCHOLARSHIPS OFFERS FROM SEVERAL BIG SCHOOLS IN OTHER STATES…BUT NONE FROM THE U OF I.
 
 
AL BOWMAN…STATE HIGHER EDUCATION EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR SAYS REDUCTIONS IN STATE FUNDING HAVE REALLY HURT SCHOOLS AND THAT THEY NEED TO RESTORE FAITH IN ILLINOIS’ COLLEGE SYSTEM.
 
 
BOWMAN WAS SPEAKING AT A SENATE COMMITTEE HEARING WHERE LAWMAKERS URGED HIM TO WORK ON A STATEWIDE PLAN TO HELP RETAIN MORE ILLINOIS STUDENTS AT ALL STATE COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES.

Legalization of Pot Could Be Headed To Voters

VOTERS MAY BE ASKED IF THEY SUPPORT LEGALIZING RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA WHEN THEY HEAD TO THE POLLS IN NOVEMBER.
 
LEGISLATION ADVANCED BY A SENATE COMMITTEE CREATES A VOTER REFERENDUM ON WHETHER POT SHOULD BE TAXED, REGULATED AND ALLOWED FOR USE BY THOSE 21 AND OVER. SENATOR BILL CUNNINGHAM OF CHICAGO SAYS IT’S A GOOD IDEA TO SEE HOW ILLINOISANS FEEL ABOUT THE IDEA.
 
 
SUPPORTERS NOTE THE REFERENDUM WOULD BE “NON-BINDING” BUT WOULD SERVE TO FURTHER THE CASE FOR LEGALIZING RECREATIONAL POT IN ILLINOIS.

Lawmakers Propose Bill To Petition To Have Guns Taken Away From Someone That Could Be A Danger

AMONG SEVERAL GUN BILLS INTRODUCED AT THE STATE CAPITOL…IS ONE LETTING FAMILY MEMBERS SEEK A “LETHAL VIOLENCE ORDER OF PROTECTION.”
 
THE MEASURE LETS SOMEONE CONCERNED THAT A LOVED ONE MAY COMMIT AN ACT OF VIOLENCE PETITION THE COURTS TO TAKE AWAY THAT PERSON’S FIREARMS. A HEARING WOULD THEN BE HELD SAYS BILL SPONSOR…SENATOR JULIE MORRISON OF DEERFIELD.
 
 
GUN DEALER LOBBYIST TODD VANDERMYDE OPPOSES THE MEASURE, SAYING IT MAKES IT TOO EASY TO STRIP SOMEONE OF THEIR SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHTS BASED ON THE WORD OF ANOTHER.
 
 
OTHER GUN LEGISLATION BANS ASSAULT WEAPONS, BUMP STOCKS AND WHAT ARE CALLED “GHOST GUNS.”

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