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9 =9 ,/ I -m Taxing Bodies Paying For Lobbyists A report released by the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform (ICPR) revealed that state agencies, along with public community colleges and universities, counties, and municipalities, spent millions in taxpayer dollar on lobbyists in Fiscal Year 2009. The annual survey of local governments and public agencies found more than 119 governmental units spent over $6.3 million to hire more than 80 lobbying firms in the 2009 fiscal year. The top five lobbyist spenders include the Chicago Transit Authority, DuPage County, the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority, Metra, and the City Colleges of Chicago. ComSined these entities spent a total of $1.3 million, more than 20 percent of the total lobbyist costs identified As a result of the study, the ICPR is advocating for an increase in the amount of lobbying information that is made public. Additionally, the organization believes that there should be greater enforcement of the state's lobbying laws. U.S, Population Speaking a Language other than English Increases 140 Percent The number of people 5 and older who spoke a language other than English at home has more than doubled in the last three decades, The increase is at a pace four times greater than the nation's population growth. This is according to a new U.S. Census Bureau report analyzing data from the 2007 American Community Survey and over a time period from 1980 - 2007. In that time frame, the percent- age of speakers of non-English lan- guages grew by 140 percent while the nation's overall population grew by 34 percent. Spanish speakers accounted for the largest numeric increase -- nation- wide, there were 23.4 million more speakers in 2007 than in 1980 rep- resenting a 211 percent increase. The Vietnamese-speaking population accounted for the largest percentage increase of 511 percent (1.0 million speakers) over the same timeframe. The new report, Language Use in the United States: 2007 identifies the states with the highest concentra- tions of some of the most commonly spoken non-English languages. The languages, and some of the states with the highest percentage of speak- ers of these langdages, include: Spanish (Texas, California and New Mexico), French (Louisiana and Maine), German (North .Dakota and South Dakota), Slavic languages (llli- . nois, New York, New Jersey and Connecticut), Chinese (California, New York, H. .,=.; ,.." "" "'ssachusetts) and Korean (-:;,': ',,, tS,trfornia and New Jersey). Be more concerned with your charac- ter than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are. Coach John Wooden Handyman Services Decks Kitchens&Bathrooms Ceramic Tile Drywall Small Additions Siding & Windows Power Washing Painting "Honey-Do" Lists Hardwood Floors And Much More... Don't corner something meaner than you. COWBOY WISDOM :ii!iil :iiiiiii:i: i:i:ii:-  L:I: If;C! ! Mt. Pulaski' Public Works Director Mike Patridge said a collapsed storm tile lead to a bigger project than expected. What started out as a sidewalk replacement project in front of the Christian Church, devel- olaed into a storm tile replacement under Washington Street. A col- lapsed 12" tile approximately 15' long was the problem. Times Photo The City Council will review establishing notification procedures for foreclosed properties in Mt Pulaski. Mayor Jim Fuhrer and Council Member Tricia Aylesworth will have a recommendation at the July 13 City Council meeting. Mayor Fulirer, said this property on Vine, across from his home, is one of the properties in town that will have to be reg- istered. Times Photo Very heavy rains and wind gusts came through the area last week. Flooded streets .and flooded basements were the result. The city thanked the fire department for stepping in duing the flooding John Aylesworth brought out one of the pumpers to help the city move some water. This tree limb came down neatly across Scott Street in Mt. Pulaski. Times Photo Check was in the mail... go figure City Treasurer Jim Sutton said the City of Mt. Pulaski received an income tax payment from the State of Illinois. That payment should have been made to the city in December 2009. Better late than never. Mt. Pulaski Landlords... watch your mail The first few rental property inspections have been reviewed by the city. Property owners will be receiv- ing written notices from City Attor- ney Tom Van Hook as to p:oblems needing correcting. What's your idea of financial security? 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