Local News Archives for 2019-03

New Computer Flooring at the Princeton Public Library

Thanks to the Friends of the Princeton Public Library, the well-worn rug beneath the library’s adult public computers has been replaced with luxury vinyl planking. The materials used will be much more durable than the previous flooring, and will last for many years to come. To make the computers even more accessible, the library will soon be replacing the current straight-legged chairs with new computer chairs on casters. This improvement is made possible due to the continued community support at the Friends’ quarterly book sales.


Medicare Questions Answered April 13 at the Princeton Public Library

Representatives from Physicians Mutual will be on hand at the Princeton Public Library Saturday April 13 at 10:00 to answer questions and provide education on Medicare Parts A, B, C, and D. Topics covered will include:


  • Making the most of your rights, options, and entitlements,
  • How and when to enroll in Medicare,
  • What Medicare does and doesn’t cover, and
  • Medicare Advantage and Medicare Supplement Insurance.

Advance Registration is requested.

Summary of April Events at the Princeton Public Library

Mon. April 1

6:30 p.m. Monday Night Movie: A film of hundreds of millions of monarchs in their remote overwintering sanctuaries and along their migratory routes.

Tues. April 2

10:30 a.m. Preschool Storytime and Craft – Swan

6:30 p.m.  Travel the Canadian Rockies with Experience Travel

Wed. April 3- Sat. April 20

All Day – Pollinator Portraits: Photography by David Cook will be displayed throughout the library

Wed. April 3

1:00 p.m.  Introduction to Smart Phones – tips and tricks with IV Cellular. Preregistration requested.

6:30 p.m.  PPL PROGRAM: Chicks with Sticks

Thurs. April 4

6:30 p.m.  PPL PROGRAM: Pollinator Portraits by David Cook – Dave will talk about the origin and intent of his photo series and provide descriptions of the sites visited

Sat. April 6

12:30 p.m.  Wellness Workshop

Mon. April 8

2:00 p.m.  Health Screenings by Liberty Village

6:30 p.m.  Monday Night Movie: In the Antarctic the quest begins to find the perfect penguin mate to start a family

Tues. April 9

10:30 a.m.  Preschool Storytime and Craft – Tulips

Wed. April 10

6:30 p.m.  Widmark Wednesday: A trio of American adventurers marooned in rural Mexico are recruited by a beautiful woman to rescue her husband

Thurs. April 11

6:30 p.m.  Sexual Assault Awareness Program by Freedom House

Fri. April 12

4:00 p.m.  K – 3rd Grade Storytime

Sat. April 13

10:00  Medicare Supplement Information

Mon. April 15

6:30 p.m.  Monday Night Movie: A FedEx executive undergoes a physical and emotional transformation after crash landing on a deserted island.

Tues. April 16

10:30 a.m.  Preschool Storytime and Craft – Chicken and Egg

6:30 p.m.  Board Games and Card Playing

Wed. April 17

7:00 p.m.  Princeton library Board of Trustees Meeting

Mon. April 22

6:30 p.m.  Monday Night Movie: A story centered on the friendship between a boy and a dolphin whose tail was lost in a crab trap.

Tues. April 23

10:30 a.m.  Preschool Storytime and Craft – Butterfly

6:30 p.m. Music Jam

Wed. April 24

6:30 p.m.  Celebrating Earth Day – co-sponsored by Voices from the Prairie

Thurs. April 25

6:30 p.m. Rock Painters

Sat. April 27         

10:00 a.m.  K – 3rd grade program presented by Freedom House

Mon. April 29

6:30 p.m.  Monday Night Movie: A paraplegic marine dispatched to the moon Pandora on a unique mission becomes torn between following his orders and protecting that world.

Tues. April 30

10:30 a.m.  Preschool Storytime and Craft – Clock/Time

6:30 p.m.  Family Reading Night: Get Ready for May Day

Sen. Weaver to host area high school students for Youth Advisory Council

An estimated 60 students from 22 high schools in central Illinois will travel to Springfield April 3 to experience first-hand the working of their state government, as part of State Sen. Chuck Weaver’s Youth Advisory Council.


The students will meet with Sen. Weaver and other lawmakers in the Senate, and will also hear presentations by different professional occupations involved in the lawmaking process, from lobbyists to reporters to legislative staff members.


Students will then take on the roles of lawmakers, concerned citizens, lobbyists, and reporters in a mock committee hearing to discuss, debate, and vote on legislation that they developed during a Youth Advisory Council meeting last fall. 


Please contact Lisa Sims at 217-782-6897 if you plan to cover the event.

Back on Track, Diabetes Support Group PREPARED BY Susan Glassman, Extension Educator, Nutrition and Wellness

If you have diabetes, getting support is very important.  Diabetes, along with physical management, also comes with a lot of pressure.  This disease may be difficult to manage alone. Throughout the United States, support groups are offered to help the diabetes community deal with challenges and give support.  According to statistics from the Illinois Department of Public Health, locally, up to 14% of persons have been diagnosed with diabetes. Diabetes is a serious chronic disease that poses a major health problem. In the United States, nearly 30.3 million have been diagnosed with diabetes.  In Illinois, 12.5% of adults have diabetes. It’s estimated that 84 million Americans have prediabetes, of which 3.6 million live in Illinois. Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death nationally and in Illinois. Individuals with diabetes are at an increased risk for heart disease, stroke, blindness, kidney failure, dental disease, and lower extremity amputations.


If you are looking for some group support, join our University of Illinois Extensions “Back on Track, Diabetes Support Group.”  Connect with others, gain knowledge through research-based education, enjoy food demonstrations, try samples from our website; Recipes for Diabetes, and take home resources.

Back on Track will meet at University of Illinois Extension Marshall Putnam office, located at 509 Front Street in Henry.  The group meets from 9:30 – 11:00 a.m. on the following dates:

  • April 12

  • June 28

  • August 23

  • December 13  

Please call University of Illinois Extension to register at 815-224-0889.  Please register for each meeting by April 5, June 21, August 16, and December 6, 2019.

If to participate or need more information please contact Susan Glassman, Extension Educator, Nutrition & Wellness, University of Illinois Extension at 815-224-0889.


Extension offices are located in Princeton, Ottawa, Henry, and in Oglesby on the IVCC campus. The Mission of University of Illinois Extension is to provide practical education you can trust to help people, businesses and communities solve problems, develop skills and build a better future. University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. Visit our website at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/blmp/


VEGI-Centric Class Offered

Redesign your meals to focus on vegetables as the main course!  According to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, half of all American adults—117 million individuals—have one or more preventable chronic diseases, many of which are related to poor quality eating patterns and physical inactivity. These include cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, some cancers, and poor bone health. Evidence shows that healthy eating patterns are associated with a reduced risk of chronic disease. Within this body of evidence, higher intakes of vegetables and fruits consistently have been identified as characteristics of healthier eating patterns.

Make a shift to more nutrient dense foods, which include a variety of vegetables. Increasing vegetables helps to decrease the risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes. 
Learn how to make vegetables the focus of your plate!  University of Illinois Extension Nutrition and Wellness Educator, Susan Glassman will share ways to adapt recipes to include more vegetable sources in your meals. Samples and take home recipes will be available.  Attend VEGI-Centric!

University of Illinois Extension “VEGI-Centric” will be held on April 11, 2019 at the Putnam County Community Center, 1st St, Standard, IL.  Please register by April 9, 2018 by calling 815-224-0889 or online at:  https://go.illinois.edu/VEGI

If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate or need more information please contact Susan Glassman, Extension Educator, Nutrition & Wellness, University of Illinois Extension at 815-224-0889. 

Extension offices are located in Princeton, Ottawa, Henry, and in Oglesby on the IVCC campus. The Mission of University of Illinois Extension is to provide practical education you can trust to help people, businesses and communities solve problems, develop skills and build a better future. University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. Visit our website at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/blmp/

Serve it Safely

Many times, food event volunteers require a basic understanding of food safety to ensure a wholesome food product is served at low-risk for causing food-borne illness.   Serve it Safely provides research-based education from University of Illinois Extension in a 2-hour class.  By attending, each participant will receive the knowledge of how to serve food safely to the public, a packet of resource materials, and a certificate of completion.  Join Nutrition and Wellness Educator, Susan Glassman for University of Illinois Extension Serve it Safely class designed for volunteers of food events.


Serve it Safely is offered from 9:30 – 11:30 am on April 27 at the Extension Education Center & Community Teaching Kitchen, 944 First Street, LaSalle.   The program is free. Class size is limited to 30. Advance registration is required by April 19, 2019, by 815-224-0889 or register online at https://go.illinois.edu/servevolunteers


If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate or need more information please contact Susan Glassman, Extension Educator, Nutrition & Wellness, University of Illinois Extension at 815-224-0889.


Extension offices are located in Princeton, Ottawa, Henry, and in Oglesby on the IVCC campus. The Mission of University of Illinois Extension is to provide practical education you can trust to help people, businesses and communities solve problems, develop skills and build a better future. University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. Visit our website at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/blmp/



Marshall-Putnam Master Gardener Wins Grant for Healthy Gardening Project

“Give a family a vegetable, you feed them for a day. Teach a family to garden, you feed them for life.”  

This proverbial wisdom, adapted from the popular “Give a man a fish…” saying, is the driving goal behind the Healthy Gardening Project chaired by University of Illinois Extension Master Gardener Barb Dahlbach of Marshall County. The project is in its eighth year and was conceived by Dahlbach because, according to her, “if you cannot afford to put food on your table, you certainly cannot afford to buy plants to start a garden.” The underlying goal of this project is to empower families to provide themselves with low-cost, healthful, fresh food through establishment of a home garden. How does she accomplish this? Ms. Dahlbach, along with other Marshall-Putnam Master Gardener volunteers, provide  families in need with initial supplies and skills to start a home garden. Additionally, they encourage youth participation through classes teaching basic gardening and cooking using fresh, home-grown produce.

An ongoing problem with reaching this goal was finding the resources to support it. Every year local companies graciously donate most of the supplies to fulfill the project’s mission; however, resources often fall short of what is needed. Through the Know More Grow More Mini Grants provided by the University of Illinois Master Gardener and 4-H programs, this struggle will be minimized. On March 7th, 2019, Ms. Dahlbach was awarded $780 to further support this successful program that is offered to families in need in Marshall and Putnam Counties. This year, thanks in part to the grant award, the Master Gardeners will partner with University of Illinois Extension 4-H and Nutrition and Wellness programs to involve youth by having older 4-H members teach cooking classes to younger children through programs offered at local libraries. 

Success stories such as the following are in no shortage for this program:

“One single mother who attended the classes and received plants and seeds planted three containers of tomatoes. She was able to can 12 quarts, plus her family had all the fresh tomatoes they could eat!”

If you are interested in attending container gardening classes being taught by the Marshall-Putnam Master Gardeners, you may attend any one of the dates listed below:

Thursday, April 5th, 6:30 p.m. – Wenona City Hall
Thursday, April 11th, 6:00 p.m. – Magnolia Library
Tuesday, April 16th, 6:30 p.m. – Toluca Library

These classes are free to the public. Pre-registration is not required. A panel discussion will follow the class to answer audience questions about gardening. 

Congratulations to Barb and Master Gardener volunteers of Marshall-Putnam Counties on this win!

To learn more about this project, go to https://web.extension.illinois.edu/blmp/mpmg/5086.html

University of Illinois Extension provides educational programs and research-based information to help Illinois residents improve their quality of life, develop skills and solve problems. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, please call the LaSalle County Extension Office at 815-433-0707. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time for meeting your access needs. University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment.

Second Annual Levitt AMP Galva Music Series Lineup Announced

Grab some lawn chairs and get ready for a summer full of music in Galva. The Galva Arts Council is excited to announce a very talented lineup for the second annual Levitt AMP Galva Music Series presented by Regional Media. Held at Wiley Park in Galva, these Sunday concerts are an opportunity for community members of all ages to enjoy free live music in a picnic-style setting for 10 straight weeks. These concerts activate an under-used public space and turn it into a vibrant meeting place. Last year over 7,000 people attended these concerts put on by a team of 75 volunteers. Food and beverages will be available for purchase during concerts. Admission to the concerts is free and attendees are encouraged to invite friends, family, and neighbors for an opportunity to meet new friends and celebrate the summer season. The Levitt AMP Galva Music Series is one part of a larger network of live music events which is quickly making Henry County a destination for experiencing family-friendly live music.


The 2019 lineup includes the following acts:


June 2 – The 4onthefloor, The Ragbirds
June 9 – Hanging Hearts, Ages and Ages
June 16 – Tameca Jones, Handmade Moments
June 23 – Jaerv, Tom Sharpe
June 30 – Malina Moye, Freaque
July 7 – The Wildwoods, CJ Chenier
July 14 – Letitia VanSante, Henhouse Prowlers

July 21 – West of Mabou, Dos Santos
July 28 – Gangstagrass, The Accidentals
August 4 – Connla, Chicago Farmer


The Levitt AMP Galva Music Series presented by Regional Media is made possible by generous community support, including the following major sponsors: Mediacom, The logo was created by Andrew Carlson.


About the Galva Arts Council

The mission of the Galva Arts Council is to enrich the quality of life in our town through the advancement and promotion of the arts, the encouragement of the appreciation of the arts through participation and attendance of art events, the provision of membership services, and advocacy for the arts.


About the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation

The Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation is a private foundation that exists to strengthen the social fabric of America. Through its support of creative placemaking, the Levitt Foundation empowers communities to transform underused public spaces into welcoming destinations where the power of free, live music brings people together and invigorates community life. The Foundation's primary funding areas include permanent Levitt venues and the Levitt AMP [Your City] Grant Awards, an annual grants competition. During the past decade, the Foundation has awarded more than $20 million in grants to support access to free, high-caliber live music experiences while bringing new life to public spaces.


Learn more at http://galvaartscouncil.org and https://concerts.levittamp.org/galva.


A Local R.R. Bridge and a Railsplitter

Dr. Art Pitz, a college professor and historian for over forty years, will be presenting a scholarly
program about Abraham Lincoln’s role in the Effie Afton Incident at the Dairy Building, located
at 410 North Erickson Street in Bishop Hill, IL. A meeting of local notables in Col. Davenport’s
parlor set in motion a chain of events that led to a railroad chugging into downtown Rock Island
on George Washington’s birthday in 1854, the first R.R. bridge to cross the Mississippi in 1856,
and a court case that would bring a heretofore relatively obscure lawyer to national prominence.
Was he actually here? Find out by attending this free program on Saturday April 6 at 2 p.m. A
Local R.R. Bridge and a Railsplitter is sponsored by the Bishop Hill Heritage Association and
the Black Hawk College Speakers Bureau. For more details, please call 309 927-3899, email
bhha@mymctc.net, or visit www.bishophillheritage.org.

IVCC offers Nursing Information Session April 3

A nursing admission information session will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 3 in Illinois Valley Community College’s Room CTC123.


Sponsored by the nursing department, counseling center and admissions and records, the session will cover admission requirements and courses students should take before applying to either the associate degree (RN) or Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) programs.


Due to space limitations, students are encouraged to RSVP with Kathy Sramek at (815) 224-0439 or kathy_sramek@ivcc.edu.

Senate Week In Review

 Several important bills – some of them controversial – were among the measures considered by lawmakers during the week to meet a March 22 deadline to move Senate bills out of committees.


Among the legislation reviewed by committees during the week were measures that would repeal parental notification for abortions, target fentanyl, and protect victims in sexual harassment cases.


In other action, a pro-life rally on March 20 generated a larger than expected turnout, estimated at more than 3,600.  The first floor of the Capitol quickly reached maximum capacity, and security officials had to keep people from entering the building for a short time.


Also during the week, FFA students and agricultural advocates from throughout Illinois descended on the Capitol for Illinois Agriculture Legislative Day (IALD) on March 19


Thousands of pro-life advocates oppose bills


Thousands of people from across Illinois came to the Capitol March 20 to voice their strong opposition to several controversial bills that would expand abortion rights and repeal the parental notification law.


I stand alongside pro-life advocates to oppose these bills.


One of the controversial measures passed a Senate committee this week. Senate Bill 1594 would repeal the Parental Notice of Abortion Act of 1995, which prohibits a doctor from performing an abortion on a minor unless they have given at least 48 hours’ notice to a parent or guardian.


Opponents of the measure have raised concerns that minors do not have the emotional maturity to make such a difficult decision, which will have lifelong consequences, without the support of a parent or guardian. They argue that a parent has a responsibility to provide for the health and emotional well-being of their child, and that repealing parental notification for abortions impedes their ability to fulfill that responsibility.


Senate Bill 1594 passed in the Senate Public Health Committee on March 19 and now heads to the Senate for consideration.


Agriculture Legislative Day at Capitol


FFA students and agricultural advocates from throughout the state descended on the Capitol for Illinois Agriculture Legislative Day (IALD) on March 19.


IALD brings together farm, agricultural commodity organizations and agriculture interest groups to advocate to lawmakers about the importance of agriculture and agricultural education. The Weaver Team welcomed students from Midland, Stark County, Princeville, Alwood, Bureau Valley, Cambridge, Geneseo and Wethersfield.


Agriculture is a major driver of Illinois’ economy. Marketing the state’s agricultural commodities generates more than $19 billion with billions more flowing into the state from ag-related industries.


IALD is one of the best days of the year. It is amazing to hear what these young business people are doing. They are on the right track for great careers in and out of agriculture.


Legislation takes aim at fentanyl


Legislation taking aim at fentanyl, now the biggest cause of opioid overdose deaths, passed the Criminal Law Committee during the week.


Despite the fact that fentanyl is now considered to be the biggest cause of opioid overdose deaths, current Illinois criminal law treats it as a lesser threat.  That could all change under Senate Bill 199, which would put the drug on the same level as heroin.


According to 2018 study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, fentanyl is now the drug that is most frequently involved in overdoses in the United States.  Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid pain reliever that is 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine.  While it is commercially sold as a prescription pain reliever, much of the drug involved in overdoses and deaths is made illegally.  It is often mixed in with heroin and cocaine by dealers.


Senate Bill 199 creates a Class 1 felony penalty structure for the possession of fentanyl and fentanyl analogs, targeted at illegal dealers and suppliers of the drug.  It gives law enforcement another tool in the battle against the opioid crisis.


Senate Bill 199 passed the Senate Criminal Law committee unanimously and is now awaiting a vote by the full Senate.


Statewide sexual assault evidence tracking system


New legislation, which aims to provide sexual assault victims more transparency on the status of the processing of rape kit evidence, unanimously passed out of the Criminal Law Committee during the week.  Senate Bill 1411 would require the Illinois State Police to establish a statewide sexual assault electronic tracking system.


Currently, Illinois does not have a uniform system across all law enforcement to track sexual assault evidence.  In 2017, the Sexual Assault Evidence Tracking and Reporting Commission was formed to tackle this problem and improve how the state collects and tracks this vital evidence.  The Commission was a bipartisan effort, bringing together one legislator from each caucus, representatives from sexual assault organizations, law enforcement and state’s attorneys.


Senate Bill 1411 now heads to the Senate Floor for a full vote.


Sexual harassment victim representation


The Senate passed an important new protection for victims of sexual harassment in union work places on March 20.


Union members are entitled to representation by their union for disciplinary and grievance issues, including in cases of alleged sexual harassment.  This representation extends to both victims and accused perpetrators in sexual harassment disciplinary hearings, if both individuals are union members.  However, under current law, the union can assign the same representative to both the victim and the person or persons accused of harassment.


Under Senate Bill 1877, the newly created Sexual Harassment Victim Representation Act, a union is prohibited from designating the same person to represent both a victim of sexual harassment and an alleged perpetrator of sexual harassment in disciplinary proceedings. 


Proponents of the bill say this is a common-sense protection for victims of sexual harassment that ensures they are represented by someone solely focused on their side of the disciplinary process.


Senate Bill 1877 has passed the Senate unanimously and is now headed to the House for consideration in that chamber.

Medical Society Creates Nursing Endowment, Awareness Initiative

The La Salle County Medical Society has created a nursing scholarship endowment at
Illinois Valley Community College. The $44,131 donation is the balance of the Medical
Society’s polio fund established in the 1950s. The Society itself dates back to 1853.
In October 2016, the Society created a $1,500 annual scholarship with the Foundation for
future Registered Nurses (RNs) residing in La Salle County. At that time, Medical Society
President Dr. Amar Dave credited Society member Dr. Janet Beck Jakupcak of Marseilles for
initiating the award.

IVCC graduates 65-70 RNs and about 15 Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) each year.
“Nursing is one of our most demanding and renowned programs,” said IVCC President
Corcoran. “This endowment will provide financial support to students today and for future
generations. The Medical Society’s history is full of noble community works like this.”
For information on creating an IVCC Foundation scholarship, contact Fran Brolley,
director of community relations and development, at (815) 224-0466 or fran_brolley@ivcc.edu.
In addition, the gift will help fund an awareness-building program on the growing
number of infants born cannabis- or opioid-addicted.

To raise awareness of the problem and aid in prevention, beginning next fall, IVCC
nursing students will go to district schools to make presentations on the potential harm done to infants by mothers using cannabis or opioids during pregnancy.

University of Illinois Master Gardener Program Accepting Online Applicants

For the University of Illinois Extension Master Gardener program, the last four decades can be measured by the millions of volunteer hours given to help bring horticultural help to communities across the state.


This year marks the 48th anniversary of the Illinois Master Gardener program. With over 3,000 members today, Illinois Master Gardeners have given more than 2,309,348 volunteer hours - a value of over $46 million, to the state.


Today, Master Gardener volunteers, who come from farms, small towns, suburbs, and cities, offer numerous educational opportunities related to gardening in nearly every county in the state.


The mission of the Illinois Master Gardener program is “Helping Others Learn to Grow.” After 60 hours of training in topics such as vegetable and flower gardening, insect problems, and plant diseases, the volunteers participate in programs throughout their communities. Some of those opportunities may include speaking at garden clubs, civic groups, or schools; answering calls or emails at help desks; establishing demonstration gardens that serve as educational tools; and educating citizens on how to establish community gardens.


You don’t have to be a gardening expert to become a Master Gardener. All you need is an interest in gardening, some time to volunteer in the community, and a desire to share your knowledge with others. The program is more about connections; connecting people with other gardeners, with their community, and with reliable resources for information. Once connections are forged, it’s time to get sowing and growing in our many meaningful community projects.

The University of Illinois Extension is now accepting applications to participate in the Online Master Gardener Training Program. This new online program allows volunteers to complete the training who may have never been able to in the past due to schedule or time conflicts. This online, self-guided course for Illinois residents can be completed any time of day or night. Set aside about 4 hours per week for videos, reading the manual and completing quizzes, and the training will be completed in 14 weeks. The 2019 summer Master Gardener Online Training includes 13 modules - an introduction and 12 subject-areas. Module topics include: Botany; Soils and Fertilizers; Plant Diseases; Entomology; Integrated Pest Management; Annuals and Perennials; Trees, Shrubs and Woody Vines; Lawns; Small and Tree Fruits; Vegetables; Composting/Organic Gardening; and Living with Wildlife.

Each module consists of several videos and an online quiz; therefore, a strong internet connection is highly recommended. Please note this training is not being offered in local Extension offices, but must be completed through use of a personal computer or other computer access. The registration cost for the program is $300, which includes the Master Gardener manual.


Registration for the summer 2019 class will be open from April 1 st through May 20 th , 2019 and the class will start on June 3 rd , 2019. You may contact the Bureau, LaSalle, Marshall, Putnam Extension Unit for more information or to obtain an application form at the following: 


Meg E. Overocker, Extension Program Coordinator
University of Illinois Extension - LaSalle County Office
1689 North 31 st Road, Suite 2

Ottawa, IL 61350



Following completion of the training, Master Gardener interns will work with Extension staff and local Master Gardeners in the Bureau, LaSalle, Marshall, and Putnam Unit area to complete required volunteer time through approved community service projects.


Go to https://master-gardener.extension.illinois.edu/mgot to read more about the program.


University of Illinois Extension provides educational programs and research-based information to help Illinois residents improve their quality of life, develop skills and solve problems. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, please call the LaSalle County Extension Office at 815-433-0707. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time for meeting your access needs. University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment.

Starved Rock Better Able To Maintain Safety And Upkeep Under Rezin Legislation

 In an effort to ensure safety and upkeep at Starved Rock State Park, State Senator Sue Rezin (R-Morris) is sponsoring legislation that would allow the Illinois Department of Natural Resources to implement a parking fee. Senate Bill 1310 passed the Senate Environment and Conservation Committee Thursday.


“Due to the large amount of visitors at Starved Rock, the park has had trouble keeping up on maintenance projects and ensuring safety to its visitors,” said Sen. Rezin. “This would be a very minimal parking fee that would help the park stay clean, maintain its trails, and provide additional parking.”


Sen. Rezin noted that Starved Rock State Park sees well over two million visitors annually, and if it were a national park, it would rank 11th in the amount of visitors it sees.

“We are so fortunate to have such a beautiful park in our region,” said Sen. Rezin. “We must do what we can to maintain this asset and keep it attractive so that visitors continue to want to come here.”


Fees collected under SB 1310 can only go toward infrastructure and public safety purposes.

SB 1310 now heads to the full Senate for a vote.

Sen. Rezin, Constituent Testify On Bill To Help Prevent Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

State Senator Sue Rezin (R-Morris), pictured right, and Ashley Lamps (constituent of the 38th District), pictured left, testified in the Senate Local Government Committee Wednesday on Senate Bill 1568, which puts stricter requirements in place following an investigation where a child had died suddenly and unexpectedly.


In an effort to learn more about the factors that may contribute to sudden infant deaths, SB 1568 would require an autopsy to be conducted following the investigation and the coroner must provide any environmental factors that may have contributed to the child’s death.


During Ashley’s testimony, she told her story of losing her son in 2013, and said his death was labeled Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) even though there were unsafe factors present during his death.


SB 1568 passed out of committee and now heads to the Senate for a full vote.


Four Seasons Gardening Program Spring Series

The Spring series of the University of Illinois Extension’s Four Seasons Gardening Program,
which focuses on environmental stewardship, home gardening and backyard food production,
gets underway the month of April. The public is invited to participate in this free webinar series. The first session of the series is titled “Gardening with Culinary Herbs.” Gardening with
culinary herbs is a great way to add interest and fragrance to the landscape. Herbs can be easily grown in a kitchen garden, container garden, or mixed within the landscape. Join Jennifer Fishburn, Extension Horticulture Educator, as she shares tips on using herbs to attract pollinating insects.


This program will be offered via a live webinar on Tuesday, April 2 nd at 1:30 p.m. at the
following University of Illinois Extension Offices: Bureau County in Princeton; Marshall-
Putnam Counties in Henry; and LaSalle County in Ottawa. This webinar may also be viewed from wherever you have internet access by pre-registering at go.illinois.edu/4seasons_webinars. Recorded videos of these sessions can be viewed following the program at go.illinois.edu/fourseasonsrecordings .


Other topics in the Spring series include “Invasive Insects,” set for Tuesday, April 23 rd at
1:30 p.m., and “Which Grass is Which? Identifying Grasses Made Easy,” set for Tuesday, June

11 th at 1:30 p.m. Each session is free to the public. Advance registration is needed. Phone or email the LaSalle County University of Illinois Extension office for more details at 815-433-0707, or you may email Extension Program Coordinator Meg Overocker at meo@illinois.edu.


University of Illinois Extension provides educational programs and research-based information
to help Illinois residents improve their quality of life, develop skills and solve problems. If you
need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, please call the LaSalle County Extension office at 815-433-0707. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time for meeting your access needs. University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment.

Cemetery Clean Up

The Village of Wyanet will be conducting cemetery clean up at Forest Hill Cemetery on Monday, March 25th. Please remove all items by Sunset on March 24th. Call the Village Hall with any questions 815-699-2631

Snow And Removal, And Lawn Care Service For The Year(s) 2019 - 2020.


Project Summary:  Bureau County Sheriff James Reed and the Bureau County Building & Grounds Committee are accepting bids for snow and ice removal, and lawn care service for the year(s) 2019 - 2020.  The obligation of the bidder(s) for snow removal shall end with the last snowfall in spring of 2020.  The obligation of the bidder(s) for lawn care service shall end December 31, 2019.        


Specifications:   Documented specifications identifying the County properties and the bidder requirements are available Monday through Friday during business hours at the Office of the Sheriff, Bureau County Courthouse, 700 South Main Street Room 208 Princeton, Illinois, 61356.  Bidders take note:  A professional performance is demanded when providing this service.


Bids must be submitted to the Bureau County Sheriff’s Office, 700 South Main Street Room 208, Princeton, Illinois 61356, no later than 4:00 PM on Wednesday, April 3, 2019, to be opened at the Building and Grounds Committee meeting.  Bids shall be submitted separately as one (1) total and inclusive price for the snow/ice removal services and one (1) total and inclusive price for lawn care services as requested.  Hourly and daily rates are not acceptable and will not be considered.


All bids shall be submitted within a sealed envelope and prominently marked either “Lawn Service Bid” or “Snow/Ice removal Bid” along with the name of the bidding company or individual.  Failure to meet the requirements will void the contract.  The Sheriff and the Building and Grounds Committee reserve the right to waive any or all technicalities regarding this bid purchase and to reject any individual or all bid proposals.



James B. Reed

Bureau County Sheriff

SENATE WEEK IN REVIEW: March 11-15, 2019

The Senate spent most of its day working on legislation in full schedule of committees during the week, with some floor action, and several controversial measures making news.


Other notes of interest include new reports on job creation, and state and local tax burdens. And applications are available for the next Illinois State Police Cadet Class.


Senate passes ‘Tobacco 21’

On March 14, the Senate tackled the controversial issue of raising the age from 18 to 21 to purchase tobacco, electronic cigarettes or alternative nicotine products.

House Bill 345 would eliminate penalties for underage possession, but retailers still would be fined for selling restricted products to underage customers.  A number of communities in Illinois have adopted Tobacco 21 rules, but this legislation would make it a statewide standard. 


Previously approved by the House of Representatives on March 12, House Bill 345 passed the Senate on March 14 by a vote of 39-16-1.  The bill heads next to the Governor’s desk.


New ballot requirements for presidential candidates

Under Senate Bill 145, candidates for President and Vice-President would be required to publish or make their income tax returns public.  Failing to do so would mean that candidate would be barred from appearing on an Illinois Presidential ballot.  Under current federal law, presidential candidates are not required by law to publish or make their income tax returns public.


Courts have held, in two separate cases, that it’s unconstitutional for states to add requirements to a federal office.  Those cases are U.S. Term Limits, Inc. v. Thornton, and Cook v. Gralike.

Senate Bill 145 now moves to the full Senate for action.


Encouraging economic news

The improving national economy may be impacting Illinois, although there’s still room for improvement.

According to the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES), preliminary figures show nonfarm payrolls increased by 24,000 jobs in January 2019, when compared to December 2018.  IDES also reported during the week that job growth during the three-month period of November to January averaged a monthly gain of 12,500 jobs.


Illinois’ state and local tax burdens

Illinoisans understand well, the amount of state and local taxes they pay each year.  What you might not know is how we compare with other states.

The online consumer and financial website, WalletHub ranks Illinois with having the highest effective state and local taxes in the nation at 14.9 percent.  The ranking was based on a Median U.S. Household income of $58,082, with an estimated annual tax burden of $8,653.

WalletHub ranks Illinois’ current flat income tax rate of 4.95 percent at 39, our real-estate tax at 50 and our sales and excise taxes (taxes on products such as gasoline, tobacco and alcohol) in the middle of the pack at 25.


Wanted: State Troopers

The Illinois State Police (ISP) is accepting applications for its next Cadet Class.

Cadet Class 130 is tentatively scheduled to begin in October.  ISP has 21 patrol districts across the state.  The deadline for a completed application and required documentation is May 31.

More details are available at the Illinois State Police Merit Board website at www.illinoistrooper.com.

IVCC March Board Report

The Illinois Valley Community College board approved tenure for four faculty members
Thursday and accepted with regret notices of retirement from Director of Financial Aid Patty
Williamson and Human Services instructor and program coordinator Jean Batson-Turner.
Faculty earning tenure were Tammy Landgraf, early childhood education, Willard Mott,
agriculture, Heather Knoblauch, nursing, and Andrew Seeger, world languages. Tenure requires faculty demonstrate exemplary teaching, contributions to the college and community and involvement with professional organizations.

Batson-Turner, who led human services since its inception in 2002, will retire May 31
and Williamson, financial aid director since 2009, will retire June 30.
Non-tenured faculty contracts have been renewed with Tracey Antle, nursing; David
Barnes, economics; Jessie Bouxsein, nursing; Nicholas Fish, EMS; Jean Forst, English and
reading; Amber Fox, accounting; Kevin Hermes, criminal justice; and Taylor Myers, nursing.
The board also learned:

 Julia “Kathy” Hart has been hired as Institutional Research/Information Technology
programmer analyst.

Resignation letters have been received from the Assessment Center’s Julie Fahning,
effective April 25; Adult Education’s Vita Covarrubias; and part-time Spanish instructor
Ruben Alvarado, effective May 13.


A pair of change orders totaling $8,882 bring total cost of the Building E AHU-Chiller
replacement to $1,106,882.

The agriculture program anticipates arrival of a CASE IH Magnum 340 tractor by April
1. The leased tractor, to be used by ag faculty and students, was made available by CNH
Industrial and its local dealer Stoller International of Ottawa.


In his yearly student demographics report to the board, Vice President for Student
Services Mark Grzybowski said the student body continues to get younger. “At the height
of the enrollment bubble in fall 2010, the mean age was 25 compared to a mean age in
fall 2018 of 23.8,” Grzybowski said.

IVCC’s Rho Omega Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa was named a 2019 REACH Chapter
and will receive special recognition in the form of five graduation stoles to be worn
during commencement by PTK officers. REACH recognizes chapters excelling in
membership development. The two-year college honorary society said 91 percent of its
members complete an associate degree or transfer to a four-year college, compared to 38
percent of students nationally. Eric Schroeder and Aseret Loveland are Rho Omega

IVCC will receive a $10,000 “All Learning Counts” initiative grant from Lumina
Foundation. The program works to ensure post-secondary learning from the military,
work, and other experiences counts toward academic credentials. Of 74 applicants, IVCC
was one of 28 – and one of just four community colleges – to receive funding.

A total of 1,038 students from 18 schools attended the annual Career Fair at IVCC March
8. There were also 168 presenters and 25 volunteers. “Every year this program
underscores how lucky we are to work with our friends from Starved Rock Associates for

Vocational and Technical Education (SRAVTE) and the Building and Construction
Trades and Contractors Association. The Labor Management Group set up equipment on
east campus and sponsored a business after-hours with IVAC the night before,” said
IVCC President Jerry Cocoran.

Labor management also hosted a business after-hours at IVCC’s Ottawa Center
Wednesday to pay tribute to Ottawa Mayor Bob Eschbach’s 20 years of service. “It was
fitting to have the program at Ottawa Center because of the role Bob played in launching
the Center in the first place,” said Corcoran. The President noted that Everett Solon, one
of three IVCC trustees in attendance, facilitated the sale of the Centrue Bank property to
the city to become the Ottawa Center. “Mayor Eschbach and the city council have been
incredibly supportive of IVCC and consistent advocates for higher education.”

The Illinois Community College Trustees Association (ICCTA) Northwest Region
meeting is at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 3 at IVCC. A tour will begin at 5:15 p.m. and the
meeting will include a presentation on IVCC’s MIMIC program and Women in
Technology by computer aided design instructor Dorene Data.

IVCC’s 28 th annual job fair is 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, April 11 in the gym.


The college’s 23 rd annual employee recognition event is at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 18 at
Grand Bear Lodge.


The annual LPN Pinning ceremony is at 5 p.m. Monday, July 22 in the Dr. Mary
Margaret Weeg Cultural Centre.

About 240 junior high and high school students engaged in hands-on learning at the third
annual STEAM conference in IVCC’s gym March 12. The event was sponsored by
LaMoille High School and Supt. Jay McCracken.

Travel the Canadian Rockies April 2 at the Princeton Public Library

Come travel the Canadian Rockies at the Princeton Public Library Tuesday, April 2 at 6:30 p.m. Sue Fiorentini  from Experience Travel will share information about Rocky Mountaineer, which offers over 65 unique Canadian vacation packages and four distinctive rail routes through British Columbia, Alberta, and the Pacific Northwest. Their world-renowned, luxury train travels by daylight through the wild beauty of Canada’s West and is the best way to experience the majestic Canadian Rockies. Check this destination off your bucket list by vicariously enjoying the sights of Canada’s snow-capped mountains, glacier fed lakes, and fertile river valleys.

David Cook's Photograghs and Presentation in April

Welcome Spring by attending a program on Pollinator Portraits at the Princeton Public Library Thursday, April 4 at 6:30 p.m. Local photographer Dave Cook will talk about the origin and intent of his unique photo series, which will be on display in the library throughout the month of April. In addition to describing which sites he visited and the pollinator behaviors he observed, Dave will also offer advice for photographers and anyone interested in attracting pollinations.


No advance registration is required and this event is free. Come to learn more about Dave’s background in photography and enjoy these beautiful portraits.

Over the Edge 4 Girl Scouts Announces Key Event Sponsor

St. Charles, IL – Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois (GSNI) is proud to announce Jewel-Osco as
presenting sponsor of Over the Edge 4 Girl Scouts 2019! GSNI took fundraising to new heights
with Over the Edge 4 Girl Scouts in 2018. This unique event provided participants the thrilling
opportunity of rappelling 16 stories (140 feet!) down the tower of Pheasant Run Resort in St.
Charles. The event was a rousing success, raising nearly $80,000 to help girls in need gain
access to the proven benefits of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience!

The organization is bringing Over the Edge 4 Girl Scouts back to Pheasant Run Resort this year
on Saturday, June 1, and inviting anyone, ages 11 and older, to join them. Former Girl Scouts
are especially encouraged to register and inspire future generations. Special guest rappelers
will be back, including the Elgin SWAT team and Geneva Mayor Kevin Burns!

Girl Scouts know outdoor activities, like Over the Edge 4 Girl Scouts, provide opportunities to
experience unforgettable adventures and triumph through individual and group challenges.
Supporters can join girls as they gain confidence by trying something new, overcoming fear, and practice improving their skills. All proceeds raised through Over the Edge 4 Girl Scouts will
provide membership and program assistance to current and future Girl Scouts in 16 local

Limited to the first 92 participants, individuals, ages 11 and older, raise proceeds through peer-
to-peer and DIY fundraising with GSNI’s fundraising toolkit and specially-designed website.
There is no experience or prior training needed in order to register. The Over the Edge 4 Girl
Scouts staff consists of a team of experts who provide the technical expertise, training, and
equipment needed for the event. Visit www.girlscoutsni.org/ote to sign up today, or check out
ways to support local event rappelers with fundraising efforts at www.overtheedgegsni.com.

Over the Edge 4 Girl Scouts is also generously sponsored by BMO Wealth Advisors, Esser
Hayes, Dugan & Lopatka CPAs, Elgin State Bank, Ashford Farms, QSP, and Shaw Media.
Additional sponsorship opportunities are currently available. Contact Nancy Ramos at 1-815-
209-6550 or nramos@girlscoutsni.org for more information!


Wondering Why Girl Scouts?

At Girl Scouts, girls are our first and only priority. And they always will be. See how girls prepare for leadership, adventure, and success at why.girlscouts.org. This dynamic digital experience showcases Girl Scouts as a powerhouse where girls develop key skills for a lifetime.

Learn more at why.girlscouts.org today!


Girl Scouts don't just dream big; we take action. Are you ready to change the world with us?


We’re Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois

We believe every girl can change the world. With us, Girl Scouts develop the independence and
confidence to guide their own lives and build a better world. We put girls in the driver’s seat and encourage them to customize their own experience. With programs focused on the outdoors, career and interest exploration, travel and global community, and practical life skills, in addition to community service projects, every girl can unlock her full potential and be amazing!

We serve 16 counties including parts or all of Boone, Carroll, Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Jo
Daviess, Kane, Kendall, Lake, LaSalle, Lee, McHenry, Ogle, Stephenson, Whiteside, and
Winnebago. To volunteer, reconnect, donate, or join, visit www.girlscoutsni.org or call 844-
GSNI-4-ME (844-476-4463).

FEMA to Recognize City of Ottawa For Flood Prevention and Response Efforts

Ottawa residents will soon receive a 40 percent discount on their flood insurance premiums as a result of the city’s extensive efforts to mitigate and reduce flood damage.


On March 14, the city will receive the Community Rating System Award from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Ottawa reached a Class 2 in the Community Rating System, which is the highest ranking of any community in FEMA Region 5, which includes Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin. In fact, only one community in the entire nation ranks higher than Ottawa.


The award will be presented Thursday, March 14, to Mayor Robert Eschbach at the Illinois Association for Floodplain and Stormwater Management’s annual conference in Peoria.

State Senator Sue Rezin (R-Morris) said this accomplishment is a huge deal for Ottawa and its residents and noted the city has put in a tremendous amount of hard work to reach this achievement.


“What Ottawa has done in flood preparation goes well beyond anything we’ve seen in the entire state,” said Sen. Rezin. “By receiving such a high rating, everyone that has to pay flood insurance in the City of Ottawa will benefit from their efforts and will receive a large reduction in their flood insurance premiums.”


“Our flood preparation plan not only saves residents money on their flood insurance, but what’s more important, is what it has done for our community,” said Mike Sutfin, City of Ottawa Building and Zoning Official. “By making an investment in how we prepare and respond to floods, we’ve saved our taxpayers nearly $10 million.”


Sen. Rezin reflected back to 2013, when she first came to realize Ottawa’s efforts.


“In 2013, we had the most devastating flood this region has ever seen,” said Sen. Rezin. “There was a total of $150 million in damage that stretched from one end of my district to the other. Every single community had damage except for Ottawa, who sits at the confluence of two rivers. They had zero dollars of damage. That just goes to show how impactful their efforts truly are.”


Since the 2013 flood, Ottawa’s model for flood management has been embraced by other communities in the 38th District and it is what is used by the Illinois Valley Flood Resiliency Alliance, which is a coalition Sen. Rezin helped establish that brings communities, local governments, and emergency personnel together to help prepare for flood events.


“What’s even more impressive is the fact that Ottawa’s model is recognized by FEMA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as what other communities should be doing,” said Sen. Rezin. “This is a one-of-a-kind model for the rest of the country and it all started right here in Ottawa.”

Learn more about the National Flood Insurance Program’s Community Rating System and how communities are scored at fema.gov.

IVCC Project Success Leadership Team hosts Cystic Fibrosis Awareness and Fundraiser event March 28

Illinois Valley Community College’s Project Success Leadership Team hosts a Cystic Fibrosis Awareness and Fundraiser event from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 28 at Nina’s Market & Taqueria, 845 First St. La Salle. Nina’s will donate 20 percent of restaurant and store sales to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation during the event.


Leadership Team members will be in IVCC’s Student Life Center from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 20 and Thursday, March 21 with an information table.

IVCC student Rebecca Moreno, a survivor of cystic fibrosis, will share her journey with the disease and the team will have a video display and reminders of the Nina’s Market fundraiser.

IVCC hosts Adult Student Info Session April 9 at Mendota High School

Illinois Valley Community College’s Admissions office hosts an Adult Student Information Session from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 9 at Mendota High School (2300 W. Main St.).


This session is recommended for future adult students who want to learn more about attending IVCC. Assistant Director of Admissions, Records and Transfer Services Aseret Loveland said, “Entering college as an adult student can be intimidating. This free session will help demystify the enrollment process and introduce prospective adult students to campus resources.”


For information, call (815) 224-0439; RSVP at www.ivcc.edu/events. Para preguntas en Español, llame (815) 224-0355, Sara.

Drs. Bida-Dudun & Bornstein Join IVCH Women's Health Care Center

Two new obstetrician/gynecologists, Anna Bida-Dudun, MD, and Ilan Bornstein, MD,
have joined the clinical staff at the Women’s Health Care Center at Illinois Valley Community
Hospital. Dr. Bida-Dudun came to IVCH from KSB Hospital in Dixon. She is a board-certified
OB/GYN who received her medical degree from Michigan State University. She had worked at
hospitals in Michigan before moving to Dixon in 2014. Dr. Bida-Dudun is board-certified and speaks Ukrainian, Polish and Russian in addition to English.


Dr. Bornstein is also board-certified. He came to the Illinois Valley from Florida, where
he had been on the medical staff of Lake Wales Medical Center. He is a graduate of the
Hadassah/Hebrew University Medical School in Jerusalem, Israel.


Dr. Bida-Dudun, Dr. Bornstein and Dr. Kemoria Granberry form the physician team at
the IVCH women’s center, which also has four certified nurse midwives on its staff—Dana
Hoffman, Barbara Tieman, Brittany Lange and Jacqueline Ma.
Call 815-223-2944 to make an appointment.

Online ticketing available for IVCC's production of Mamma Mia!

Tickets for Illinois Valley Community College’s production of “Mamma Mia!” are available online at https://www.showtix4u.com/events/ivcc. 7:30 p.m. performances are Thursday through Saturday, April 18-20 and Wednesday through Saturday, April 24-27. A 2 p.m. matinee is Sunday, April 28. Tickets are $20 each, $15 for high school and younger. No children under the age of 3 are permitted in the theatre for shows.


A $2 online service fee is charged per ticket and all sales are final; no refunds issued. Tickets will still be available for purchase at the box office one hour prior to showtime. Director Don Grant Zellmer said, “We’re excited to have online ticketing in place for our upcoming show. Theatre goers can select their performance, view the layout of the Dr. Mary Margaret Weeg Cultural Centre, select their ideal seats from those available and have tickets mailed, emailed or available for pick up the night of the performance.”


A virtual help desk is available from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday at (815) 915-4204 for patrons having difficulty ordering online. Phone ordering is not available.  

For more information, join the IVCC Fine Arts Facebook group.


Auxiliary Donations to Perry Memorial Hospital

The Perry Memorial Hospital Auxiliary 2019 donation totaled over $7,500.00 in equipment to the hospital due to the kindness of Allegion, PLC, in Princeton. Allegion plant manager, Christopher Dybek, “At Allegion, our culture is built on eight core values, one of the core values is “Serve Others, not Yourself”, when the opportunity was presented to support the Tree of Lights Campaign, that core value lead us to fulfill the need of the campaign.”


Deb Kirley, Tree of Lights committee member said, “I couldn’t believe it! What a wonderful and
generous thing for Allegion to do.” With the generous donation of the Allegion door closer the Auxiliary Tree of Lights committee was able to provide an additional $4,000 in equipment purchases including a graphing temperature monitoring recorder for the Laboratory, three tall hip chairs for Cardiac Rehabilitation, two bariatric chairs for Dietary, and three wheelchairs for general use in the hospital and clinic areas.


Together in 2019 both the Perry Memorial Hospital Auxiliary and Allegion partnered together to honor and value community. Allegion helps keep people safe and secure where they live, work and visit and Perry provides access to a continuum of health services in partnership. The outcome? Community wins!


The Perry Memorial Auxiliary has been organizing events and fundraisers for hospital needs for more than 70 years. The Auxiliary is a great way to connect with the community members and volunteer your time or talent in support of the hospital. Interested in becoming an Auxiliary Membership, contact Sue Gorman, Membership Chair, 815-878-5062.

IVCC's 28th Annual Job Fair April 11

Illinois Valley Community College’s Career Services is hosting the 28th Annual Job Fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, April 11 in the gym. The Job Fair is open to all job seekers and is free to attend.


The Employer Profile Search at www.collegecentral.com/ivcc will be open Friday, March 22 for job seekers to preview participating employers and their hiring needs. In the past, over 60 employers have registered to participate.


All job candidates should dress professionally and bring plenty of resumes to distribute to employers. With the opportunity to meet employers, job seekers should be prepared to answer why they are the right person for the job. Visit www.ivcc.edu/jobfair for information and to view the online listing of participating employers.

IVCC hosts Ag Open House April 5

Illinois Valley Community College will host its Agriculture Spring Open House for all prospective students and parents from 8:45 to noon Friday, April 5 in Rooms CTC124-125.


Guests will interact with current students and faculty, hear an overview on the revitalized program, tour campus and participate in an activity in the ag lab. Enrollment, financial aid and scholarship information will be provided.


In two years, the program led by instructor Willard Mott has grown to over 25 students taking at least one ag course, 10 new classes, two new ag degrees and five part-time instructors. Mott said, “Career opportunities in agriculture are wide-ranging; it’s a great time to get in on our rapidly growing program.”   


Students are asked to preregister online by March 29 at ivcc.edu/agriculture or by contacting Mott at (815) 224-0413 or willard_mott@ivcc.edu.

Freedom House To Host April 6th Benefit "Standing By Survivors"

On Saturday, April 6, at 6:00 p.m., at the Lavender Crest Winery in Colona, the public is invited to attend a fundraising benefit for Freedom House to help support essential services for innocent victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse. The fun-filled evening will mark Sexual Assault Awareness Month and is inspired by The Pretenders hit 1994 song, “I’ll Stand by You,” which pledges love and faithful support in times of personal darkness.


The evening, highlighted by a keynote address and audience Q&A with KWQC’s news anchor and host Paula Sands, will also feature a fine wine reception, gourmet dinner, and dancing to live music by Martin Engineering’s Blood Orange Band.


A live auction, aided by Miss Illinois USA Alex Plotz and auctioneer Matthew Bullock, is also planned in which attendees will bid to underwrite Freedom House services for victims and their dependents affected by sexual abuse and domestic violence.


Event sponsors from across central Illinois currently include Tanners Orchard, Speer; Martin Engineering, Neponset; Beck Oil, Princeton; Quaker Lane Enterprises, McNabb; Rumbold & Kuhn, and 111 Coffee, Wyoming; Heartland Bank, Princeton; St. Margaret’s Health, Spring Valley; Speer Community Bank; Vistra Energy, Hennepin; Locorp and Uppity Woman Designs, Galva; Route 71 Auto Body, Granville; Nancy Sutton, Kewanee; and Kewanee Rotary Club. Further information and event tickets are available on the Freedom House website, http://www.freedomhouseillinois.org.

Ag Management Night

University of Illinois Extension - Bureau, LaSalle, Marshall, Putnam Unit invites farm owners,
operators and those interested in farm leasing and the economic outlook, to hear from University of Illinois experts, Dr. Gary Schnitkey and Jonathan Coppess. All information is unbiased and research-based.


University of Illinois Extension is hosting the “2019 Ag Management Night” program on
Wednesday, March 27, at the IVCC campus in Oglesby. Our program will begin at 7:00 p.m. in
Room CTC 125. Advance registration is required by March 26 by calling 815-224-0889 or by
registering online. The cost is $10. per person which can be paid online or at the door that
evening. If you need a reasonable accommodation, please indicate when registering. Online
registration is https://go.illinois.edu/2019agmgmt

Dr. Gary Schnitkey, University of Illinois Extension Specialist, Farm Management, will cover ag
leases, update trends and marketing opportunities. Crop-share, cash rent, and flexible leases;
farm economic outlook and cost centers; price projections and returns to land; and farmland
prices, will be discussed.

Jonathan Coppess, University of Illinois, Director, Gardner Agriculture Policy Program from the
Department of Agriculture & Consumer Economics, will cover: update on (expected) 2018 Farm Bill and program revisions; crop insurance options that reflect 2019 pricing and risks; and
current conservation programs that can benefit bottom line for the producer.

For more information, call Daryle Wragge, Ag Program Coordinator, at 309-364-2356.

The Mission of University of Illinois Extension is to provide practical education you can trust to
help people, businesses and communities solve problems, develop skills and build a better future. University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. Visit our website at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/blmp/

The Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center Blood Drive

The Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center will be holding a Blood Drive at the Princeton Public Library Thursday, March 21 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Advanced registration is requested by either signing up at the front desk of the library at 698 E Peru Street in Princeton or calling 815-875-1331. Walk-ins are also welcome. Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center is the only provider for many local hospitals, including Perry Memorial. Help save lives and support your community by your contribution.

Lillian Rodrigues named New Century Transfer Pathway Scholar

Lillian Rodrigues, a student at Illinois Valley Community College, has been named a
2019 New Century Transfer Pathway Scholar and will receive a $2,250 scholarship.
Over 2,000 students were nominated from more than 1,200 college campuses across the
country. Only one New Century Transfer Pathway Scholar is selected from each state.
New Century Transfer Pathway Scholars are selected based on their academic
accomplishments, leadership, activities, and how they extend their intellectual talents beyond the classroom.


Rodrigues plans to transfer to Northern Illinois University next fall to major in
microbiology, eventually become a physician’s assistant and return home to practice rural

In late August, she received $3,000 from the IVCC Foundation after being named the 21 st
Century Scholar. As president of IVCC’s Hispanic Leadership Team, Rodrigues led a
fundraising campaign for victims of natural disasters in South America and provided hygiene
kits and other comfort items to children going into foster care. 

As vice president of the college’s Red Cross chapter, she’s helped run blood drives,
installed fire alarms, packed trailers for disaster relief and earned certifications in First Aid,
cardiopulmonary resuscitation and shelter setup.

The daughter of Rosa and Dennis Watson is also a volunteer at OSF St. Paul Medical
Center in Mendota and tutored third graders in a Hispanic classroom last year.

The New Century program is sponsored by The Coca-Cola Foundation, the Coca-Cola
Scholars Foundation, Phi Theta Kappa, and the American Association of Community Colleges

“We congratulate Lillian for receiving this prestigious scholarship, and we are honored to
recognize her outstanding achievements,” said Phi Theta Kappa’s President and CEO Dr. Lynn

New Century Transfer Pathway Scholars will be recognized at Phi Theta Kappa’s
Presidents Breakfast in Orlando, Fla., on April 15 during the AACC Convention.
Phi Theta Kappa is the honor society recognizing academic achievements of community
college students. The Society is made up of more than 3.5 million members and nearly 1,300
chapters in 10 nations. Learn more at ptk.org.

IVCC Foundation Giving Day III Bake Sale and Raffle March 20

From Illinois Valley Community College’s Community Relations Office, (815) 224-0465
The Illinois Valley Community College Foundation will host a bake sale and raffle from
10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 20 in the cafeteria foyer to raise money for Giving Day III.
The event features a dozen items including take-and-bake cookies, a cupcake kit basket,
gift cards for local restaurants and a “Mamma Mia!” basket (four tickets to IVCC’s performance
with a DVD and soundtrack to the movie).

In addition, jars will be available for people to vote with coins or cash for the IVCC
employee they would like to see ‘slimed’ at Giving Day III. Tickets will be sold for the large
raffle items:

Two tickets to a performance of Hamilton in Chicago with parking pass (1:30 p.m.
Wednesday, June 5 matinee at the CIBC Theatre)


Four White Sox tickets with parking pass sponsored by WCMY (winner chooses from a
list of available games)

Ottawa Center will also host a bake sale and raffle from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March
27 and will sell tickets for the Hamilton and White Sox raffles.

Giving Day III is at noon Wednesday, April 3 in the gym. IVCC Foundation alumni
coordinator Janice Corrigan said, “Students, employees, alumni, parents and the community are all welcome to celebrate and support IVCC students and everything that makes this college

The event will feature a Spirit Sprint Relay Challenge, a Slime Challenge, winners of the
Hamilton and Sox tickets will be drawn, free popcorn, pizza and water. Learn more at

Bureau County Deputy Testing 2019

The Bureau County Sheriff’s Merit Commission will accept applications for Deputy Sheriff beginning immediately (with this publication) and ending on April 8, 2019. Interested individuals must meet all Illinois Statutory requirements, the requirements of the Bureau County Sheriff’s Merit Commission and the requirements of the Sheriff of Bureau County.
Applications are available at the Bureau County Jail, 22 Park Avenue West, Princeton, IL 61356, and / or on the Bureau County Sheriff’s website:



All applications must be completed thoroughly, notarized, and delivered to Bureau County Sheriff James Reed, 700 South Main Street, Princeton, Illinois, 61356 prior to or post marked by April 8, 2019. The Bureau County Sheriff and all Bureau County governmental entities are equal opportunity employers. The Bureau County Sheriff’s merit Commission shall determine candidate eligibility based on the information provided on the application. Notice will be mailed to all applicants. All applicants must pass the Police Officer Wellness Evaluation test to be eligible to take the written test. Those applicants who meet the qualifications will be placed on an eligibility list. The Sheriff’s office will require deputies to fill open positions in both
Corrections and Law Enforcement this year. For additional information please contact Sheriff Jim Reed via email (sheriff@bureaucountysheriff.org) or telephone at (815) 875-3344.

Second Annual Youth Bike Workshop Offered

University of Illinois Extension, in partnership with the Princeton Pedestrian and Bicycle Commission, will be offering a free youth bicycle workshop during Bike Safety Month. Youth ages 6-18 are invited to attend this fun, informative workshop on Wednesday, May 15 th from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. at the Perry Memorial Hospital employee parking lot, corner of Park Avenue and 5 th Street, Princeton.


Those in attendance will be led through multiple stations to learn about safety, maintenance, and more from Princeton Bicycle Patrol Officers, Bicycle Commission members, and bicycle enthusiasts. A meal will be provided at the conclusion of the workshop.

“I am ecstatic to extend the invitation to area youth to attend this popular event,” Danielle Saletzki, University of Illinois Extension 4-H & Youth Program Coordinator shared. “Participants will be able to acquire knowledge and skills that can be utilized as a family recreational activity.”


Interested youth may register by visiting http://go.illinois.edu/bikeworkshop or by calling the University of Illinois Extension at 815-875-2878. Space is limited to the first 25 registered. Deadline to register is May 8th. Illinois 4-H is the largest out-of-school youth organization in Illinois, challenging youth to “learn by doing” with fun, hands-on activities that teach skills for living.


If you need a reasonable accommodation, please indicate when registering. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time for meeting your access needs. For more information call University of Illinois Extension – Bureau, LaSalle, Marshall, Putnam Unit Office at 815-224-0889. Extension offices are located in Princeton, Ottawa, Henry and in Oglesby on the IVCC campus.


The Mission of University of Illinois Extension is to provide practical education you can trust to help people, businesses and communities solve problems, develop skills and build a better future. University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. Visit our website at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/blmp/

Senate Approves Weaver Bill To Reduce Inmate Recidivism

SPRINGFIELD – A plan by State Sen. Chuck Weaver (R-Peoria) to help soon-to-be-released inmates find jobs to keep them from returning to jail or prison was approved by a unanimous vote of the Senate March 6.

Senate Bill 156 directs the Director of Corrections and the Secretary of Innovation and Technology to implement a system that permits prisoners to access specific and approved job search and career building websites before the inmates are released from the Department of Corrections institution or facility.


“Prisoners who have served their time need an opportunity to prepare, and to get some life skills before they get out,” Weaver said. “What we want to do is provide inmates limited computer access to approved job search websites to help them see what jobs are available.”

Weaver says Senate Bill 156 was requested by a re-entry facility in Peoria and the Kewanee Life Skills Re-Entry Center.


“I was contacted by these re-entry facilities about prisoners who are ready to get out and go forward, but do not have the ability to get on computers and search for jobs,” Weaver said. “With today’s technology, applications are also done on-line.” The 37th District Senator said any program that helps keep inmates from returning to prison also protects the public.


“Every time one of our inmates gets out, then ends up back in prison, there is a victim associated with that. We are doing what we can to see these prisoners don’t go back into the correctional system, and that someone isn’t injured in the process,” Weaver said. “Getting these inmates back to work is one of the most effective ways to make sure that happens.”

Approved by a 59-0 vote, Senate Bill 156 now moves to the House of Representatives for consideration.

Premier Scottish Fiddle Player and Cellist Will Perform in Bishop Hill

Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas - Scotland's premier fiddle ambassador and sizzlingly-talented Californian cellist - bring driving rhythms and the groove of Scottish tunes to Bishop Hill Creative Commons. Sunday, March 10th at Bishop Hill Creative Commons, located at 309 N. Bishop Hill St, Bishop Hill, IL.


The show will begin with a potluck dinner at 6PM, with music starting at 7PM, and is open to guests of all ages. Tickets are $25 and available at Eventbrite.com.


For more information please visit bishophillcommons.com.


To learn more about Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas please visit alasdairandnatalie.com.


IVCC offers free events for Women's History Month

Illinois Valley Community College has several free brown bag lunch Women’s History Month events in March under the theme “Visionary Women: Champions of Peace and Nonviolence.”


An IVCC Student Art and Literature Contest, sponsored by Sigma Kappa Delta and River Currents, will accept poetry, short stories, essays, pictures, paintings and other creative entries that feature women (or their contexts). Entries are due Monday, March 18 in-person or via email to kimberly_radekhall@ivcc.edu or tracy_lee@ivcc.edu with the subject line: WHM Contest.


Adjunct instructor Donna Stone and the Drama Mama Ensemble perform “Give Us the Vote! A Multimedia Readers’ Theatre” noon to 12:45 p.m. Tuesday, March 19 in Room CTC124. Written and directed by Stone, the performance celebrates the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment which gave women the right to vote in 1919. The ensemble produces shows on women’s issues.    


Instructor Dr. Kimberly Radek-Hall presents “Supreme Justice: Women Speaking Truth to (and against) Power” noon to 1 p.m. Monday, March 25 in Room CTC124. Radek-Hall will discuss Anita Hill and Christine Blasey Ford who both testified against Supreme Court Justice nominees as well as why women often do not report sexual assault and harassment. “A Panoply of Papers: Feminist Figures” is 11 a.m. to noon Wednesday, March 27 in Room CTC124 and features IVCC students presenting researched papers honoring feminists whose persistence have improved women’s lives in constructive and often non-violent ways. Refreshments will be available courtesy of Students Advocating Gender Equality (SAGE). 


The final event is “Art and Poetry Appreciation: Remembering Mary Oliver” noon to 1 p.m. Friday, March 29 in Room CTC124. IVCC faculty, SKD and River Currents members will read and discuss the works of their favorite female poets, especially the late Mary Oliver. Art and Literature Contest winners will be announced, prizes awarded and the winning art read or displayed. The public is welcome to all events and invited to bring their lunch. For information, email Radek-Hall.

IVCC Offers Informational Table For "Spread the Word to End the Word" Campaign

Illinois Valley Community College’s TEACH United, an organization for future educators, and LP's Transition Program will have an informational table from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 6 in the Student Life Center as part of Special Olympics’ ongoing “Spread the Word to End the Word” campaign.


The campus effort encourages members of the IVCC community to stop using the r-word (retard(ed)) and instead think of treating everyone, especially those with intellectual disabilities, with respect.


Participants are invited to sign a pledge banner, grab some free RESPECT items and enter a drawing for RESPECT swag. For information, contact IVCC Disability Services coordinator Tina Hardy at (815) 224-0284 or tina_hardy@ivcc.edu.

IVCC Offers Nursing Information Session March 20

A nursing admission information session will be held from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday,
March 20 in Illinois Valley Community College’s Room CTC125.

Sponsored by the nursing department, counseling center and admissions and records, the
session will cover admission requirements and courses students should take before applying to
either the associate degree (RN) or Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) programs.

Due to space limitations, students are encouraged to RSVP with Kathy Sramek at (815)
224-0439 or kathy_sramek@ivcc.edu.

Senior Watchdog, INC. Earns Better Business Bureau Accreditation

Becoming an Accredited Business with the Better Business Bureau is an honor not accorded to all businesses; because not all businesses meet eligibility standards. Senior Watchdog, Inc. is pleased to announce today that it has met all BBB standards and is now an Accredited Business.


“Accreditation in the BBB is by invitation only” says Steve J. Bernas, president and CEO of the
Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois. “And only those businesses that
meet our high standards, and pass the review process are approved by our Board of Directors.”


As with all businesses that are Accredited by the BBB, Senior Watchdog, Inc. has committed to
the BBB Code of Business Practices. The Code is a comprehensive set of policies, procedures
and best practices on how businesses treat consumers. These standards call for building trust,
embodying integrity, advertising honestly and being truthful. Bernas adds “To maintain their
Accreditation a business must be transparent, honor their promises, be responsive to their
customers, and safeguard their privacy.”


“We are proud to be a BBB Accredited Business,” said Sandra Brown, Principal, Senior
Watchdog, Inc. “In today’s world it is imperative that our customers know how seriously we take our commitment to excellence and good customer service. Our achieving BBB Accreditation exemplifies that goal.”

Senior Watchdog, Inc. has been in business for several years offering consumers the best in
Medicare Supplemental Insurance, Long Term Care, Life Insurance and Retirement Planning.
“Our desire is to stay focused on what we do best; provide outstanding products and unsurpassed customer service,” said Sandra Brown.


For more information contact: Sandra Brown 815-223-9394

About the Better Business Bureau: As a private, non-profit organization, the purpose of the Better Business Bureau is to promote an ethical marketplace. BBBs help resolve buyer/seller complaints by means of conciliation, mediation and arbitration. BBBs also review advertising claims, online business practices and charitable organizations. BBBs develop and issue reports on businesses and nonprofit organizations and encourage people to check out a company or charity before making a purchase or donation.

Tractor Supply Company Paper Clover spring campaign begins March 27

The Tractor Supply Company (TSC) store in Princeton will join Bureau County 4-H in support of local youth with the 4-H TSC Paper Clover Campaign, a national fundraising effort to benefit state and local 4-H programming in each of the communities where a Tractor Supply Company store is located. The effort has provided direct support for camping, outdoor experiences, and leadership opportunities. The spring campaign begins March 27th through the April 7th. TSC customers may choose to donate $1 at check out. One hundred percent of each dollar goes to 4-H, with 90 percent collected supporting thecounty and state programs, and the balance supporting national 4-H programs.


Bureau County 4-H members will be present at various times during the campaign to share about their experiences in 4-H, offer bake sale items, and promote the benefits of 4-H enrollment. For more information, visit www.tractorsupply.com/4h. If you need a reasonable accommodation, please indicate when registering. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time for meeting your access needs.


For more information call University of Illinois Extension – Bureau, LaSalle, Marshall, Putnam Unit Office at 815-224-0889. Extension offices are located in Princeton, Ottawa, Henry and in Oglesby on the IVCC campus.


The Mission of University of Illinois Extension is to provide practical education you can trust to help people, businesses and communities solve problems, develop skills and build a better future. University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. Visit our website at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/blmp/

Traditional Danish Folk Group Will Perform in Bishop Hill

Gangspil – a Danish folk trio of Sonnich Lydom (accordion, harmonica, vocals), Kristian Bugge (fiddle, vocals), and Viðar Skrede (guitar) – will take listeners on an entertaining and variated journey through the traditions of Danish folk music at Bishop Hill Creative Commons, Wednesday, March 13th at Bishop Hill Creative Commons, located at 309 N. Bishop Hill St, Bishop Hill, Illinois.


These lively musicians perform old dance tunes and songs from every corner of their Scandinavian home country, from rural islands like Læsø to the metropol Copenhagen, including a few of their own compositions. Expect everything from wild polkas and jigs to lyrical waltzes, fiery reels and happy hopsas, plus the exotic “Sønderhoning” dance tunes from the famous Island of Fanø, and long forgotten songs from all over the country; an unforgettable live experience spiced up with humor and stories from their many years on the road. They perform and have performed with some of the most exciting and well-know musicians from the Danish and Nordic folk scene.


The show will begin with a potluck dinner at 6PM, with music starting at 7PM, and is open to guests of all ages. Tickets are $20 and available at Eventbrite.com.


For more information please visit bishophillcommons.com


To learn more about Gangspil please visit trad.dk.
To learn more about Viðar Skrede please visit vidarskrede.com

Dorene Data Accepts a National Award for IVCC's MIMIC Project

An Illinois Valley Community College project was one of ten finalists nationwide for a prestigious award. Making Industry Meaningful In College (MIMIC) was named a finalist for the Bellwether Legacy Award, which recognizes previous Bellwether Award winners that have been offered for five or more years and have been replicated elsewhere. Six years ago, the MIMIC project was a finalist for The Bellwether Award, which recognizes excellence and innovation in community college programs.


IVCC and the other finalists for the Legacy Award were honored at the Community College Futures Assembly, in San Antonio in February. One of the originators of the MIMIC project, Dorene Data, gave a presentation on the 25-year-old IVCC project at the Assembly and accepted the award on behalf of IVCC. Data is the program coordinator of computer-aided design/computer-aided engineering and one of the developers of MIMIC.


MIMIC places students in engineering design and business into teams to design, prototype, manufacture, market and sell products. It was first offered in 1995 by Data and Alice Steljes, an accounting instructor, now retired. “We could see that our students needed workplace skills, like teamwork, communication and problem solving,” Data said. “So we decided to have our students work together as they would in a business or industry, and we could provide training in the skills they needed.”


Today, each MIMIC team, or “company” as they are called, includes students in engineering design and a variety of business fields such as marketing, accounting and business administration. Manufacturing students serve as consultants, and students in a number of other fields, such as welding, graphic design and technical writing, assist the teams.


In addition to Data, MIMIC instructors are Rick Serafini, program coordinator of accounting; Amber Fox, business instructor; and Bob Reese, professor of business administration, Electronics students were on the MIMIC teams from 1996 through 2016, and Jim Gibson, program coordinator of electronics, was a MIMIC instructor then.


Other instructors who have worked with the project include Rose Marie Lynch, retired communications instructor, who assisted with the application materials for the Legacy Award; and Tim Bias, program coordinator of manufacturing. Since its inception, MIMIC has been recognized as an innovative project. Data explained that MIMIC appears to be the first community college project to place technical and business students into teams to design, manufacture and sell products.


In its first year, MIMIC received a Connections Award for Innovative Curriculum Integration from the Illinois State Board of Education. In 2004, MIMIC instructors gave a presentation at the American Society for Engineering Education International Colloquium at Tsinghua University in Beijing, People’s Republic of China.


In 2005, IVCC received a grant of $230,000 from the National Science Foundation to make the MIMIC project the focal point or capstone for two-year technical programs. As part of the grant, the MIMIC instructors developed a manual, available online, to assist teachers in organizing similar projects, and they have given numerous workshops for teachers across the country. Commenting on how a 25-year-old program is still being recognized as innovative, Data said, “MIMIC continues to evolve, responding to our students’ needs, workplace needs, and what we learn.”


This year’s MIMIC Fair, where products from MIMIC’s 25th year will be sold, is April 17.

The winner of the Bellwether Legacy Award, announced at the Community College Futures Assembly, was a No Excuses Poverty initiative at Amarillo College, Texas, which connects low-income, first generation or academically underprepared students with services to help them overcome poverty barriers. Data’s presentation at the Futures Assembly featured video testimonials from IVCC President Jerry Corcoran and board member David Mallery, a former MIMIC student.

Explore IVCC Event March 26th

Illinois Valley Community College opens its classrooms and labs for “Explore IVCC”
5:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 26. This free event for prospective students and their parents begins with a panel of students as part of the welcome portion of the evening in the Dr. Mary Margaret Weeg Cultural Centre.

Attendees will then meet deans and faculty from various programs who will discuss
majors and give tours of labs. Current IVCC students will share their experiences and counselors will be available to discuss the college’s many academic programs. Other topics include financial aid, student support services, scholarships, and transfer services. Free limited-edition IVCC t-shirts and food are provided to attendees.

Assistant Director of Admissions, Records, and Transfer Services Aseret Loveland said,
“From industry-standard equipment in classrooms to creating relationships with local employers, IVCC has a lot of exciting opportunities to offer students.” She added, “Everything we will cover during ‘Explore’ is essential for individuals considering enrolling this summer or fall; we encourage guests to attend the entire program.”


RSVP at www.ivcc.edu/events or call (815) 224-0439. Summer registration begins April
4 and fall begins April 10.

University of Illinois Extension and the Bureau County Farm Bureau Present Agricultural Energy Program March 4th

University of Illinois Extension and the Bureau County Farm Bureau are presenting a program
on Monday, March 4, “Agricultural Energy Program: Introducing Wind and Solar Energy into a
Rural Environment”. The program will be held at 7:00 p.m. at the University of Illinois Extension
– Bureau County Office located in Becker Professional Suites, 850 Thompson Street, Princeton.

Walk-ins are welcome. There is no cost to participate. If you need a reasonable accommodation, please call the Bureau County Extension Office at 815-875-2878.


Presenters include:

Jay Solomon - University of Illinois Extension Energy and Environmental Stewardship Educator
Garrett Thalgott - Attorney, Illinois Farm Bureau
Dr. Mohamed Attalla - Executive Director of Facilities & Services, University of Illinois at
Urbana-Champaign & Ms. Morgan White - Associate Director for Sustainability, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Keith Bolin - Project Developer, Geronimo Energy
Andy Seay - Solarize Outreach Coordinator, StraightUp Solar
Derek Rieman - Director of Renewable Energy, Calpine

Topics of discussion include: types of solar farms and applications; types of wind turbines and
applications; overview of the renewable energy projects for the University of Illinois at Urbana-
Champaign; economic benefits; and legal aspects.


For more information, contact Daryle Wragge, Extension Ag Program Coordinator, at
wragge@illinois.edu or 309-364-2356. The Mission of University of Illinois Extension is to
provide practical education you can trust to help people, businesses and communities solve
problems, develop skills and build a better future. University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. Visit our website at

IVCC's Continuing Education Center Basic Forklift Operations

Illinois Valley Community College’s Continuing Education Center will offer “Basic Forklift Operations,” CEU 1200-01, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturdays March 16 through April 20.

The course helps ensure forklift operators, regardless of experience, have a uniform
understanding of the safe and efficient operation of forklifts and compliance with safety rules
and OSHA regulations.


Students will learn safe driving skills while gaining concise knowledge of how a forklift
works. Safety will be stressed to reduce accidents and injuries. For information, call the CEC at (815) 224-0427. To register, call (815) 224-0447.

University of Illinois Extension Agronomy Night

University of Illinois Extension - Bureau, LaSalle, Marshall, Putnam Unit invites ag producers,
agri-businesses and others interested to attend “Agronomy Night 2019” taking place on
Thursday, March 7, 6:30 p.m. at Illinois Valley Community College, Oglesby, in Room CTC


“Insect Management in Corn and Soybeans,” will be presented by Dr. Nick Seiter, University of
Illinois, Department of Crop Sciences - Entomology. Russ Higgins, University of Illinois
Extension Commercial Agriculture Educator, will also discuss “Updates in Crop Disease and
Weed Management.”

Advance registration is required by 4:30 p.m. on March 6 by calling University of Illinois
Extension at 815-224-0889. There is no cost to attend. For more information, call Daryle
Wragge, Ag Program Coordinator, at 309-364-2356. If you need a reasonable accommodation,
please indicate when registering. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time for meeting your access needs.


The Mission of University of Illinois Extension is to provide practical education you can trust to
help people, businesses and communities solve problems, develop skills and build a better future. University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. Visit their website at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/blmp/

Seeing Alaska Program at The Princeton Public Library

Explore the options for Seeing Alaska: Inside Passage Cruise, Glacier Cruise, and Land Packages at the Princeton Public Library Thursday, March 14 at 6:30 p.m. Experience Travel will take you on an exploration of Alaska, including a visit to Denali National Park.


Alaska’s native Athabascan people named the mountain “Denali” – “Great One.”  This glorious 20,310 foot peak is the centerpiece of the crown jewel of America’s National Park System.  At over six million acres, this Alaska treasure is unrivaled for wildlife viewing and included on every cruise tour itinerary.

Princeton Public Library Woman's Sufferage Program

On Tuesday, March 12 at 6:30 p.m. the Princeton Public Library will present a program on how improved transportation on Illinois roads helped the Women’s Suffrage movement. Kay Shelton will talk about the history behind these pivotal moments in history. She is the president of the Lincoln Highway Association and the League of Women Voters in DeKalb County and has taught in college for over 25 years.


The automobile freed women to be more mobile and the improved roads in Illinois helped.  Before the development of interstates, Illinois had two major roadways that traveled to Washington D.C.: the National Road and the Lincoln Highway.  For the 1913 Women’s Suffrage Parade in Washington D.C., women were able to drive and participate in the event.


Illinois was a leader in both the Good Roads movement and Women’s Suffrage.  This presentation will also look at the histories of the abolition movement, President Lincoln’s role in emancipation, and the Women’s Suffrage movement.

Ash Wednesday Lenten at The Evangelical Covenant Church

The Evangelical Covenant Church in Princeton invites all to attend their Ash Wednesday Lenten service on Wednesday, March 6 th at 6:30 pm.


This service is for people of all ages and will include interactive prayer stations designed to help lead us all into the season of Lent. The service includes the imposition of ashes. Additional opportunities for worship are every Sunday during the regular morning worship at 9:00 AM.


The Evangelical Covenant Church is located at 24 N. Main in Princeton. For more information, visit www.eccprinceton.org  or call 815-875-2124.